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It's the end of the season at Schweitzer Mountain Resort

It’s over. Okay, I was thinking of leaving my whole story like that. I don’t think it would work though. The season at Schweitzer is officially over as of Sunday, April 6, but it’s still snowing?!?!? Hmmm I thought the end of the season at Schweitzer would bring a new era of events such as wakeboarding, tubing, WATER skiing, hiking, camping, barbecuing, picnicking, huckleberry picking, beach volleyball-ing, and all the other fun festivities to do under the hot North Idaho sun. Instead, we have to wait. The month of April is like the last day of school, it just drags on trying to hold on to this last bit of winter in order to make us all suffer as we wait for the warm months ahead. In October and November, I couldn’t wait for the snow. Now I can’t stand it. Bring on the heat already!!!

Although it is April, and Schweitzer is closed, they will be re-opening with their summer activity schedule on June 27. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and scenic chair lift rides are just the beginning up at Schweitzer when the snow is gone. In honor of the summer opening, enjoy free chairlift rides on June 28. You can book your great escape package right now by going online at www.schweitzer.com, or you can call the activity center daily from 10 am to 5 pm at (208)-255-3081. You can buy your lift tickets now for next year’s winter season and if you have a graduate on your shopping list, don’t forget there’s special pricing for college students.

I went up to snowboard on the last day of the season Sunday. They were packed! It was easily one of the busiest days of the year and it was in April. The amount of snow this year was unbelievable.

On Sunday they had a variety of events planned to finish the season with a bang. Tropical Daze was the theme and the crew dressed for the occasion. Hula skirts, Hawaiian leis, straw hats and more floated around the mountain as spring skiing was in full bloom. The main event on the mountain the other day was easily the Downhill Dummy Race. For those of you who don’t know what this is, I’ll explain.

People - employees and whole departments - get together to build their own dummy. They either go for speed, or style. Some dummies were heavy, low, speed racers that flew down the hill with lighting speed; others were like Spongebob Squarepants and flew down the hill with style and entertainment. Either way, it was fun to watch. Once your dummy is built it is then mounted to a pair of skis so that it can glide down the hill.

Looking at the Great Escape Quad Chairlift, the run exactly to the right of it is J.R. The groomers make a nice, walled course straight down the face of J.R. with a massive jump at the bottom of it. That’s where the entertainment comes in. When these dummies come flying down the mountain and off of that jump, everybody’s face lights up, eyes widen and jaws drop until the dummy crashes into pieces after flying 100 feet in the air; then it’s all laughs. I think it’s easy to say that there were around 2,000 people watching this event. Besides the dummy race, there was a skim pool in the village. The skim pool is a pool of water that skiers and snowboarders attempt to skim across. Most fail, however, which is why people come to watch. Nothing makes a child happier than watching their older brother face plant into a frozen pool of water.

Water, dummies and coconuts were a perfect way to end the season at Schweitzer and I know that all the employees there couldn’t be happier with the way it went. As for me, summer begins and I begin my summer job as a forecaddie at the Coeur d’ Alene Resort Golf Course. I’ll be writing about golf mostly but other summer activities as well in my column called "Foreplay" which you can find right here in the first issue of every month.

I’ll refer to the Coeur d’ Alene resort as the golf course from now on because I don’t really like typing Coeur d’ Alene repeatedly. I’ll be honest, I’m lazy. The golf course had to postpone its opening day to April 11 because of the snow. The first weekend will start off with the Second Annual Scotch Open Golf Package. It’s a day of golf where you can come and celebrate where the sport began. While you get ready for your round at the over the water driving range, you’ll listen to the sounds of bagpipes playing traditional Scottish tunes. You’ll also be able to taste several fine scotch whiskies (if you’re old enough) that will be placed throughout the course.

May 3 is the next big tournament, which is the Cinco De Mayo Fiesta golf package. Although it is celebrated two days early, you’ll still be able to enjoy traditional Mexican tacos at the driving range before your round and drink specials on Corona beer from the beverage cart (again, if you’re old enough). After the round there will also be drink specials for margaritas so you can celebrate, or drink away your golf score. Stay and play fees for both tournaments are $149 per golfer.

That’s all for now; Schweitzer is done and the golf courses are opening. I’m extremely excited to start my second year as a forecaddie and I hope that I can turn in my columns on time from now on. Look for Foreplay right here next month.

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Dustin Gannon Dustin Gannon says he's a writer because his mama owns a newspaper. At all other times, he's a sportsman, writing both the Sno Biz column, when he's working at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in the wintertime, and Fore! Play, when he's working at the Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course during the summer.

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