Little Ski Hill
|Little Ski Hill|
|Location||Adams County, Idaho, U.S.|
|Nearest city||McCall - 2 miles (3 km)|
|Vertical||405 ft (123 m)|
|Top elevation||5,600 ft (1,707 m)|
|Base elevation||5,195 ft (1,583 m)|
|Skiable area||50 acres (20 ha)|
|Lift system||1 T-bar|
|Web site||Little Ski Hill.org|
The Little Ski Hill is a modest ski area in the western United States, located in west central Idaho, two miles (3 km) west of McCall. Adjacent to Highway 55, immediately west of the county line in Adams County, it was formerly known as the "Payette Lakes Ski Area."
Built in 1937 as a winter diversion for local forest workers, the Little Ski Hill has served the region's youth and skiing community for over 75 years. The small but action-packed facility has an alpine hill served by a T-bar surface lift, providing 405 vertical feet (123 m) of terrain on the only lighted ski area in the vicinity. It has a summit elevation of 5,600 feet (1,707 m) above sea level; the slopes face north and west.
The area formerly had a 50-60 meter Nordic ski jump on its lower north slope, near the bend in the highway. The aging jump was destroyed by a microburst wind in the 1990s. A 25-30 meter Nordic ski jump is still in use.
Patty Boydstun, a World Cup alpine ski racer, grew up in McCall and learned to ski at the hill. She finished in eighth place in the slalom at the 1972 Winter Olympics and had ten top 10 finishes in the World Cup.
- "10 ski slopes within easy driving distance of Lewiston; Emida Bowl reopens in fall". Lewiston Morning Tribune. May 24, 1970. p. 27.
- FIS-ski.com - Patty Boydstun - accessed 2012-02-04
- The Little Ski Hill - official site
- Idaho Public TV - Outdoor Idaho - video - Hometown Ski Hills - 2010-02-18
- Idaho Public TV - Outdoor Idaho - Hometown Ski Hills - Little Ski Hill history
- visitidaho.org - Little Ski Hill
- TerraServer USA.com - USGS topo map & aerial photo