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Brundge Brings Back Light Up the Night

And Payette River passes now on sale

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Idaho skiers and boarders are nearly comatose with joy now that ski areas across the region are finally open. The folks at Brundage Mountain in McCall are betting that some of those skiers will be in the mood to celebrate over the Christmas holiday.

Brundage is bringing back its popular Light Up the Night party Saturday, Dec. 29, with a fireworks show from the slopes, a torchlight parade, bonfire and plenty of food and drinks. Best yet, the majority of the events are free and open to the public.

Things kick off at 4:30 p.m., when crews light the Pray for Snow Bonfire in the parking lot, conveniently adjacent to a beer garden. The torchlight parade down the slopes begins at 5:30 p.m., and anyone who wants to join the parade had better plan ahead. Participation is not only limited to 60 skiers, but everyone must be able to ski confidently without poles while holding a long piece of bamboo that happens to be on fire.

If you have the skills and the will--and the fire-resistant clothing--reserve a spot by emailing sethjacobsen@brundage.com.

Fireworks start going off as soon as the torch-bearing skiers make it to the base.

For those who are peckish after all those flames and explosions, Smoky's Bar and Grill is open late. A sit-down dinner is also available with reservations. For those who want some grown-up time, the Kids Center offers supervised viewing of the fireworks and parade, a spaghetti dinner, crafts and movies from 5-8 p.m. for $30 per child. Reservations are required.

For more info, visit brundage.com

With ski areas finally up and running, it's time to start talking about summer river running, right? Yes, we're kidding--kind of.

The annual Payette River passes needed at recreation sites along the river are now on sale for $20 and are good for the entire year. Funds from the fee program go toward maintaining and improving the recreation sites.

The passes are available at:

• Alpenglow Mountainsport, 2314 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise

• Boise Army Navy, 4924 Chinden Blvd., Garden City

• Cascade Outfitters, 604 E. 45th St., Garden City

• Idaho River Sports, 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise

• Emmett Ranger District Office, 1805 Highway 16, Ste. 5, Emmett

To check out which areas require either an annual pass or a daily use fee, visit fs.usda.gov/goto/Payette River Passes.

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