As the holidays approach and the year swiftly comes to a close, we are again reminded that winter in McCall is nothing short of breathtaking. With shimmering fields of white anchored to mountains of ice-kissed pines, McCall truly is a winter wonderland. But the beauty is only half the story.
At Whitetail Club, we have exclusive access to a world of amenities and an endless array of adventure that await just beyond our doorsteps. So, whether you’re an extreme sports enthusiast or a first-time trailblazer, you don’t have to look far to find the perfect adventure. Here’s a look at a few outdoor activities that should be on every Whitetail member’s to-do list this season:
Alpine Skiing: With more than 300+ inches of snowfall each year, it’s no wonder McCall has quietly become one of the top destinations in the Northwest for Alpine Skiing. Our neighboring Brundage Mountain has a little something to do with it, too. Boasting more 1,500 acres of terrain, Brundage offers 46 named trails, a wide range of glades and an Easy Street learning area for kids and newbies. Not to mention, the celebrated ski resort also offers some of the best backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the nation — and it’s only six miles from Whitetail.
Nordic Skiing: Not a downhill fanatic? No worries. Whitetail Club has more than five miles of scenic, groomed trails perfect for Nordic skiing or snowshoeing. For those who want to venture out further, McCall and the surrounding areas offer an additional 60 kilometers of premier Nordic Trails.
Snowmobiling: Ranked 6th in the North Western United States for snowmobiling, Valley County has 544 miles of groomed, well-kept trails, making it possible to never take the same route twice. From gentle slopes to challenging hillsides, there’s a trail for everyone.
Winter Carnival: Inspired by the first Payette Winter Games held in 1924, the McCall Winter Carnival has grown from a tiny festival of 200 into one of Idaho’s most iconic events, attracting more than 60,000 people to McCall each year. With a Mardi Gras Parade, live music, food, beer gardens, daily events, comedy shows, art auctions and snow sculptures lining the streets of downtown, the week-long spectacular, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 8, is a must-see for anyone who likes winter.
For more information on McCall winter activities, please visit our friends at the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.