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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bogus Basin Ski Patrol Brings Back Wax & Beer Nights

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM

BOGUS BASIN SKI PATROL
  • Bogus Basin Ski Patrol
The Wax & Beer nights put on by Bogus Basin Ski Patrol have just about everything needed to fill a skier's or snowboarder's heart (sans snow): hot ski/snowboard waxing from Bogus Basin ski patrollers ($12 for skis, $15 for snowboards), a complimentary craft brew, ski and board movies shown on the patio, and a bunch of patio heaters. 

For the second year in a row, Bogus Basin Ski Patrol will host the Wax & Beer nights Thursdays at Sockeye Grill and Brewery on Dec. 4 and Dec. 18, as well as Jan. 8 and Jan. 22, from 6-9 p.m. 

Proceeds support the mountain's ski patrol operations, which are overseen by an independent volunteer organization with 180 members providing first aid and support. 
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Bogus Basin's Alan Moore Would Like to Open on Saturday, Nov. 15

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Image from Bogus Basin's webcam Nov. 14, 11:25 a.m. - BOGUS BASIN
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  • Image from Bogus Basin's webcam Nov. 14, 11:25 a.m.

Last year, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area turned the chairlifts on Dec. 9. In 2011, the resort opened Jan. 17—the latest opening date in its history. This year, however, it could see its earliest opening in 45 years.

According to Boise State Pubic Radio, this snow storm could give Bogus Basin the base it needs to open a few runs as early as Saturday, Nov. 15. The ski resort's general manager, Alan Moore, told BSPR that an early opening would be a limited one—most likely just a few chairlifts on the front side; the tubing hill won't open for awhile.

Moore said in the last 45 years, the earliest Bogus has ever opened was Nov. 17. 

As of 10 a.m., Bogus Basin's webcam shows an accumulation of about three inches of snow since 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13, but the National Weather Service is forecasting a 100 percent chance of snow throughout the day and 40 percent chance overnight, with accumulations up to 10 more inches possible. The resort usually needs a base of 18-24 inches to open.

Below is a time-lapse video from Nov. 13 of the mountain, courtesy of the National Weather Service. To read more about challenges Southwest Idaho ski areas are facing, click here


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Beer and Bicycles in Hailey, Idaho

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 9:41 AM


Beer and bicycles. That's about all it takes to get us to an event these days. For folks in the Wood River Valley, this weekend, Oct. 17-18, marks the 11th annual Crosstober Fest, combining live music, cyclocross and 75 different beers to try from more than 20 breweries worldwide.

Cyclocross, by the way, is a form of bicycle racing popular in autumn and winter that combines road cycling with mountain biking. The course ranges from one-and-a-half to two miles, with races taking 30 minutes to an hour. The course includes sections of pavement, wooded trails, grass, mud, snow, steep hills and obstacles that require riders to dismount and carry bikes as they navigate through. With hundreds of cyclists participating, it's a delightful mix of spandex and costumes.

The festival kicks off today at 4 p.m. with race registration, live music and beer drinking. The following day is chock-full of races for men, women and youth riders, as well as a lot of music and even more beer from Grand Teton Brewing, Sawtooth Brewery, Stone Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, Snake River Brewing, Slanted Rock, Ninkasi, Payette, New Belgium, Crooked Fence, and the list goes on and on. Tickets cost $25 at Old Cutters Park in Hailey.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM


Sometimes, when your dog ends up in the pool, it's an accident. Not this time. 

Reward your canine companion with a walk followed by a wet and wild good time at the 7th Annual Pooch Party Stroll and Splash. After walking a mile, dogs can cool off in the Lakeview park pool and make friends. You can also participate in contests and raffles and check out various items from pet friendly vendors; proceeds benefit the development of the Nampa Dog Park. For more details and registration, visit the Nampa Parks and Recreation website

9 a.m. $25 per dog. Lakeview Park, Garrity Boulevard at 16th Avenue North, Nampa, 208-468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM


When is the last time you went on a vegetable garden tour? Exactly. 

The Idaho Botanical Garden can make that happen for you. Just hand over a few bucks when you get there and prepare for a journey of vegetable discovery. As you tour the gardens you'll learn how to grow your own produce, and it would be shocking if you didn't make a new friend. 

10 a.m. $10-$15. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise, 208-343-8649, register online at idahobotanicalgarden.org.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM


"I'm tired," you say to yourself. "Tired of pickles not having their own festival." I've got some good news for you, friend. 

It just so happens that the Corn and Pickle Festival is going down at Vogel Farms Country Market and you're invited. You can get your fill of pony rides, egg washing demos, hay rides and barbecue, among other things. No word on whether there will be a Corn vs. Pickle showdown, but if there is, brace yourself. 

10 a.m. FREE. Vogel Farms Country Market, 9501 Robinson Road, Kuna, 208-466-6928, vogelfarmscountrymarket.com.
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Friday, August 8, 2014

My Turn, My Turn!

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Along Highway 55 on the way up to McCall, the North Fork of the Payette River becomes especially violent at a group of rapids called Jacob's Ladder. It's world-class whitewater that attracts expert kayakers from all over the world, including many who partake in the North Fork Championship

There aren't many brave souls who would take anything other than a hardshell kayak down this stretch of potentially-fatal Class V+ whitewater, but on Aug. 1, a group of river folk took the river on in a very different sort of vessel: the Creature Craft.  

CREATURE CRAFT
  • Creature Craft

The Creature Craft is basically a raft with an inflatable roof, so it can tumble down the river without ever flipping over and tossing rafters into the water. The craft was created by Darren Vancil and his team in Grand Junction, Colo., after Vancil was overturned in a conventional raft on the Colorado River and sustained a dislocated shoulder, numerous bruises and abrasions, and a "damaged ego." His inspiration came from a hand-made version of this idea in Russia.

On the video below, you can see just how well the Creature Craft worked on the North Fork. The action gets real good around 1:30. 



This was part of the Creature Craft Guide School, an annual training trip down the North Fork of the Payette.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM


You've got a lot of junk in your shed/garage/trunk. Sometimes you don't know what to do with it, but you also don't know what you'd do without it.

Add to that collection at the Idaho City flea market this weekend. Sure, you've got a limited edition set of Alf trading cards—but do you have the matching plush doll?

9 a.m. FREE. Idaho City, Hwy. 21, 208-392-4159, myidahocity.com.
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