4 Exciting Additions to Winter Recreation in McCall, Idaho

It may be hard to believe, but winter in the McCall area is about to get even more epic. Our amazing businesses continue to change, grow and expand their services, providing fresh new ways to keep the whole family entertained. Here are four new additions you won’t want to miss.


#1 Tamarack Resort’s Hibernator Glade

Tamarack already has loads of fabulous tree skiing, but they are upping the ante by opening brand new terrain for even more options. The Hibernator glade is an intermediate tree skiing area easily accessed from the Tamarack Express Chairlift. Just hop off the lift and take the groomed Showtime Trail to the glade.   


#2 Brundage Adds A New Lift on Easy Street

Brundage is taking free skiing on Easy Street to the next level with the installation of a brand new SunKid conveyor lift. The 120-foot “Easy Rider Carpet” will operate seven days a week during peak season, and every weekend during the Spring. This new lift will enhance the children’s lesson programs, making it easier for the little ones to access learning terrain without riding an elevated lift. Brundage Mountain will continue to offer free lift tickets to the public on the Easy Street Chairlift all season long.


#3 Bear Basin’s New Warming Hut

The yurt at Bear Basin, which served as the Nordic Center’s home base for the past eight seasons, is getting an upgrade! The new 40-foot by 12-foot structure will feature a spacious lobby with changing rooms, a waxing station, an office, storage area and a propane stove to keep everyone warm and toasty. This project has been a major logistical and fundraising effort over last three years. Funding for the new structure came from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, the City of McCall and proceeds from the “Snow Ball” fundraiser held annually by the Payette Lakes Ski Club. In addition, many hours and hard work by the Payette National Forest McCall Ranger District and Epikos Design + Planning mean that the new structure will be in place for the start of the winter season. The Bear Basin Nordic area is home to 25 kilometers of dog-friendly groomed trails. Learn more and find daily rates and season passes at payettelakesskiclub.org.


#4 Meet the Idaho IceCats

You actually already know them! The Idaho Junior Steelheads have changed their name to the Idaho IceCats! The name change comes as the hockey team enters its ninth season. The catalyst behind the change is simply to clear up confusion with several other teams with similar names including the Junior Steelheads, a youth hockey team, and the Idaho Steelheads team based in Boise. While their name may have changed, the action on the ice has not! This group has brought home five titles in the last seven years. The “IceCat” as a mascot was selected for its association with the outdoors and McCall’s proximity to the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. Coach John Olver says it best; “It was time for (the team) to gain its own identity. Our players are aggressive, strong and fierce competitors and this logo will reflect that identity.” We can’t wait to cheer on our home team!


(top photo courtesy Visit Idaho)

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