With Schweitzer Mountain as a backdrop, it’s no wonder that many locals enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities. Ski, board, tube or enjoy miles of cross country skiing at the legendary mountain. Cozy cabins for rent and rustic sleigh rides take you back to a simpler time. Back country roads become a haven for snowmobiling and frozen lakes provide opportunities for ice fishing and skating. The annual Sandpoint Winter Carnival includes fireworks, a parade of lights, Taste of Sandpoint food festival, K9 Keg Pull, and more fun for the whole family. Warm up with a hot drink at one of many local bars, and enjoy seasonal winter beers from awarding winning local brewers.
What started as a small ski rental shop to service the newly opened Schweitzer Ski Resort has grown into a year-round business of outfitting fun. Today, Alpine Shop is one of the largest full-service Marine and Snow Sport Outfits in the Inland Northwest. They have two retail locations: one in the heart of beautiful downtown Sandpoint, and the other in the village at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Alpine Shop is a family-owned business with a staff whose knowledge and tenure is second to none. Whether you’ve been a customer for 40 years or are just stopping in for the first time, they look forward to assisting you with your outdoor needs. Visit www.alpineshopsandpoint.com for more information.
Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center
The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center educates visitors about the historic contributions of aviators and innovators who have helped create modern technology. The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center was founded by Dr. Forrest Bird, inventor of the medical respirator, and wife Pam in 2007. Located in Sagle about 17 miles southeast of Sandpoint off Sagle Road on Bird Ranch Road. Open year-round Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from mid-May to mid-October. Admission is free. For more information visit www.birdaviationmuseum.com.
Dine Around Sandpoint
Dine Around Sandpoint in February includes 31 participating Sandpoint area restaurants; all you have to do is dine at one of them and you're entered to win. The grand prize is a meal a month for 2 guests at 12 of the participating restaurants. For more information visit the Facebook page.
The Panida Theater
The Panida Theater, Sandpoint’s historic performing arts center, has a rich winter season filled with plays, concerts, events and fine art films. Visit www.panida.org for more.
Sandpoint Winter Carnival
Every year in the dead of winter since 1973, Sandpoint, Idaho, cooks up a sure antidote to cabin fever. It’s the Sandpoint Winter Carnival, pure fun celebrating the best of the snowy season. The annual Winter Carnival includes such favorite events as the K9 Keg Pull, fireworks and fun at Schweitzer, live music concerts, parties galore, plus other traditional faves including the Parade of Lights and the always-delicious Dine Around Sandpoint, loaded with great dining deals from Sandpoint’s terrific restaurant community. Visit www.sandpointwintercarnival.com for more information.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Schweitzer Mountain Resort consists of 2900 skiable acres, 92 named trails and some of the finest tree skiing in North America. During the warm weather months try out their biking trails, chair lift rides, ziplines, climbing wall and air jumper and more! For more information visit www.schweitzer.com. Photo courtesy Schweitzer Mountain Resort.
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
Located on 1100 acres of summer pastures with tall pines and breathtaking views of the Selkirk and Cabinet mountain ranges is the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. A fourth generation cattle ranch that has been operating on the same land since 1940. The ranch is located in Idaho's scenic Panhandle region, about 16 miles northeast of Sandpoint, Idaho. Roley and Janice Schoonover, and her parents, ranchers Jim and Virginia Wood, have transformed this historic ranch into one of Idaho's quality guest ranches. Your hosts Roley and Janice, share their love for their family ranch along with the rich history, beauty and traditions of the area. Western Pleasure is for folks who appreciate sincere, real country hospitality, while enjoying beautiful handcrafted log accommodations. Visit www.westernpleasureranch.com for more information.
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