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Sandpoint, Idaho on Lake Pend Oreille at night


Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort named America’s Best Ski Resort of the Season in USA Today

Sandpoint, Idaho named America’s Most Beautiful Small Town by Rand McNally July 7, 2011

Skijoring: The Awesome Marriage of Skiing and Horseback Riding - Photo and video article about Sandpoint Winter Carnival’s newest event in the February 17, 2011 of

Sandpoint nation's eleventh Coolest Small Town- Budget Travel in a 2010 national poll

Best Snowboard Resorts- Schweitzer Mountain among the Top 10 according to

Schweitzer Ski Resort - West's Best Ski Townsin December 2010 CNN Travel article

Most under the radar: Sandpoint, ID- In the West's best ski towns from the December issue of Sunset magazine

Big Dig Tells Nuanced Story About North Idaho Town- A team of archeologists unearth some great history from Sandpoint's early days under the new Sand Creek Byway in this November 2, 2010 Oregon Public Broadcasting write up.

Sandpoint: A Gay-Friendly Getaway in Conservative Idaho

Winter Vacation at Sandpoint Idaho - things to See and Do Near Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, Sandpoint, Idaho from this October 9, 2010 Associated Content piece.

Idaho in the fall: A subtle beauty all its own - Published by MSNBC and carried by on September 15, 2010.

Energy states, Idaho leading comeback from recession - Published in USA Today September 21, 2010.

Idaho's Unemployment Rate Improves - Published in USA Today September 21, 2010.

Idaho town draws railfans from around the world - Sandpoint, Idaho is one of our area's top tourist draws, according to this August 4, 2010 article in USA Today Travel.

Go Jump in a Lake - Published August on MSN about lake cities. Features Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille.

Leaving Sandpoint. - American Spectator..

Second homes: Having it all in Sandpoint, Idaho - Published April 16, 2010 in USA Today in an article about Ten Great Deals for second homes in the USA.

10 Pacific Northwest Getaways: Sandpoint, Idaho is four seasons of fun and recreation- Published in the Examiner on January 13, 2010.

Top 10 Dream Towns- Published in August 2008, Sunset Magazine states when crossing the Longbridge into Sandpoint "you know you're someplace special."

Sandpoint Winter Carnival provides perfect haven - Big Sky Journal in their December 2009 article suggested "Sandpoint, Idaho, may not be on your winter bucket list - but it should be."

Lost In The '50s Sandpoint Hot Rod Show

Sandpoint, Idaho: A great place to live - This December 12, 2009 story was featured on Localism and Activerain. SandpointNorth Idaho, Schweitzer Ski Resort, and Lake Pend Oreille gets a lot of attention, and now you want to know the inside story.

Sandpoint Leads the transition movement - The NY Times published an article on the Sandpoint Transition Initiative in their story "The End is Near! (Yay!)" in April 2009.

The greatest places to live in the West - And Sandpoint is one of them according to the April 2009 issue of American Cowboy

Sandpoint, Idaho: Influential People Were Born in Sarah Palin's Hometown

Sandpoint, Idaho and Lake Pend Oreille Four-Season Recreation in Idaho's Lake Country

Sandpoint and Mountain Real Estate still a good buy - Mountain Living Magazine says Sandpoint is one of 5 "mountain markets to watch," with their September 2008 market appraisal.

Best Small Towns in US - In the August 2004 issue of Outside Magazine's Best Towns, Sandpoint was named the "The cool northwest's hot property."

Best Adventure Town - National Geographic Adventure put Sandpoint in their "best" category, touting not only our outdoors, but the civic minded spirit of the community in October 2009.

Best Small Town in the West - The LA Times takes note of Sunset Magazine naming Sandpoint the West's Best Small Town.

Sandpoint: Undiscovered Haven - Where to Retire magazine, with close to three million readers, directed retirees to Sandpoint in the December 2009 issue, proclaiming Sandpoint's "spectacular setting, fulfilling lifestyle and right prices." Gary Lirette was featured in this article.

Old West Atmosphere - In September 2006 the New York Times called Sandpoint an  "Old West Atmosphere in a Sporting Paradise," with "small-town feeling" and "natural beauty."

Unforgettable Sandpoint - USA Today published a May 2007 article titled 15 Unforgettable Trips, with the travel writer beginning, "I was smitten with this lakefront town from the moment I saw it, tucked between the Cabinet and Selkirk mountains in Idaho's Panhandle like some Northwoods Brigadoon."

Top 10 Resort Towns - Ask Men noted Sandpoint's "breathtaking scenery is just the beginning," but you "discover there is much more to see."

Artist Haven - In the winter edition of SkyWest magazine, Sandpoint and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort garnered, "When Mother Nature needs inspiration she goes to Sandpoint, Idaho"

Lakefront living in a tight-knit mountain retreat - National Geographic Adventure Magazine calls Sandpoint an 'idyllic adventure haven' in their August 2008 story Idaho's Last Stand

Schweitzer Mountain: Ski Magazine's Top 25 Ski Resorts - Schweitzer Ski Resort breaks the top list for the first time in 2007, being named #3 for Tree Skiing

Seven Secret Snowy Stashes - Schweitzer gets named in this and MSNBC article

Best 'Overlooked' Ski Resorts - Schweitzer Mountain made the list in this November 2007 USA Today article

Lakeside living that's far from the crowds - US News & World Report named Sandpoint one of the nation's top 10 retirement spots "that offer delightful surroundings and amenities but still are easy on the wallet," in this June 2007 Sandpoint profile

Fall Foliage; Bright Leaves, Big Country - The NY Times featured Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille in a guide for "leaf lovers" published October 2006

A great place to retire beyond Florida and Arizona - Writes Business Week in its July 2006 issue, “There's almost always something happening," for retirees.

Sunset Magazine loves Idaho's Lake Country in these articles: Perfect Summer Trips, The West's Most Beautiful Lakes, Legendary Lake Country

Top 10 Ski Towns - Men's Journal ranks Sandpoint second in their "10 Collest Mountain Towns" list of ski towns 

Idyllic Sandpoint - USA Today: "It's a Norman Rockwell-meets-Ansel Adams classic, brought to life every summer..." That's how USA Today describes Sandpoint in the major feature story on Sandpoint published August 2004.

Telecommuting Heaven - Forbes magazine online named Sandpoint one of the best 10 cities to telecommute from. Check out the August 23, 2004 story posted at

Sandpoint basks in spotlight - This March 11, 2004 article in the Journal of Business talks about the boom year of 2004

Where the Growth Is: Hot Spots - This October 15, 1994 article in Inc. touts Sandpoint, Idaho as a place to set up a business. “Unlikely as it may sound to those struggling to grow businesses in suburban office parks or pricey downtown quarters, you don't have to set up shop in Santa Clara, Calif., or Norcross, Ga., or Arlington, Va., to stand a chance of building a growth company.”

Sandpoint - Spring in the Idaho Panhandle reveals lake monsters and reggae rhythms

Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort Accolades and News Stories

Schweitzer Mountain: Skiing Magazine's Top 25 Ski Resorts - Schweitzer Ski Resort breaks the top list for the first time in 2007, being named #3 for Tree Skiing.

Seven Secret Snowy Stashes - Schweitzer gets named in this article

Best 'Overlooked' Ski Resorts - Schweitzer Mountain made the list in this November 2007 USA Today article.

Top 10 Most Overlooked Ski Resorts – December 2, 2007 in the Denver Post

Schweitzer Reviews by Real People - From 2007

Record Holiday – January 1, 2002 in Snowboard-mag

Overlooked Ski Spots – USA Today November 19, 2007

Undiscovered' Resorts: Seven Secret Snowy Stashes – A January 26, 2007 article in MSNBC

Great Summer Mt. Towns

Schweitzer Resort Reviews

Skiers Reviews

What are they saying about Schweitzer?

(Taken from the website in 2007)

"Unassuming and uncrowded, Schweitzer averages 100 more annual inches of snow than Sun Valley." 
- Ski Magazine, December 2007

Schweitzer employee Al Rhodes' and his truck are featured on the cover for his win at the Top Truck Challenge.
- Four Wheeler Magazine, December 2007

"condos, lodges and high-speed quads have ratcheted Schweitzer's image up a few notches, but locals hold their own here..."
- Skywest Magazine, November/December 2007

"Kyler Cooley skips across the Pend (Oreille) in fading light"
- The Ski Journal, Volume Two - Number One

"Go before everyone else discovers Schweitzer's 6,400-foot-high Selkirk spine and 1200 acres of tamarack glades and curvy bowls."
- Skiing Magazine, November 2007

"Last winter's visit nearly blew my helmet off: Schweitzer now boasts the acreage, lifts, lodging and amenities to rival the finest resorts in North America."
- Horizon Air Magazine, November 2007

"#21 in the 25 Best Resorts in North America and #3 for tree skiing"
- Skiing Magazine, October 2007 

"a relatively hidden gem.....Schweitzer resembles the beauty of that other mountain on the lake known as Tahoe"
- Powder Magazine, October 2007

"Schweitzer has the mountain conditions that skiers and snowboarders crave"
- Empire Builder Magazine, Fall/Winter 2007

"Stand at the top and feast your eyes on three mountian ranges, three states, Canada and beautiful Lake Pend Oreille."
- Skier News, 2008 season

"#1 Ski Resort in the Inland Northwest" - 13 years straight!
- Pacific Northwest Inlander Reader's Poll, March 2007

 "This mountain is a hidden wonder"
- Western Parent, February/March 2007

 "the largest and most posh of the five hills in the Inland Northwest..."
- AP article in The Washington Times, and others, Jan 2007

 "10 Undiscovered Ski Spots"
- MSN Travel, November 2006

 "Where to go for the Holidays"
- Travel and Leisure Magazine, November 2006

"10 Best Northwest Resorts/Park & Pipe"
- Transworld Snowboarding, November 2005

"10 Coolest Mountain Towns - Sandpoint, Idaho"
- Mens Journal, November 2005

"Great Adventure Town - Where to Live and Play Now"
- National Geographic Adventure, September 2004

"A Norman Rockwell meets Ansel Adams classic"
- USA Today, August 20, 2004

"The twin playgrounds of the lake and 8,000 foot peaks prevent any dead spots on the calendar."
- Outside Magazine, August 2004

"Best Small Town in The West - Sandpoint, Idaho"
- Sunset Magazine, January, 2004

"Big Slopes and small-town charm at Northern Idaho's up-and-coming resort."
- Sunset Magazine, December 2003

"Legend has it that Schweitzer got its name from an old Swiss hermit who lived at the base of the mountains in the 1800s. He'd be shocked at the changes in the neighborhood today, but the view remains the same: spectacular."
- Seattle Magazine, November 2002

"Schweitzer is one of those little-known gems of the Northwest. It's difficult to see how this huge place remains hidden though 2,500 acres of skiing terrain, a vertical drop of near 2,500 feet, trails that stretch more than two miles. There are 59 named trails, and a good amount of bowl skiing (open snow fields with few or no trees to get in the way)."
-, October 29, 2002

Reader's Poll: #3 for snow quality
- Transworld Snowboarding, 2002

Editor's Pick #4
- SKI Magazine, October, 2002

"Melting spring snows at Schweitzer reveal a mossy labyrinth of mountain bike trails that accommodates every level of rider. There are brutal climbs and technical rock descents, like the exhilerating Butt Slide Rock and Moffit's Edge. Intermediate rides for mortals exist too, mixing woods, ridges and crumbling granite on swooping, leisurely riders."
- SKI Magazine, May/June, 2002

"If you missed buying in Aspen or Steamboat Springs, where prices have gotten unspeakable over the past 15 years, consider this ski area 50 miles from the Canadian border. Sandpoint sits amid the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains but it's not just another Swiss Miss copy of the Alps."
- Smart Money, February 2002

"Sweet Schweitzer: Sparkling ski slopes in Idaho are poised for discovery. Spruced up mountain resort may be the Next Big Thing...With Magnum hits of sunshine, 300 inches of fluffy snowfall a year and just a little more than two hours form Seattle by plane and car, he'd parked at what would become one of the best ski spots in the Northwest"
- Seattle Post Intelligencer, January 31, 2002

View of Sandpoint, Idaho from Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort
View of Sandpoint, Idaho from Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort

Winter in Sandpoint, Idaho

I am Gary Lirette,REALTOR® for Tomlinson Sotheby's International Realty in Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene. I am also the host of theNorth Idaho Business radio show and the North Idaho Arts & Adventure radio show broadcast on the North Idaho Talk Radio Network. Locally, we are heard on KSPT 1400 AM in Bonner and Kootenai counties and KBFI 1450 AM in Boundary County and Canada.

Real Estate in Sandpoint has been on the rise approximately 7% a year for three years, much in part due to the decrease in pricing. That being said, I have had some success in the area of waterfront sales in Sandpoint finding great values for my clients.

When you are looking for a REALTOR®, you should want a local business owner and someone who is very connected to the community. Few here have interviewed over 1,200 business leaders, characters, charities, politicos, etc. My experience with the hidden gems of North Idaho, as well as intricate knowledge of this slice of paradise makes me your logical choice.

If you have questions about North Idaho Waterfront or Sandpoint Lake Pend Oreille property, give me a call.

Gary Lirette, REALTOR®
Tomlinson Sotheby's International Realty

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