How do you pick out a skier or boarder this time of year? He or she is the one looking at the calendar, then looking at the sky, then staring at the hills with a forlorn look, then looking back at the sky.
The ski season appears to be at what could graciously be called a "slow start." While regional ski areas like Sun Valley and Pomerelle have been able to open for the season with limited snow (and snowmaking equipment in the case of Sun Valley), Boise's local ski hill has yet to receive enough snow to fully cover the mountain.
Anyone who wants to hit the slopes has to look west to Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Ore., or Timberline and Mt. Hood Meadows on Mt. Hood, or east to Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming to find mountains that are near-fully open.
Still, if there's one defining characteristic of skiers and snowboarders, its unending optimism. There might be a high-pressure system parked on top of the valley like a broken-down dump truck, but a true skier will always see snow in the forecast.
But if you need a little something extra to keep your spirits high until opening day, there's always the prospect of scoring first chair on the brand-spankin' new Superior high-speed quad at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area.
The resort will conduct a drawing for the first-chair honor among those who have purchased donor passes for the season. All donor pass holders are automatically entered in the drawing, and four winners will be notified two days prior to the area's official opening. The good news is that there's still time to buy a pass if you haven't already.
Check out the details at bogusbasin.org.
Need something that's a little more of a sure thing than a raffle drawing? Head over to the Egyptian Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 7, to catch KGB Production's latest ski flick, Wyoming Triumph.
The Jackson, Wyo.-based production company shot the film over two years (2009-2011) throughout the Wyoming backcountry and featured both pro and amateur riders (although there's little that's amateur about their skills), including Trevor Hiatt, Rob Kingwill, Rob LaPier, Tucker Mead and Trevor Thomas.
Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $10--available both on the Egyptian Theatre's website and at the door.
Check out scenes from the film at kgb-productions.com/films/wytriumph.