Uncategorized November 23, 2022

Nordic and Downhill Snow and Grooming Report Updates!

Ah, we love this time of year!
Although Mother Nature has blessed us with an early start to the ski season, we could use more SNOW.
Start those Snow Dances and get ready for a Great Year!

Here are opening dates and grooming reports for downhill and Nordic Skiing in the McCall Area:

NORDIC Grooming Report For Bear Basin; Tamarack; North Valley Rail Trail; Ponderosa State Park; Activity Barn; Jug Mountain Ranch:




Opening Day Announcement! See you on Friday.

Brundage will open the Easy Street chairlift with access to two runs Friday, November 25 through Sunday, November 27. The Easy Street run will be groomed. The Roller Coaster run will be open, along with a small terrain park with the potential for rails, boxes and rollers. The Easy Street Triple chairlift will run from 9 am – 4 pm each day. Early season conditions exist.

The resort will close Monday, November 28 through Thursday December 1, and will reopen Friday, December 2, conditions permitting. The forecast is showing a series of storms headed to the region starting Saturday evening, with increased chances of snow accumulation through next week.

“For now, we have a great beginner experience to offer on Easy Street,” says Brundage Mountain General Manager, Ken Rider. “We will continue to work with what Mother Nature brings us and will open additional terrain as soon as we possibly can.”

Current snow depths across the mountain range from 23 inches at the base to 25 inches on the summit.

Easy Street Lift tickets are $10 for single day visitors. Brundage season passholders can access Easy Street with their current 2022-23 season pass.

The Guest Services office will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8 am to 4:30 pm for those who need to pick up passes. The Fall Line Retail, Rental and Tune shop will be open the same hours and days. The Brundage Snowsports School will be offering lessons all three days. Reservations are required. Food service will be offered each day at the all-ages Smoky’s Bar & Grill from 11 am – close.  In preparation for opening all uphill traffic and travel is closed until further notice.

Snowcats and machinery are in operation around the mountain.

We can’t wait to see you on the Best Snow In Idaho!

Snow Report – Brundage Mountain Resort

Uncategorized November 12, 2022

Brundage Mountain Update November 2022

Letter from the General Manager:
Snowvember Edition

Hello, friends and snow lovers –

What a way to start November! We’ve seen fresh snow on the mountain five out of ten days so far this month, and that has EVERYONE extra excited for the season to begin.

November is always a busy month on the mountain, and with so many improvement projects going on this year, our team is busier than ever. Our mountain crews are working to prep equipment and the slopes. Additionally, construction crews are working through these early-season storms to finish up our new Ski Patrol building and a number of other projects in time for our projected opening day of Friday, November 25. Hiring and onboarding of employees is underway, and we’re excited to be able to share the news that ALL of our food and beverage venues will be back to full operation this season.

As always, we want to be open and welcome our guests back to the mountain as soon as it’s safe to do so. This early November storm cycle has been exciting, but we still need more snow to be able to open.

As we like to say, there is no “magic number” of inches needed to build a proper base. A lot depends on the moisture content of the snow, temperatures and where wind deposits snow as the storms move through. The forecast for the next 7-10 days doesn’t show much potential for snowfall, but it does have some nice cool temperatures. That will help us make some snow in the base area and begin the process of ‘track packing’ the slopes with our groomers to build a sturdy base in anticipation of the next storm cycle.

It should come as no surprise that we need to be able to provide patrol services to be able to open, and the contractors finishing up the construction on the new Patrol building are as eager as we are to get Patrol moved in and set up for success.

We haven’t ruled out opening before November 25, but in the spirit of full transparency, that is our most likely scenario for Opening Day for the Winter 2022-23 season.

Please rest assured that all hands are on deck getting the resort ready for another incredible ski and snowboard season. We still have a lot of winter positions to fill on Team Brundage, so if you know anyone looking for work, please send them our way. Employees get a free season pass along with other resort benefits, and we have convenient and affordable employee housing available for full time employees.

Keep those snow dances going and we hope to see you very soon on the Best Snow in Idaho!

Ken Rider

Brundage Mountain General Manager

Uncategorized October 27, 2022

Ski Pass Sales Set to Begin at Brundage Mountain Resort and Tamarack Resort

We’ve had our first couple of snowstorms in McCall which covered the ground in town as well as surrounding mountain peaks!
That means now is the best time to get in on Season Pass and Day Pass Sales and Deals at Brundage Mountain Resort and Tamarack Resort.  Here are the details:


It’s starting to snow on Brundage Mountain, and it’s that time of year again. The 4-pak sale is back!

The sale goes live Tuesday, November 1st at 9 am. Buy online at brundage.com/4pak. Quantities are limited, and 4-paks sold out last year in just 5 days! Mark your calendar, bookmark the link below, and get yours before they’re gone.

4-Paks – Brundage Mountain Resort

Season Passes – Brundage Mountain Resort



Seasons are changing in the mountains and now is the time to plan your winter adventures! We can’t wait to share new improvements with you and create lasting memories this winter with our TamFam. There are many ways you can save on and off mountain, read this email to learn more about new pre-purchase lift ticket prices and to book your lodging in advance to save up to 20%.

We have added major value to our day tickets this winter when you pre-purchase 24 hours in advance! Midweek tickets start at just $55 and weekends are only $75. Use our interactive calendar and lock in your winter dates today.

Plus don’t miss out on Tamarack’s Halloween Fun!

Our Annual Halloween Movie Night is taking over the haunted Arling Center at Tamarack! All ages are welcome to this free screening of Disney’s Frankenweenie, sponsored by the Donnelly Library. There will be free popcorn and all kids get a free book, courtesy of the Donnelly Library. Candy and beverages will also be available for purchase at the event. Come dressed in your best costume (event is indoors this year) and we’ll see you there (75 Arling Center Court)!



For Sale October 25, 2022

Custom Log Home in Spring Mountain Ranch 4 BD 4 BA 2 lots

The McCall log home you have been looking for located on a quiet street with mature pines and aspens welcoming you to your amazing custom home in McCall. The home features 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 1 half bath, two decks, custom kitchen, and comes fully furnished. The home is one lot and also included is the lot next door to add to your privacy, relax in the hot tub that overlooks the woods after a day of playing in the Mountains. The 3 car garage also has a extra storage, work bench and opens to a mud room, full bath and bedroom, then upstairs is the open living area, primary bedroom, that opens to the back deck and hot tub. Upstairs is the loft that looks over the amazing living room, and two bedrooms and full bath. Located in Spring Mountain Ranch with pool, tennis courts, spa and workout area.  Click here for more information and pictures.

Price $1,650,000   Listed by The Jones Group of Amherst Madison Real Estate

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Uncategorized October 23, 2022

Are You Winter-Ready?

Are You Winter-Ready?

McCall received its first dusting of measurable snow overnight, and the temps have really plummeted. If you haven’t already, now is the time to winterize your cabin and get your car ready for snowy travel.

There are numerous checklists to be found online that will help you be winter-ready in both your home and automobile.  Here are two to get you started:

Auto Checklist:

*winter snow/ice/studded tires
*ice scraper and snow brush

*flashlight/flares/emergency flashers

*clay kitty litter for traction

*winter de-icing fluid

*re-check tire pressure

*carry water and snacks

*snow shovel

*first-aid kit



*jumper cables

*heavy duty tow strap


*cell phone charger

*always let someone know what roads you will be travelling

Cabin Checklist: 

*remove trash and perishable foods
*have propane topped off and have on auto refill if possible

*check fireplace flue

*check baseboard heaters and keep clear of any flammable materials

*change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries

*remove liquids from cabin and garage that might freeze

*set thermostats to above freezing

*check weather stripping around doors and windows to minimize cracks

*open cabinet doors in kitchen and baths to help pipes from freezing/insulate pipes

*unplug kitchen appliances, tv’s, computers to save energy

*replace furnace filters

*set interior and exterior lights with timers

*ensure doors and windows are closed and locked

*shut garages, and any outbuildings such as sheds and boat houses

*drain outdoor hoses and insulate hose bibs

Happy Winter!

Uncategorized October 12, 2022

Brundage Mountain Resort-What’s New for the Winter of 2022/23

Update From Brundage News and Mountain Blog:

Less than a year after Brundage Mountain announced its ambitious 10-year Mountain Improvement Plan, several key components are already on track to be in place for the Winter 2022/23 season.

New Mountain Patrol Facility

A new, two-story, 2800 square foot building will serve as the permanent home of Brundage Mountain’s Ski and Bike Patrol.

The new first aid facility includes additional bed space on the ground floor and improved privacy and ambulance accessibility.

The new building is located next to the existing Ski & Ride School at the base of the BlueBird Express and is a key first-step toward building out a newly imagined base area that will add 30,000 square feet of new and remodeled facilities over the next 2-3 years.

View the Full Base-Area Design Here

“We have both ambitious plans for the base area and high standards for the experience we offer our guests,” says Brundage General Manager, Ken Rider. “We’re taking a lot of care to build the vision in thoughtful phases with minimal disruption of operations and the guest experience. This building allows us to transition some key services and make room for the next phases of construction on the new Mountain Adventure Center and lodge facilities.”

New Employee Housing Facility

A major remodeling project is transforming a historic building in New Meadows into Brundage Mountain’s newest Employee Housing facility. The 10,000+ square foot stucco structure was built in 1940 and served as Meadows Valley’s High School into the early 1970s.

Local contractor, Finite Concepts, LLC has spent the summer and fall remodeling the building. Once, complete, it will have nine bedrooms with accommodations for up to 18 employees. Each room has its own bathroom with shared facilities for kitchen and laundry, along with a spacious common area on the lower level. The building also has a large gymnasium that will serve as a multi-purpose room in the future.

Brundage expects to provide housing for 50+ employees this winter between the new facility, holdings at the Creekside RV Park in New Meadows and through community partnerships.

Expanded/Upgraded Grooming Fleet

On the slopes, guests will notice the impact of an expanded and upgraded grooming fleet. Brundage Mountain has invested in two new PistenBully 400 snowcats. The first snowcat replaces an older model in the grooming fleet with a newer, more efficient machine that features the latest clean exhaust technology.

The second new snowcat – a PB 400 – expands the fleet and will allow the Brundage Terrain Park crew to construct a larger variety of features and continue to improve freestyle skiing and snowboarding offerings.

Centennial Farewell

Winter 2022/23 will be the final season for the nostalgia-minded visitor to ride the Centennial Triple Chair. The fixed-grip lift, installed in 1990, will be replaced by a new Doppelmayr CTEC high speed detachable quad for the 2023/24 Winter season. The new high-speed lift will cut ride time from 14 to 6 minutes and will equip Brundage Mountain with two high-speed quads on the front side of the mountain.

Big News: Centennial Triple Will Be Replaced With a High-Speed Quad as Part of $25-$30 Million in Resort Investments – Brundage Mountain Resort

For Sale September 26, 2022

Cougar Island Home is For Sale

The State of Idaho had an auction for the lots on Cougar Island on September 14, click here for the sales update.   At the auction the owners of the lease land that has a home on the lot bid and won the lease land the home is on and no other lots were bid on or sold at the auction.    Now the owner has the home on the market and the description in the MLS  is the following;

Have you ever wanted to own your own private residence on a private island in Idaho? Never before available as a deeded ownership! The residence on Cougar Island in Payette Lake offers a unique opportunity. Completely off the grid, this self-sufficient residence was built to stand the test of time. Crescent shaped beach area, dock, storage shed, solar power system with back up propane generator. Access is via boat and limited in winter months.

It goes on from there , the catch is you need to buy before the closing date for the lot which is in mid-November this year.

Here is the link to the listing with more photos, let us know if you want a tour our boat is still in the water!


For Sale September 23, 2022

Home on Lake Fork Creek on 1.71 Acres

Retreat into the solitude of your new forested, river front property nestled below Jug Mountain. This 3 bedroom 1 bunk room, 2 1/2 bath home has many unique features that you will surely want to experience.   From the riverside lower patio and upper deck, great room and all three view bedrooms listen to the creek running throughout the seasons. The home has just been remodeled from top to bottom from the new roof to new floors, new counters in the kitchen and all 3 baths redone.  The main floor main bedroom features brand new fixtures, soaking tub and shower, walk-in closet and opens to the large deck with views of the creek, and forest. Downstairs the daylight basement has 2 bedrooms, a third bunk or bedroom without a window, an amazing  family room with a fireplace, new fully remodeled bath with new fixtures, tile and luxurious glass shower and a fully remodeled kitchenette creates flexibility.

Price $1,299,000.00   Listed with the Jones Group of Amherst Madison Real Estate

Click here for more information and pictures

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Uncategorized September 21, 2022

McCall Short Term Rental Changes

Thank you to BoiseDev for this update on Short Term Rentals in McCall:

McCall will cut number of occupants allowed in some short-term rentals

The city reported there are 524 short-term rentals within the McCall city limits. Of those, 511 are advertising an occupancy of more than two people per room. A change in the short-term rental code would only allow two people per bedroom plus two more people total.

The council’s decision for capping occupancy rates at two per bedroom plus two more is a step up from McCall’s Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation of just two per bedroom.

The current code says a person must obtain a conditional use permit for 20 or more occupants. The city is now changing this requirement to 10 people.

The city says the intent of the code amendment is twofold: to reduce neighborhood impacts to levels more consistent with a long-term rental or owner-occupied residential uses, and to ensure that short-term rentals are being operated in a safe and responsible manner.

Owners now must file with the city clerk to be granted a short-term rental permit before advertising the property.

The mayor and all council members voted to adopt the rule changes.

The rule changes go into effect on October 1st. Short-term rental owners can continue to operate under a general business license until December 31, 2022. They will have until January 1, 2024, to get inspections and complete proper permitting to comply with the rule changes.

Full Article:  McCall will cut number of occupants allowed in some short-term rentals (boisedev.com)

Uncategorized September 15, 2022

Cougar Island Auction Update:

{This Article Appeared in the Star News, Thursday, September 15, 2022}

Cougar Island Gets One Bidder    Current lessee wins auction with $2 million bid.


The lessee of the only home on Cougar Island in Payette Lake bid $2 million to buy the lot at an auction held Wednesday in Eagle by the Idaho Department of Lands.

Jim Laski, a Bellevue attorney, was the only person to place a bid at Wednesday’s auction, which offered the 14.2-acre island as a whole or in five lots platted by the state. Laski told The Star-News after the meeting that despite placing the winning bid for his 2.5-acre lot, he cannot afford the $2 million price tag, the minimum bid set by the state. “I can only make that bid because I’m the lessee,” Laski said after the auction. “I’ll either try to sell my position or I’ll end up continuing to lease the island (from the lands department).” It is unknown what will happen to the four lots that did not sell at yesterday’s auction, said Sharla Arledge, a spokesperson for the lands department. “IDL staff will take a look at what the next steps will be, and it will be discussed with the State Land Board,” said Arledge, adding that there is no timeline for that to happen.

Auctioneer Mark Bottles noted the silence in the Waters Edge Event Center as Cougar Island became available for bids. “Boy, that air conditioning sounds really loud right now,” Bottles said to about 70 people in attendance. Laski was not surprised that nobody else bid on all or part of island, citing what he believed were inflated minimum bids that totaled $8.8 million for the entire island. “They re-appraised the property a month ago and they doubled the values,” he said. Laski requested in 2020 that the island be put up for auction to give him a chance to own out-right the land under his house. He pays $34,000 per year to lease the lot from the state. Laski told the McCall City Council last month that he expected to be outbid for his home, which is built on a lot he has leased for nearly 10 years. In July, the council wrote a letter to the State Land Board, which oversees the lands department, saying current zoning in place for the island would not allow any new homes.

Zoning on the island limits development to one home per 10 acres, which means Laski’s home would be the only allowed. Cougar Island is under Valley County’s purview, but is in the McCall Impact Area, for which the county adopts zoning laws that mirror those in place for city limits. In April, Valley County submitted a letter to the land board asking for the auction to be postponed to allow more time for the county to raise money to buy or conserve the island. However, the auction was affirmed in June by the land board, which is chaired by Gov. Brad Little and made up of the state’s top elected officials.

The lands department was required by the Idaho Constitution to accept the highest bid for Cougar Island, which is state endowment land managed to the benefit of public schools. The Cougar Island auction is the first recommended by a state plan passed last year that would sell 377 acres of state land around the lake within 20 years. The Process State endowment lands must be sold at public auction so that the lands department gets the best possible return as mandated by the Idaho Constitution. Endowment land around Payette Lake has been leased for use as residential cottage sites as far back as the early 1900s. In 2010, the state land board approved a plan to divest ownership of leased cottage site parcels to give lessees a chance to buy the land outright at auction.