Skiing (Alpine, Nordic)

living-snowboard-insetMcCall is nicknamed “Ski Town USA” for good reason. Repeatedly rated among the Best Ski Towns in Idaho, McCall was recently named Best Secret Ski Town In North America by National Geographic. The season typically lasts from mid-November through April, and at the higher elevations, you can expect up to 300 inches of fresh powder over a base of white snow that lasts well into early spring. Brundage Mountain, Tamarack, and Little Ski Hill are all well-known local ski slopes with fast and fun downhill runs. In total, these three resorts offer up to 3,000 feet of vertical, 108 runs, over 45,000 acres of terrain ranging from beginner to expert.

Cross-country skiing here is also fantastic. Nordic skiers come from all over the world to try the Idaho snow (McCall’s Ponderosa Park was the site for the 2008 Masters World Cup international Nordic skiing competition). With literally hundreds of miles of backcountry ski trails in the area, you can take off on your own, or sign up for a guided tour, where you’ll catch a ride to pristine backcountry ski sites in a heated Snowcat or on a snowmobile.