Humbird hotel to open at Schweitzer Mountain ski resort
For most American skiers, Schweitzer Mountain has long been the sleeper of a western ski resort. Located in Sandpoint, Idaho, this is a true mountain of skiers in the rugged Selkirk Mountains in the northern enclave of Idaho.
Schweitzer, which joined the Ikon Pass this year, is the largest ski resort in Idaho and neighboring Washington. The resort is independently owned and has 2,900 acres of land, including two bowls and a ski in the trees which are some of the best in the West. It is known for its uncrowded trails. For beginners and intermediates, there is a wide choice of snow groomers. There is also Nordic skiing and tubing. It also offers access to snowmobile tours, snowcat and heli-skiing activities through its partner, Selkirk Powder. The summer season is busy, thanks to kilometers of hiking and mountain biking trails. The nearest large city is Spokane, Washington, 90 minutes away.
Northerners have long seemed to prefer their mountain to stay under the radar. This winter, however, it looks like Schweitzer will finally have a moment in the limelight. The resort’s new 31-room Humbird hotel is accepting reservations for February 1, 2022 and beyond. Humbird will be the region’s first boutique hotel, offering a new ski-in ski-out accommodation experience.
âHumbird will provide a unique new way to stay and play Schweitzer,â Tom Chasse, President and CEO of Schweitzer. âBeyond a beautiful place to sleep, the hotel offers easy access to the mountains as well as public areas to relax, recharge, refuel and even a coworking space to stay connected when needed. . The hotel’s name pays homage to the Humbird Lumber Company, which was the lifeblood of the Sandpoint community in the early 1900s. The company has drawn explorers, adventurers and families to the area, resulting in is a spirit that we still see reflected in visitors who come here today.
The 66,580 square foot three story resort is located in the heart of the small ski village of Schweitzer. It will offer 31 guest rooms with a mix of room types, including single king rooms, double queen rooms, and an oversized suite. The architects are Skylab Architecture of Portland, Oregon.
âDrawing inspiration from the heritage of the Schweitzer Basin, while being contemporary in design, it will provide an ideal place for guests to relax, play and revel in the natural beauty that surrounds them,â said Jeff Kovel , principal / design director at Skylab. âGuests will appreciate spaces that reinforce their connection to the outdoors and the rich local history. The building will be a state-of-the-art facility and will feature heavy timber construction. “
The property was built in cross-laminated timber with exposed timber and structural elements that highlight the region’s connection to the natural environment. The rooms and public areas offer large panoramic windows. Each room offers a spectacular view of the nearby Pend Oreille Lake. The ski-in ski-out property will also include a rooftop terrace and hot tub overlooking the mountain and lake, a great place to relax after a day on the slopes. Humbird will also offer an on-site restaurant and bar, Crow’s Bench, as well as a fitness center, coworking space, heated ski lockers / storage, and underground parking.
Humbird is part of the multi-year Schweitzer master plan which was launched in 2017. The master plan aims to develop the four-season seaside resort of Schweitzer in the northwest. This year, the complex will increase its climbing capacity, the addition of new mountain restaurants and the implementation of RFID technology. For more information, including reservations, visit www.humbirdhotel.com .