Ski Resorts Near McCall, Idaho

The ski resorts near McCall, Idaho are a mix of community-based, family-friendly ski resorts. But don’t let that fool you. McCall lives up to its nickname, the ski town of U.S.A., as it is home to many winter Olympians.

The most popular ski resort near McCall that visitors flock to is the Brundage Mountain Resort, located about 8 miles (about 20 minutes’ drive) from McCall. The Brundage Mountain Resort has been in operation since 1961. It has a reputation of offering some of Idaho’s best snow, over 1,500 acres of skiable area and 46 trails. Its base elevation is 5,840 feet and its summit elevation is 7,640 feet. In 2007, the resort added two new chairlifts, bringing the total number to five and opening up sweeping views of Payette Lake and McCall. Brundage Mountain Resort offers family-friendly facilities, such as a day care center and children’s center. It is very popular on weekends. Apart from skiing, snowboarding is also popular here. This was the first center in Idaho to offer snowboarding lessons to first-time and beginner snowboarders. There are no accommodation facilities at the resort, so most visitors stay in either McCall or New Meadows, about 10 miles away. In 2008, a new F&B outlet, the Bear’s Den at Bear’s Chair provides seating for 88 visitors and features a special children’s menu.

The other popular ski resort is the newer Tamarack Resort. Tamarack is about 30 miles away from Brundage Mountain Resort. However, at this point of writing, the Tamarack Resort is closed for “reorganization.”

Two miles west of McCall is the lesser known, home-grown ski resort Little Ski Hill. This small-scale resort was built in 1937 and is one of the oldest ski resorts in Idaho. The resort was originally meant for the local forest workers, and today, it is maintained as a community-based resort by the Payette Lakes Ski Club. The walls of the modest lodge are filled with snippets of its proud history. No less than six Winter Olympians have trained on Little Ski! These world-class athletes put the resort’s 40 kilometres of ski trails to good use! Little Ski Hill’s summit elevation is 5,600 feet. In 2008, Little Ski Hill resort underwent some improvements, including the construction of a new deck to the lodge. Night skiing is available on weekends.

Other “home-grown” ski resorts nearby include Bogus Basin near Boise, about 100 miles (1.5 hour drive) from McCall. Another option is Pomerelle Mountain Resort near Albion, which is about 260 miles from McCall. Pomerelle is one of the region’s highest elevation resorts; its base elevation is 8,000 feet. Both Bogus Basin and Pomerelle have strong community involvement and focus on offering affordable and accessible fun in the snow for everyone and anyone who is interested in snow sports. Sun Valley Lodge, Idaho’s first ski resort, is located in Sun Valley, 150 miles away (or five hours by car) from McCall.

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