Valley Count Number 6 In The Nation with Highest Percentage of Second Homes

Slide1-1According to the National Association of Builders, Valley Count Idaho has the 6th highest concentration of second homes, at 71.2 %. While it might be nice not to to have the neighbors “around” next door, this does pose economic pressure on local businesses that rely on the local population to support getting them through the slow seasons, in particular Mud Season.

And Another Winter Carnival Comes and Goes……

As a local resident of McCall, you can get a little anxious about Winter Carnival, getting ready for the friends that come up, the office party, preparing the float for the parade, and all the traffic and tourist it brings to McCall. And then it seems as fast as it comes, it goes. Leftover are the run down remains of once proud ice sculptures, trampled snow, and exhausted business owners. And as I reflect on the week that has just passed, you start to feel a little melancholy that the festivities are over. But on the same token, you have a sense of pride for your little mountain town and how well everyone involved pulled off such an awesome event.

Every year it seems as though the ice sculptures get better and better, or maybe its that you get a chance to see them once a year, and are always taken in awe on how they can be so detailed, so creative, almost deifying the elements, and temporarily beating gravity. Soon the warmer temperatures will prevail, and all that will be left are dirty mounds of ice and snow.

Great job by the McCall Chamber of Commerce, without their efforts, none of this would be possible. And of course the tourist that come up to enjoy the festivities, without you, there would be no Winter Carnival.

RE/MAX Participates in Winter Carnival Parade

Special thanks to the Youkstetter family for driving and helping throw frisbees into the Winter Carnival parade goers. We tossed 1000 frisbees into the excited crowd. We would also like to thank Patience for all her help to make it possible. Several “McCall old Timers” said this was one of the best parades they have seen. And nice job to all the volunteers, they are great at organizing chaos!

McCall’s Brundage Mtn. Wins Top Marks by Ski Magazine

Readers of Ski Magazine voted Brundage for three ‘Top Ten” categories in this year’s readers survey. Brundage Mountain was ranked #9 in the West for Families, #10 for Value and #10 for Snow. The word is really getting out about the Best Snow in Idaho and its affordable, family-friendly vibe!

The other resorts on the lists are much larger and much better known than Brundage. To say the least, the Brundage staff and McCall locals are extra proud of this honor because Brundage Mountain managed to get enough votes to get noticed without having hoards of visitors like some of the other finalists.

For the first time, Brundage is offering a free pass for the beginner lift and run to encourage new skiers. So, come out and discover McCall’s Brundage Mountain and find out why people call it the Best Snow in Idaho.






McCall Chamber Publishes Winter Guide

McCall Chamber of Commerce recently published a winter guide of the McCall area. Information includes winter recreation, restaurants, stores, hotels, winter events and real estate information. Explore what McCall has to offer in the winter by clicking on the online version of Visit McCall.

Pretty cool!

McCall Ski Swap Supports Local Ski Programs

The Payette Lakes Ski Club is hosting its annual ski swap on Oct. 18, 2015.  The ski swap offers new and used ski equipment and apparel for both Alpine and Nordic skiers and Snowboarders.4256934.jpg

Alpine, Nordic, and Snowboarding gear, plus gloves, hats, helmets, googles, poles, boots, race-suits and more.

The ski swap is held at the Payette Lakes Middle School in McCall. Doors open at 10 am.

If you have items to sell you can drop them off at the school on Saturday Oct. 17 from 10 am – 4 pm.

For more details, go to Payette Lakes Ski Club website at

All of the proceeds support the Little Ski Hill and Bear Basin Nordic Trail System in McCall.


McCall Ocktoberfest to Support McPaws

About the Event: Oktoberfest is a favorite family-friendly fall tradition in McCall. Join MCPAWS and friends for great food, cold local brews, live music, dancing, fabulous raffle, fun craft vendors and more! We expect 1,500-2,000 folks to show up for this celebration. There are activities for kids and adults. You are sure to have a great time.Oktobefest with Green

Music: This year you can enjoy live rock music by Drifter Still out of Boise,  and the returning German Oompa Band which always keeps the crowd entertained!

Costume Contest: Get those lederhosen out of storage, the costume contest is coming! There are prizes for the best dressed kids and adults.

Registration: A $10 entry fee gets you a souvenir Oktoberfest drink koozie and a free beer coupon. Kids under 21 are free. All proceeds go to the dogs and cats at MCPAWS!

 Raffle: Don’t miss out on the Oktoberfest Raffle! Tickets are just $5 each for a chance to win a variety of prizes. The grand prize this year: a 1986 Glastron speed boat and trailer! The boat is currently on display at Alpine Village in McCall.

Additional prizes include: A Mini Fridge filled with beer, a quilt, Gift Card to Unwind Body Spa, New Dog Bed, 2 Rounds of Golf at Jug Mountain, a new Bissell vacuum, a hobby horse and more!

Drawing will be held on October 3rd at 5:00pm at Alpine Village in McCall. You do not need to be present to win the grand prize, but you do need to be present to win all addditional prizes. 

Information provided by McPaws Regional Animal Shelter

Tamarack Ski Resort Offers Electronic Ski Pass

Tamarack Ski Resort today announced the Express Card Ticket that allows you to purchase a ticket with just the swipe of a card. No need to wait in line to purchase a ticket after you receive the Express Card. Clever idea! Here’s how it works.

For the price of a day ticket, the Express Card gets you a day on the slopes (just like a regular lift ticket). Then, you can return to the resort two more times and save $10 off the daily lift ticket rate on each visit. With an Express Card, there is no need to return to the ticket window. Once you have picked it up on your first visit, just keep in on your waist and go directly to the lift. When the card is scanned, your credit card will be charged. You’ll be on our lifts faster than any other resort, all with the help of wireless technology.

Music Returns to Tamarack, Idaho

Music is returning to Tamarack this summer with the Huckleberry Jam, a two-day outdoor music festival on August 14 & 15. With the stage at the base of the mountain and a gentle grassy slope rising above, the cool alpine setting will provide great views for all to enjoy an exceptional music experience this summer featuring ten national acts.

Friday Lineup

  • Ballroom Thieves
  • The Motet
  • North Mississippi All Stars
  • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

Saturday Lineup

  • Anders Osbourne
  • Pimps of Joy Time
  • Nahko & Medicines for the People
  • Brett Dennon
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals

Here is a link to more details: Huckleberry Jam

McCall’s Whitetail Club Expands Lake Amenities

Whitetail recently announced that they are expanding their lake amenities for its members and property owners. The developer purchased an 8000 SF private estate home adjacent to the Shore Lodge, which they plan to renovatWhitetail Golf Coursee into a world class lakefront clubhouse. The facility is located on Payette Lake with direct access through the private trail and tunnel system to Whitetail properties.  It is a stunning lodge with 350 feet of lake frontage and a large pier and dock.

Whitetail Club and Real Estate is a premier private club and development located in McCall. Over the years, the owners have continued to improve the amenities like no other in the Northwest.  A stunning beautiful 18-hole golf course for all levels of play, a private Fish and Swim Club with a pool, fishing pond, indoor racquet court and gym, game room and outdoor sports and play area for kids and adults, miles of mountain bike trails and nordic trails throughout the development. Oh, and I forgot to mention, a first class spa with excellent treatments and a beautiful, salt water relaxation pool.wt-pic-01

If you appreciate the combination of luxury and recreation, we believe Whitetail offers it all. The development has cabins and homesites for sale. Call us for more details.  208-634-9469