If you're anything like us, every four years you watch Olympians race down alpine tracks, drop into superpipes and navigate through tight slalom courses and think... that looks impossible.
Yes, yes it does. But you know what is entirely possible? Booking a room at a ski-in/ski-out hotel, where you can enjoy a few runs during the day and then retire to the nearest fire at night for well-deserved drinks.
Humbird is a new property in Idaho for doing just that. The 31-room hotel provides prime access to Schweitzer’s 2,900 uncrowded acres of skiable terrain. Set above the town of Sandpoint, it's a contemporary, wood-laced take on the classic ski lodge, and it offers picturesque views of the mountains and nearby Lake Pend Oreille.
The rooms include single kings, double queens and one oversized suite. Each is equipped with panoramic windows and binoculars to take advantage of the views, plus other amenities, like boot dryers, locally roasted coffee, hand-painted mugs and locally made bath products.
Humbird’s onsite restaurant, Crow’s Bench, serves Alpine-inspired cuisine and features dishes like forest mushroom dumplings, elk carpaccio, schnitzel and roast game hen. Just what you need after a day on the mountain. And if you want to brush up on your old-school communication skills, check out the globe lights above the bar: They spell out “pray for snow” in Morse code.
The Glass Room functions as the hotel's living room. As you might suspect, it's surrounded by glass on three sides, and it offers expansive treetop views stretching across multiple states. Find a comfortable chair and relax, or challenge someone to a game on the foosball table. Or head upstairs to the third-floor rooftop deck, where you'll find a heated outdoor pool and a 12-person hot tub.
Everything above is phase one of the property. Phase two is expected to open this summer with a wellness center sporting therapy rooms for massages and other spa treatments, plus a tranquil relaxation room.
Also, keep your head on a swivel for Schweitzer’s Patrol Dogs, who might make an appearance during your stay. They'll occasionally hang out on the property and join some après-ski activities, so make sure you introduce yourself.
Hopefully it's the only time you'll need to make their acquaintance.