McCall Winter Carnival Offers New Spectacle In 2018

Jan 24, 2018

If you're looking for a fun weekend outing, just 100 miles north in the small resort town of McCall you will find an iconic Idaho event.

Starting Friday, the town puts on a celebration of all things winter, including the McCall Winter Carnival's famous snow sculptures. McKenzie Kraemer directs the carnival, which kicks off a 10-day run with a number of free, family-friendly events.

"We have 30 sculpture this year. They are built by local businesses, something you just don't see that often," Kraemer says.

Other spectacles include a snow bike race, monster dog pull, ice show and something new this year: The McCall Ultra Challenge Iditarod qualifying sled dog race.

"We've got about 12 mushing teams from around the country coming to compete on a 250-mile course," says Kraemer.

One challenge to the weekend might be finding a place to stay. The carnival director recommends giving property management firms a call to find short-term rentals for condos, homes or open apartments.

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