DO NOT move to SANDPOINT!
I have coveted a life in Sandpoint, Idaho ever since I discovered this mountain town in the early 70's. Life's twists and turns did not allow me to actually move here full-time until 2005. I had many valid reasons for delaying the inevitable and I stand by them. One of the big reasons, however, was that I was worried Sandpoint wasn't ready for me.
I'm a tennis player. I have been playing year around (indoors and outdoors) for the last thirty years. This included local and regional tournaments, USTA leagues (summer and winter), fanatical tennis buddies who retained the same indoor permanent court times for 20 years running, tennis drills, tennis parties...you know the scene. The question always was...can I be happy in Sandpoint without indoor tennis?
Well, I'm here to tell you...if that is a stumbling block for any possible Sandpoint transplants today, you can put those fears to rest. (You'll have to also put some of your preconceived notions about appropriate "tennis weather" aside also. We just don't care about that here.) This place is EXTREME...the weather, the people, the geography, the politics, THE PASSION.
I just got off the court after a grueling 3 hour match with three of my close tennis buddies (Steve Kirby, Eric Plummer and Joel Wahlin). The match started in rather cool 31 degree weather and ended in a warmish 35 degree blizzard. Two amazing things happened; 1) the level of play never wavered and, 2) we just got the perfect 3 hour cross-training workout in preparation for the November 27th ski opening of Schweitzer Mountain - the pride and joy of North Idaho. The perfect start to the day!
While we were playing, there was an ultimate frisbee match taking place at the other end of the park. People don't hide from blizzards around here, they rejoice. (That is Eric above...he wasn't down long).
Bottom line, I'll be playing outdoor tennis here probably into December...I'll play about ten times indoors this winter in either Coeur d'Alene or Spokane...then, on February 25th, the high school tennis season begins (did I mention I coach the team?) and I'll be on the court five to six days a week until the middle of May. The middle of May marks the beginning of the "summer tennis season" (weather permitting...in other words, it will have to be pouring rain for us to "bag it"). Like my wife says, "Kent, you get your fair share of tennis in Sandpoint!" ...and that is my message to you. Do not let our lack of indoor tennis dissuade you from moving to Sandpoint! This place rocks it. (and, by the way, with a little luck we'll have an unbelievable indoor tennis facility here in the VERY near future...more on that later...)
When I am not playing tennis with passion (...or skiing), I am selling real estate with passion from the Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Schweitzer Mountain office. CALL ME! I HAVE MORE STORIES!