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Learn to Fish, Learn to Ski

Anyone who wants to learn flyfishing or Alpine skiing just fillled their calendars

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Want to hobnob with fly fishing experts? Then hit the seventh annual Fly Fishing Expo at Expo Idaho on Friday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 15.

The expo will include workshops by fly-tying masters, a casting pond to master your flick and face time with the folks from Boise Valley Fly Fishermen and Women Fly Fishers of Idaho. There will be a ladies program, children's face painting and fly tying, and guest presenters. The cherry on top is all the insider tips you'll snag from pros: where to fish, how to use special lures and new flies to tie.

On Saturday evening, fly a-fish-ionados will dress up and enjoy a banquet at the Doubletree Riverside complete with presentations, dinner, raffle and auction. Membership and meal packages range from $50 to $150. Funds raised will benefit the Boise Valley Fly Fishermen's conservation activities in the region. Celebrating its 40th year, BVFF is an advocate for the sport and touts the joys of fishing.

For more information, visit bvff.com

Taking your recreation opportunities from the rivers to the mountains, McCall's Brundage Mountain Resort is offering a new way to pick up skiing or snowboarding. The Learn to Ski Guarantee claims that the program will teach anyone the basics of skiing or snowboarding.

Prospective snow bunnies 12 years and older are given as many beginner lessons as they need. For $129, the package allows for learning at your own pace, without fear of missing a lesson, as well as two days of equipment rentals and lift tickets.

"We want to take the risk out of learning to ski," said April Russell, Brundage's spokesperson. "Different people learn at different paces, and it's important to know that you can come back for as many lessons as you need without making a huge financial commitment."

This comes as part of a push to get more people on the slopes. As a part of National Learn a Snowsport Month, the package deal just might be your ticket into 2011 snow success. So if you can't manage "pizza, French fries," can't finagle the chairlift or can't cut carving, here's a good--and cheap--way to get started.

Visit brundage.com for more info.

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