Schweitzer’s new hotel opens its doors


SANDPOINT – Schweitzer, the largest ski resort in Washington and Idaho, has announced the opening of its new hotel, the Humbird.

The 31-room boutique property offers ski-to-door access to Schweitzer’s 2,900 acres of skiable terrain. The hotel offers a sleek, updated version of the classic ski lodge with stunning mountain views and close proximity to Lake Pend Oreille, the largest lake in the state.

“Humbird represents a true evolution in the lodging scene in northern Idaho,” said Tom Chasse, president and CEO of Schweitzer. “We have taken great care to build a beautiful hotel that will directly connect guests to the outdoor experiences they come here for. Equally important, we’ve ensured that Humbird meets the needs of modern travelers by providing spaces where they can relax, recharge, refuel and even stay connected when needed.

The three-story hotel, located in the heart of Schweitzer Village, offers 31 rooms with a mix of room types. Each room has a window seat against a picture window offering views of nearby Lake Pend Oreille.

Designed with travelers’ comfort in mind, rooms include items to make mountain adventures easier, such as boot dryers, locally roasted Evans Brothers coffee, and hand-painted mugs by local artists. The rooms also feature locally produced toiletries and are equipped with binoculars to take in the scenic views.

The hotel’s design, courtesy of famed Portland, Oregon-based Skylab, is a contemporary take on the classic ski lodge that draws inspiration from the area’s heritage and connection to the natural environment. Constructed using solid wood construction, the sleek exposed wood frame evokes images of early mountain lodges with a minimal, modern feel. Inside, the hotel is decorated with historic photos from a partnership with the Bonner County Historical Society & Museum as well as new artwork inspired by the surrounding lake, forest, and snow.

Humbird offers ample space to relax, including the Glass Room which serves as the hotel’s sole lounge. Surrounded by glass on three sides, the bedroom offers treetop views spanning several states and Lake Pend Oreille. The glass room includes table football and a large retractable projection screen, perfect for watching a movie or hosting a meeting. The Humbird also features a third-floor rooftop terrace with a 12-person hot tub, on-site fitness center, and heated outdoor community pool.

Guests who wish to work and play during their visit can take advantage of Humbird’s coworking space. And each room will also include an office space for those who prefer to work in their room.

Located just off the lobby, the Humbird’s on-site restaurant, Crow’s Bench, serves upscale Alpine-inspired cuisine. Restaurant features include design elements that evoke the area’s outdoor recreation lineage, including lighted globes hanging above the bar that spell “pray for snow” in Morse code.

Schweitzer’s patrol dogs will be among the guests working and playing at Humbird this season. The hardworking puppies, who assist the Schweitzer Ski Patrol with their daily duties, will hold regular meet and greet sessions at the hotel. Patrol dogs will add a bit of fun to the Humbird afternoon scene on select dates by relaxing and playing with guests on the hotel’s outdoor patio.

Phase two of Humbird, which includes a new wellness center and an innovative ski and gear storage system, is set to open this summer.

The hotel is named after the Humbird Lumber Company, which was the lifeblood of Sandpoint’s economy and community in the early 1900s. Work and community attracted men, women and families eager to adventure and the outdoors, a spirit that is encapsulated in the hotel and still pervasive among current visitors to the area.

Humbird is part of the resort’s multi-year master plan launched in 2017. As part of this plan, Schweitzer has launched several mountain improvements and new residential real estate options.

Information: humbirdhotel.com

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