Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas in the north

Snowy scenes fill our outdoor wishlists!     

For a holiday season unlike any other, we're thankful in Sandpoint for the abundant outdoor recreation that wintertime brings us - skiing at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, sledding, ice skating (once the nearby ponds freeze up a bit more), sleigh rides, low-elevation hiking and snowshoeing up higher, and even fat tire biking! Why, just taking a walk along a snowy trail can renew your senses. So while we all are ready for a return to normal, for now we'll just enjoy what comes our way. Merry Christmas to all!
december events
4 Girls Night Out Shopping
9-13 Kinderhaven Trees
18 Slackers' Night Shopping
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Ski, board, and distance!  

Schweitzer's slopes are open, but in the time of a global pandemic things are running differently for now. The resort has a controlled point of entry around the village clock tower to make sure skiers and boarders are covering up as they head to the lift loading areas. Facial coverings are required inside any building at Schweitzer, and also when waiting in the lift lines. Check out the protocols on the Schweitzer Covid-19 Health & Safety page. Also, keep in mind that date-specific lift tickets are only sold online; while lodging guests are guaranteed lift tickets (view lodging availability). Meanwhile, the village is all decked out in holiday lights - don't miss this magical season in the mountains!

'Tis shopping season 

With spacious new sidewalks throughout downtown Sandpoint, merchants are ringing in the holiday shopping season with a couple of fun events. Check out the Girls Night Out this Friday, Dec. 4, when stores stay open late. Enjoy snacks, prizes, and deals, deals, deals, with an after-party held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tasty's in the Cedar Street Bridge. And next up is the Slackers Night Out on Friday, Dec. 18. 'Oh no, it's almost Christmas and I still need to shop!' Don't worry, come downtown for some fun and to get last-minute Christmas gifts purchased. For info:

Try a new sport: cross-country skiing

Ready to shake up your outdoor recreation sports (because hey, it's almost 2021 – so why not)? The sport of cross-country skiing is a great one to try here in the Sandpoint area since we are blessed with a number of maintained trail areas. A great comprehensive resource is the Sandpoint Nordic Club. And a few places to check out:

  • Pine Street Woods. With 7K of beginner to intermediate trails, Pine Street Woods is the perfect place to begin your cross country skiing endeavors.
  • Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Trails for all levels with the Meadow Loop for beginners, and the Big Hill Loop for a long ski through the trees. Check-in at the lodge to get a trail pass.
  • Schweitze Mountain. Stretching over 32 kilometers, the resort's Nordic trails offer spectacular views in every direction with terrain for all levels.

Mask mandate in place for North Idaho

A mask mandate is now in effect for the Panhandle Health District, which includes Sandpoint and Bonner County, as of Nov. 19. Citizens are now required to wear face coverings when near others in public, and PHD asks everyone to be vigilant in distancing and sanitation. Get daily updates on local coronavirus cases and community response on the Sandpoint COVID-19 Update page.
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