The New Year is here, there’s plenty of snow on the ground and winter’s biggest bash – Winter Carnival – is January 27 through February 2. Here are some of the additional events happening in and around McCall during the month of January.

Free Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Day January 5: Hosted by Ponderosa State Park and Idaho State Parks and Recreation. From 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free Nordic ski lessons; free ski use during lessons, free snowshoe use, tours, and instruction; winter health information.

Saving Snow: A Documentary Film Viewing, Hosted by Citizen’s Climate Lobby and McCall Film Society, January 9 & 10: showing at the Alpine Playhouse at 7:00 pm, with discussion afterward with panelists HP Marshall, snow scientist at Boise State University, Ken Rider, GM of Brundage, and Brad Larsen, GM of Tamarack. Read more about this documentary here.

Peru and Ecuador Travelogue, January 10th at 6:30pm at McCall Library: Pete and Norma Walker take us on their video travelogue to Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. Behold the Incan masterwork city of Machu Picchu; stay in an Ecolodge in Ecuador’s Amazon River watershed; then enjoy the unique wildlife residing on the Galapagos Islands.


Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center Pint Night, January 10: Come learn about our current avalanche risk at “State of the Snowpack Check In.” This will be an informative meet and greet and $1 of all drink sales will go to support the Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center.

Doing Democracy, January 22nd 6:30-8:30 at McCall Library: Topic is cooperative living. Can the housing crisis and the needs for companionship be relieved by more cooperative living arrangements? What about cooperative workspaces?



McCall Winter Carnival 2019 – January 25-February 2: Hosted by McCall Winter Carnival and McCall Chamber. McCall’s signature 10-day festival full of ice sculptures, parades, fireworks, a sled dog race, snow bike races, bingo nights, live music, vendor court, Idaho State Sculpting Championships, beer garden, special dinner events, AND MORE! Fun for the whole family! Find the event schedule here.

Monster Dog Pull, Benefiting MCPAWS, January 27: The most dog-gone fun event of Winter Carnival! Dogs race on a short track pulling a weighted sled, competing in three different weight classes. This event is just for fun, so no experience is necessary. All equipment is provided.

Idaho Sled Dog Challenge, January 29-February 2: The Idaho Sled Dog Challenge (formerly McCall Ultra Sled Dog Challenge) includes two concurrent 150-mile and 300-mile Iditarod-qualifier races through Idaho’s West Central Mountains. Find event schedule here.



About the author

Rebecca Wallick

Rebecca is a freelance writer and publisher living near McCall, Idaho. A Seattle native and recovering attorney, she much prefers the quiet, slow pace, and distinct seasons of the West Central Mountains, enjoying the skiing, hiking and running opportunities provided by the nearby Payette National Forest. Rebecca is a Contributing Editor with Bark magazine, and the author of Growing Up Boeing: The Early Jet Age Through the Eyes of a Test Pilot’s Daughter (Feb 2014).

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