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Snowboarding at Schweitzer Mountain in Idaho

Snowboarding at Schweitzer Mountain in Idaho

Schweitzer Mountain in North Idaho is one of best ski resorts in the Northwest. It has seven chairlifts, 2,900 skiable acres and 92 different ski trails. On top of that, the snow is great. With an average snow fall of 300 feet a year, Schweitzer is a perfect ski and snowboard getaway for folks from Seattle. Schweitzer Mountain Resort is located just outside of Sandpoint, Idaho, about five and half hours east of Seattle. The resort is surrounded by a ski village with lodges, condominiums and rental houses that you can snag for a weekend or week-long ski and snowboard getaway. In addition, the ski village has several different restaurants and bars, and even some shopping. Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, it’s still a fun place to hang out for a few days. Schweitzer Mountain caters to all skill levels, but its extremely welcoming to beginners. Their Musical Carpet run is free, and a lift ticket for the beginner’s chair is $25. Lift tickets are also free for...

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Priest Lake, Idaho | Possibly Heaven on Earth

Priest Lake, Idaho | Possibly Heaven on Earth

Tove and I love to travel. We’ve been all over the world, visiting more than 20 different countries combined. Our experiences range from going on safari in Tanzania to surfing the waves of Costa Rica. With that said, there’s nowhere else on the planet we would rather be vacationing right now than Priest Lake, Idaho. In our minds — it’s heaven on Earth. Located nearly six hours from Seattle on the Idaho Panhandle, Priest Lake is the gem of Idaho — a state known for its incredible lakes (there are literally hundreds on the map). And believe it or not, Priest Lake is still a hidden gem to many folks. The first question we get when we tell people we visited Priest Lake is, “Where is that?” Priest Lake, which is nestled at the foot of the Selkirk Mountains, is 19 miles long and goes as deep at 300 feet. The water is crystal clear thanks to the streams that flow down from the mountain peaks. That makes the lake ideal for fishing (bass and trout...

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Hiawatha Trail in North Idaho

Hiawatha Trail in North Idaho

There are bike paths, and then there is the Hiawatha Trail in North Idaho. I’m not a huge biker, but I’ve been around the block enough to know the Hiawatha Trail is one of the most unique rides you will find. That’s because the Hiawatha Trail takes you over seven train trestles and through ten abandoned rail tunnels in the Bitterroot Mountains. Located about five-and-a-half hours from Seattle, the Hiawatha Trail is an old train route that begins in Idaho and ends in Montana. You can drive to the Hiawatha Trail and back in one day, but you’d be absolutely crazy. The Hiawatha Trail would be best enjoyed on a weekend trip to Spokane, Coeur d’Alene or Missoula. Every rider is required to have a helmet and light on the 15-mile, gravel Hiawatha Trail. Why do you need the light? Because these tunnels are no joke. The longest is Taft Tunnel, which stretches 8,771 feet (1.66 miles) through the mountains. When you enter the Taft Tunnel you can’t even see the...

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