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Ski magazine recently sung the praises of Brundage Mountain and its “killer glades,” backcountry skiing and powder possibilities.
McCall, with 3,500 residents and the 5,330-acre Payette Lake, is just 10 miles away. Nearby you’ll find plenty of mountain biking — but also hot springs.
When that’s not enough outdoor activity, try whitewater rafting on the Payette River, and start your search for hiking trails in the Payette National Forest and in Poderosa State Park.
Average summer highs are in the low 80s. Snow starts in October, when there is an average of 2 inches and continues through April.
Here’s something that might surprise you: there are almost no chain stores and restaurants in town because of a long-standing local ordinance that restricts their numbers in favor of mom-and-pop stores. You’ll have to go to a local coffee shop instead of Starbucks (no worries, there’s a local roaster too). Be sure to peruse the bulletin boards in the coffee shops to find activities.
Valley County has 11,000 residents, and more than a quarter of them are 65 and older. The town will soon have a new hospital; St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center, part of a major health system in the state, is being rebuilt as well as expanding. Today’s version is rated highly for patient experience.
When you want a big city, drive to Boise in just over 2 hours (suggested here as a place to retire).
Here’s what the local housing market looks like now.
Would you prefer somewhere a little bigger? Sandpoint, in northern Idaho, has around 8,900 residents (Bonner County has 46,000, and a quarter of people there are 65 and older). It’s perched on Lake Pend Oreille and surrounded by mountains and forest. Schweitzer Mountain Resort is just 11 miles away with 2,900 skiable acres, and, Powder magazine says, rarely is crowded.
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