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Shoulder Season Has Arrived

Ski, golf, kayak repeat. All in one day.

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Welcome to the ultimate transitional season when, weather allowing, you can ski one day and go mountain biking the next--hell, you can do them in the same day.

That said, your chances to hit the slopes (at least with the aid of a chairlift) are numbered. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area plans to close the season on Saturday, April 7, although depending on snow conditions, there could be a bonus weekend. The Nordic trails closed on April 1.

Brundage Mountain will stay open through Sunday, April 8, but the McCall resort is offering bonus weekends at least through Sunday, April 22. But to mark the end of the season, Brundage is pulling out the ultimate of thank-you gifts for skiers and boarders: free skiing. No, you didn't read that wrong, Brundage is offering free skiing daily through Friday, April 6. All you're required to do is to stop by the lift ticket office to pick up a pass and get on your merry way.

Can't make it this week? Brundage is discounting daily lift ticket prices during the bonus weekends, meaning tickets for kids age 11 and younger will be free, ages 11-17 and seniors older than 70 will pay $27 and adults will have to pony up $45.

Get more details at brundage.com.

A little further east, Sun Valley Resort will end the season on Dollar Mountain on Sunday, April 8, and on Bald Mountain on Sunday, April 15.

But if you're like a lot of us and are ready to see winter make its final bow, turn your thoughts toward road-biking season and to the inaugural Exergy Tour set for Memorial Day weekend.

The first 11 professional women's teams will be competing in the multi-stage race around Southwest Idaho. On the roster so far are: ABUS-Nutrixxion and Specialized-lululemon from Germany; the Canadian National Team; Exergy TWENTY12 (hometown girl Kristin Armstrong's team), Tibco to the Top, NOW and Novartis for MS, and Optum Pro Cycling from the United States; Faren Honda and Forno D'Asolo Colavita from Italy; GreenEDGE-AIS from Australia; and Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley from Belgium.

The full list of teams is expected to be released by Sunday, April 15. For more info, check out exergytour.com.

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