Surrounding your McCall vacation rental, you'll find several types of entertaining winter recreation activities. McCall, Idaho is considered a resort town located on the shores of Payette Lake and near the national forest of the same name. Winter in McCall is what makes the town so popular, because there several areas to go ice skating, snow skiing, snowmobiling and horseback riding. Approximately 100 miles north of Idaho's capital city of Boise, McCall is a small town with only 2,100 residents, accessible through the Payette River Highway.
Ice Skating and Hockey
Located in the heart of McCall, the Manchester Ice and Event Center offers ice skating year-round for kids, adults and families. This skating rink is a nonprofit facility featuring a reliable indoor skating area used for recreational skating, competitions, hockey leagues and skating lessons. The Ice and Event Center can also be reserved for birthday parties, private events, ice skating shows and hockey games. If you don't own skating gear, the ice rink has standard and figure skates for rent, in addition to hockey pucks and sticks.
Ranked one of the top destinations for snow quality by SnoWest Magazine, McCall features varied terrain and trails for snowmobiling. The resort town utilizes trail groomers frequently, so the conditions for snowmobiling and off-road recreation are always at their best. McCall has more than 750 miles of trails available, ranging from easy to difficult. Snowmobile rentals can be arranged through Cheap Thrills or Hinson Power Sports in McCall. They also offer trail maps and routes, as well as mobile GPS units to help with mileage and coordinates. Some of the best locations to snowmobile in McCall include Hazard Lake, Goose Lake Trails, Tamarack Falls and Brundage Mountain Resort.
The Activity Barn in McCall is normally a flourishing cattle ranch. In winter, however, it turns into a popular haven that's perfect for playing in the snow and tubing. This is one recreational sport anyone can participate in with relatively no experience. The Activity Barn has created superb tubes that are cushioned, and give the perfect snow ride every time. Race down the mountainside that's adjacent to the cattle ranch, and choose from one of four runs available. The tubing hill is more than 700 feet long and has a gradual vertical drop of 85 feet by the time you reach the bottom of the mountain.
Brundage Ski Resort
Near the McCall vacation homes, you'll find the only ski resort in town: Brundage Mountain Resort. Celebrating their 50th season in 2010/2011, Brundage Ski Resort is open for winter sports from Thanksgiving to April/May, or whenever the snowfall stops. Brundage on average receives more than 300 inches of snow every year, making this one of the top locations to go skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling or snowshoeing. Brundage Mountain Resort is 19,000 acres overall, with 1,500 of those acres serviced by the resort's ski lift. The longest ski run off the mountain is more than two miles in length.
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