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McCall Beats Winter Blues With Ice Skating Show

Friday-Saturday Dec. 28-29


An escape from the stresses of the holidays in the Treasure Valley seems pretty tempting right about now. Thankfully, McCall is only two hours from Boise but can seem like it's a world away, especially this time of year when the snow is piled high.

Ice skating is a time-honored tradition in the wintery months, but most of us spend more time on our duffs than in the air performing triple axels. Sometimes, it's best to leave the skating to the pros.

Slovak skater Jozef Sabovcik--known for his mastery of the technical tuck axel, and for his flowing blond locks--has been on the ice since he first stepped out onto the rink at the age of 6. While most of us stop there, he ascended to pro status and earned a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Idahoans can catch "Jumping Joe" in action, when he joins the McCall Starz on Ice Elite Ensemble for a special holiday ice show, Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29.

The event takes place near the shores of the frigid Payette Lake and is hosted by the Richard Sabala Foundation at the Manchester Ice and Event Centre in downtown McCall.

The holiday show pairs competitive skaters from the McCall area with emerging skaters, led by former World Professional Skating champion Lori Benton. Children as young as 4, competitive young adults and skating coaches join Sabovcik to wow audiences with their lithe skills.

Skating Through the Seasons is one of the last events at Manchester before the new year, and offers a chance for parents and children to squeeze in some more holiday cheer after Christmas.