Monday, March 25, 2013

Ski Areas Plan Parties as Bogus Announces Closing Date

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM


Spring Break is more than just when school kids get some vacation time, it's also when ski areas start packing up for the season.

Snow and skiers have already started dwindling across the region. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area will close the hill for the season Sunday, March 31, but not without one final party.

On closing day—which just so happens to fall on Easter Sunday—anyone who shows up in any holiday-themed costume can ski for free. Anyone sporting an Easter Bunny suit can also score some free hot cocoa, so expect the mountain to look like Peter Cottontail's family reunion.

While the tubing hill and night skiing have already closed for the season, Deer Point, Superior and Coach lift will be running during the day, as will the Easy Rider Carpet. The JR Simplot Lodge will be open with food and beverage services, as well as rentals and lessons. The Frontier Point Lodge will also be open.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tour de Fat Returns to Boise Saturday, Aug. 17

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 3:09 PM


OK, Treasure Valley cyclists, mark your calendars for Saturday, Aug. 17—that's when the annual Tour de Fat rolls back into Boise.

That's right, the popular celebration of bikes and beer will be back for it's 14th tour, bringing with it the morning bike parade, live music and assorted merrymaking.

The New Belgium Brewing event is all about two wheels, and each year, organizers look for a volunteer willing to give up his or her car for a year in exchange for one seriously sweet bike. If you're interested in filling that slot, log on to the tour website and enter your application.

The tour is cutting down from 15 stops in 2012 to just 12 this year. The Boise stop will come between events in Minneapolis and Fort Collins, Colo.

Can't wait for the fun? Check out some images from last year's event.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Front Becomes Asana Climbing Gym

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM


Boise's climbing community managed to get both tighter and more expansive at once.

Boise-based climbing gear company Asana recently purchased The Front climbing gym at 3235 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City, renaming the facility the Asana Climbing Gym.

Manger Jon Albright and Russell Long are working on small revaps to the bouldering gym, but Albright said they're taking things slowly. The day-rate for visiting the gym has already been lowered from $14 to $12, and plans call for putting a greater focus on retail, offering—no big surprise—Asana products.

"This will be an Asana outlet," Albright said of the gym, which he hopes will be a key part of Boise's climbing community.

Asana has been involved in the gym since it opened several years ago, and Albright called taking it over a natural evolution for both the gym and the company.

Hours will remain the same for the time being, and the gym will maintain its bouldering wall, as well as the workout area, as the new owners mull any future changes.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Date set for Boise Capitol Bomb Downhill Skateboard Race

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM


UPDATE: According to event organizers, permits from the city are still pending.

Also, the organizers of the event are planning an online contest to change the name from Boise Capitol Bomb to something that doesn't sound like a potential effort to blow up the Capitol. That may not sound like it matters much, but an infamous group of downhill riders in Portland, Ore., called The Zoo Bombers, who gathered weekly to "bomb" the hill down from the Portland Zoo, were once questioned by the FBI over their advertisements which read "bomb the zoo, not Iraq." So, probably not the worst idea ever.


Due to a general lack of hills, hillbombing has never been a major movement in local skateboard culture. Which is a shame, not only because young Josh Brolin was SO DREAMY in the downhill climax to the classic '80s film Thrashin', but because bombing hills is one of the funnest ways to risk shattering your pelvis.

This summer, that's going to change.

A group of local skaters secured permits set a date and have permits pending for a large-scale downhill race: The Boise Capitol Bomb.

The place: Americana Boulevard. The date: Saturday, Aug. 10. The projected participation: "We're anticipating 200-300 participants," one of the event's organizers, Lana Westbrook, told BW via email. "There are two waves, adults 14 and up, and kids 13 and under."

At the bottom of the course, there will also be a yet-to-be-determined series of events, booths and generally festival-ly things.

The prize for not only surviving such a melee, but coming out on top will include a custom longboard from Sibbz Custom Rides and some other stuff, yet to be determined.

Though it's a shift from organizers' original plan to stage the race from the Boise Depot to the Capitol, the new location isn't ruffling any feathers.

"[This] way it's better for traffic, gives us more space to extend the event, etc.," said Westbrook.

Westbrook also told BW that organizers hope to make this an annual event.

Perhaps next time things can get really wild and the race can be down Bogus Basin Road. Young Josh Brolin would thrash the bejeesus outta that.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Race to Robie Registration Opens at Noon Monday, Feb. 18

Posted By on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM


Get ready for the Pre-Race to Robie Creek: Online registration for the annual half-marathon begins at noon Monday, Feb. 18, and it will most likely end about 10 minutes later.

Securing one of the coveted race slots for "the toughest race in the Northwest" is the toughest part of the race for some, requiring would-be racers have a hyper-fast Internet connection and just a touch of luck. Those who need a little help can head downtown to Bandanna Running and Walking, 504 W. Main St. in Boise, where the staff will set up several computers for the registration pursuit.

Registration takes place online only at

Those who don't make it in on the first try will be part of a second-chance drawing for additional race spots beginning Tuesday, Feb. 19. Lucky second-chancers will be notified Tuesday, Feb. 26—which still gives plenty of time to train for the race, slated for Saturday, April 20.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Foothills Trails Clearing But Still Sloppy

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM

If you have been chomping at the bit to hit the trails like many Boiseans, be mindful. While the view from town is encouraging (sorry skiers), and many areas are clearing nicely, the reality is that most areas of the Ridge to Rivers system still have conditions varying from patchy slop to mud-pit.

Some spots are still completely covered in snow, which can make for treacherous riding and tenuous hiking. That said, if you're lucky, you may be able to string together an early season ride on dry areas with sun exposure or completely frozen early morning trails.

If you aren't sure where to go this time of year, you can always stick to roads like North Eighth Street and Rocky Canyon Road until snow clears and trails dry up a little. Hikers will have an easier go of things as long as they stay off muddy trails. Don't forget that walking around a wet section brings bad juju—widening the trail and creating maintenance issues for crews later in the year.

From the Ridge to Rivers website:

Get out early this morning to avoid muddy trails after today's thaw. Avoid trails, on north facing aspects with high clay content, after 10 a.m.. Specifically: Table Rock Trails, Cottonwood Creek, Ridge Crest, Bucktail, Red Cliffs, and Polecat Loop.

If you need a visual example, here you go:



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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Weekend Ski Report

Posted By on Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM


Thanks to a little fresh snow Feb. 8, area ski resorts are doing just fine. Here's where they stand when it comes to snow pack over the last week.

Bogus Basin Mountain Resort: 1.5 inches of new snow, 36 inches at the base.

Brundage Mountain Resort: No new snow, 54 inches at the base, 85 inches at the summit.

Pomerelle Mountain Resort: Trace of new snow, 65 inches at the base, 78 inches at the summit.

Sun Valley Resort: 0.5 inches of new snow, 24 inches at the base, 47 at the summit.

Tamarack Resort: No new snow, 16 inches at the base, 64 inches at the summit.

Grand Targhee Resort: No new snow, 83 inches at the base, 263 inches at the summit.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Bogus Terrain Park Challenges Young Slopesiders

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM

  • Ian Blasch

Nick Goepper won Ski Slopestyle gold at the X Games in Aspen, Colo., in January—not bad for a skier from southern Indiana, whose home ski hill has all of 300 feet of vertical drop. Now, thanks to the vision of J.J. McLeod, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area events director, Boise's snowboarders and skiers have more chances to develop their slopestyle skills.

The new Mountain Dew Terrain Park has 23 jumps, jibs, boxes and rails spanning Shaker Ridge, Cascade, Mambo Meadows and Showcase.

“The park is designed to develop intermediate slopestyle and terrain park skills of the 8- to 14-year-old skier or snowboarder” said McLeod.

Of course, everyone is encouraged to explore the terrain park and with a variety of intermediate and beginner level features there is something for everyone.

Also new this season is a yurt at the base of the terrain park near the Showcase lift with an outdoor sound system built to thump the place, according to McLeod. For those who like to catch a bit of air, four 15-foot-tall kickers, a volcano bank and corrugated pipes will be added later this season.

The park was funded by Mountain Dew and Pepsi Bottling Ventures, and the Albertson’s Foundation.

Competitions at the terrain park are scheduled to begin Saturday, Feb 23, with the 3rd Rail Jam event. Competition will occur every other weekend after that. And with 1,300 feet of vertical drop, who knows, there might be a future slopestyle Winter X-Games or Olympic competitor in this current crop of park rats.

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Weekend Ski Report

Posted By on Sat, Feb 2, 2013 at 10:28 AM


The Treasure Valley may be thawing out, but Idaho ski areas have been getting dumped on by snow. Here's who got what since Jan. 27.

Bogus Basin Mountain Resort: 8.5 inches of new snow, 37 inches at the base.

Brundage Mountain Resort: 19 inches of new snow, 62 inches at the base, 92 inches at the summit.

Pomerelle Mountain Resort: 24 inches of new snow, 69 inches at the base, 80 inches at the summit.

Sun Valley Resort: No new snow since Jan. 29, 24 inches at the base, 48 at the summit.

Tamarack Resort: 3 inches since Jan. 30, 20 inches at the base, 69 inches at the summit.

Grand Targhee Resort: 49 inches of new snow, 90 inches at the base, 259 inches at the summit.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dirty Dash Discounted Registration Ends Today

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM


Yes, it's a long ways off, but it still pays to plan ahead for the annual Dirty Dash at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area.

Today is the last chance teams have to register for just $35 for the way-too-fun and way-too-messy race that has teams running cross country through obstacles and plenty of mud. The race will be held on Aug. 10, but you have just hours to take advantage of the discounted price online.

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