Anymore it seems like the snow has come later each year. For years, Bogus Basin opened near Thanksgiving; but the 2012-13 season at Boise's nearest mountain resort didn't begin until after New Year's. For 17 years, Tom Grainey's has held its annual Pray For Snow event, but this year, the bar plans to pray a little harder.
Enter the Pray For Snow Winter Ale Festival: Sunday, Nov. 17, from 2-8 p.m., Tom Grainey's will transform the parking lot at Sixth and Grove streets into a winter wonderland complete with a snowboard rail jam, mini skateboard park, ice sculpting, live music from three bands, beer from 27 breweries, whiskey and cigars--all followed by the traditional Pray For Snow event at Tom Grainey's, Grainey's Basement and The Underground.
"We're making it more of a ski/snowboard opening than it has been," said Tom Grainey's General Manager Cassidy Kay, who organized the event.
Kay worked with three snowboard shops in Boise--Newt and Harold's, Water Ski Pro Shop and The Boardroom--each of which will field eight riders who will compete for either a season pass at an Idaho ski resort or a snowboard package and other prizes.
"It's a bigger, better way of promoting the ski and snowboard culture itself," Kay said.
Meanwhile, an ice sculptor will produce a work of frosty art with 3,000 pounds of ice courtesy of Ice is Nice while Hillfolk Noir, Audio Moonshine and Epilogues rock out on the stage. Hungry attendees can satiate their appetites at Old Boise Burger and P. Ditty's Wrap Wagon.
Advance tickets are $20, but the price jumps to $26 the day of the event (or $23 and two cans of food for the Idaho Foodbank). Tickets entail a wristband and a 5-ounce glass good for unlimited tastings. An undetermined portion of the proceeds benefit the Bogus Basin Ski Foundation.
Over at Boise Rock School, kids grades 4-6 can learn about where recorded music comes from through the Science of Recording class. Saturday, Nov. 9, from 1-4 p.m., kids learn about the physical principles behind sound, and what they mean for playing and recording music.
The class is a partnership between Discovery Center of Idaho and Boise Rock School. Tickets are $25 for DCI members and $30 for nonmembers. For more info or to register, visit boiserockschool.com or scidaho.org.