Schweitzer, Idaho at Sandpoint / January 2019 / Morningstar Ski Tours

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Schweitzer Ski Resort, Idaho

January 23 – 28  2019

 5 nights lodging in lakeside hotel,  lift pass, 4×4 truck transport…. from $??

Nothin' but thumbs up from Skiman rf. Schweitzer. In four visits to this place, he has never had a bad day here.

Nothin’ but thumbs up from Skiman for Schweitzer. In four visits to this place, he has never had a bad day here.

Excited, excited! We have done three tours to Schweitzer, Idaho in the past and we had spectacular times there. It is time to go back and rip it up again. Schweitzer fills Skiman’s bill: short lift lines, uncrowded slopes, good varied ski terrain, and far enough from the maddening ski herd to offer some chilled, retro, skiing. There is a SNOW CAT day option for experts. I did this the last time I was at Schweitzer and it was excellent and highly recommended. I love this resort! And when you add into the mix a very funky, affordable, town of Sand Point, Idaho only twelve miles away… done!

Sand Point, Idaho, on the shores of Idaho's largest lake, is gorgeous, fun, and affordable. We will spend 5 nights in the #1 rated hotel... right on the lake.

Sand Point, Idaho, on the shores of Idaho’s largest lake, is gorgeous, fun, and affordable. We will spend 5 nights in the #1 rated hotel… right on the lake.

Sand Point, Idaho is spectacular. Located on the shores of huge, crystal clear, Lake Ponderay, this town is small, walkable, and beautiful. All bars and restaurants are within walking distance of our hotel. For a small town, it has an amazing assortment of restaurants offering varied and interesting cuisines. And an added bonus: none of them charge stupid high resort prices.

Cat Skiing! One of the great things about Schweitzer is that they offer a first-class snow cat day right out of the resort.  If you are strong upper intermediate or expert skier, this is a great way to spend a day skiing in untracked powder on the back side of the resort. We will be offering this to everyone on the tour and it is highly recommended.

Lodging: We are going to the #1 rated hotel in Sand Point, Best Western Edgewater Hotel,  located right on the lake shore. All our rooms will be lake view. The property has all the amenities and a restaurant and bar on premises. Everything is a short walk away, so going out at night for a few drinks and dinner will be very easy and convenient. There are no meals included in this package. Single occupancy: Add $195 for the entire 5 night stay. If you prefer, we can try to match you up with a same-sex room mate. No guarantees of success, but we can attempt. More often than not, we are successful.

Air: For some mysterious reason, flying into Spokane, WA is very affordable compared to about anywhere.  Getting Air:  The best way to get air these days is just find the best price out there that works time-wise and buy it.  Ask us for the time parameters before you buy and go hunting.  DON’T BUY

Deb among the snow ghosts and the untracked pow on our last snow cat ski day in Schweitzer.

Deb among the snow ghosts and the untracked pow on our last snow cat ski day in Schweitzer.

YOUR AIR UNTIL WE HAVE REACHED THE MINIMUM NUMBER FOR THE TRIP TO BE A GO. Once we have reached that number, we will give the go ahead on purchasing your air.  AIR PARAMETERS: You need to arrive into Spokane by 2 PM on January 23. Your departure cannot be before 10 AM on January 28th.

Lift passes: There are 4 possible full ski days on this trip. We are including in the package a 3 out of 5 day Senior pass. You will have the option of purchasing an extra 4th day pass for a discounted price at the time of final payment.  If you are less than 65 years old, the cost of the package is $??more.

Juniors 12 and under, take off $45 from package cost. Seniors over 80 ski free and can take off $160 off the package price.   

The ground transportation: Spokane airport is 1.5 hours from Sand Point. Our hotel is 12 miles from the slopes. To cover this transportation need, we have rented 4-wheel-drive vehicles, a mix of SUVs and pick up trucks for the ski gear and luggage. The cost of the vehicles and the gas are included in the package price. Cost will be based on 4 persons per vehicle. If the final mix is a bit different from this, there may be a small surcharge added to your package at time of final payment, t.b.a..

Money stuff:

A plethora of great views await you at Schweitzer. Great skiing and great panos!

A plethora of great views await you at Schweitzer. Great skiing and great panos!

Schweitzer Tour: $???*  **  per person double occupancy, INCLUDES:

*5 nights double occupancy Best Western Edgewater Hotel. Single occ. Add +195  *Senior 3 out of 5 lift pass.  Adults must ADD $?? to the package price. Kids under 12, deduct $45.Included: 4×4 vehicles and gas, discussed in previous section.    **IF number of lift pass purchasing participants falls below 20, then an additional lift pass cost surcharge will be added to the final cost as follows: 80 plus: $0  Seniors over 65: +$19  Adults: +$23 Juniors +12    You must be willing to accept the above possible charges at time of sign-up. We will not know the number of participants until time of final payment

Deposits: Upon signup,  you must make a non-refundable deposit of your air cost plus $250 at time of sign-up. The sooner you sign up, the better your odds for all participants to  procure affordable airfare. DO NOT buy air until we have reached our minimum number of skiers to make the trip a go. Once we have, we will notify everyone and then you can purchase air.  Please BUY TRIP INSURNCE. We are now offering a new company that has the same coverages at a greatly reduced price. See the notes below. It really is critical to get this coverage. 

 

Snow cat skiing is right at the resort... easy to access and a gateway to untracked powder in nice terrain.

Snow cat skiing is right at the resort… easy to access and a gateway to untracked powder in nice terrain. Some of the Morningstar crew a few years ago on the Schweitzer snowcat day.  DO OVER!

 

Final payment is due January 10.   Payment form: You can make payments via PayPal on our site, but there is a 3% surcharge that must be added to the payment amount to cover PayPal’s fee.  The BEST way to pay is by check to us.  Send to: Morningstar Ski Tours / 21080 Oriole Lane / Bend, OR 97701 Cancellation penalties: Initial deposit is non-refundable, no exceptions.. After final payment is made: All unrecoverable funds and initial deposit are forfeit, amount to be determined by Morningstar Ski Tours

BUY TRIP INSURANCE!   Buy trip insurance! It not only protects you if you have to cancel before the trip leaves due to an injury or illness, but it also provides great on-trip benefits: trip delays, messed up flights, lost bags, medical treatment, medical evacuation. It also protects your deposited monies, should you have to cancel due to health or illness before the trip leaves, assuming you have purchased your policy before your health issue arises. The insurance is not expensive considering the peace of mind it provides. We offer great policies from a reliable company. Example: If you are 55 years old, you can cover this entire trip package price for @ ??? a person. The price varies depending on your age and the cost of your package, but it is easy for us to give you a quote. Whether from us or wherever, get a policy and sleep better.  FURTHER, BUT THE INSURANCE AT TIME OF DEPOSIT. That way, your deposited monies are covered from the get go.

 

 

 

 

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