Powder attracts buyers to Idaho
Expansion continues at White Pine Lodge in Schweizer Mountain Resort
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.
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.
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.