McCall is a prime winter destination, not just for our amazing ski hills and resorts, but for the many recreational opportunities that we have to offer. With so much to choose from, it can be hard to decide what goes on your McCall bucket list, so we did the hard work for you. Here are 30 things to try this winter in McCall:
Visit one of our ski mountains and resorts for incomparable alpine skiing and snowboarding.
Take a snowmobile adventure, on your own or with a guide.
Head to one of the many Nordic trails with your classic or skate skis, you can even bring your pup!
Want to get off-trail? Strap on a pair of snowshoes and blaze your own way.
Looking for a unique experience? Hop on a snow bike and see what all the buzz is about.
Lace up your ice skates and hit the rink at Manchester Ice Center or at the outdoor rink maintained by McCall Parks and Recreation!
Get everyone out on the ice with bumper cars, every 15 minutes during public skate at the Manchester Ice Center.
If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, McCall has many coffee shops to offer such as Mountain Java, North Fork, Cafe 6three4, and the Fogglifter Cafe! Need one on the mountain? No problem, Little Ski Hill, Tamarack, and Brundage have on-site cafes for all your caffeine needs.
Take the magic carpet up the hill for snow tubing fun at the Activity Barn!
Want to take the little ones sledding? Legacy Park and Art Roberts Park are the perfect places for a quick and snowy getaway with the whole family.
Getting chilly? Hit up one of the many hot springs in the McCall area such as Goldfork, Zim’s, and Mundo.
If you still aren’t relaxed, head over to one of the ski resort of McCall spas for massages, facials and more.
Looking for winter events? Mountain Hollydays happens throughout the entire month of December. Catch great local deals and pop up events all over town.
Feeling cooped up? Head on over to a cabin fever event, hosted by the McCall Arts and Humanities Council. Events range from sourdough pancake and starter lessons and plate making to aromatherapy and festive wreath-making.
Winter Carnival is the place to be during the last weekend in January and the first weekend of February. Catch the Idaho Sled Dog Challenge, incredible snow sculptures, parades, fireworks, and more.
Looking to get festive? Check out the Festival of Trees, hosted by the Payette Lakes Progressive Club. Find stunning pre-decorated trees and wreaths as well as work from local artists to raise money for local scholarships.
Grab a bite to eat! McCall features all kinds of restaurants and eateries, whether you’re looking for a pre-mountain meal, a casual lunch, or a dinner with a view, there’s something for everyone.
Sometimes adventuring makes you thirsty. Grab a locally brewed pint, a mimosa flight, or your favorite cocktail at one of the breweries and bars located throughout the area. Follow the McCall Ale Trail to get a special pint glass! (brochures available at the Visitor Bureau Office)
Spend an evening at a play at Alpine Playhouse or with the McCall Arts and Humanities Council Children’s Theatre.
Find a *new* used book at Pump House Book Shop (1001 State Street) – proceed benefit the McCall Public Library.
Pick up a souvenir from a local business or artist at one of McCall’s boutiques or artist co-ops. Need some new winter gear? We’ve got that too!
Listen to some local music at various pop-up concerts around town and at several local breweries!
If you’re looking for that magical holiday moment, stand under the lights at the tree in downtown McCall.
Still not sure what to see? Check out a scenic tour by snowmobile, ski, or on your own two feet!
Feeling stiff from that ski day? Check out by-donation yoga classes at the McCall Community Hub’s CUBx building.
For those particularly adventurous souls, cat skiing is the perfect way to make tracks in the backcountry.
McCall is one of Santa’s favorite places, find him at Mountain Java’s Winter Market, Shore Lodge’s Breakfast with Santa, or catch him shredding the mountain at Brundage Resort!
Shop Late, Shop Local, and watch the downtown tree lighting each December.
Pick up a shiny new snowboard, pair of skis, poles, boots, and other gear at one of the local ski shops so you’re ready for your next outdoor adventure.
Celebrate the turning of the earth by Lighting Up the Night at Brundage, complete with fireworks, a torchlight parade, firepits, and festivities.