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Idaho Resorts Open After Snow Storm

Time to hit the slopes

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Skiers and snowboarders: Put your right arm straight out in front of you, bend your elbow to roughly 90 degrees then rotate your arm from the shoulder to the left, rising over hand your left shoulder, now give yourself a firm pat on the back.

Whatever snow dance you did for the last month finally paid off. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area's season might have been delayed but that's all the more reason to celebrate its Jan. 19 opening.

While the mountain isn't fully open, Mike Shirley, Bogus general manager, said initial plans call for the resort to open more terrain as conditions allow. Night skiing starts Wednesday, Jan. 25, meaning hours will be 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

The same series of storms that finally brought snow to Bogus also dropped some serious powder in Central Idaho, meaning it's the perfect time to take a tour of the slopes. Sound a little cost prohibitive? Sun Valley Resort is offering a free ski package through the end of March. The package includes a stay at the Sun Valley Lodge or Inn for $139 per night and one lift ticket for each night you stay. Check sunvalley.com for more info.

If you'd rather head to McCall, Brundage Mountain Resort is offering a discount to all Bogus Basin season pass holders. Show your pass and get an adult day lift ticket for $25 on Monday-Thursday or $35 on Fridays-Sundays and holidays.

Ladies should also mark Saturday, Feb. 4, on their calendars--Brundage is repeating its Diva Day with $25 lift tickets, apres-ski yoga and free chair massages for women age 18 and older. There will also be Her Happy Hour drink specials and chances to win spa treatments. Way to support those shred divas among us.

Visit brundage.com for more information.

If all this talk of snow has you going all fetal position, here's a little nod toward future warmer-weather activities--a new relay race will have competitors running 287 miles through eastern Oregon.

The inaugural Hells Canyon Relay will start and finish in La Grande, Ore., and lead through Union and Pondosa. Scheduled for Sept. 21-22, the race will be the longest traditional running relay in the Americas and the second-longest in the world. There will also be a walking course, but that one will clock in at a paltry 142 miles. For more info, visit hellscanyonrelay.com.

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