Work and Play in Sandpoint, Idaho
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.
Nestled in the Selkirk mountains of northern Idaho above the lakeside resort town of Sandpoint.
About Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Schweitzer Mountain Resort has fun jobs, fun people, and is a great place to be!
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.
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.
The Employee Experience
Over the years, we have come to refer to ourselves as "The Schweitzer Family", which is a perfect description of the sort of experience our staff have here. Though we have over 600 employees in the winter season, the majority of those employees come back each winter. Many of our staff have been returning for many years - ten or twenty years is not uncommon. And whether they spend the other parts of their year close by or adventuring across the globe, when they circle back to Schweitzer they always say: "I'm coming back to my winter family".
We pride ourselves on genuine, friendly service across the resort, and believe that starts with hiring the right people. We have worked hard to build a team of people who are genuinely fun, kind, and caring. And who are passionate about this place as well as sharing the Schweitzer experience with others.
Sandpoint is a small town, with an authentic local feel and without the glossy affectation of many more "discovered" resort towns. Still, it offers more than some might expect with many quality restaurants, pubs, music venues, art galleries and more. Schweitzer, though large in size, offers surprisingly small crowds, short lift lines (if there are lines at all) and a true vibe of a "skier's mountain". You will routinely see your co-workers on the mountain, as well at the local hangout or in the grocery store.
Whether you work at Schweitzer for a season or a decade, we are confident you will leave feeling that it was time well spent: that you met some amazing people; you worked hard; had a great time and learned something new - maybe even about yourself.
We are also pretty confident that you will want to come back!
Schweitzer has such a wide variety of roles that there is a great job here for just about anyone. But across so many different functions we have a few things in common: love for the outdoors and having fun, passion for what we do, and above all, a genuine care for those around us. We strive to treat our guests and coworkers with equal amounts of attentiveness and goodwill, welcoming people to our wonderful resort and community as they were friends in our own home.
If you are a "people person" who enjoys working enthusiastically in a team environment and creating great guest experiences, Schweitzer could be a great fit for you. We take pride in being one of the largest and best resorts in the Pacific Northwest, and yet our "undiscovered" feel allows us to be genuine and personal with our guests and each other.
Room and Board
Sandpoint is a popular vacation destination in Winter and Summer, so many housing options exist. While we aren’t able to provide housing for our staff, our Employee Services staff is happy to give advice and information should you be offered a position. There are many property management companies in Sandpoint that are great resources for your housing questions. Insider tips: In summer months, good deals can be found on some of the on-mountain private condos that sit mostly quiet outside of ski season. In the wintertime, more rentals are available in town, when the ski resort becomes the tourism focus.
A good general community-info site with lots of useful links is Visit Sandpoint.
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.