The 2017/2018 winter season has had trouble building muster in the western states. Aside from Washington, many states barely have enough snow to spin the lifts. For New Years I was crossing my fingers hoping McCall Idaho would have enough of a base to get the sleds out for a long weekend trip. As the date neared, we lucked out with snow and cold weather in the forecast for Idaho, while Mt.Hood was to get yet another rain storm.
Nikki and I packed in the car super early Thursday morning and blasted east for our first day ever riding Anthony Lakes ski area. The mom & pop one lift mountain was really hurting for snow. The mountain vide however did not disappoint and the two for one lift ticket prices also helped lower expectations. The short runs are all at high elevation and could be really fun once filled in. The real gem of Anthony Lakes sits just behind Andy, Porsha and Nikki in the below photo, lift served side-country hike to terrain. We quickly learned that no day at Anthony Lakes is complete without a beer at the Saloon. Our day on the road and at Anthony Lakes was a great start to our little adventure.
With little plan ahead, we rolled into McCall late night Thursday arriving at Andy and Porsha’s friends Scott and Trish’s house. The two McCall locals hosted us for the night and provided some valuable terrain directions, which setup our trip to be a huge success. The thin snowpack required us to snowmobile on groomed trails out to high elevation terrain where we could tour the filled-in chutes.
Andy, Porsha, Nikki and I had Trish as our guide on the first day. Trish crushes it on many levels, attitude, up-hill energy, and terrain knowledge to name a few. With a majority lady crew, we made a lap and gained insight into the zone we ended up returning too. Throughout the three days riding McCall we worked this one zone and still left many lines untouched. McCall is a place with a lot to offer, one that could keep you busy exploring for a lifetime.
No trip is complete without shit falling apart. The Touareg got herself a nice dent, Andy and Porsha’s machine shredded a belt and shed some parts along the way. A few base dings and a temporally lost camera rounded out the trip’s casualty list. Any seasoned snowmobiler knows that there are too many moving parts in a trip to not have mishap. Looking back at our trip, none of the above is a lasting memory in comparison to the turns, the views and the enjoyment of the time with good friends. Sam and Bina joining us is McCall was an awesome addition. Nikki and I could not have ask for better teammates. The three sled, six person couple crew was a total blast to ride and hang with at our rental condo.
High on the trip list was a stop at Burgdorf Hot Springs. After finishing a day of touring, we drove at sunset another 10 minutes up the snowmobile highway to the magical 1850’s looking hot springs. Heated changing rooms and a beautiful, large, 100+ degree pool awaits sledders. With 150GPM of natural spring water flowing into the pool, it was clean and very refreshing. In true Idaho fashion the pool is BYOB and has cans lining the frozen pool side.
Andy brought his DSLR camera out for some photo snapping as the weather cleared later in the trip. The group tagged some good looking early season lines, leaving us all fired up on the McCall riding. That stoke carried through to New Years eve where Scott and Trish hosted dinner and games, followed by tickets to a live show in town. I couldn’t stop laughing all night as our crew of visitors got buzzed and danced our butts off at multiple bars in McCall, wandering around in frigid temps between our destinations.
The McCall trip was a great way to kickoff the new year. Having limited snowpack elsewhere and collecting such a great crew made it feel extra special. Thank you to Scott and Trish for hosting our group and to Porsha, Andy, Sam and Bina for joining in on the adventure and making it so memorable.