Pow­der at­tracts buy­ers to Idaho

Ex­pan­sion con­tin­ues at White Pine Lodge in Sch­weizer Moun­tain Re­sort

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - CLAIRE YOUNG

Amountain chalet is just that much bet­ter if you can ski to the door af­ter a day of hard work in steep and deep pow­der.

This week, Sch­weitzer Moun­tain Re­sort in Idaho re­leased for sale 20 con­dos on the hill as it ex­pands White Pine Lodge.

With its ski-in, ski-out ac­cess, White Pine Lodge is at the heart of Sch­weitzer Vil­lage. The lodge of­fers 5,000 square feet of com­mer­cial space and a va­ri­ety of ameni­ties — in­clud­ing a fit­ness cen­tre, own­ers’ lounge, owner and guest ski stor­age and a ter­race with sev­eral hot tubs over­look­ing Lake Pend Oreille (which means “hang­ing ear” in French and is lo­cally pro­nounced pon­der-ray).

The ex­pan­sion of White Pine Lodge will add 20 new two- and three-bed­room res­i­dences to the moun­tain vil­lage. The four-storey ad­di­tion, with el­e­va­tor ac­cess to all floors, will be built by Ly­dig Con­struc­tion of Spokane, which built the first 50-home phase of White Pine Lodge in 2002.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

PROJECT: White Pine Lodge Phase 2. DE­VEL­OPER/ BUILDER: Ly­dig Con­struc­tion. LO­CA­TION: Sch­weitzer Moun­tain Re­sort in Idaho. PRICES: The 16 units con­tain­ing two bed­room with two baths range be­tween $434,900 and $504,900 US. The four units of three bed­rooms with three baths range be­tween $674,900 and $699,900. Homeowners as­so­ci­a­tion fees will be in the $500 US per month range. DI­REC­TIONS: From Cal­gary, drive to Sand­point, Idaho via High­way 95 — ei­ther south through the Crowsnest Pass, or via Invermere and Cran­brook, B.C. IN­FOR­MA­TION: Visit the web­site at sch­weitzer.com

“Right now, this looks to be the type of home that peo­ple are in­ter­ested in,” says Sean Briggs, mar­ket­ing co-or­di­na­tor for Sch­weitzer.

“Peo­ple aren’t look­ing to go spend a mil­lion dol­lars on a four-bed­room ski chalet right now. They’re look­ing for a week­end get­away home that is in that low $400,000s-to$600,000 range. That’s where we’ve no­ticed a de­mand from peo­ple.”

The new con­dos come fully fur­nished to cre­ate a turn-key home. The 16 units con­tain­ing two bed­room with two baths range be­tween $434,900 and $504,900 US.

The four units of three bed­rooms with three baths range be­tween $674,900 and $699,900.

Homeowners as­so­ci­a­tion fees will be in the $500-per­month range.

The con­dos, re­flect­ing a dis­tinc­tive north Idaho de­sign with rock and tim­ber de­tail­ing, of­fer pri­vate decks and bal­conies with lake, moun­tain and vil­lage views. They are whole own­er­ship, and can be added to the ren­tal pro­gram if own­ers wish to join the pro­gram run by Sch­weitzer Moun­tain Re­sort, says Briggs.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to break ground in May, in time for own­ers to take pos­ses­sion of their con­dos for the 2014-15 ski sea­son.

For one Cal­gary busi­ness­man, who asked not to be named, the re­sort of­fers just

what he was look­ing for when he was in the mar­ket for a recre­ation prop­erty a few years ago.

With the Cana­dian dol­lar danc­ing at par­ity and above, the prices are just that much more at­trac­tive.

When he was a univer­sity stu­dent in Ed­mon­ton, he used to load up a ve­hi­cle with friends and haul off to Sch­weitzer, by­pass­ing closer fields of snow in Jasper and Banff.

“The tem­per­a­ture seems to be quite a bit warmer than the north­ern ski hills, and Sch­weitzer does get quite a bit of snow. The base there is in­cred­i­ble — and there’s not a bit­ing cold,” he says.

Now that he has two sons — a snow­boarder and a skier — he and his wife were look­ing for the right mix of win­ter and sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties.

“I liked the dual ben­e­fit. It has a ski hill and there’s Lake Pend Oreille, so it of­fered year-round recre­ation,” he says.

Buy­ing a prop­erty within driv­ing dis­tance, rather than fly­ing dis­tance, was also a cost con­sid­er­a­tion for the fam­ily.

At about a 7.5-hour drive from Cal­gary, the com­mute is about the same as Kelowna, B.C., but on qui­eter roads with­out the win­ter weather of the Rogers Pass, he says.

While there are plenty of post-ski en­ter­tain­ment op­tions in Sch­weitzer Vil­lage, Sand­point, Idaho, a nine­minute drive down the moun­tain, also has many choices, in­clud­ing a movie the­atre, restau­rants and, for those who like to make their own fun, gro­cery stores.

His fam­ily en­joys what sum­mer has to of­fer at Sch­weitzer, from moun­tain bik­ing to hik­ing, and go­ing down to en­joy the lake.

The re­sort also of­fers a zi­pline, bungee tower and climb­ing wall for chil­dren.

“I have a boat down there that I keep at the ma­rina,” he La Paz, Baja Cal­i­for­nia Sur, Mex­ico Pop­u­la­tion (2010): 215,178 Founded: 1535 At­trac­tions: Wildlife watch­ing, beaches, La Paz Cathe­dral, Museo de An­tropo- says.

Sch­weitzer was one of the few places that of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue the ac­tiv­i­ties year-round that he and his fam­ily en­joy.

“It’s a great place,” he says.

Sch­weitzer Moun­tain Re­sort

Re­lax­ing in the com­mu­nity hot tub af­ter a long day of ski­ing or snow­board­ing is part of the fun at the White Pine Lodge con­dos at Sch­weitzer Moun­tain Re­sort.

Sch­weitzer Moun­tain Re­sort

Panoramic ren­der­ing of the open-con­cept three-bed­room unit’s liv­ing room.

The ex­te­rior of the project has rock and tim­ber de­tail­ing.

Above,the com­mu­nity great room has ex­posed tim­bers and is fur­nished in a north Idaho de­sign.

Lock-off suite.

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