Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Work & Play in Sandpoint, Idaho
Schweitzer Mountain Resort has fun jobs, fun people, and is a great place to be.
Nestled in the Selkirk mountains of northern Idaho above the lakeside resort town of Sandpoint, Schweitzer Mountain Resort offers 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.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort is a hidden gem. 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.
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.
Our summer resort business is up-and-coming as well. Having hosted national as well as regional mountain-biking events, our growing trail system continues to attract mountain bike enthusiasts of all stripes. And 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. 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 operations include mountain operations, hotel, food & beverage, activities & events, retail, rental & repair, as well as administrative, maintenance, sales and marketing roles.
You'll find our summer job openings on our website starting in April or May each year.
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 (with four ski/board shops, four bike shops, two breweries, three wine bars, a winery, two kayak shops, several marinas and dozens of restaurants), and 45+ mile-long Lake Pend Oreille have to offer, we might be just what you’ve been looking for.
Learn more about living in and around Sandpoint.
How to Apply
We'll start taking applications for winter 2013/2014 in September. Check out our website for available summer positions.