Travel Guide to McCall – Ski Town USA

Ski Town USA

The town of McCall is dubbed “Ski Town USA” and there’s truth to this statement. Most ski towns in North America are filled with hotel and restaurant chains. And sadly, even the ski resorts are owned by mega-corporations. Not McCall! It still holds the feeling of a true ski town, back in the 70’s. There is charm. Every store and lodging is a small business. The best part though is the resorts are still owned by people who LOVE to ski instead of just making a profit. Talk about my kind of place! If only the rest of America could be like this.

Places to Eat, Drink, & Be Merry

The “Town Deer”

McCall Idaho Burgdorf Hot Springs Town Deer

The Town Deer

Throughout the entire town of McCall you'll notice deer just chillin’ in people’s yards. We’re not talking one or two but rather dozens just moseying through town. When we get to the breakfast join we had to ask, “What’s up with the deer?” Apparently, they are famous in town. They’re a decent sized herd showing up after hunting season begins (super smart!). They stay around town, foraging for food throughout the winter, to finally disappear once spring arrives. Talk about a great plan!

Things to do in the Winter

Why travel? Is it to leave your daily stresses behind? Spend time with family or friends? Party? For us, it’s about trying things that we wouldn’t experience at home. Whether to enjoy food we can’t find anywhere else or to escape the crowds, as you will see below McCall has lots of activities and things to see that don't exist anywhere else!

Travel Guide to Brundage Resort

With little to no crowds, affordable lodging, amazing food, and steep fun terrain, this is the time to hit up this gem before people start finding out about Brundage.

McCall Brundage Ski Resort Snowboarding Heelside Carve Powder

4 Reasons to Visit Tamarack Resort

Bluebird day with untracked pow at 10:30 am? Yup! The secret is starting to get out so you better head here before it's too late.

McCall Donnelly Idaho Tamarack Ski Resort Winter Snowboarding carve

Snowmobile to a Hot Springs Getaway

From Brundage Resort you can rent snowmobiles with or without a guide and ride them 30 miles into the backcountry to the famed Burgdorf Hot Springs.

McCall Idaho Brundage Burgdorf Hot Springs Snowmobiling Entrance


Snowshoe to a Yurt for Dinner

Strap on some snowshoes for a leisurely mile walk to the Blue Moon Yurt to enjoy a 5 star meal without any modern amenities like electricity.

McCall Idaho Winter Tikki Torch Flame

Things to do in the Summer

Idaho Mountain Trail Ultra Festival

A true trail running test for ANYONE starting in Burgdorf Hot Springs raps around for 102+ miles through very steep climbs and descents with TUF footing.

North Fork Championship

This competition is considered one of the premiere extreme kayaking events of the year and a breeding ground for serious kayakers.

North Fork Championship Best Whitewater Kayak Race Banks Idaho Pacific Northwest

Image taken by: Robby Milo