Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Work & Play in Sandpoint, Idaho
Nestled in the Selkirk mountains of northern Idaho above the lakeside resort town of Sandpoint, Schweitzer Mountain Resort is a hidden gem, offering great amenities and a natural setting that caters to the outdoor enthusiast. Above all, we are known for our genuine people and down-to-earth vibe that keeps our guests and staff coming back year after year.
Established in 1963 as a single-lift ski area, Schweitzer has steadily grown in size and reputation over the decades, and today can be found in “best of” lists from Skiing, Transworld Snowboarding, and more.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort has fun jobs, fun people, and is a great place to be!
Today Schweitzer offers 2,900 acres of in-bounds terrain spread across three peaks and two wide bowls, so there is something for everyone. From award-winning tree-skiing, to steeps and drops, to long, wide swaths of perfect corduroy – Schweitzer’s runs will keep you busy all season long. And with an average annual snowfall of 300”, you’ll get plenty of fresh tracks, too. To top it all off, most days all this comes with virtually no lift lines. You’ll get more vertical here by lunch than people at many resorts get all day.
However, even though the terrain is amazing, the snow is awesome, and the lift lines rarely exist, what most who come to Schweitzer leave talking about is our people. We’ve built a team of fun, talented, genuine people – and established a reputation of top-level guest service. Our visitors love our mountain, but they rave about our people. If you are passionate about winter sports as well as creating lifelong memories for yourself and others, we would love to have you join us.
With a steady schedule of outdoor music festivals, weddings, corporate events, summer adventure day camps and outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, huckleberry picking and more, the opportunities for an awesome work-and-play summer lifestyle at Schweitzer abound. Having hosted national as well as regional mountain-biking events, our growing trail system continues to attract mountain bike enthusiasts of all stripes. And down in the valley, Sandpoint truly shines in summer. With a quaint yet vibrant small-town feel, visitors and locals alike enjoy the sun, beaches, lakes and streams surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. If you love the outdoors, Sandpoint truly is a year-round paradise.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort’s winter & summer operations include mountain operations, hotel, food & beverage, activities & events, retail, rental & repair, as well as maintenance and sales and marketing roles. For our winter season we also have administration positions available.
Room and Board
While we aren’t able to provide housing for our staff, being in a resort community offers a wide variety of housing options – and our Employee Services staff is happy to give advice and information should you be offered a position. And since Sandpoint is far busier as a summer destination than in winter, rentals tend to be easier to find in the colder months. From homes to condos to apartments – even yurts, tipis, and converted school buses – if you can think of it, someone here is probably living in it. There are many property management companies in Sandpoint that are great resources for your housing questions – though they don’t typically list the yurts, tipis and busses.
A good general community-info site with lots of useful links is Sandpoint Online
Schweitzer Mountain Resort offers a competitive health, dental and life insurance package as well as a 401k with matching for year-round positions.
All positions (seasonal or year-round) are eligible for the following perks & privileges:
- Free lift access for the season you work (summer or winter)
- Food discounts (50%) at any Schweitzer-operated establishment.
- Retail discounts (25%) at either of our retail outlets.
- Discounted rentals (skis/snowboards etc.).
- Fun employee events too!
Getting Here and Getting Around
Sandpoint is located smack-dab in the middle of Highway 95, the main north-south highway in Idaho. Also US Hwy 2, coming from Seattle, and Hwy 200 coming from Montana. Sandpoint is about 1 hour North of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, which is right on Interstate 90. The resort itself is about 10 miles (20 minutes) up into the mountains above Sandpoint.
Closest major-carrier airport is Spokane, WA (GEG). Rental cars available. Approx. 2 hour drive from the airport to Sandpoint. Next-closest major airport is Seattle (SEA). Sandpoint is about 6 hours from Seattle by car. If you have your own small aircraft, Sandpoint does have an airport.
Sandpoint has an Amtrak station. A great option if you don’t mind arriving at midnight. Amtrak
Combine one of North America’s top ski resorts with Idaho’s largest, deepest lake (Lake Pend Orielle), and put one of America’s best small towns (Sandpoint) sandwiched in between, then surround with thousands of acres of public land – that’s us. Could it be you, too?
We’ll be honest: if you’re looking for a big-resort, glitz-and-glamour scene – this isn’t your place. Schweitzer and Sandpoint are still undiscovered gems (for now), and while we love the praise heaped upon us by Sunset, National Geographic Adventure, the New York Times, Outside magazine, and many others – we don’t mind that the Hollywood crowd hasn’t really found us yet.
If, on the other hand, you love resort work as well as everything that two mountain-ranges, a cool small town on a 45+ mile-long lake have to offer, we might be just what you’ve been looking for.
Learn more about living in and around Sandpoint.