Summer Chairlift Grand Opening

1478_Smr13-ChairOpening-1We are kicking off our summer season with a hometown food drive!

We’re inviting the public to join us for our grand opening event – and offering FREE chairlift rides. We’re asking visitors to donate one can of food per lift ride, or make a $1 donation. Proceeds benefit McCall’s own Heartland Hunger Resource Center.

NEW – We are teaming up with Giant Bicycle for a giant raffle with all proceeds going to the HHRC (McCall Food Bank).

The raffle features everything from bike jerseys to locks, gloves, saddles and floor pumps. Each person who donates a can of food or $1 will receive a raffle ticket. Additional tickets may be purchased for $1 each. Multiple items will be raffled at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm, with a grand prize drawing at 4 pm for a giant swag bag which will include a 2013 summer season pass. Participants must be present to win.

The Blue Bird quad will be in operation from 10 am – 5 pm, with the last chair loading at 4:30 pm.

The lift takes visitors to our 7,640 foot summit, which provides sweeping views of the Payette Lakes, Salmon River Mountains, Seven Devil’s and Oregon’s Eagle Cap mountains, among others.

We also have more than 20 miles of hand-built single track bike trails descending from the summit.

Bike rentals are available for purchase, along with tasty burgers and other barbecue fare.

You can check out our rental packages and regular pricing here.

The Grand Opening BBQ starts at noon. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the base area.

The Brundage Bike shop will also provide free bike safety checks from 9 am – 11 am.

We are also proud to be hosting a  Recreation Showcase during this year’s event.

We’ll be giving away some Giant Bike gear and our local partners will be on hand with demos and coupons. Come learn about outdoor recreation from our friends at Hometown Sports, Gravity Sports, Reed Cycle, Ridgeline Sports, CIMBA, H20 Idaho and the IdahoDown Music Festival.

Summer chairlift hours are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 am – 5 pm – June 28 through Labor Day.




  1. Randy says

    Are you required to use the chair lift? Can you pedal up the trails? In other words, are the trails just one way (down)

    • says

      Hi Randy –
      Yes, trails are downhill only for safety reasons whenever the chairlift is in operation. We do allow uphill riding on Elk Trail Monday – Thursdays (excluding July 4 when we are open). Still, extreme caution is advised riding uphill, because the rider who biked up an hour before you will likely be flying back down as you climb… We do have a fair number of cross-country riders who will ascend the ‘backside’ of the mountain on forest service trails from Bear Basin and then use our trails to ride down the frontside.

    • says

      Hi Michelle,
      The main trails which are marked on the map are for biking only. (For safety reasons, we don’t want to mix bikers with pedestrians, there are a lot of blind curves and that could spell trouble.) However, we find that a lot of our visitors enjoy hiking along the summit ridge, where there is a flat gravel road. You can easily hike down toward the top of the Lakeview lift and enjoy some really impressive views of Payette Lake without crossing through bike traffic.

    • says

      We prefer that you camp in our campground, it’s in a treed area between Goose Lake Road and our access road, our staff members would be happy to point it out for you. (It’s better than the parking lot because it has shade, picnic tables and designated fire pits). See you this weekend!

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