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Take It To the Hills: Skiing and Mountain Biking

Screening of Red Bull film to benefit Eagle Bike Park


By late March, we're usually not thinking about skiing fresh powder lines, but with plenty of fresh snow in the hills, what else are you supposed to do? But as temperatures begin to show the first signs of spring closer to the valley floor, daydreams start turning to the trails, which will soon be dry enough to be the scenes of mountain biking adventures.

This accursed recreational confusion thankfully has one clear treatment option: Do it all.

First up, think spring. Even if you can't get on the trails yourself, you can live vicariously through the epic big-screen adventures of the 2010 Red Bull Rampage. The Southern Idaho Downhillers and the Boise Area Mountain Bike Association are hosting a screening of the film--shot last fall in Utah--on Thursday, April 7, at the Northgate Reel Theater.

The film highlights top riders in downhill mountain biking, with footage that will have viewers reaching for ice packs and Advil.

The event not only appeases mountain biking wishes but it serves as a fundraiser for the Eagle Bike Park. All proceeds from the film and associated raffle will benefit upkeep and improvement of the park. Tickets will go on sale at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m. The $10 admission charge includes one raffle ticket and additional raffle tickets cost $5 each.

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If your mind is still anchored in winter, you have lucked out this year. Recent storms have transformed spring skiing into mid-winter conditions. In fact, area resorts are pushing their seasons well into April.

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area has already ended night skiing and the tubing hill has closed down but day skiing will continue through Sunday, April 10, with lifts running until 4:30 p.m. daily.

Brundage Mountain in McCall will continue operating seven days a week through Sunday, April 10, at which point the resort will open only on weekends. Brundage spokesperson April Russell said the resort--which now has its deepest snow depths of the season--will stay open on weekends as long as the snow holds out, which typically gets skiers into May.

Sun Valley Resort received a similar dumping of snow from recent storms and plans to stay open through Easter Sunday, April 24.

So, maybe rather than convulsing in seasonal confusion, rejoice that you can, in fact, have it all.