SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN REAL ESTATE. I'd love the sale from this, but...
Here’s the deal. I just got off the mountain. You can see from the pictures what I was dealing with. No clouds, no wind, bright sun and some of the most breathtaking views in the world. Sandpoint, Idaho and Schweitzer Mountain have, once again, lived up to all of my lofty expectations. …So, as a Realtor®, I have a dilemma.
Do I blatantly promote the area and reveal to the world what we have here in North Idaho so I can selfishly profit from the ensuing real estate sales and, in so doing, risk tainting the natural purity of Sandpoint and the surrounding area by enticing outsiders to invest here? Might the new arrivals who I, inadvertently, lured here not be in tune to the “vibe” we have going? As the old saying goes, “O.K., you’ve discovered Sandpoint, now keep it to yourself!” Or am I feeling too self-important? Do my little blogging sites really impact enough people to mess up the good thing we have going here? Then again, what if everyone did this? Why is it O.K. for me to expose the beauty of Sandpoint to the world but, God forbid, I can’t have anyone else jump into the blogging pool. Conflicted? …d'ya think?
The reality is, we’ll NEVER become another Vail. (I love to pick on Vail). I need not worry about tainting our “purity”. Yes, I guess we are the same distance from Spokane as Vail is from Denver. That is the only similarity, however. Denver is the largest city in the Front Range Urban Corridor. The population of the Front Range Urban Corridor is estimated at 4,251,663. (Compare that to Spokane and surrounding area of only 600,000). We’ll never enjoy the massive human influx that Vail has come to expect.
Oh, I know, Vail doesn’t have a lake (a giant lake) like Sandpoint but does that really matter? Who cares about our pure water resources and endless 4-season recreational opportunities?
Who cares that our elevation is around 2,000 feet in the valley? Altitude headaches at the big Colorado ski areas only last a couple days. It’s worth putting up with that just to get the opportunity to “schmooze” with the hoards of skiers in the lift lines. Silly Schweitzer Mountain doesn’t get lift lines. We don’t have that wonderful “schmoozing” opportunity. In fact, it’s tough for most of us to garner the strength to ski all day…with no lift-lines, our ski day consists of actually skiing. Maybe that’s why Idaho skiers are so much better (O.K., that’s a low blow).
In summation, enjoy today’s pictures. The beauty is unmatched. The skiing was good, not great. Skiing this early in the year, however? THAT IS GREAT! The powder is coming. It always does…and when it comes, it LASTS! (Another major difference between us and Vail – Don’t get me going).