The history of Schweitzer Mountain Resort dates back over a century ago when, as legend has it, a Swiss hermit took shelter at the bottom of the basin in the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains overlooking Lake Pend Oreille where Schweitzer now sits. Little was known about the man, other than at one time he had served in the Swiss military. The hermit became such a presence in the area that, some years later, locals in the nearby mountain town of Sandpoint would name Schweitzer Mountain after him. The word Schweitzer, in German, means “Swiss man.” Fun-seekers from Sandpoint began recreating on Schweitzer Mountain in the early 1960s. It wasn’t until a few years later that Schweitzer would officially open as a winter ski area.
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- July 2010
- Sandpoint, ID