Winter Sports

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The Payette National Forest offers a wide range of winter recreation activities. Snowmobiling, downhill skiing, snow boarding, and nordic skiing are the most popular winter sports,but there are also many opportunities to snowshoe, ice fish and sled as well. The McCall area boasts 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and 19,000 acres of backcountry skiing. Snowmobiling has increased in popularity and the Payette NF has identified 245 miles of snowmobile trail available for grooming. The Payette hosts two ski resorts with some of the best skiing to be found in Idaho. The forest also maintains 25K groomed trails for Nordic skiing that range in skill level from leisurely to expert runs. There's something for everyone during the winter on the Payette!

Take the time to enjoy the Forest and the winter backcountry, while remembering that this is a shared use area. Respect other users and respect the regulations. Be sure to visit the Payette Avalanche Center website for avalanche advisories. If you are away from your computer please call (208) 634-0409 for a recorded message. You can assist the forecasters by providing them with information on avalanche activity that you may have observed while enjoying the back country.  Record a message by calling (208) 634-0465 or send an email directly to the forecasters.

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Backcountry Skiing

Take the time to enjoy the Forest and the winter backcountry, while remembering that this is a shared use area.  Respect other users and respect the regulations.  Be sure to visit the Payette Avalanche Center website for avalanche advisories. 

Developed Ski Areas

There are two developed ski areas within the boundaries of the Payette National Forest: Brundage Mountain Resort and Little Ski Hill.  There area also new alpine and Nordic ski areas at Tamarack Resort adjacent to the Council Ranger District's eastern boundary.  Tamarack Resort provides many winter recreation opportunities on the National Forest through permitted outfitter/guide operations.

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