Photograph by McCall Winter Carnival

Shred and Stay at Shore Lodge in McCall

Words by John Caldwell 


McCall, Idaho is a one-of-a-kind Idaho mountain town that has tons of amazing experiences to offer no matter the season. This winter, McCall’s Brundage Mountain Resort is teaming up with Shore Lodge to offer a truly unforgettable ski vacation for you and your crew. Complimentary ski tuning at the hotel? Check. Free ski valet and shuttle service to the mountain complete with delicious hot chocolate? You bet. Arrangements by Shore Lodge for lift passes so you can skip the ticket line in the morning? Oh yeah. And when the legs are feeling mushy at the end of an epic day of shredding some awesome terrain, make sure to take advantage of the best in après with gourmet sides and tasty cocktails at The Bar. If you’re really feeling like getting pampered, combine that with a post-slopes massage at The Cove. Yes, this is mountain life at its finest.

The venerable Shore Lodge is a true McCall staple. This award-winning resort sits right next to the Payette National Forest and the glacier-fed waters of beautiful Payette Lake. The lodge prides itself on being one of Idaho’s hidden gems and offers guests an experience completely different than what you find in better-known Sun Valley. Built in 1948, Shore Lodge embodies the spirit of McCall with all things peaceful, authentic, and vibrant. Boasting 77 guest rooms and three acclaimed eateries, this hideaway is a true mountain sanctuary. Be sure to take advantage of The Cove, a full-service spa with six treatment rooms and indoor/outdoor saltwater immersion pools.

But, hold up, did you know that this four-season destination is known for its Winter Carnival? It’s the mandatory and iconic celebration of all things winter. There are snow sculptures, live music, art auctions, snowbike races, and yes, a Monster Dog Pull! And be sure to check out this year’s theme of Legends, Myths, and Superheroes. Click here for more info.

With Brundage Mountain Resort located a mere ten minutes from the town of McCall and proudly wearing the title of “the best powder in Idaho” rated by Ski Magazine (it’s true), McCall can brag about the highest average snowfall in all of Idaho. Known for its ridiculously fun powder-packed glades and wide open groomers, Brundage also offers guided SnowCat and snowmobile excursions on a colossal 18,000 acres of glorious backcountry. Lift ticket prices are an excellent bargain with an adult one-day at $70, a junior or senior one-day at $40, and children six-and-under skiing or riding for free.

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