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Ski areas pull out the stops for the holidays

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Face it, there’s only so much relaxing you can do before you start getting antsy over the holidays. Hopefully, that happens about the same time as ski areas across the country are trying to lure the masses to their slopes with every promotion and event they can think OF.

So, as our public service, here’s what some of Idaho’s ski resorts are planning in order to keep you happy over the holiday week.

Bogus Basin

Saturday, Dec. 26—What better way to come down off that Christmas high than with the Bogus Basin Night Rail Jam.

Registration for the freestyle competition is $25 and will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Simplot Lodge.

Features on the course will depend upon how much snow there is, but competitors will be judged on the difficulty of tricks, style and the time it takes to get through the bowl. Awards will be handed out immediately after the competition.

The course will open for practice at 5 p.m., with the contest kicking off at 6 p.m.

Brundage Mountain

It’s open, need we say more?

Grand Targhee Resort

Yup, it’s open, too, and if you happen to be over in Alta, Wyo., on Sunday, Dec. 27, check out the Cold Smoke Awards People’s Choice Tour, offering some of the best films about winter culture. The screening begins at 9:30 p.m. in the Trap Bar.

Magic Mountain

The Twin Falls-area ski hill opened on Dec. 19 for the those in Southeast Idaho in search of snow.

Pomerelle

Night skiing at the popular resort will kick off on Saturday, Dec. 26, offering late turns from 4-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Schweitzer Mountain

If you happen to be heading north—way north—Schweitzer is going all sorts of holiday happy.

To ring in 2010, the resort is offering holiday parties appropriate for all ages. First, the grown-ups (or, rather, those age 21 and older) can check out the Sol Jibe concert at Taps. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, with a DJ until 9 p.m., when flamenco/jazz/rock band Sol Jibe takes the stage to ring in the new year. Tickets are $40 per person.

For those who don’t quite meet the 21-year-old requirement, there’s also a sledding party for ages 12-17. Check in is at 8:30 p.m., with tubing starting at 9 p.m.. Cost is $30 per person.

Finally, for those ages 12 and younger, the ’tweens party will include games, Wii, snacks and contests. The check in starts and 8:30 p.m. and parent pickup must be done by 12:30 a.m. Cost is $30 per person.

Check out schweitzer.com for details and reservations.

Silver Mountain

The ski hill will ring in the New Year with a torchlight parade and mountain-wide party.

Sun Valley

The iconic ski resort is pulling out all the stops for the holidays, as usual, with dinners and parties. There’s a Christmas Eve festival on Thursday, Dec. 24, and assorted parties on Thursday, Dec. 31, to celebrate the New Year.

For details, and to check on any available lodging and skiing packages, check out sunvalley.com.