News: 1st Annual ‘Beer & Gear’ Festival At Brundage Mountain, Idaho

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Drink local beers, demo the latest ski gear, and repeat – that’s what’s on tap for the first annual 2 –day Brundage Mountain Beer and Gear Festival taking place Saturday January 26th and Sunday the 27th.

McCALL, ID – It’s a two-day celebration of everything that makes our local ski culture special. From hand-crafted skis to local craft beer, backcountry adventures to friendly hometown ski shops, the 1st Annual Beer & Gear Festival is a one-stop celebration of skiing and riding in the West Central Mountains.

“We’re extremely excited to partner with so many great local groups,” said resort spokesperson, April Russell. “With their help, we’re highlighting everything the McCall area has to offer.”

Day 1, Saturday, January 26, focuses on the things that ignite our passions for snowsports. Guests can take a few runs on the latest demo gear offered by Gravity Sports and Hometown Sports in the base area. A Beer Garden featuring the liquid delights of Salmon River Brewery will be on tap from noon - 4 pm. Discounted lift tickets are available for this weekend and throughout the entire ski season for McCall locals and visitors. $54.00 lift tickets is to good a deal to pass up

Day 1 wraps up on the third floor with Winter Wildland Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival. The festival features 90 minutes of independent ski films including the award-winning Skiing the Void, TGR’s Further, and many more. Admission is FREE. Doors open at 5 pm, films start at 6pm. More details are available at:

The SideStash Cafe will be open late serving draft beer, wine, sodas, soups and sandwiches. Local backcountry, avalanche safety, and gear experts from Brundage Mountain SnowCat Adventures, Payette Powder Guides, The Ullr Ski Company, Gravity Sports and Hometown Sportswill be on hand to answer questions about safely exploring the backcountry in our area.

Day 2, Sunday, January 27, centers around exploring new techniques and new technology to make your time on the slopes even more satisfying.

We’ll fuel up with a $7 pancake feed (includes bacon) from 9-11 a.m. Rent a favorite demo ski from Fall Line Tunes & Demo Shop here on the mountain or try the 'unlimited switchout' option as the best way to experience all that ski technology has to offer.

A variety of skier and rider improvement sessions will be offered from 1pm – 3 pm on Sunday at an amazingly affordable rate of just $10. Topics include turning with confidence, advanced carving, small and big bumps, and advanced tactics to challenge anything on the mountain. Participants may sign up on the day-of or pre-register with the snowsports desk at 208.634.4151 x 100.

More details on the clinics are available at:

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