Long before a skiing frenzy gripped the winter resorts of the United States, there was the Signal Point Ski Resort in Post Falls, Idaho.
I’M THANKFUL TO CALL THIS AREA MY BACKYARD.
From 1950 until almost the end of the decade, Signal Point offered weekend skiing and lessons, providing a total of three runs down the east side of the mountain and, at one point, six rope tows. Only the arrival of the world’s first double chair lift at Mount Spokane could spell the end of the operation. Before then, the closest chairlifts were at Mount Hood or Sun Valley.
Maitland E. Wilkins, an early skier and tugboat operator on Lake Coeur d’Alene, spotted Signal Point from the lake, and having dreamed about a ski run close to home, one day bought 570 acres at the mountain top for only a few dollars per acre.