11″ New Powder at Brundage Mountain Ski Resort

Brundage Mountain Ski Resort in McCall saw 11” of fresh powder over the last two days. For us thrill seekers, this has been some of the best skiing in years. With the deep snow this year, the whole mountain has opened up for “off groomer” skiing. Some of the ravines off limits before have turned into fantastic powder runs. Saturday morning greeted skiers with partly sunny skies and fresh snow.

Hopefully we get a handful more of great “pow” days. If temperatures don’t get to high, we should have a great spring season!

Secesh Stage Stop Open

  Secesh Stage Stop in the Backcountry is open for business. If you are  looking for a fun snowmobile ride with friends and family and would like a cold beer, glass of wine, or hot hamburger, this is the place for you. Enjoy the rustic atmosphere and good food. It is about a 45 minute ride from Francis Wallace parking lot just outside of McCall Idaho. If you fall in love with Secesh, there is a variety of real estate for sale, ranging from small lots to cabins on the river. Accessible from McCall by snowmobile or tracked ATVs of UTVs only until the snow melts late May.

McCall Best Secret Ski Town In North America!!



Best For: Powderhound families with a taste for soft snow

Hidden in the sparsely populated mountains of central Idaho sits McCall, population 2,991, a friendly, off-the-radar destination for families in search of some of the most consistent powder skiing in the Northern Rockies. On the shore of Payette Lake and carved out of the Payette National Forest, McCall has evolved over the last century from a logging town to a low-key resort community with endless skiing opportunities in the neighboring Salmon River Mountains and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, the largest roadless area in the country. An annual winter carnival features sleigh rides and epic ice sculptures.

Brundage Mountain, eight miles from town, is family-owned by descendants of the area’s pioneers. Forget condos and wine bars—this mountain still uses the same A-frame base lodge it opened with in 1961. An average of 320 inches of snow a season graces its beginner- and intermediate-friendly terrain, which features expansive groomers and a candy store of glades. Its modest 1,500 acres of lift-served terrain might not impress the number crunchers, but its cat skiing on 17,000 adjacent acres will. There’s also night skiing to be had at the aptly named Little Ski Area just outside of town and Payette Powder Guides offers backcountry skiing and a pair of yurts in the nearby West Central Mountains. Twenty miles to the south is the on-again, off-again (but currently on) Tamarack Resort, which serves 2,800 vertical feet of intermediate-friendly slopes.

Ask a Local

Former Brundage ski instructor Marty Rood now operates Payette Powder Guides and offers guided backcountry trips, avalanche courses, and yurt rentals in the McCall area.

Best Digs

“The HUB Mountain House and the Shore Lodge, right on the lake”

Best Eats

“The Blue Moon Yurt in Ponderosa State Park is a culinary experience with a short cross-country ski-in on the shores of Payette Lake.”

Best Après Spot

“Salmon River Brewery or the Foresters Club”

Best Rest-Day Activity

“Gold Fork Hot Springs”

Favorite Local Run

“On top of any mountain near McCall”

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.






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.

Brundage: Top 10 Ski Resorts for Deepest Snowpack

Our local ski resort in McCall, Brundage Mtn., was named one of the top 10 Ski Resorts for deepest snow pack this year.  The Mountain didn’t open until Dec. 19.  But when did it open, it snowed and it’s continued to snow giving us some of the best snow in the west.  The pack is excellent and powder is fabulous. Getting more this weekend, 4-6 inches.

According to the article in, SnowBrains.com, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana have some of the deepest snowpack this year.  Brundage rated number 8 with a snowpack of 70 inches.  The Brundage website currently states that the base depth is 46″ and the summit depth is 68″ with a season total of 124″.

Tamarack Ski Resort Fires Up Snowmaking Equipment in Anticipation of Season Opening

DONNELLY, ID (November 11, 2014) – Companies often hire “rain makers” to bring in new client business. At Tamarack Resort, they employ a “snow maker,” and while Brian Amundson’s duties don’t include sales or marketing, the successful start to a ski season comes down to his ability to run a complex system that provides the ammo for making magic with manmade snow.logo

Amundson started firing his guns today—snow guns—as Tamarack began making a layer of thicker base snow to create a foundation for the ski slopes and a mid-December opening. Once this layer is set, Amundson can then adjust his snowmaking to produce drier and lighter snow for better skiing.

“The sound and sight of the guns blowing snow triggers a lot of excitement—since we don’t have to entirely depend on Mother Nature, it pretty much guarantees we’ll be skiing soon,” said Amundson.

Tamarack, along with Schweitzer Mountain and Sun Valley, is one of only three Idaho ski resorts with snowmaking systems. Tamarack uses a TechnoAlpin system from Bolzano, Italy—installed in June 2004 as the Italian manufacturer’s first system in North America, and serviced last week by the manufacturer to improve efficiencies. Tamarack’s system utilizes fan guns, sometimes colloquially known as “snow cannons,” to turn water droplets into tiny snow crystals and blow the manmade snow onto the slopes.

Tamarack covers approximately 100 acres with manmade snow, from the Showtime run at mid-mountain to the terrain park and all trails at the base area. It uses water drawn from a deep well at the rate of 1,100 gallons per minute and stored in a 100,000-gallon tank located by the pump house. It will

use 25 to 35 million gallons of water in a season, depending upon natural snowfall. Amundson noted that snowmaking is considered a non-consumptive use of water, as very little is lost to evaporation—most of it will melt and replenish rivers, lakes, and aquifers.

“It’s a tremendous asset because it gives us a high level of certainty about being able to open and deliver a great skiing experience throughout the season. We’ve never missed a scheduled opening date at Tamarack,” said Amundson, who came to Tamarack in 2004 after having worked for 18 years at Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado.

Tamarack, which will be open this winter on a seven-day basis for the first time since 2008, also said it will continue selling reduced-price, adult season passes for $369 until November 12. Starting November 13, adult season prices will cost $399, while season passes for families will go from $849 to $1,099. Season passes for seniors will increase from $10 to $129. To buy a pass online, go to the tickets and passes page of the Tamarack website. Tamarack is targeting a mid-December opening.


Just two hours from Boise and a stone’s throw from McCall, Idaho, Tamarack Resort offers four fun seasons of recreational activities and lodging. In addition to skiing and its nationally ranked, Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Osprey Meadows golf course, Tamarack offers Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking and hiking. Its location in the heart of central Idaho also provides convenient access to boating on Lake Cascade and recreation on nearby rivers and in national forests. The resort is located near the town of Donnelly in Idaho’s Valley County.

News Release Provided by Tamarack Resort

McCall Golf Courses Open for the Summer Season

McCall area golf courses open this Memorial Weekend for the summer season. There are five courses within a 20 mile radius from the center of McCall. After a mild winter and an unusual warm spring, all of the courses are in great shape this year. Here is the scoop on the courses!

McCall Golf Course – Public city course located in on east side of town.  Three nine hole courses, treed narrow fairways.  Easy to walk. Home to the famous McCall Amateur, one of the most popular tournaments in the Northwest.  18 hole fees range from $39-$47 depending on the day and time.  A cart fee is $15. For more details go to the McCall Golf Course website or call 208-634-7200.

Jug Mountain Ranch – Public resort course located approximately 5 miles southeast of town.  Wide open course with long fairways.  Some carry overs, over water and canyons.  Definitely a challenging and beautiful course with breathtaking views of Jug Handle Mountain.  In 2008, Jug Mountain Ranch Golf Course was ranked the second best golf course under $75 by Golf Digest.  18 hole fees range from $28-$65 (includes cart) depending on the day and time.  For more details go to the Jug Mountain Ranch Golf website or call 208-634-5078.

Meadow Creek Golf Resort – Public course in New Meadows located approximately 20 miles west of McCall.  At an elevation of 3900 ft, Meadow Creek often sees spring before McCall and thus is able to open several weeks before others in the area. The golf course weaves in and out of the pine trees and across the verdant meadows offering changing scenery and stimulating golf at every turn.  18 hole fees range from $39 to $49 depending on the day and time.  Cart fee is $15. For more details go to the Meadow Creek Golf Course website or call 208-347.2555.

Osprey Meadows Golf Course – Public resort golf course located at Tamarack Resort approximately 20 miles from McCall.  A Robert Trent Jones Jr. design course, Osprey Meadows is truly one of the most beautiful courses in the area.  Views of Cascade Lake and eastern mountains.  Rated one of the best courses in Idaho and #32 best public courses by Golf Digest.  18 hole fees range from $40-$65 with cart depending on the day and time.  For more details go to the Osprey Meadows Golf website or call 208-325-golf

Whitetail Golf Course – Semi-private golf course located in the Whitetail Club Development in McCall.  You must either be a member or a guest of a member of Whitetail or a guest of the Shore Lodge to play on the course. Whitetail’s Golf Digest “Top 100” championship golf course was designed by two-time U.S. Open winner Andy North and Roger Packard. It was also named a 2009 Top 100 Best Course in America by Golf Week Magazine. Sporting a diverse terrain, it plays through both towering pine alleys and open, water-laced meadows.  For more details contact the Shore Lodge at 208-634-2244 or go the Whitetail Golf Course website.

Real estate surrounds all of these courses.  Contact us for more details about homes and lots for sale in these golf course developments.



Brundage Mountain’s Revenue Positive

Although the snow conditions have been slow coming this year, Brundage Mountain’s Communication Director, April Russell said they had one of their best years.

“We’ve had as much as twice as much snowfall as some of the other resorts in our area, and while it’s not a record year for us, we have been really lucky to hold on to a lot of that snow that we’ve gotten,” said Russell.

The 2012 season was comparable to 2013 according to Russell, who said the mountain opened in mid December, and that Brundage saw enough storms to keep the snow at as much quantity as quality.

“It’s one of the best seasons as far as visitation and revenue that we have ever had,” explained Russell.

There wasn’t as much snow this year, but I had one of my best powder ski days at Brundage in early January.  It snowed 10- 12 inches the night before. I woke up to partly cloudy skies with temps in the high teens, making it for perfect powder conditions.  We had first tracks down Alpine and then skied over to Meadow Bowl to perfect, fluffy powder.  I skied for three hours, finding pockets of untracked powder all over the mountain.  It was truly an “epic” powder day skiing with friends at Brundage Mountain.





McCall, Idaho Brundage Mountain Spring Happenings

Brundage Mountain in McCall, Idaho is wrapping up the season with some fun events during the spring break.

  • JUMP ON IT Airbag Tour comes to Brundage March 22-24.  Practice flips, jumps and grabs  into a large airbag.  People say it feels like falling into a cloud.  Scary at first, but once you land in the airbag you go back for more.  Great opportunity to learn new tricks or improve old tricks.  Fun for the novice jumper as well.  Check out the JUMP ON IT Airbag video and get more information at Brundage.com
  • “Gimme A Break” Day on March 24.  In honor of the first day of spring break, kids under 17 get a free ski day.  Can’t beat that deal!
  • Crazy Day on March 30.  Crazy Days at Brundage is a must see, at least once.  Pond Skimming, Family Poker Run and Treasure Hunt, and a Costume Contest are just a few of the activities.   Watching friends and strangers dressed in wild costumes jump from the face of Brundage Mountain into freezing water, sounds crazy, but it is fun and hilarious.  Everyone is invited to participate in all of the events.  Go to Brundage Mountain Crazy Days for more information.
  • Brundage Mountain Easter Egg Hunt March 31.  Bring the little ones to Brundage Mountain for its annual Easter Egg Hunt.  500 eggs and prizes are hidden down on Easy Street and in the trees near by for the kids to find. Starts at 11 AM.  Skis not required, only warm clothes and shoes.
  • Celebrate Family Day.  If you are visiting in town and do not have a season pass, this is a great deal.  Buy on full day pass and the rest of the family skis for free.