Skiing & Snowshoeing
The hunt for a fresh powder stash becomes a full-time job for many in the winter. With an annual snowfall of approximately 300 inches, the McCall area is home to some of the finest alpine skiing and snowboarding in the Northwest…and an ideal place to find powder. Area ski resorts boast a combined 2,600 skiable acres featuring vertical drops ranging from 1,800 to 2,800 feet. Spend a day cat skiing or boarding and you will have access to over 20,000 acres of unbelievable snow. As our friends at Brundage Mountain Resort like to say, here you will find the “Best Snow in Idaho!TM”
When the sun shines in the winter, powder can play second fiddle to a fresh groomer…a staple for Nordic skiers and something McCall has plenty of. In 2008, McCall proudly hosted the Masters World Cup, the premier, world-wide competition in Nordic Skiing. Grooming reports are updated in the winter months at McCallNordic.com. For those looking to head off-trail, the terrain offers an ideal mix of old growth forests and rolling meadows to trek across on snowshoes. View Trail Maps >>
Skiing & Snowshoeing Directory
Mission: Adaptive Wilderness Sports of McCall (AWeSOMe!) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people of all abilities through high quality outdoor experiences.
AWeSOMe!, founded in the winter of 2001-2002, provides ski lessons as well as many other outdoor activities. Our goal is to provide participants the opportunity to learn new skills, challenge themselves, and work together to enhance the health and self-confidence necessary to expand human potential.
Bear Basin Nordic Center offers 30 K of groomed Nordic trails. Lodge at Little Ski Hill includes food, beer and wine. Only 2 miles West of McCall. A local tradition since 1937!
LODGE HOURS: Tues. thru Sat.: 3:30 am- 8:30 pm. Fri.: 3:30 am – 9:30 pm; Sat: 12:00 am – 9:30 pm.
Brundage Mountain Resort has a special place in the hearts of Idaho snow lovers. Snow conditions are consistently outstanding, which is why Brundage Mountain has earned the reputation for the Best Snow in Idaho™. It’s no secret that the snow is deep and the lift lines are usually short. The mountain gets frequent storms, so skiers and boarders can cruise on freshly groomed runs or search for powder stashes in the trees and bowls.
For beginners, Brundage is one of the best mountains in Idaho to learn on—the drive-up daycare and Kid’s Center makes it easy to get the whole family where they need to go. The Easy Street double chair and Bear Chair triple provide easy access to beginner and advanced beginner terrain close to the Kid’s Center.
A majority of the luxuriously wide groomed runs are rated for intermediates, but experts who like to head off-trail have endless options. Shoot over to the north side of the mountain to Hidden Valley (follow the expert only signs) and go big. Real powder hounds will want to try the backcountry snow-cat program which operates on 18,000 acres of Payette National Forest.
Visit Brundage and you’ll pick up on that authentic Idaho feeling. Just eight miles away, the town of McCall will impress you with its friendly, low-key vibe.
Brundage Mountain has recently acquired ownership of 488 acres at the base area, and future plans include brand-new base area facilities and ski-in, ski-out lodging.
With the best snow in Idaho, a family atmosphere, affordable prices, friendly people, and an uncrowded powder experience, Brundage is a true snowrider’s mountain, poised to become a favorite destination resort.
Smoky’s Bar and Grill Hours:
11:00 am-5:00 pm Winter
11:00 am-6:00 pm Fri, Sat; 11:00 am-6:00 pm Sun. Summer
Sunday Brunch 10:00 am-2:00 pm Summer
Our friendly staff will help you get outdoors in style with our expansive selection of gear, clothing and accessories. We will match you up with your perfect ride from our diverse collection of boards or bikes from the top brands in the industry. From beginners to experts, commuters to competitive athletes, we have something for everyone.
Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council is a girl-led youth organization that serves more than 4,100 girls throughout southern Idaho and in parts of Northern Nevada and Eastern Oregon. The council, along with a team of 2,300 local volunteers, delivers educational and leadership programs that build girls of courage, confidence, and character who positively impact the communities in which they live.
Girl Scouts of Silver Sage operates thee properties in Idaho, including Camp Alice Pittenger in McCall, Camp Ta-Man-A-Wis in Swan Valley, and Friendship Square in Boise. A great place for weddings, retreats, and family reunions, we offer the use of our facilities to all Girl Scout groups, other youth groups, and non-youth groups.
For more information, visit our website at http://www.girlscouts-ssc.org, or call 208-377-2011. We offer the use of our facilities to Girl Scout groups, youth groups and non-youth groups can call for availability.
Use Our Property as a Rental
Camp Alice Pittenger is just three miles from downtown McCall and offers lodging for up to 40 winter campers. The property is adjacent to Ponderosa State Park with nearby access to Huckleberry Bay Loop and other popular snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails.
Camp Alice Pittenger is available for group or individual use and features eight insulated and heated cabins with access to a heated shower house and bathrooms, and a bunkhouse for eight that features a kitchen and multi-stall bathroom and showers. Reservations are currently being taken for dates throughout the winter, including New Year’s weekend and Winter Carnival in McCall. To make your reservation, contact Eric Landaluce at 377-2011 ext. 7245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use Our Property for a Wedding
Camp Alice Pittenger is a perfect location for a nature wedding with a scenic backdrop. Available to you are eight insulated and heated cabins that sleep four to eight people, O’Conner McFarlan house that can sleep up to ten people with a private kitchen and a shower room, a Lodge that can host large dinner parties and a new multi-stall bathroom and shower house. To book your special day at Camp Alice Pittenger, email Eric Landaluce at email@example.com or call at 208-810-7245 for rates and availability.
Are you a Troop Leader looking for some outdoor fun? Plan your own Girl Scout outdoor adventure at Camp Alice Pittenger! Help her plan and lead her own adventure and team up with other girls in an all-girl outdoor environment to choose the exciting, hands-on activities that interest her most. Along the way, she’ll gain important skills in four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience:
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
Not a Girl Scout yet? Not a problem, read about how you can get involved and lead a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success here: http://www.girlscouts-ssc.org/en/about/join.html
Are you an adult with passion for the outdoors? Would you like to mentor and support Girl Scouts to become future leaders? Join 2,300 Girl Scouts adult volunteers and make a world a better place! Read about it here: http://www.girlscouts-ssc.org/en/volunteers/why-volunteer.html
“Mountain Recreation Experts” serving McCall since 1979. Committed to quality merchandise and outstanding customer service. Ski, Bike, SUP, water sports, repair and rentals. Fabulous selection of seasonal footwear, sportswear, and sunglasses.
18 Hole Championship Golf Course (public). Summer trails for Mountain biking and walking. Winter trails system – over 18km groomed trails for Nordic skiing and snow shoeing, for all different levels. We are excited to invite fat tire bikers to our groomed trails. Snowshoes are available for rent at the Nordic Center for just $10.00 a day. All of the trails at Jug Mountain are dog friendly, so load up your four legged friend and enjoy a day in the sunshine. Please be sure to check in at the Nordic Center before hitting the trails! And don’t forget summer! Jug Mountain Ranch dining is a treat. Excellent food and and a gorgeous view. You don’t need to be a golfer to enjoy! Call 634-5072 for reservations.
Payette Lakes Ski Club operates a community supported non-profit ski area 2 miles west of McCall. We offer 400 vertical feet of lit terrain for night skiing. Primary focus is to provide McCall’s youth an opportunity to learn a variety of winter sports. Several fund-raising events are also held to cover operating costs & provide scholarships for the After School Program. Bring friends & family out to enjoy a night of skiing. Food/beer wine and lodge rentals available.
McCall Digest is an online community magazine for and about the part of central Idaho that includes the communities of McCall, Donnelly, Cascade, Yellow Pine, New Meadows, Council, Riggins and Grangeville. The region covers Valley, Adams and Idaho counties, the Salmon River Mountains and the Payette National Forest.
A collection of stories highlighting who we are as communities and a region, McCall Digest includes articles on a variety of topics of interest and includes a calendar of local events and activities. It’s a place where community members share stories – about the people, businesses and places that comprise our current culture as well as our history, shining a light on our hopes, inspirations and goals for the future of this region. Visitors to the area can learn about who we are and what our area has to offer as a tourist destination.
Have a story or article idea? Submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
McCall Sports Exchange is more than McCall’s only sporting goods consignment store, we also offer the best rates on outdoor rentals in town. From fat bikes to paddle boards we’ll set you and your family up for a fun outing during any season.
Come by to check out our ever changing inventory or just for some local insight, located in the heart of McCall across from Maverik Gas Station
Open 10 am-6 pm seven days a week.
The McCall Winter Sports Club is a non-profit organization for aspiring athletes. We strive to promote an environment of individual skill advancement, healthy competition, character development, sportsmanship, and fun for all club skiers.
Year-round adventure rentals!
Snowmobiles, motorized and non-motorized watercraft, RZR’s and Rangers- Everything you need to “Experience Idaho’s Beautiful Outdoors”
Come join us for a powder skiing experience you’ll never forget! Located in the heart of Idaho’s West Central Mountains, we have thousands of acres of untracked powder, literally, in our backyard. We have two yurts located on Lick Creek Summit (elevation 6930′ ) and have miles of skiing just out the door. From mellow burned tree glades to the stuff most of us only dream of….the steep and deep….Lick Creek has it all! Access is by snowmobile, snowcat, or an easy eleven mile ski up a snow covered county road.
So get your friends together and give us a call and sign up for your winter adventure today….
Beautiful Payette Lake is the centerpiece of Ponderosa State Park, located in the heart of one of Idaho’s most popular year-round destinations. Hike and bike on your own or with a guide, listen to a park naturalist around an evening campfire, let the kids ride to the Visitor Center for ice cream treats, rent a canoe or kayak and meander along the Payette River, snowshoe on a groomed trail or simply sit on the front porch of a park cabin and enjoy the spectacular view.
Tamarack Resort is a four-season resort that’s just a quick drive South of McCall in Donnelly. Tamarack Resort is the Treasure Valley’s closest mountain resort with lodging and snowmaking, which makes the snow conditions more reliable, even when Mother Nature doesn’t deliver. Tamarack lifts turn 7 days a week from 9A.M. until 4P.M. throughout ski season. During the summer, the resort is home to mountain biking, hiking, rafting, and watersports on Lake Cascade.
Tamarack offers 1,000 skiable acres to skiers and snowboarders of all ages and ability levels. The Tamarack Snow Sports School has a knowledge and experienced staff of skier and snowboarders to teach first-timers, as well as the more advanced who are looking for a new challenge or to improve their abilities.
With a several lodging options available, Tamarack can accommodate anywhere from small gatherings to large groups. The resort offers everything from hotel rooms at the luxurious Lodge at Osprey Meadows to Estate Homes that easily accommodate up to 16 guests. Cozy cottages, plush chalets, and townhomes are also available on site for groups of all sizes.
Tamarack also offers a variety of dining options in the base area, including Hot Shots Coffee Bar, which offers a fresh variety of coffees, teas and natural juices, as well as a tasty selection of breakfast items. Canoe Grill and Vertical Bar serves up a delicious menu of mouthwatering burgers, chili, soups and fresh salads, while Vertical Bar offers a signature Bloody Mary, a great local craft beer selection and more. Seven Devils Pub features a full-service bar and a fresh gastro-pub style menu. The Packer’s Station Warming Hut is a quaint yurt located at mid-mountain that’s a great spot to stop in for a quick refreshment while on the slopes.
Dining Hours of Operation:
Seven Devils Pub: Monday-Thursday: 3PM to CLOSE, Friday-Sunday: 12PM to CLOSE
Hot Shots Coffee Bar: Monday-Sunday: 8AM to 3PM
Canoe Grill: Thursday- Sunday 11AM to 3PM (winter only)
Vertical Bar: Thursday- Sunday 10AM to 3:30PM (winter only)
Packer’s Station: Friday- Sunday: 11AM to 3PM (winter only)
The Activity Barn is located on what in the summertime is a working cattle ranch. In the winter it transforms into a winter playground. The area is beautiful with great views of the valley, Brundage Mountain, and Jughandle Mountain. We look forward to you visiting our fun-filled mountain.
Specially designed cable-tow lifts hook onto the tube. Guests sit in the tube for a two and one-half minute ride to the top. There, below you, are four runs, each sculpted into a miniature half-pipe that controls the direction of the tube. The tubing hill is over 700 feet long with a vertical drop of 85′. We can have up to 4 lanes of varying degrees of difficulty available for our guests based on the conditions.
In July of 2004, a citizens group formed the Valley County Pathways Committee. For many years, people from different areas in Long Valley have thought about the potential of developing a valley-wide pathway system that could be used for walking, biking, running, roller-blading, horseback riding, commuting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Most of this effort was focused in McCall. The Valley County Pathways Committee created an organization that would make a pathways system possible throughout the Long Valley region.
VC Pathways has a county-approved pathways master plan that envisions more than 100 miles of pedestrian pathways between McCall and Cascade, including the prospect of revitalizing an old railroad right of way that runs the length of Long Valley, and building trails around Payette Lake and Lake Cascade.
Why is it important for Valley County to develop a valley-wide pathway system?
Research and experience related to existing pedestrian pathway and greenway systems across the United States indicate that pathways create multiple public benefits:
-Create new opportunities for recreation and for people to commute to work or shopping areas without using fossil fuels.
-Boost local economies.
-Provide transportation links to culturally or historically valuable areas.
-Tie together parks, schools, waterways and communities.
-Create opportunities for people to improve physical fitness and healthy lifestyles.
-Enhance a community’s quality of life.
-Preserve open space corridors.
The 2000 Leisure Travel and Recreation Study, performed for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, shows that hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and cross-country skiing are among the most important recreation pursuits by residents and non-residents. The 2002 Idaho Outdoor Recreation Survey shows that Idaho residents enjoy hiking and biking more than any other recreation activities. Clearly, there is strong public demand from residents and non-residents for the type of recreation opportunities that will be accessible to the public via the Valley County Pathways System.
-Cascade Ranger District, Boise National Forest
-Bureau of Reclamation
-Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
-Valley County Commissioners
-Jeff McFadden, Valley County Road Superintendent
-City of McCall
-City of Donnelly
-City of Cascade