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Chill Out at Bogus Basin's Mambo Meadows Rail Jam

Or test gear at The Board Room

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Winter is in full swing, and if you haven't been buried beneath a tidal wave of slush from a passing truck, you may be in the mood for some winter adventures.

If that's the case, make your way up the hill to Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area Saturday, Jan. 19, for the Mambo Meadows Rail Jam at the ski area's Mt. Dew Terrain Park. Plop down the $20 registration fee and show off your skills for the chance to take home a few prizes and a bit of glory.

Would-be victors of the rail can register the day of the event, beginning at 8:30 a.m., and competition begins at 11:30 a.m. Both helmets and park passes are required, so be prepared to pay another $27 to get a lift ticket if you're not a season pass holder.

Download a waiver in advance online, and anyone younger than 18 must have their parents sign off on their adventures.

For more information, visit bogusbasin.org.

You don't have to compete to get in on the action, though. The Boardroom will be at the base of the hill throughout the day offering on-snow demos of the latest and greatest boards.

The free demos give boarders the chance to try out a variety of manufacturers' boards in different styles, including some of the most sought-after specialty board companies in the country.

The Boardroom crew will attach riders' own bindings to the boards they want to try out so they can have a true comparison between the offerings. Anyone who wants to take advantage of the deal just needs an ID and a credit card to leave as a deposit.

While there will be no youth boards available, there will be a range of sizes for adults. Anyone younger than 18 must have a parent or guardian sign off before taking a board out.

For more info and dates for more demo days, visit boardroomboise.com.

Of course, if you're one of those who thinks the best part of skiing is apres ski, Brundage Mountain Resort has a contest that's right up your alley.

The resort expanded the offerings at its main lodge this season, adding a specialty coffee bar, SideStash Cafe. The cafe is looking for a signature drink and is inviting the public to send in recipes for a chance to win a $50 Brundage gift card.

To enter, submit your cutting-edge coffee drink recipe--as well as a clever name for the brew--to the Design a Drink contest page on Facebook. Visit brundage.com and click on the contest to find the link.

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