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Winter Start Festival - Ponderosa State Park

Saturday, December 14, 2013 -
11:00am to 2:30pm

Ponderosa State Park will be starting a new Winter Start Festival on December 14th and 15th of 2013. The Festival will combine several events at the Park and the nearby University of Idaho – McCall Outdoor Science School. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013 Ponderosa State Park will be offering free entrance into the park and free winter trail access all day.

If you have never tried Nordic skiing or snowshoeing and would like to; join us between 11:00 am and 2:30 pm at the Activity Center in Ponderosa State Park. Gravity Sports, Hometown Sports and the Nordic Community Ski Instructors will be providing free classic and skate ski lessons and the use of equipment during the lessons.  The City of McCall Parks and Recreation and McCall Outdoor Science School will be offering free snowshoe use and instruction with guided tours of some of the park’s trails. There will also be a Winter Health Booth for information about protecting your skin and keeping warm outdoors during the winter from St Luke’s McCall Center for Health Promotion. Ponderosa State Park, with the help of McCall Master Naturalists, will provide hot drinks and snacks.

The “Trek to the North Pole” will be next door at the U of I Field Campus sponsored by McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) and St. Luke’s McCall Center for Health Promotion on Saturday, too.

Families, join the MOSS staff for a free, fun-filled day of exercise and orienteering, with the help of Elves.  On Saturday, December 14, between 1:00 am- 1:00 pm, follow the maps and clues to the “North Pole” from the Rose Yurt at McCall Outdoor Science School and you might just get to see Santa!  Snowshoe excursion followed by hot chocolate and photos with Santa!  Snowshoes provided by MOSS.  Pre-registration is required, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 630-2420 to register.


Sunday, December 15, 2013 Ponderosa State Park will host the Winter Start Race.


Registration will be the morning of the race, between 8:00 am – 9:30 am, at the Activity Center of Ponderosa State Park.                                                          

Children’s race start is at 10:00 am by the Activity Center.                                           

Adults’ race start is at 11:00 am by the Activity Center.

Distances and courses will be determined closer to race day dependent on snow conditions.

For more information you can contact Ponderosa State Park by calling 208-634-2164

Ponderosa State Park at 1920 N Davis Ave, McCall, ID 83638

Contact: Park Staff @ (208) 634-2164 or pon@idpr.idaho.gov