This Hidden-Gem Ski Destination is a Small-Town Winter Wonderland

Shore Lodge

Sitting atop the world at an elevation of 5,000 feet, McCall’s rugged mountains, glacier-carved lakes, and ancient hot springs, McCall is a picturesque resort town right out of your favorite holiday movie. 

Long beloved by those who have discovered it, McCall sits on the western edge of Valley County, Idaho, just a couple hours outside of Boise. Known for its annual Winter Carnival, extended winters, and one of the highest average snowfalls in the state, its truly a winter wonderland. 

One of the destination’s beloved resorts is Shore Lodge, a historic lakefront resort in the heart of McCall, that offers amenities for the thrill-seeker and relaxed traveler alike. Amenities include year-round outdoor hot tubs, lakeside fire pits, a screening theatre and access to endless outdoor adventures. 

For those looking to hit the slopes, Shore Lodge offers guests a complimentary 10-minute shuttle to Brundage Mountain, known to have some of the best powder in Idaho and is only just 35 minutes away from Tamarack Resort offering 2,800 feet of vertical on 1,020 lift-accessed acres for skiers and snowboarders, along with Nordic and snowshoe trails. Or take on the mountain terrain with an epic Snowmobile adventure. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery followed by a picnic lunch with a hot toddy served up in a thermos before returning to the spa to indulge in one of The Coves treatments and outdoor immersion pools. 

The Cove at Shore Lodge offers outdoor enthusiasts and wellness seekers an authentic respite. Inspired by the mountain landscape, treatments include nature-based massages, body treatments, facials utilizing Eminence Organics skincare products and indoor/outdoor saltwater immersion pools lined with more than 30 tons of McCall granite boulders. 

After a day spent outdoors, guests can warm up by the fire pits and enjoy complimentary S’mores before heading to one of the resort’s three restaurants: The Narrows Steakhouse, The Cutwater at Payette Lake, and The Bar for an unforgettable meal with fresh ingredients sourced locally such as grass-fed lamb from Hailey, Idaho and huckleberries picked in McCall. 

If you want to book a stay or learn more about Shore Lodge and the charming town of McCall in the wilds of Western Idaho, visit

Bryan Goldman

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