When you’ve been raising kids for 25 years on the ski slopes, it’s hard to carve out time for a mom-and-dad ski trip. Typically, if there’s snow involved, the kids were eager to tag along.
Fast forward a decade later – the kids have all grown up and are finally skiing on their own, which means it’s time for a mom-and-dad ski trip to Idaho’s Schweitzer Mountain.
To make the trip even more special, we found accommodations at one of Coeur d’Alene’s newest hotel suites: One Lakeside.
Nestled in the northern Idaho panhandle, Coeur d’Alene continues to gain in popularity among outdoor aficionados and urbanites looking for a mountain escape—which is where One Lakeside fits in perfectly.
Featuring 29 amenity-filled hotel suites and 40 condominium residences in various configurations, the property is located steps away from gorgeous Lake Coeur d’Alene. It’s surrounded by downtown restaurants, shopping, galleries, and an abundance of outdoor activities.
We rolled in Friday evening and immediately toured the hotel, which featured two on-site terraces, a dog run, lots of patio seating, multiple gas grills, a roof top hot tub and a club room.
As we settled into our suite, we were amazed by the quality finishes including floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious private balcony, a chef-ready kitchen, a full-size washer and dryer, a premium mattress and lush bedding, a huge 65” HDTV and a few plush bathrobes.
We hit the Collective Kitchen in downtown Coeur d’Alene for dinner and returned to our suite to prepare for the day of skiing at Schweitzer Mountain.
As the sun rose, we woke up to a fantastic view of Lake Coeur d’Alene right from the main bedroom. We fueled ourselves with coffee and complimentary energy-snacks and hit the road to Sandpoint.
Upon arrival, we grabbed one of the last 10 parking spots in the main lot of The Village and hit the Great Escape Quad straight to the Sky House at the top of the mountain. Our goal was to ski the Outback Bowl until late morning, followed by a relaxing afternoon on the main runs in Schweitzer Bowl.
Once at Sky House, we skied The Great Divide, Vagabond and Snow Ghost until our legs began to tire. Next, we tackled the Coldburn Triple back to the top for the wind-down on Schweitzer Bowl.
We played it safe from there, skiing mostly Gypsy, Ridge Run and Midway – all blue runs. As the day ended, my wife and I felt rejuvenated and excited for our evening back at our One Lakeside suite.
For dinner, we settled on Tito’s Italian Grill & Wine Shop in Coeur d’Alene. After a three-course meal of apps, salad and pasta, we meandered back to the hotel for a relaxing evening in the rooftop hot tub. What a great way to end the day.
The following morning, we went for a brisk 5-mile run before packing up and heading back to western Washington.
One Lakeside is owned by Austin Lawrence Partners and operated and managed by Seattle-based Columbia Hospitality, Inc. The hotel is situated only 35.3 miles from Spokane International Airport.
Hotel suites are available in a variety of layouts including one-, two-, and three-bedroom options. Most are pre-arranged with a king-sized bed in the master bedroom and a queen-sized sleeper sofa in the living room. Multi-bedroom suites are also perfectly designed for the whole family.
The hotel offers self-parking in a covered garage and high-speed wireless internet service. One Lakeside is pet friendly as well.
Located near two incredible ski areas, One Lakeside is the ideal home base for any winter sport enthusiast. Schweitzer Mountain Resort (58 miles away) ranks one of the nation’s top winter destinations. Silver Mountain Resort (37 miles away) offers a scenic gondola ride for a unique skiing experience.
If winter skiing isn’t your thing, One Lakeside also provides easy access to local rivers, mountains, trails, and boat launches for the stunning Lake Coeur d’Alene. The options for outdoor adventures are endless such as walking along the lake or hiking the 2.4-mile Tubbs Hill trail loop.
Mountain biking and cycling are popular during the spring, summer and fall. Miles of bike trails weave through Coeur d’Alene. However, world-class mountain biking can also be found at Silver Mountain Resort and the Canfield Mountain Trail System.
For thrill-seeking adventures, Coeur d’Alene was recently rated Tripadvisor’s No. 1 outdoor adventure. Timberline Adventures offers zipline tours featuring seven ziplines, two sky bridges, two auto-belays and panoramic views of Coeur d’Alene.
If you’re looking for culture, Coeur d’Alene is a hotspot for those wishing to immerse themselves in a thriving arts community. Make sure to stop by Coeur d’Alene Galleries, Art Spirit Gallery and Cisco’s Gallery.
Even though we loved skiing without the kids, our plan is to return this summer for a family vacation at One Lakeside.
For information about One Lakeside, visit www.onelakeside.com or call 888-409-7373.