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  1. #1
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    McCall, Brundage, Tamarack - group trip - input needed

    Group of 6, all over 50 but can still rip. Had been considering flying into Spokane and hitting Red and Whitewater. Covid logistics for a traveling group makes that look less than desirable.

    Wanting to stay in the upper mountain states for the forecasted big snow year. Colorado and Utah are out due to crowds. Jackson and Targhee are possible, but crowds and that we hit it within the past 5 years.

    So I remember Brundage and Tamarack... Out of the way, but look fun and I imagine less chance of crowding. (Feb 7-11). The group likes challenging terrain, but also just enjoy what we get and getting good brews and food together.

    What says the collective? Worth the trip?
    Also, stay in McCall and drive or stay at one of the hills?

    I see cat skiing is a possibility, that would be a first for this group.

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    Turner, MT Snow Bowl, Lost Trail, Discovery Basin is another great option. Hot springs near Lost Trail and Disco.
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    I lived out there not too long ago. Brundage has fun shots and a snowcat option. No lodging at Brundage, you'd wanna stay in McCall or motel it in New Meadows. McCall would be fun for a few nights too, and The Intersection in New Meadows is worth a visit after skiing at Brundage. Brundage is higher elevation and tends to be favored by storms over Tamarack.

    Tamarack does have lodging at the hill, but I'd stay in McCall over that personally...better access to food and drinks in McCall. I never did ski Tamarack while I was there so can't speak to that. The terrain looked cool at Tamarack, but the place was obviously struggling when I was there. Last I heard they were adding lifts back in.

    Pretty sure there used to be a pass option that gave you a few days at each, maybe thats a thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by O.C. View Post
    Pretty sure there used to be a pass option that gave you a few days at each, maybe thats a thing?
    Indy pass has days at both.

    https://www.indyskipass.com/resorts/rockies-region

    And yeah, definitely stay in McCall, good food good beer cool vibes. Catch a hockey game.

  5. #5
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    I lived in McCall for a year. Skiing is decent,
    Doesn’t have the big mountain feel though. Had a pass to both places. So much snow that year. There is an amazing hot spring we used to hit up. Powder skiing in the morning and then soak. McCall is a fun town. There is a yurt too you can rent guided or unguided for powder skiing.

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    Getting more crowded as time goes on. If you want nicer meals, start looking at dinner reservations 2-4 weeks out. Brewery type meals will have waits but shouldn’t be more than 30-60 minutes. Staffing is a real problem up there. Shouldn’t be lift lines mid-week. Weekends are getting bad. Terrain is fun on a pow day but the pow used to last a lot longer. Some hot springs around that are always evolving on being open to public or not. Some naturals too. I’d personally airbb in McCall vs staying at Tamarack. Cat skiing at Brundage is fun but mellow. Good skinning out of either. Groomer days at either are blast if you miss the cycles. If flying into Boise, check hwy 55 restrictions. Major construction project so it’s closed certain times but you can drive up 95 too.

    Not sure when Winter Carnival is but check to see if that is the time you are planning and book stuff now if so.

    Edit-just looked. Carnival is the week prior and ends that Sunday. You might get a little crowding from those starting on the last weekend of it and staying for a bit but shouldn't be too bad. And looked at a calendar and food shouldn't be as bad for your dates due to crowds but might be rough with staffing.

    If there's a mid-week dump while you're there, there's a good chance you might see me at Brundage.

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    I've skied Tamarack the day after Christmas four out of the last five years and have had ski-on lifts most of the day. It's a fun mountain, but you can hit most of the good stuff in a day. I would stay in McCall over Donnelly or up at Tamarack for sure. You could also think about staying in Boise one night at hitting up Bogus Basin (especially if you fly in/out of Boise). Mid-week it shouldn't be too bad, or call an audible and rally a couple hours to Sun Valley if you get groomer weather.

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    Fly in to spokane, ski Schweitzer, Turner, Whitefish and either Blacktail or Silver/Lookout.

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    all of the above ....
    any single ladies in your party?


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    Good info gang, keep it coming.

    Forgot about the Indy Pass. I had been considering it prior. That would certainly add a few more days for me out of Missoula.

    No ladies within this group, but as normal 50+ year old guys, we like to believe we attract them.

    And thanks for the tip about their winter carnival, I wasn't even thinking about conflicts.

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    Artist, most of us grew up in the Flathead, so Whitefish is the backup plan. I'd love to hit Turner and the cat skiing place outside of Whitefish.

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