Brundage Mountain in central west Idaho is a state leader in ski resorts and located in picturesque Payette National Park only minutes from McCall. Roughly 120 miles away from Boise, Brundage Mountain skiing is one of the most popular wintertime activities in the state and caters not only to skiers, but also to outdoor enthusiasts who revel in many kinds of seasonal activities. With popular Sun Valley ski area only five hours away, this vicinity of Idaho landscape boasts excellent ski and snowboard conditions during peak season, from November through to April and sometimes even into May.
Brundage Mountain Resort had meager beginnings when first opened in 1961 with a rope tow, one chairlift, and a T-Bar lift. With few ski runs, but plenty of ambition behind the project, Brundage has been developed into a modern ski facility with four triple lifts and a high speed quad lift servicing almost 50 ski runs over 1,400 acres of gorgeous alpine backdrop teeming with snow-capped mountain peaks, misty valleys, and crystallized pines and aspens.
Brundage Mountain rises up more than 7,600 feet with an eye-opening vertical drop plunging down 1,800 feet. Night skiing isn’t available, but the annual snowfall, which reaches almost 350 inches each year, makes up for the lack of nighttime skiing. Wide, impeccably groomed runs and deep, snow-laden glades add depth to every Brundage Mountain skiing experience and provide the perfect setting for accidental spills and plenty of calculated thrills.
Anyone new to skiing will appreciate the Brundage Mountain Ski School and the lessons available for snowboarding, telemark, and skiing. World-renowned Burton Snowboards enjoys an exclusive partnership with Brundage Mountain and has designed special boards for first-time riders that are offered during lessons. Group and private lessons are available for ages 3 and up. More advanced skiers won’t want to miss the nearly 20,000 acres of back-country landscape in Payette National Forest accessible by Cat vehicles. Powder-filled bowls, snow-jammed glades, and natural tree-lined jumps and hits await the skills of excellent riders testing out Brundage Mountain skiing facilities. There are also other activities things to do, including snowshoe hikes, cross-country skiing, and plenty of summertime fun via mountain biking and alpine hiking.
Brundage Mountain Resort includes dining options, ski and snowboard gear rentals, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, a festive Winter Carnival and even hot springs to put the spring back into your step after a hard day on the slopes. Onsite lodging isn’t available, but there are a sweeping number of accommodation options nearby. Idaho vacation rentals, hotels, condominiums, and bed and breakfasts blanket the area offering a host of choices to suit all needs.
Whether a few nights will do or a week-long adventure is on, Brundage Mountain Resort is situated for easy access to the trails. Brundage Mountain has exclusive arrangements set up with many nearby lodging options translating into great vacation packages for visitors that include lift tickets and lodging. Lodging packages are available through hotels like nearby Best Western McCall, the Brundage Inn, the Grand Shore Lodge, and Payette Lake Brundage Bungalows. With such a diverse setting to explore, plenty of outfitters and guides offer summer day trips, tours, and excursions by foot, canoe, kayak, and horseback within the area.
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