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3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Three destinations that offer skiers and boarders some seriously unique activities on the side.


For Families & Outdoor Art Fans

If it’s powder you’re looking for, you’ve found it. Once a logging town, McCall, Idaho offers visitors some of the softest snow in the Northern Rocky Mountains. With an average of 320 inches of snow, this small town offers big skiing opportunities that include night skiing and backcountry skiing, as well as a 2,800 vertical feet slope located just south of McCall at Tamarack Resort.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Tamarack Resort in McCall, Idaho

McCall is for you if you’re a powder seeker with kids.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Tamarack Resort: Get a cottage or lodge with multiple bedrooms, just for your family

Every year McCall, Idaho is home to a winter carnival that lights up the slopes and attracts more than 60,000 people. Families are treated to sleigh rides, shoppers can browse the decorative streets and there are incredible ice sculptures on display.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

One of many impressive and giant ice sculptures on display during McCall’s festival

There’s also live music, comedy shows, art auctions, a Monster Dog Pull (to benefit the local animal shelter), snowshoe golf, snowmobiling, and snow bike races, so there’s an activity for all types of interests.

A tongue-in-cheek video of the Monster Dog Pull:

Make sure to take a short trip to Burgdorf Hot Springs. Here’s one bloggers’ account of their trip to McCall’s neighboring towns and their hot springs.

3 Unique & Lesser-Known American Ski Destinations

Spend a relaxing afternoon at the natural hot springs just north of McCall. They’re rarely crowded.


Tip: Pack two sets of snowboards or four sets of skis in one bag using this awesome wheeled double-decker ski/snowboard bag. My hubby and I save a checked-bag fee each time we travel because of this bag fits both our boards, boots, helmets, coats and then some.

Although the big resorts have their advantages, choosing a less-publicized location can pay off big time. If you want a unique ski vacation, visit one of these hidden gems located off the beaten path.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She’s always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 44 Comments

  1. Kayla Aquisha

    The Zermatt Resort looks very promising and relaxing. I love cabin-style houses! They look and feel very homey.

  2. Mark Haven

    These are very interesting places to go to for your next ski trip. Really lots of fun stuff to do and you’ll never get bored even for a minute. Plus, you’ll have a good place to sleep in at night!

  3. Janea Allisson

    Heber Valley was one of the best places I’ve ever been to. I didn’t think I’d like it at first because I don’t like skiing in general, but it was really worth it.

  4. Cassie Grey

    Very informative article. Makes it easy for us travelers to find better places to go to.😍

  5. Tricia Marie

    Red River sounds like a very family-oriented place to go to. My children love interacting with animals! They’d be really happy to go here. Thank you for posting this!

  6. Annie Johnson

    Thank you for this list. Our next ski trip will be great the second time around. (We’re just new to enjoying ski trips and this is a good addition to our itinerary!)

  7. Jaiden Rey

    I’m very interested in going to Red River. I love those ‘throwback’ looking places. It’s a nice escape from the busy city life.

  8. Cassandra Polly

    The Blue Bar inn seems like a great place to stay. I’ll look up this place for more reviews.

  9. Ashley Wilden

    Stunning places!

  10. Taylor George

    Whoa!! Now I’m confused on which of the three should we go first!

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