Underwriting provided by:
The Laura Moore Cunningham
Foundation

McCall Winter Carnival

McCall business owners started the Winter Carnival in 1924. The first events were dog races, snowshoe races and snow shoveling contests. Similar events sprang up throughout the region. But in the years following World War II, interest soon lagged and the Carnival was replaced with isolated events such as ski jump competitions at McCall's Little Ski Hill.

In 1965, the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce revived the idea of a multi-day celebration with something for everybody. Today, thousands of visitors join with locals to celebrate winter competitions, marvel at snow sculptures, and enjoy food and fun.

Check out the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau for a complete list of events.

A 1926 photo of young Warren Brown and an actor with dogs in McCall. Courtesy J. Brown.

A 1926 photo of young Warren Brown and an actor with dogs in McCall. Courtesy J. Brown.


A bear ice sculpture

A bear ice sculpture


Winter Carnival parade

Winter Carnival parade


A dragon ice sculpture

A Sharlie ice sculpture


Inside the dragon sculpture

Inside the Sharlie sculpture


A 1924 postcard photo of a very young Lloyd Johnson going off the Blackwell jump in McCall. Courtesy J. Brown.

A 1924 postcard photo of a very young Lloyd Johnson going off the Blackwell jump in McCall. Courtesy J. Brown.


A vintage photo of three men with sleds

A vintage photo of three men with sleds