While the ski season seems to have only started at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, it's time for diehard skiers to start thinking about the 2012-2013 season.
Mark your calendars for Monday, Feb. 20, for the start of the one-week ultimate Bogus season pass sale. Beginning that morning and running through Sunday, Feb. 26, the resort will offer passes for the lowest price of the year.
Individual 2011-2012 pass holders will be able to purchase a 2012-2013 pass for $179, which includes two Take a Buddy tickets. The price for new season pass buyers will be $199. Family season passes will cost $716 (including eight Take a Buddy tickets) for current pass holders or $800 for new pass buyers.
As of Monday, Feb. 27, the price jumps to $239 for individuals and $956 for families, and climbs from there.
Nordic skiers can get in on the deal as well, with $69 season passes during the weeklong sale.
If the price wasn't enough of an incentive to buy early, the fact that the 2012-2013 season passes will be valid beginning on Monday, Feb. 20, through the end of the 2013 season should help.
Passes can be bought online at bogusbasin.org, over the phone by calling 208-332-5162, or in person at the Bogus Basin sales office (2600 Bogus Basin Road).
And since our minds are on the slopes, the home of the grande dame of American ski resorts just got a little love from National Geographic, which named Ketchum as one of the top 25 ski towns in the world.
Ketchum/Sun Valley rounds out the list of international destinations, joining the likes of Zermatt, Switzerland; Chamonix, France; Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy; and Stowe, Vt. The West actually claimed quite a few spots on the list. Other regional ski towns on the short list include Bend, Ore.; Jackson, Wyo.; Bozeman and Whitefish, Mont.; Crested Butte, Aspen, Telluride and Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and Park City, Utah.
Editors called the resort the best for "hard-carving skiers and boarders who like playing 'spot the movie star,'" and praised it for maintaining the "grandeur of their pre-war days," while the town itself boasted "rustic elegance."
Check out the full write-up, as well as the rest of the list at adventure.nationalgeographic.com.
But not all is rosy in the world of recreation. Organizers of the Boise Rec Fest announced that the event has been canceled for this year.
While the event, which celebrated outdoor recreation with demonstrations, games and music, successfully ran for two years, organizers realized that the weekend festival could not support a full-time paid staff.
"Running a large event like Boise Rec Fest takes more than just volunteer time to be done right. Without any full-time staff running the festival, we felt we didn't have enough resources to successfully organize the event," wrote founder Brett Adler in an email sent to supporters. "And while this is not an easy decision for us, we felt it was better for everyone that we not hold the festival rather than do it poorly."
Adler added that while it is highly unlikely that the event will happen this year, he is open to talking to any other organization interested in taking it over in the future.