Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Lodging Deals – Ski, Stay and Save!

Spring is the time for the best lodging deals in the season.

Bogus Basin -

Stay and Play
Stay at a participating Boise-area hotel this winter, and play at Bogus Basin Mountain for FREE! Buy one alpine lift ticket or nordic trail pass and get another one FREE (of equal or less value).
No blackout periods
One lift ticket voucher per guest, per night of stay in Boise
Lift tickets valid during time of stay only
Mention the "Stay and Play" offer when placing reservations at participating hotels

Stay and Play is offered through a partnership with the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau with underwriting grant support from the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor, Tourism Division.

Also at Bogus—Pioneer Condominiums – stay slopeside, buy one alpine ticket and get another at 1/2 price.

Brundage -

Ski Free – Stay Free
Brundage Mountain is pleased to partner with inidaho.com to offer our customers a great way to enjoy a mini-vacation in the McCall, Idaho area. When you reserve 2 or more nights of lodging and 2 or more days of skiing, InIdaho.com will buy an additional night and day of skiing at Brundage Mountain Resort for everyone reserved for the lodging stay.

Midweek Ski & Stay Packages 2007/2008 Starting at $134.60 per person:
2 full-day lift tickets for each person + 1 night's lodging at McCall's brand new AmericInn. (Price based on double occupancy, non-holiday, midweek, price does not include lodging tax.) For Reservations: Call 208-634-2230 or www.americinn.com

Grand Targhee -

Internet Special – reservations accepted online only – save money, time and make it easy with Targhee’s online reservation system.

Midweek Lodging Special - Limited time offer - Book now!
Stay with us on a lodging/skiing package anytime Sunday through Thursday nights and enjoy discounted rates.

Season Pass Holder Deal for Select Partners
Bogus Basin, Ski the Summit at Snoqualmie, Pepple Creek, Deer Valley, Welch Village, Northstar, Sierra, and Powder Ridge Resort season pass holders can ski and snowboard for FREE at Grand Targhee Resort when lodging at non-discounted rates. 1 free lift ticket for each overnight stay, with a 2-night minimum. To book your reservation or for more information simply call toll-free 1-800-TARGHEE (827-4433)

Any North American ski area season pass holder can ski and snowboard for FREE at Grand Targhee Resort when lodging at non-discounted rates. 1 free lift ticket for each overnight stay,ket for each overnight stay, with a 2-night minimum. To book your reservation or for more information simply call toll-free 1-800-TARGHEE (827-4433) – this offer is not available through online booking. Please mention this offer and the discount code "BE" when making your reservation. Each pass holder must show their valid 2007-08 photo season pass at check-in. The offer is not valid with any other offers or promotions, and is based on availability

Lookout Pass -

Mention the Ski Idaho e-newsletter for ski packages starting at $109.00 plus tax!

The Wallace Inn (wallaceinn.net) and Stardust Motel in historic Wallace Idaho have the best and least expensive ski packages in Idaho and the surrounding northwest area.

Wallace Inn- queen bedded room for #2 persons with ski passes to Lookout Ski Resort including a complimentary glass of wine or beer each.

Stardust Motel- even more economical; a single bedded room at the Stardust with the same offer- $86.00!!!!!!!!!!!!1

*special group rates also available.
**silver mtn packages also available

Pebble Creek -

Buy one, get one free, lift tickets when you stay at participating Lava Hot Springs Hotels conveniently located less than an hour from Pebble Creek Ski area. Take advantage of Ski Packages all winter long.

Schweitzer -

Schweitzer Ski Week Deal Lodging Reservations: 877.487.4643

Experience Schweitzer with a Ski Week! 6 & 7 night stays available (including a weekend) for midweek rates!

Stay Slopeside & Ski Free from only $64 per person at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Your package includes a one night stay for up to four people and free skiing for each person. Package is based on quad occupancy.

Silver Mountain -

From March through the end of the ski season, kids under 18 can ski for no additional charge with a minimum two-night stay at Morning Star Lodge.

Have a current season pass from another ski resort??
Ski FREE when you book a 3 night room package at Silver Mountain’s Morning Star Lodge. Must present valid and current season pass upon check-in. Offer valid now through end of season.

Ski & Stay Packages starting at $85 pp/do
Includes 1 night lodging and 1 day lift ticket.

Romance Packages
Enjoy an extraordinary evening or two at Morning Star Lodge with your sweetheart. Luxurious condo, Chilled Champagne or Huckleberry Wine, 2 complimentary Wine Glasses, Heart Shaped Bath Gel for the tub, souvenir candle and sweetheart chocolates.


Soldier Mountain --

Prairie Inn Ski/Stay Special
Stay at The Prairie Inn and ski with us and you will get $10.00 off your room rate. You will also receive a voucher good for a $10.00 discount on adult tickets and $5.00discount on youth tickets. Call (208) 764-2247 for reservations.

Soldier Mountain Ranch Ski/Stay Special
Stay with Soldier Mountain Ranch and ski with us and you will get $10.00 off your room rate. You will also receive a voucher good for a $10.00 discount on adult tickets and $5.00 discount on youth tickets. Call (208) 764-2506 for reservations.

Sun Valley -

Beginning Thursday, March 27, 2008, Sun Valley Resort will offer a special Spring Ski Package. Skiers are invited to stay in the Sun Valley Lodge or the Sun Valley Inn for only $74 per person double occupancy. This room rate includes a one day ski pass and can be booked for multiple days. This offer will continue through the end of the ski season.


Visit the Sun Valley Ketchum Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau for more information about hot lodging deals:


Tamarack -

Spring Packages
Spring Packages are valid from March 23rd – Winter Season Close

Stay & Ski Free
Starting from $124 per person, per night. Package includes a Lift Ticket per person, per lodging night.

March 23, 2008 - Winter Season Close Package
Based on quad occupancy in a three-bedroom Sawtooth or Bitterroot Chalet. One daily lift ticket per person per night booked is included in package. Three nights minimum stay is required for arrivals Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Four nights minimum stay is required for arrivals Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Discovery Package -- March 23, 2008 Winter Season Close
Starting from $133 per person, per night.
Package includes a Discovery Ticket per person, per lodging night.
Valid. Package is based on quad occupancy in an Owyhee Cottage. Two nights minimum stay is required. One-day Discovery Ticket per person per night booked is included in package. Discovery ticket includes access to all lifts, as well as the nordic and snowshoe trails. Package may be upgraded to include a massage at Sante Spa.

Backcountry Discovery Package -- March 23, 2008 - Winter Season Close 2008
Starting from $290 per person, per night.
Package includes a full-day backcountry experience trip per person, per lodging night.
Package is based on 8-person occupancy in an Estate Home. Full-day guided backcountry experience trip per person, per night booked is included in package. Two nights minimum stay is required.

Snowmobile Lodging Package -- March 23, 2008 - Winter Season Close
Starting from $217 per person, per night.
Package includes a guided snowmobile trip off Tamarack's summit per person, per lodging night. Package is based on quad occupancy in a two-bedroom townhome. Half-day guided snowmobile trip per person, per night booked is included in package. Two nights minimum stay is required.

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The end of winter is no reason to stow your gear.

Here’s what’s on the menu in Idaho this spring: Burgers grilling on the deck, corn snow on the slopes, and sunscreen on rosy cheeks—served under blue sky and sunshine. Skiing late March and early April in Idaho is special.

I took a special spring tour into the heart of Idaho shared in this issue. The spring conditions were perfect on a loop through Bogus Basin, Soldier Mountain and Sun Valley. Also featured are the terrain and amenities you’ll find at Tamarack, Bogus Basin and Magic Mountain. There’s also time left to get the best lodging deals of the season—learn all about them here. Take a look at the events calendar to pick your dates.

Blue skies, mild temperatures and hero snow make spring a great time to be on the slopes. In addition to better visibility and better weather, spring skiers can count on shorter lift lines and wide-open runs.

Best of all, 2008 offers spring skiing as good as it gets in Idaho, thanks to the deepest snow packs in years. Most resorts have a base of 10 feet or more. Plus, March is a great snow month. Spring rains in the city mean powder days on the hill.

Spring is also time to think about next winter. Season pass sales have started at all your favorite resorts. Buy now and save from 40-60 percent on next year’s winter fun. And keep your head up. Winter’s done, but the fun will go on in the mountains of Idaho.

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Tamarack: What’s your pleasure: luxury, adventure—or both?

The leadership driving Tamarack Resort are vying to set a new standard for the upscale winter experience in the heart of the scenic Payette River Mountains. The resorts well-heeled credentials include Bliss, a long, fast blue cruiser featured in SKI Magazine last fall. But for the ultimate Tamarack experience, consider a trip into the backcountry.

Tamarack’s attention to luxury amenities gets a lion’s share of attention, but this emerging big time resort is committed to backcountry touring. It’s got great assets to work with—over 5,000 acres of terrain under special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service, with more to come.

Tamarack’s guided backcountry services are designed for strong skiers and snowboarders with a thirst for adventure. Depending on the size of your group, you can ride in a snowcat or experience the thrill of skijoring behind a snowmobile. Professional guides show you untracked powder in glades and open bowls to the north and south of Tamarack’s in-bounds terrain. Half-day and full day trips are available.

Dropping from a ridgetop into the unknown and floating through virgin powder is an unforgettable experience. Your guide won’t steer you wrong. Just tell them what you like. Turn through wide-open spaces and cedar forests. Drop over cliffs or blast through the pillows of snow-covered boulder fields. It’s up to you.

Come back down to earth in-bounds and explore balanced terrain with cruisers, steeps, glades and cornices. Vertical totals 2,800 feet with 41 runs served by seven lifts, including three high-speed quads. Best of all there’s a limit of only 2,000 skiers a day on 1,110 acres.

This season Tamarack has made a big commitment to freeriders. If that’s your scene, don’t miss out on one of just six Olympic-sized SuperPipes in all of North America. The Hells Canyon Pipe opened in mid-January, featuring 22-foot high Olympic-caliber walls and a length of 450 feet.

Stay and Play:
Stay slopeside in two- and three-bedroom cottages, chalets and vacation homes at the base of Tamarack Mountain. Various packages are available all season long. For more information see tamarackidaho.com/vacation_planning/lodging_packages.php. Rooms are also available in the nearby towns of McCall to the north and Cascade to the south.

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Bogus Basin is a big-time hill with a local feel

Bogus Basin has it all: high speed lifts, night skiing, trees, bumps, double diamonds, cruisers, three terrain parks and great backcountry--all in a non-profit, affordable package.

The slopes are just 16.5 miles from Boise. The scenic, twisting road has over 200 curves from bottom to top. Despite the curves, the drive only takes about 35 minutes from downtown. Book a room in Boise at participating hotels in the mountain’s Stay and Play program and get two for one lift tickets for every night you stay.

With seven lifts and thousands of acres, Bogus Basin is a great mountain fit for any type of skier, whether you like your snowriding long and leisurely or difficult and challenging. Take time to explore. Ask for an escort by a Mountain Host. These red-jacketed guides know every inch of the hill and they love to show you around.

Or hook up with a local and ask for a trip OB and down "Chair 7" or through the infamous Triangle or Waterfall/911 areas on Pine Creek. Beginners enjoy Silver Queen Cabin Traverse. Lift 5 is great for intermediates. If you like long cruisers, Pine Creek is the place to go. For kids, there’s a mountain full of hidden "jump trails" to enjoy.

Enthusiasts agree the place to check out is The Face--several hundred acres of steep black and double diamond terrain with widely spaced trees, cliffs and cornices. Hike to the very top above Superior and follow the crest to cornices, cliffs and Idaho’s signature deep powder snow.

Bogus has three terrain parks. Each park throws out different lines and features to challenge freestyle skiers and riders at any skill level. For newbies to freestyle, Sunshine is a great introduction to park riding. Claim Jumper is geared for intermediate to advanced riders. Playground Freestyle features an exclusive Planet c- bowl wall ride that has Ski Trax as a riding surface - the only feature of its kind here in the west.

This year Bogus Basin is celebrating its Black Diamond Anniversary—65 years as Boise’s winter getaway. The mountain recreation area has been a non-profit, community-based ski area since it opened in 1942. Join the celebration this year for the best of winter in Idaho.

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Eight things every skier and rider must do at Bogus Basin:

1. Check out the view of the valley from the top of Deer Point chair #1. Take a picture to send to your friends and family to make them jealous.

2. Eat an order of our famous bodacious chili cheese fries...yummy...

3. Enjoy mountain views from Pioneer Lodge, spectacular at night

4. Go night skiing or riding, a magical experience during a full moon. Chair 3 is open at night and it's your own private Idaho on the backside at night.

5. Scope at the action at any of our 3 terrain parks: the Sunshine terrain park (for beginners and young kids) off of Morning Star #2; or the Playground and Claim Jumper parks off of Deer Point #1 (for intermediate to expert freeriders)

6. Sit by the gas fireplace at the Frontier Point Nordic Center

7. Ride the Pepsi GoldRush Tubing Hill for a different kind of thrill

8. Free popcorn every day at 4pm in Simplot Lodge-just follow the aroma and help yourself!

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Upcoming Idaho Mountain Events

BOGUS BASIN

Saturday, March 29 – Spring Slopestyle
Sponsored by the Board Room, the final event in the Bogus Basin Freeride Series.

Sunday, April 13 -- Bogus Basin Season Closing Day Party
Celebrate Bogus Basin's final day of winter operation with a beach party in front of JR Simplot Lodge from 11:00am - 4:30pm. Music, barbeque, snow bar (snow conditions permitting) raffle prizes and tons of fun to celebrate a FABULOUS 2008-2009 season!

BRUNDAGE

April 12-13 – Brundage Mountain Crazy Days
Unlimited fun in the sun to wrap up a great ski season. Events include: Pond Skimming, Poker Run, Ski marathon, live music and much, much more.

GRAND TARGHEE

March 29 -- King of the Tetons '08
Sponsored by the Grand Targhee Ski & Snowboard Team, this race, AKA "Lady's Waist Nooodle Legs Free Ride Race," will start at the top of the mountain at the Ladies' Waist Trail and will be a 70 Giant Slalom course that ends at the Flats.

April 5 -- Habitat Rail Jam Contest Series (Finals) & Freestyle Clinic
In partnership with Habitat, Grand Targhee Ski & Snowboard School is offering a Freestyle Snowboard Clinic and Rail Jam series. The Rail Jam is open to both skiers and snowboarders. All Freestyle clinic participants receive free entry into the Rail Jam contest.

April 12 -- 8th Annual Cardboard Box Derby
What a great way to end the season!

LOOKOUT PASS

March 29 - 30 Slush Cup - Pond Skimming Events

April 4 -- Projected last day of the season

Apr. 12 - 19 Possible Saturday operations - Depending on conditions

SCHWEITZER

April 5 – Tropical Daze
Come celebrate the finale to another great season! From pond skimming and the downhill dummy contest; to live music, rubber duck hunt & some great spring skiing.

SILVER MOUNTAIN

March 29-30 – Silver Cup Races

April 4/5 -- Founder's Weekend

April 5 -- Spring Carnival: Pond Skimming, Sun & Snow

April 6 -- Last day of Regular Winter Operations

TAMARACK

April 5 -- Super Sweet Saturdays of Spring: Ugly Sweater Day

April 10 -- Coleman Open: USSA FreeStyle Comp
Come compete in Moguls, Dual Moguls, SlopeStyle and SuperPipe (and if not Pipe- comp will be a Big Air). This is a USSA sponsored event, so you must be registered with USSA to compete.

April 12 -- Super Sweet Saturdays of Spring: Dummy Downhill and Flashback Day

SUN VALLEY

March 28/29 -- Holding Cup
The Annual Holding Cup Intercollegiate Alumni Handicap Race begins March 28 with some new rules. Teams will be composed of 4 members over the age of 21 who have attended the same university. The first 3 places win money for their college ski team. Visit www.holdingcup.com for further details or call Sun Valley Events at 208-726-2777.

April 4 – Sun Valley Telemark Race Series
Hawaiian Nationals: Duel GS and Tandem Telemark Challenge

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Magic Mountain offers a great family experience

It’s not the biggest hill--or the highest. But Magic Mountain compensates for it by other means.

Magic Mountain is the type of place you want to take your kids so that they know what skiing is all about. It’s one of several small community hills in Idaho that are just as important as the big time hills in terms of fueling passion for the sport.

With 280 acres of territory, Magic is a great little area with no crowds, lots of groomers, friendly people at work, and lots of snow. Even with a summit at just 3,200 feet, yearly snowfall averages almost 15 feet. Best of all skiing here is affordable for the whole family. An adult pass is only 25 bucks and kids under six are free.

But the slopes aren’t all mellow. Some are steep. There’s great new tree runs, and even cliffs to jump. The "terrain park" is a charming hangout with hand made rails local kids have built in their welding lab at school. Plus, the new tubing hill is a hoot. Magic has enough variety to keep you going all day.

This season at Magic the lodge and restrooms are newly remodeled. A new diesel motor for the chair lift makes it faster and smoother. The snow and ski board rental inventory has also been updated.

Magic Mountain is a hidden gem, but its easy to find and easy to get to, 28 miles South of Hansen on Rock Creek Road. Numerous hotels in Twin Falls are less than an hour away. Anyone looking for a great family ski experience at a great price should make the trip.

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The Best of Idaho continued…

Spring skiing in the heart of Idaho

Springtime is a wonderful time for skiing. For the best spring skiing in the world, the place is Sun Valley. To get there from Boise you drive by a couple of great mountains along the way. This time I pulled over at Bogus Basin and Soldier Mountain.

Drive or fly to Boise and the slopes of Bogus Basin are just 16 miles from downtown. I traveled with my wife Claire downstate by car. We drove past turnoffs to four ski areas en route. The next morning we were skiing at Bogus, 45 minutes after leaving the hotel. About four inches of snow fell overnight.

Springtime is a wonderful time for skiing. For the best spring skiing in the world, the place is Sun Valley. To get there from Boise you drive by a couple of great mountains along the way. This time I pulled over at Bogus Basin and Soldier Mountain.

Drive or fly to Boise and the slopes of Bogus Basin are just 16 miles from downtown. I traveled with my wife Claire downstate by car. We drove past turnoffs to four ski areas en route. The next morning we were skiing at Bogus, 45 minutes after leaving the hotel. About four inches of snow fell overnight.

We were treated like royalty. Bogus marketing executive Gretchen Anderson set us up with a team of Mountain Hosts. Mountain Hosts are a team of expert locals who cruise the piste, showing people how to find what they’re looking for.

Bogus Basin has 2,600 acres with ridgelines running to two main peaks: Deer Point and Schafer Butte. Our mountain hosts showed us a representative sample of Bogus terrain accessed by six lifts. You need more than a day to see all of Bogus.

My wife veered off with two hosts to go cruising. I followed a trio of red jackets off piste. We skied glades until it was time to have grilled burgers in a yurt at the summit of Deer Point.

After lunch we warmed back up with a few speed runs down Shaker Ridge and Wildcat, then returned to the trees. We did as much as we could in a day—including cold beer and free popcorn in the Simplot Lodge. Leaving Bogus we reeled in Boise, winding our way down the road in late afternoon sunshine. Later Claire and I checked out nightlife downtown.

Next morning we drove into the sunrise down I-84 to Mountain Home. There the route leaves the desert into the mountains east on highway 20. At Fairfield we had breakfast at the Sawtooth Inn before driving north 12 miles to Soldier Mountain.

Soldier Mountain has 1,200 acres of fun for $30, high up in the Sawtooth National Forest. You can see great fall lines for a hundred miles. In-bounds, south facing slopes are wide-open bowls. Glades line the north aspects. I stayed in the sunshine, skiing off Soldier Peak, Pioneer Peak and Mill Point.

Again and again I cruised by the outdoor grill on my way to the lift. Finally the aroma of charbroiled burgers won out over one more run. Cold beer sat in tubs full of ice. Claire and I ate a late lunch on the deck, soaking up the afternoon sun. We hated to leave but we had to keep rolling. Our next stop was the Sun Valley Lodge.

Continuing east from Fairfield, highway 20 is crossed by highway 75, the road to Sun Valley. Drive to this classic destination, the Sawtooth range closes in. Bald Mountain is an iconic backdrop to Ketchum and the resort of Sun Valley.

The Sun Valley Lodge defined alpine elegance in 1936 and still does. Its rich history gives it a special aura. Hallways are lined with over 70 years of photographs showing Hollywood stars, Olympic legends and world leaders returning to earth at Sun Valley.

We rendezvoused with my in-laws, John and Janet Peterson. John has been skiing Sun Valley since 1950. He made reservations for dinner at the Ketchum Grill. From the looks of the crowd, it had to be the most popular restaurant in town. After drinking the wine and eating the food, I wasn’t surprised.

As dawn broke I looked out the window and saw a perfect day at Sun Valley. A shuttle that runs every 15 minutes took us to River Run, one of two main access areas to the slopes. Claire and I placed ourselves in the capable hands John. He showed us the best way to enjoy the mountain on a perfect spring day.

John Peterson is a youthful 77. He prefers to spend the morning carving in the sun on Seattle Ridge. To get there one must first go to the top of Baldy, where we looked out on a panorama of the Sawtooth Range bathed in sunshine.

After a gourmet lunch in the Seattle Ridge Lodge, we redeployed. Failing to sustain a run top to bottom down Warm Springs, my quads cried in pain. Not sure what I was thinking. If there’s a faster surface in bounds than Picabo’s Street, let me know.

On the deck in the sun at River Run, we had a cold pint of Gretchen’s Gold. The bus took us back to the lodge and a nap. Later John treated us to a memorable feast at the Ram in the Challenger Inn, about a five-minute walk from the Sun Valley Lodge.

One of the coolest things about the Sun Valley Lodge is Sun Valley Serenade, a classic Hollywood romance made on location in the early 1940’s. It plays again and again 24 hours a day on a cable channel piped into your room.

Sun Valley Serenade could be the first ski movie ever made. Filmed in black and white, the familiar vistas take on an ethereal quality. The skiers performing on camera in place of the actors were the best of their time. The movie inspired adventure in the golden age of film. After a perfect day at Sun Valley, that will never change.

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Spring is King in Idaho...

The hills are alive in Idaho this spring with the sound of music, laughter and ripped corn snow. Great weather brings the slopeside events and après ski outside. Great lodging deals give you more for your money during one of the best times of the year in the mountains. We've got important information about all the events and best lodging deals in one place.

Spring turns the events and festivals up a notch in the mountains. One of the biggest mountain resort events in North America happens in Sun Valley next weekend with 48STRAIGHT and the grand finale of the Jeep King of the Mountain Tour. Schweitzer also throws a big party with big air when it hosts the STOMP Games, also next weekend.

We've got the latest update on Schweitzer and the STOMP Games in this issue, plus more features about places you probably haven't been but should. A robust snowpack in Idaho has set things up beautifully for awesome spring skiing: firm, fast groomers in the morning and buttery corn in the afternoon. Just follow the sun-and wear your sunscreen.

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Upcoming Idaho Mountain Events

BOGUS BASIN

Saturday, March 8 -- Ullr Fest
Ullr, in Norse mythology, is the patron saint of winter snow and skiing. The 'Ullr Fest' is to thank Ullr for the abundance of snow this season with a Poker Run, Parade and après ski festivities.

SCHWEITZER

March 14-16 -- Stomp Games
One of the biggest events of the year. Three days of competition with five events. There is a total guaranteed prize purse of $10,000.00 CASH up for grabs. Even if you're not competing, it's worth coming up for the show. All the events can be seen from the base area.

SUN VALLEY

March 14-16 -- 48STRAIGHT, a consolidation of the Jeep King of the Mountain Series and the Ketchum based Ski Tour, is a jam-packed weekend of on-snow and off-snow activities designed to celebrate the mountain culture. The event will include ski and snowboard cross racing and half pipe competitions, over a dozen live concerts, street parties, fashion shows, film festivals and environmental expos. Here are some lodging/lift packages to take advantage of during the event weekend. Visit 48Straight.com for more event info.


BOGUS BASIN

Saturday, March 8 -- Ullr Fest
Ullr, in Norse mythology, is the patron saint of winter snow and skiing. The 'Ullr Fest' is to thank Ullr for the abundance of snow this season with a Poker Run, Parade and après ski festivities.

Saturday, March 15 -- Bogus Basin Freeride Series Hip competition
The Hip Comp, sponsored by the EcoLounge, is the third event in the Bogus Basin Freeride series.

Saturday, March 15 -- Carve & Slice (Ski & Golf)
Ski and golf in the same day - it's what living here is all about! This 2nd annual fundraising event benefits the Butch Wolf Memorial Scholarship Fund, providing financial assistance to the Junior High and High School Race programs.

Sunday, March 16 -- American Cancer Society Hope on the Slopes
Support the American Cancer Society and hit the slopes to give hope. Ski or snowboard to raise money for cancer research. Discounted lift tickets with your event bib.

Saturday through Monday, March 22-24 - J3 Olympics

Saturday, March 29 - Spring Slopestyle
Sponsored by the Board Room, the final event in the Bogus Basin Freeride Series.

BRUNDAGE

Saturday March 15 -- Brundage Mountain Boarder/Skier Cross

GRAND TARGHEE

March 14-16 -- 15th Annual Anheuser-Busch Spring Snow Games
An event that has become a virtual rite of spring, the "Annual Anheuser-Busch Spring Snow Games" will once again be celebrated on the slopes of Grand Targhee Resort.

March 22-23 -- Grand Targhee Freeskiiing Rendezvous
Grand Targhee Resort will hold a Freeskiing competition off the North side of Peaked Mountain. This competition will be limited to 50 competitors (male and female skiers) 11 - 17 years, on a first come, first-serve sign-up.

March 22 -- Habitat Rail Jam Contest Series & Freestyle Clinic
In partnership with Habitat, Grand Targhee Ski & Snowboard School is offering a Freestyle Snowboard Clinic and Rail Jam series. The Rail Jam is open to both skiers and snowboarders. All Freestyle clinic participants receive free entry into the Rail Jam contest.

LOOKOUT PASS

March 8 - North Idaho College Uphill/Downhill Race

March 15 -- Free Ski School - Graduation & BBQ. Costume contest and prizes!

March 15 - Lookout Ski Shop Ski & Board Demo Day

March 15/16 -- Emerald Youth Ski League Finals - Alpine GS & SL

March 17 -- St. Pattys Day - Corned beef and green beer!

March 21 Appreciation Day - Military, Firefighter and Police Appreciation Day

March 22 Lookout BBQ - Season Pass Holder Appreciation Day King & Queen of the mountain downhill

March 29 - 30 Slush Cup - Pond Skimming Events


SCHWEITZER

March 14-16 -- Stomp Games
One of the biggest events of the year. Three days of competition with five events. There is a total guaranteed prize purse of $10,000.00 CASH up for grabs. Even if you're not competing, it's worth coming up for the show. All the events can be seen from the base area.

April 5 - Tropical Daze


SILVER MOUNTAIN

March 15 -- Retro Days

March 17 -- St. Patrick's Day Celebration

March 29-30 - Silver Cup Races

TAMARACK

March 7 -- Locals' Cup Race Series
Get your team together and hit the slopes! Telemarkers, Skiers and Boarders are all welcome to sign up or drop in for the sweetest dual GS races of the season. Includes lots of parties, awards and good times!

March 7-9 -- Subaru Factory Team Women's Camp
Skiing, coaching, and video analysis by members of the Subaru Factory Team and Kate Underwood.

March 9 -- Club Alpine Race
This GS Race is available to Skiers and Boarders. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category.

March 12 -- Super G Camp
Super G camp is open to anyone of any age and intermediate ability or better with the desire to learn elements common to the speed events of alpine racing. Focus will be directed at the fundamentals of super G racing; ie. skiing the proper line, course inspection and proper technique and tactics.

March 22 -- Jeep Terrain Park Challenge
The Jeep Terrain Park Challenge is a progressive program that recognizes a need for rider education. The program moves around the country to drop in to the nation's terrain parks to promote the SMART STYLE message in a hands-on way that sure ain't a classroom!

SUN VALLEY

March 14-16 -- 48STRAIGHT, a consolidation of the Jeep King of the Mountain Series and the Ketchum based Ski Tour, is a jam-packed weekend of on-snow and off-snow activities designed to celebrate the mountain culture. The event will include ski and snowboard cross racing and half pipe competitions, over a dozen live concerts, street parties, fashion shows, film festivals and environmental expos. Here are some lodging/lift packages to take advantage of during the event weekend. Visit 48Straight.com for more event info.

March 28/29 -- Holding Cup

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Lodging Deals - Ski, Stay and Save!

Spring is the time for the best lodging deals in the season.

Bogus Basin -

Stay and Play
Stay at a participating Boise-area hotel this winter, and play at Bogus Basin Mountain for FREE! Buy one alpine lift ticket or nordic trail pass and get another one FREE (of equal or less value).
No blackout periods
One lift ticket voucher per guest, per night of stay in Boise
Lift tickets valid during time of stay only
Mention the "Stay and Play" offer when placing reservations at participating hotels

Stay and Play is offered through a partnership with the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau with underwriting grant support from the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor, Tourism Division.

Also at Bogus-Pioneer Condominiums - stay slopeside, buy one alpine ticket and get another at 1/2 price.

Brundage -

BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN RESORT Ski Free, Stay Free. Brundage Mountain Resort is pleased to partner with InIdaho.com to offer a great way to enjoy a mini-vacation in McCall, ID. Reserve 2 or more nights of lodging and 2 or more days of skiing and InIdaho.com will buy an additional night of lodging and a day of skiing at Brundage for everyone reserved for the lodging stay. Restrictions apply. Book your Ski Free/Stay Free package now or call 800-844-3246 for more information.

BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN RESORT 2008-2009 season passes are now on sale! Buy a FIRST TIMER PASS FOR ONLY $239 and ski the rest of 2007-2008 for free! Renew your ADULT SEASON PASS FOR ONLY $289. Save up to $150 when you buy before May 1, 2008.

Grand Targhee -

Internet Special - reservations accepted online only - save money, time and make it easy with Targhee's online reservation system.

Midweek Lodging Special - Limited time offer - Book now!
Stay with us on a lodging/skiing package anytime Sunday through Thursday nights and enjoy discounted rates.

Season Pass Holder Deal for Select Partners
Bogus Basin, Ski the Summit at Snoqualmie, Pepple Creek, Deer Valley, Welch Village, Northstar, Sierra, and Powder Ridge Resort season pass holders can ski and snowboard for FREE at Grand Targhee Resort when lodging at non-discounted rates. 1 free lift ticket for each overnight stay, with a 2-night minimum. To book your reservation or for more information simply call toll-free 1-800-TARGHEE (827-4433)

Any North American ski area season pass holder can ski and snowboard for FREE at Grand Targhee Resort when lodging at non-discounted rates. 1 free lift ticket for each overnight stay,ket for each overnight stay, with a 2-night minimum. To book your reservation or for more information simply call toll-free 1-800-TARGHEE (827-4433) - this offer is not available through online booking. Please mention this offer and the discount code "BE" when making your reservation. Each pass holder must show their valid 2007-08 photo season pass at check-in. The offer is not valid with any other offers or promotions, and is based on availability

Lookout Pass -

Mention the Ski Idaho e-newsletter for ski packages starting at $109.00 plus tax!

The Wallace Inn (wallaceinn.net) and Stardust Motel in historic Wallace Idaho have the best and least expensive ski packages in Idaho and the surrounding northwest area.

Wallace Inn- queen bedded room for #2 persons with ski passes to Lookout Ski Resort including a complimentary glass of wine or beer each.

Stardust Motel- even more economical; a single bedded room at the Stardust with the same offer- $86.00!!!!!!!!!!!!1

*special group rates also available.
**silver mtn packages also available

Pebble Creek -

Buy one, get one free, lift tickets when you stay at participating Lava Hot Springs Hotels
conveniently located less than an hour from Pebble Creek Ski area. Take advantage of Ski Packages all winter long.

Schweitzer -

Schweitzer Ski Week Deal
Lodging Reservations: 877.487.4643

Experience Schweitzer with a Ski Week! 6 & 7 night stays available (including a weekend) for midweek rates!

Stay Slopeside & Ski Free from only $64 per person at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Your package includes a one night stay for up to four people and free skiing for each person. Package is based on quad occupancy.

Silver Mountain -
Kids Ski FREE....begins March 1 and runs through the end of the season. 2 night minimum at Silver Mountain's Morning Star Lodge. 1 free youth lift ticket for each paying adult. Ski & Stay Packages starting at $85/per person, based on double occupancy Includes 1 night lodging and 1 day lift ticket.

Have a current season pass from another ski resort??
Ski FREE when you book a 3 night room package at Silver Mountain's Morning Star Lodge. Must present valid and current season pass upon check-in. Offer valid now through end of season.

Ski & Stay Packages starting at $85 pp/do
Includes 1 night lodging and 1 day lift ticket.

Romance Packages
Enjoy an extraordinary evening or two at Morning Star Lodge with your sweetheart. Luxurious condo, Chilled Champagne or Huckleberry Wine, 2 complimentary Wine Glasses, Heart Shaped Bath Gel for the tub, souvenir candle and sweetheart chocolates.


Soldier Mountain -

Prairie Inn Ski/Stay Special
Stay at The Prairie Inn and ski with us and you will get $10.00 off your room rate. You will also receive a voucher good for a $10.00 discount on adult tickets and $5.00 discount on youth tickets. Call (208) 764-2247 for reservations.

Soldier Mountain Ranch Ski/Stay Special
Stay with Soldier Mountain Ranch and ski with us and you will get $10.00 off your room rate. You will also receive a voucher good for a $10.00 discount on adult tickets and $5.00 discount on youth tickets. Call (208) 764-2506 for reservations.

Sun Valley -

March 14-16 -- 48STRAIGHT, a consolidation of the Jeep King of the Mountain Series and the Ketchum based Ski Tour, is a jam-packed weekend of on-snow and off-snow activities designed to celebrate the mountain culture. The event will include ski and snowboard cross racing and half pipe competitions, over a dozen live concerts, street parties, fashion shows, film festivals and environmental expos. Here are some lodging/lift packages to take advantage of during the event weekend. Visit 48Straight.com for more event info.

Beginning Thursday, March 27, 2008, Sun Valley Resort will offer a special Spring Ski Package. Skiers are invited to stay in the Sun Valley Lodge or the Sun Valley Inn for only $74 per person double occupancy. This room rate includes a one day ski pass and can be booked for multiple days. This offer will continue through the end of the ski season.

Mid Week Madness Special: Stay and ski at incredible price!

$105 per person based on double occupancy
Includes one night's lodging for 2 in the same room at the Sun Valley Resort and one day lift ticket for each person.

$175 single occupancy
Includes one night's lodging at the Sun Valley Resort and one day lift ticket.

Available only on selected dates. Package based on availability. For reservations and information call (800)-786-8259 or e-mail reservations@sunvalley.com.

Visit the Sun Valley Ketchum Chamber and Visitor's Bureau for more information about hot lodging deals:

Tamarack -

Backcountry Discovery Package
Starting from $295 per person, per lodging night.
Package includes a full-day backcountry experience trip per person, per lodging night.

Stay & Ski Free
Starting from $124 per person, per lodging night.
Package includes a lift ticket per person, per lodging night.

Discovery Package
Starting from $139.50 per person, per lodging night.
Package includes a Discovery Ticket per person, per lodging night.

Snowmobile & Lodging Package
Starting from $223 per person, per night.
Package includes a guided snowmobile trip off Tamarack's summit per person.

Dual Escape Spa Package
Starting from $402 per couple, per night.
Package includes a Dual Escape Massage per lodging night.

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Schweitzer offers a stomping good time this Spring

Schweitzer offers a special winter experience all the way to Spring. This year the mountain celebrates suntans and corn snow with its most anticipated event of the season: The Stomp Games.

Schweitzer throws the Stomp Games on March 14th through 16th. The event moves into the national arena this year. For the first time ever, the winner of the men's pro skier slopestyle event will receive an invitation to be featured in the next Poor Boyz Productions film to be shot at Schweitzer this spring.

The Stomp Games features men's and women's divisions in Slopestyle, Rider X and Rail Jam events. All three events are open to pros and amateurs, skiers and snowboarders. The pro division offers a guaranteed $10,000 total cash purse.

After the on-snow action Dolman, Black and the Brain, a rock band featuring pro skier Micah Black, will play at Taps that night. The free show is open to people 21 and over.

What Schweitzer has always been about is great skiing and riding in its two massive bowls, breathtaking views and abundant glades. There's plenty of room on nearly 3,000 acres, and even more outstanding out of bounds terrain.

In the last year Schweitzer has poured in more than $10 million in upgrades and improvements, including two new lifts: the Basin Express, a high-speed detachable quad, and the Lakeview Triple.

This fall Skiing Magazine rated Schweitzer number 21 in its annual readers' survey of the top 25 ski resorts in North America. The same issue rated Schweitzer among the continent's top three hills for tree skiing. Off the back of the mountain, 2,000 acres of cat skiing await from the top of The Great Escape Quad.

It probably takes a week at Schweitzer to experience all the mountain has to offer. Check out the Slopeside Ski and Stay deals . Starting at only $64 per person, per night, you can stay in Schweitzer Village and get lift tickets for up to four people.

With all the all the great snow, sun and blue sky, this is the Spring to check out Schweitzer, soon to be one of your all-time favorite places to ski.

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Go to Pebble Creek for "skiing the way it used to be."

Pebble Creek rises 8,500 feet above the desert 25 miles southeast of Pocatello in the Caribou National Forest. It's a small mountain that skis big, with long runs and steep drops.

The snowriding community here is a tightly knit group that really cares about their mountain. Ask a local about Pebble Creek and they will tell you it's "skiing the way it used to be." Manager Mary Reitman and her staff will go the extra mile to make sure you have everything you need to get the most out of your experience.

The locals will also tell you "If you can ski Pebble Creek you can ski anywhere." My advice is to hook up with a local like Mike Wade, a railroad engineer from Pocatello. Mike is 62 and he's been skiing Pebble Creek since he was 6.

I couldn't imagine a better representative for Pebble Creek. He showed me the best the mountain had to offer, accompanied with a narrative of the mountain's history from a personal point of view. We skied until our legs were rubber and wolfed down chili and the mountains famous homemade French fries.

Pebble Creek's 2,200 feet of vertical on 1,100 acres offers plenty of terrain variety for every skill level. Plus, the old beginner double lift has been has been converted to a triple chair that on busy days really cuts down on waiting in the beginner area.

The mountain does feature a large amount of expert and advanced trails. Pebble Creek is also known for its easy access to excellent backcountry terrain. For overnight adventurers, the Idaho State University Outdoor Program operates a system of yurts behind the mountain and to the north.

After meeting the challenge of Pebble Creek, soothing therapy awaits in Lava Hot Springs. Natural volcanic mineral baths are located at the base of lava cliffs in this town filled with charm and Western hospitality. In nearby Pocatello, you'll find major hotels and restaurants. Both towns are just 25 minutes from the slopes.

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Escape to Cottonwood Butte for a change of pace.

Great snowriding is so abundant in Idaho, it turns up where you might least expect it. Cottonwood Butte is such a place: a diverse, compact ski hill overlooking the Camas Prairie.

For a different kind of skiing or riding experience, a trip to Cottonwood Butte is an adventure worth taking. Chances are every mountain you've been to is bigger, taller and busier. But you can't go wrong when a lift ticket is just 15 bucks. Plus, after a few runs through powder-filled trails, over mini cliff drops and through the trees, the place really grows on you.

Established in 1967, Cottonwood Butte is 56 miles south of Lewiston and 100 miles north of McCall off Highway 95. The area is easy to get to on a paved, all-weather road. The little red ski lodge offers ski and snowboard rentals, a repair shop, a lunch counter and ski lessons. It's your gateway to 845 vertical feet of surprising variety.

A 3,000-foot long T-bar serves 260 acres parceling out at 28% beginner, 29% intermediate and 43% advanced. The longest run is 4,000 feet. When the sun sets at Cottonwood Butte, the trails are lit and the fun goes on.

It's easy to make friends at Cottonwood Butte. We hooked up with local patroller Pat Hylton to discover the choicest lines. There's never a crowd. Skiers and riders at any level will have an excellent day of skiing and a great time when you're through. So take a little drive and escape to Cottonwood Butte.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Winter has been awesome, but just wait…

Imagine having the best of all worlds: bright sunshine, beautiful mountain panoramas—and plenty of soft, sugar-white snow. Spring is just around the corner in Idaho and that means the best is yet to come.

Spring turns the events and festivals up a notch in the mountains. In fact, one of the biggest mountain resort events in North America happens in Sun Valley in a few weeks with 48STRAIGHT and the grand finale of the Jeep King of the Mountain Tour. Learn more about this big time event in this issue.

We’ve also got features about a few places you probably haven’t been but should: McCall’s Little Ski Hill and Pomerelle—a powder magnet in the Albion Valley. And as usual, we’re your clearinghouse for all the mountain events and best lodging deals.

A record snowpack in Idaho has set things up beautifully for the best Spring skiing in the country. Warmer temperatures and clearer skies will give you firm, fast groomers in the morning and buttery corn in the afternoon. Just follow the sun—and wear your sunscreen. The UV’s at altitude are intense!

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Upcoming Idaho Mountain Events

BOGUS BASIN

February 25 through 28 -- Special Olympics Invitational World Winter Games
Bogus Basin welcomes the world to the 2008 Special Olympics Invitational World Winter Games! Alpine, snowshoe and cross-country events are planned at Bogus Basin.

Saturday, March 15 -- Bogus Basin Freeride Series Hip competition
The Hip Comp, sponsored by the EcoLounge, is the third event in the Bogus Basin Freeride series.

Saturday, March 15 -- Carve & Slice (Ski & Golf)
Ski and golf in the same day - it's what living here is all about! This 2nd annual fundraising event benefits the Butch Wolf Memorial Scholarship Fund, providing financial assistance to the Junior High and High School Race programs.

Sunday, March 16 -- American Cancer Society Hope on the Slopes
Support the American Cancer Society and hit the slopes to give hope. Ski or snowboard to raise money for cancer research. Discounted lift tickets with your event bib.

BRUNDAGE

Saturday March 1 -- USASA Boardercross and Skiercross

Saturday March 15 -- Brundage Mountain Boarder/Skier Cross

GRAND TARGHEE

February 29 - March 3 -- Targhee Telemark Festival
Black Diamond Equipment and Telemark Skier Magazine present our second annual Targhee Telemark Festival.

March 14-16 -- 15th Annual Anheuser-Busch Spring Snow Games
An event that has become a virtual rite of spring, the "Annual Anheuser-Busch Spring Snow Games" will once again be celebrated on the slopes of Grand Targhee Resort.

KELLY CANYON

March 1 – Rail Jam
Rail Jam, complete with the "rail car" sponsored by 5 0 in Idaho Falls.

March 8 – Ski/Boardercross race

LOOKOUT PASS

March 1 -- Northern Division Masters Alpine GS

March 2 -- Northern Division Masters Alpine Slalom

March 3 -- Lookout Beach Party - Big Kahuna Downhill

March 15 -- Free Ski School - Graduation & BBQ. Costume contest and prizes!

March 15 - Lookout Ski Shop Ski & Board Demo Day

March 15/16 -- Emerald Youth Ski League Finals - Alpine GS & SL

March 17 -- St. Pattys Day - Corned beef and green beer!


SCHWEITZER

Yokes Outrageous Air Show – February 29th – March 1st
Join us for some high-flyin' fun when some of the top skiers and snowboarders come to Schweitzer. Shows on Friday and Saturday at 6pm. Things kick off with a torchlight parade and are followed by a 45 minute aerial show complete with fireworks, music and more. Stick around for the party in Taps (21+) each night.

Stomp Games – March 14-16
Guaranteed prize purse of $10,000 cash! Pro and amateur Slopestyle and Rider X events, plus a rail jam. All events are visible from the village. The winner of the men’s pro slopestyle event will win an invitation to the Schweitzer/Poor Boyz Invitational this spring! Dolman, Black and the Brain featuring pro skier Micah Black play Taps Saturday night free (21+). More information at http://www.schweitzer.com/things_to_do/event_calendar.php/stomp_games/


SILVER MOUNTAIN

March 1 -- Mardi Gras Carnival

March 15 -- Retro Days

March 17 -- St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

TAMARACK

March 7 -- Locals' Cup Race Series
Get your team together and hit the slopes! Telemarkers, Skiers and Boarders are all welcome to sign up or drop in for the sweetest dual GS races of the season. Includes lots of parties, awards and good times!

March 7-9 -- Subaru Factory Team Women's Camp
Skiing, coaching, and video analysis by members of the Subaru Factory Team and Kate Underwood.

March 9 -- Club Alpine Race
This GS Race is available to Skiers and Boarders. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category.

March 12 -- Super G Camp
Super G camp is open to anyone of any age and intermediate ability or better with the desire to learn elements common to the speed events of alpine racing. Focus will be directed at the fundamentals of super G racing; ie. skiing the proper line, course inspection and proper technique and tactics.


SUN VALLEY

March 14-16 -- 48STRAIGHT, a consolidation of the Jeep King of the Mountain Series and the Ketchum based Ski Tour, is a jam-packed weekend of on-snow and off-snow activities designed to celebrate the mountain culture. The event will include ski and snowboard cross racing and half pipe competitions, over a dozen live concerts, street parties, fashion shows, film festivals and environmental expos. Here are some lodging/lift packages to take advantage of during the event weekend. Visit 48Straight.com for more event info.

TAMARACK

SUPERSWEET SATURDAYS OF SPRING - SUPERHERO DAY
Saturday, March 15
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… you and your obnoxious superhero costume! Put on your favorite superhero costume or create your own superhero and fly down the mountain.

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Lodging Deals – Ski, Stay and Save!

You’ll find great lodging deals all season long everywhere in Idaho.

Bogus Basin -

Stay and Play
Stay at a participating Boise-area hotel this winter, and play at Bogus Basin Mountain for FREE! Buy one alpine lift ticket or nordic trail pass and get another one FREE (of equal or less value).
No blackout periods
One lift ticket voucher per guest, per night of stay in Boise
Lift tickets valid during time of stay only
Mention the "Stay and Play" offer when placing reservations at participating hotels

Stay and Play is offered through a partnership with the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau with underwriting grant support from the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor, Tourism Division.

Also at Bogus—Pioneer Condominiums – stay slopeside, buy one alpine ticket and get another at 1/2 price.


Brundage -

BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN RESORT 2008-2009 season passes are now on sale! Buy a FIRST TIMER PASS FOR ONLY $239 and ski the rest of 2007-2008 for free! Renew your ADULT SEASON PASS FOR ONLY $289. Save up to $150 when you buy before May 1, 2008.

BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN RESORT Ski Free, Stay Free. Brundage Mountain Resort is pleased to partner with InIdaho.com to offer a great way to enjoy a mini-vacation in McCall, ID. Reserve 2 or more nights of lodging and 2 or more days of skiing and InIdaho.com will buy an additional night of lodging and a day of skiing at Brundage for everyone reserved for the lodging stay. Restrictions apply. Book your Ski Free/Stay Free package now or call 800-844-3246 for more information.

BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN SNOW CAT ADVENTURES. With well over 29 feet of snow this season, it is your turn to get your share of the Best Snow in Idaho™ on over 19,000 acres of pristine Idaho backcountry terrain. To book, call 800-888-7544. SNOW CAT FACTS.

Grand Targhee -

Internet Special – reservations accepted online only – save money, time and make it easy with Targhee’s online reservation system.

Midweek Lodging Special - Limited time offer - Book now!
Stay with us on a lodging/skiing package anytime Sunday through Thursday nights and enjoy discounted rates.

Season Pass Holder Deal for Select Partners
Bogus Basin, Ski the Summit at Snoqualmie, Pepple Creek, Deer Valley, Welch Village, Northstar, Sierra, and Powder Ridge Resort season pass holders can ski and snowboard for FREE at Grand Targhee Resort when lodging at non-discounted rates. 1 free lift ticket for each overnight stay, with a 2-night minimum. To book your reservation or for more information simply call toll-free 1-800-TARGHEE (827-4433)

Lookout Pass -

"Early Bird" 2008-2009 Season Pass sale starts March 3. These are the most affordable season pass rates in the region. Check out these recession busting rates and order on-line at www.skilookout.com. Passes good the balance of this season and all next season.

Mention the Ski Idaho e-newsletter for ski packages starting at $109.00 plus tax!

The Wallace Inn and Stardust Motel in historic Wallace Idaho have the best and least expensive ski packages in Idaho and the surrounding northwest area.

Wallace Inn- queen bedded room for #2 persons with ski passes to Lookout Ski Resort including a complimentary glass of wine or beer each.

Stardust Motel- even more economical; a single bedded room at the Stardust with the same offer- $86.00!!!!!!!!!!!!1

*special group rates also available.
**silver mtn packages also available

Pebble Creek -

Buy one, get one free, lift tickets when you stay at participating Lava Hot Springs Hotels
conveniently located less than an hour from Pebble Creek Ski area. Take advantage of Ski Packages all winter long.

Schweitzer -

Spring Lodging Package
Stay Slopeside & Ski from only $64 per person at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Your package includes a one night stay for up to four people and lift tickets for each person. Package is based on availability and quad occupancy. Available Sunday – Thursday during February and March; any day in April until closing.
Lodging Reservations: 877.ITS.IN.ID (877.487.4643)

Silver Mountain -

From March through the end of the ski season, kids under 18 can ski for no additional charge with a minimum two-night stay at Morning Star Lodge.

Have a current season pass from another ski resort??
Ski FREE when you book a 3 night room package at Silver Mountain’s Morning Star Lodge. Must present valid and current season pass upon check-in. Offer valid now through end of season.

Ski & Stay Packages starting at $85 pp/do
Includes 1 night lodging and 1 day lift ticket.

Romance Packages
Enjoy an extraordinary evening or two at Morning Star Lodge with your sweetheart. Luxurious condo, Chilled Champagne or Huckleberry Wine, 2 complimentary Wine Glasses, Heart Shaped Bath Gel for the tub, souvenir candle and sweetheart chocolates.


Soldier Mountain --

Prairie Inn Ski/Stay Special
Stay at The Prairie Inn and ski with us and you will get $10.00 off your room rate. You will also receive a voucher good for a $10.00 discount on adult tickets and $5.00 discount on youth tickets. Call (208) 764-2247 for reservations.

Soldier Mountain Ranch Ski/Stay Special
Stay with Soldier Mountain Ranch and ski with us and you will get $10.00 off your room rate. You will also receive a voucher good for a $10.00 discount on adult tickets and $5.00 discount on youth tickets. Call (208) 764-2506 for reservations.

Sun Valley -

Mid Week Madness Special: Stay and ski at incredible price!

$105 per person based on double occupancy
Includes one night’s lodging for 2 in the same room at the Sun Valley Resort and one day lift ticket for each person.

$175 single occupancy
Includes one night’s lodging at the Sun Valley Resort and one day lift ticket.

Available only on selected dates. Package based on availability. For reservations and information call (800)-786-8259 or e-mail reservations@sunvalley.com.

Visit the Sun Valley Ketchum Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau for more information about hot lodging deals:


Tamarack -

TAMARACK - THIRD NIGHT FREE - Stay TWO nights and get the THIRD night
FREE. Starting at $210. *Valid from January 2-March 22, 2008 on select properties for new reservations booked by February 29, 2008. Rates vary by dates of stay and property types. Package price is per person; based on quad occupancy; subject to availability. Prices subject to change.

Backcountry Discovery Package
Starting from $295 per person, per lodging night.
Package includes a full-day backcountry experience trip per person, per lodging night.

Stay & Ski Free
Starting from $124 per person, per lodging night.
Package includes a lift ticket per person, per lodging night.

Discovery Package
Starting from $139.50 per person, per lodging night.
Package includes a Discovery Ticket per person, per lodging night.

Snowmobile & Lodging Package
Starting from $223 per person, per night.
Package includes a guided snowmobile trip off Tamarack's summit per person.

Dual Escape Spa Package
Starting from $402 per couple, per night.
Package includes a Dual Escape Massage per lodging night.

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Great weather and big time events: Sun Valley is the place for perfect Spring skiing

Warming temperatures and deep blue skies make for perfect Spring skiing at Sun Valley. This year’s deep snowpack has set up the mountain beautifully for your world-class alpine experience.

And if you're a college student or faculty member, the lift rate is hard to beat. For $29/day and a current college ID, students and faculty can take advantage of this great rate starting March 1 and all the way through the end of Sun Valley's ski season.

Also beginning March 1, kids ski free! A maximum of one child (15 years old and under) will receive one free child ticket with each paid adult ticket for the same number of days. For a list of lodging and lift package opportunities during the kids ski free period and to book your family spring getaway, click here.

Temperatures aren’t the only thing warming up this Spring at Sun Valley. On the weekend of March 15/16, Sun Valley hosts the grand finale of the Jeep King of the Mountain Tour combined with “48STRAIGHT”— billed as the “Loudest Show on Snow.” The wall-to-wall schedule of events surrounding 48Straight spans both on-snow and off-snow activities, including world-class ski and snowboard cross racing and halfpipe competitions, over a dozen live concerts, street parties and fashion shows.

Here are some lodging/lift packages to take advantage of during the event weekend. Visit 48Straight.com for more event info.

The sports action will feature the world’s most thrilling snow sport events: snowboard cross and ski cross racing. Headliners include the top names in each discipline, including Shaun Palmer, Nate Holland, Seth Wescott, Lindsey Jacobellis, Daron Rahlves, Casey Puckett and Ophelie David, among many other Olympians, World Cup titlists and national champions. A share of $250,000 and the keys to a new Jeep will be on the line.

The heart and soul of the weekend is the 48STRAIGHT Music Festival, an abundance of diverse live performances on Friday and Saturday evening featuring some of the top acts in the industry, spread across town at popular hot spots and the enormous Basecamp Pavilion.

Come to Sun Valley for the incredible scene—and the incredible spring skiing. Start your day on the long world-class groomers. After lunch the south aspects will have great corn snow. You’ll never forget the invigorating mornings and sun-tanned afternoons.

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You don’t need deep pockets for deep powder at Pomerelle

There’s nothing better than fresh snow and few people. You’ll find that at Pomerelle Mountain Resort, hidden in Sawtooth National Forest about 190 miles away from both Boise and Salt Lake City. It’s 25 miles off Interstate 84 via Idaho 77. Look for the Declo/Albion exit, #216.

Pomerelle is a great hill for families who love to ski and board. Crowds are unheard of, food is good, lift tickets are cheap, and the staff is friendly. Check out the Ladies Day package, which includes a lift ticket, lunch, and a lesson. The most expensive ticket tops out at under $40. Children under the age of 6 ride free with a paying adult. Full, half day, day and night, or night-only passes are available.

Challenging runs for skiers, exciting terrain for snowboarders and scenic trails for cross-country enthusiasts make this a well rounded mountain for any skill level. Most importantly, Pomerelle gets huge amounts of snow--the most in Idaho—about 500 inches a year. At nearly 9,000 feet, often snow totals here are equivalent to Utah resorts three hours south.

Pomerelle grooms 24 slopes serviced by a triple chair, a double chair and a new 450-foot Magic Carpet boardwalk lift. Ride the triple and see the 50 mile-panorama of the Magic Valley.

With 500 acres and 1,000 feet of vertical, the gentle wide runs are a great place to practice your carving skills. And if you go off the groomed trails you can hit deep, iight powder.

The terrain park gets rave reviews. The mountain constantly works with locals to improve the park. The cool instructors will teach anyone how to feel comfortable. Every week it gets better and the hits are always well maintained.

The beautiful and historic Albion Valley is the place for apres ski. Check out the Albion Café, or for fine dining: Annie's Saloon. The Sage Mountain Grill has homemade pies and bread.

If you are looking a private resort experience without the outrageous price, come make some turns at Pomerelle. Why not spend a couple of days. You can stay at the the Marsh Creek Inn , located on Highway 77, the City of Rocks Backcountry Byway.

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Little Ski Hill is a lot of fun

As advertised, The Little Ski Hill is exactly that. But while this small community hill lacks quantity it makes up for it in quality, with wide-open slopes and excellent grooming. It’s also the only place within a hundred miles where you can go night skiing.

To get there, take Highway 55 North three miles northwest from McCall. The Little Ski Hill is located on the left side of the road. It lies in the shadow of its big time big brother Brundage Mountain, but it was here first. It’s been around longer than every ski area in Idaho except Sun Valley and Lookout Pass. The Payette Lakes Ski Club has maintained a non-profit organization status for the Little Ski Hill since 1937, when it was built as a winter diversion for local forest workers.

The ski area is still run by volunteers whose goal is to make skiing and snowboarding lifetime sports for all ages. The Payette Lakes Ski Club hosts a lot of fun events, including Friday family nights and Saturday telemark nights, plus clinics and races on the local, divisional and national levels for the McCall Ski Racing Team and McCall Nordic Ski Team.

There’s something for everyone at The Little Ski Hill. In addition to 25 T-bar served alpine trails, the area has more than 50K of groomed cross country skating lanes, touring trails, and a biathlon range. Best of all an XC trail pass is only $3!

Depending on what day it is, the Little Ski Hill usually has a pretty small crowd on the hill. Plus you can buy a whole season pass for the cost of a day pass at the some big time ski resorts.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

One winter in Idaho you don’t want to miss!

Don’t look now but there’s only seven weeks of skiing and riding left.

It’s time to shake things up a bit. The challenge of new terrain makes you better on snow. Plus, the highway scenery is spectacular. Every day brings something new. You’ll remember the people you meet along the way the rest of your life.

You can read about my latest mountain-hopping tour through the biggest mountain ranges in Idaho in this issue. We also have up to date information about the ongoing Winter Games of Idaho. For something completely different check out the feature on Bald Mountain. You can also learn about how to get the most out of Bogus Basin and Silver Mountain.

But all the mountains in Idaho offer their own outstanding experience. Check out the best deals on where to stay throughout the state right here. Our events calendar will get you up to speed for making plans.

This is one winter in Idaho you don’t want to miss.

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Generous winter presents Silver Mountain at its best

One storm after another has been pounding Idaho and this winter Silver Mountain is at its absolute best. The resort averages 300 inches a year and already reached that total in the first week of February. And the snow here is typical for Idaho: grade triple-A plus light powder.

Other than the huge amounts of high quality snow, what sets Silver Mountain apart is the gondola—a 3-mile scenic ride taking you 3,800 feet from the Silver Valley floor to the Mountain Haus a mile high in the Bitteroot Mountains.

Thanks to the gondola, access to Silver Mountain’s excellent terrain couldn’t be easier. It departs from an emerging five-star alpine village just off the 1-90 exit ramp. Here you will find shops, restaurants and the Morning Star Lodge, the region's newest premier condominium resort. Plus, this spring, you’ll be able to ski in the morning and surf in the evening when the Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark opens in the village. Up and away on the mountain, a six-lane snow tubing park with a conveyor lift offers alternative thrills.

When you arrive in Kellogg, simply pull off the freeway, park your car across the street, check in and you’re ready to ski or ride. Board the gondola and 20 minutes later you’re hitting the slopes.

The layout packs incredible variety into 1,600 acres. It’s possible to explore most of Silver Mountain in a single visit—if you never stop. But the terrain and views on Kellogg and Wardner peaks are best enjoyed over a weekend or more.

Check out the Morningstar Lodge. The upscale rooms are reasonably priced, have lots of amenities, and great service. Studio, one and two bedroom units and family suites with lofts are available

Gentle, expansive beginner runs branch out directly from the Mountain Haus. Jibbers flock to a terrain park that has doubled in size for this season under chair two. For cruising, hit the ridge lines off chair two and the boulevards under chair four. Around and in between, glades, chutes and bump fields proliferate.

Silver is at its best on a powder day—and there’s plenty of those. Your visit here won’t be complete without a hike to Wardner’s summit. The view and sweet powder turns are well worth the effort.

Huge piles of nachos and excellent burgers are served in Mountain Haus bar upstairs. After a huge day on the mountain, ride the Gondola down to the base, have a nice dinner in Noah’s Canteen and then soak in a rooftop hot tub at the Morning Star Lodge.

You would think it couldn’t get any better at Silver Mountain—but it will as the resort continues to upgrade and expand.

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Eight Things Every Skier and Rider Must do at Silver Mountain.

1. Find and pet Ezekiel the Squirrel, our terrain park mascot.

2. Traverse to Wardner Peak and ski waste deep powder after a big powder dump.

3. Cruise Centennial, our longest run at 2.2 miles.

4. Relax in the rooftop hot tubs at Morning Star Lodge in the Village.

5. Try the huckleberry elk skewers in Noah's Canteen

6. Conquer high score with your favorite game in Noah's Arcade

7. Go Tubing!

8. Jib the groomer cab in the terrain park

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Bogus showcases terrain park wealth during Winter Games

Bogus Basin has a rich history in freestyle and The Winter Games of Idaho Slopestyle comes to Bogus on the weekend of February 16.

Speaking of history, his year Bogus Basin celebrates its Black Diamond Anniversary—65 years as Boise’s winter getaway. The mountain recreation area has been a non-profit, community-based ski area since it opened in 1942.

Bogus has three terrain parks. Each park throws out different lines and features to challenge freestyle skiers and riders at any skill level.

For newbies to freestyle, Sunshine Terrain Park is a great introduction to park riding. Take a right off the top of Morningstar Chair and go rider’s left of the Sunshine run.
Claim Jumper Terrain Park is geared for intermediate to advanced riders. The entrance is below the Deer Point #1 Chair unloading area. Last but not least, Playground Freestyle Terrain Park is past the top of Deer Point chairlift, just past the Claim Jumper terrain park toward top of Showcase Chair. This park features an exclusive Planet c- bowl wall ride that has Ski Trax as a riding surface - the only feature of its kind here in the west.

With seven lifts and thousands of acres, Bogus Basin is a great mountain fit for any type of skier or rider, whether you like long and leisurely or difficult and challenging. Hook up with a local and take time to explore.

The slopes are just 16.5 miles from Boise. The drive only takes about 35 minutes. Book a room in Boise at participating hotels in the mountain’s Stay and Play program and get two for one lift tickets for every night you stay.

Bogus Basin is a large resort with a local feel that has it all: high speed lifts, night skiing, trees, bumps, double diamonds, cruisers, terrain park and great backcountry--all in a non-profit, affordable package.

Eight things every skier and rider must do at Bogus Basin:

1. Check out the view of the valley from the top of Deer Point chair #1. Take a picture to send to your friends and family to make them jealous.

2. Eat an order of our famous bodacious chili cheese fries...yummy...

3. Enjoy mountain views from Pioneer Lodge, spectacular at night

4. Go night skiing or riding, a magical experience during a full moon. Chair 3 is open at night and it's your own private Idaho on the backside at night.

5. Scope at the action at any of our 3 terrain parks: the Sunshine terrain park (for beginners and young kids) off of Morning Star #2; or the Playground and Claim Jumper parks off of Deer Point #1 (for intermediate to expert freeriders)

6. Sit by the gas fireplace at the Frontier Point Nordic Center

7. Ride the Pepsi GoldRush Tubing Hill for a different kind of thrill

8. Free popcorn every day at 4pm in Simplot Lodge-just follow the aroma and help yourself!

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Bald Mountain takes you back to another era

If you’re looking for a change of pace from the crowds, quads and condos, consider a getaway to Bald Mountain—seven miles up the road from the small town of Pierce in the Clearwater Mountains.

Bald Mountain is a place from another era, where the price of a family season pass hasn’t risen since 1959. The hill is operated by the Clearwater Ski Club, a group of volunteers doing everything from plowing the road to paying the bill, so people in this remote region can ski and ride.

Small, remote community hills like Bald Mountain play a vital role in the continuity of skiing and boarding. They’re breeding grounds for snow enthusiasts. Low prices—lift tickets priced $15 or less--and easy access help fuel the passion that gets passed on to future generations.

Potlatch Corporation owns Bald Mountain. Nearly 50 years ago Potlatch carved out the hill so workers in nearby logging towns could ski. Today Potlatch leases the hill to the Clearwater Ski Club.

You get plenty of fun for a great price at Bald Mountain. When you arrive fuel up with some homemade biscuits and gravy in the lodge. Then board the vintage T-bar to a surprising variety of terrain on 140 acres. There’s something for everyone—cruisers, trees and short, sweet, steep drops into pillow soft snow.

To get to Bald Mountain take highway 12, cross the Clearwater River on highway 11 and head for the hills. You’ll get to Pierce in about an hour. A great little hotel called the Outback Inn [www.outbackidaho.com] has a variety of rooms and cabins with kitchens, cable and a free continental breakfast.

Then hit the slopes at Bald Mountain. The setting is rustic and the amenities are sparse, but the smiles will be the same you see everywhere.

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Lodging Deals – Ski, Stay and Save!

Great lodging deals continue everywhere in Idaho.

Bogus Basin -

Stay and Play
Stay at a participating Boise-area hotel this winter, and play at Bogus Basin Mountain for FREE! Buy one alpine lift ticket or nordic trail pass and get another one FREE (of equal or less value).
No blackout periods
One lift ticket voucher per guest, per night of stay in Boise
Lift tickets valid during time of stay only
Mention the "Stay and Play" offer when placing reservations at participating hotels

Stay and Play is offered through a partnership with the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau with underwriting grant support from the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor, Tourism Division.

Brundage -

Ski Free – Stay Free
Brundage Mountain is pleased to partner with inidaho.com to offer our customers a great way to enjoy a mini-vacation in the McCall, Idaho area. When you reserve 2 or more nights of lodging and 2 or more days of skiing, InIdaho.com will buy an additional night and day of skiing at Brundage Mountain Resort for everyone reserved for the lodging stay.

Midweek Ski & Stay Packages 2007/2008 Starting at $134.60 per person:
2 full-day lift tickets for each person + 1 night's lodging at McCall's brand new AmericInn. (Price based on double occupancy, non-holiday, midweek, price does not include lodging tax.) For Reservations: Call 208-634-2230 or www.americinn.com

Grand Targhee -

Midweek Lodging Special - Limited time offer - Book now!
Stay with us on a lodging/skiing package anytime Sunday through Thursday nights and enjoy discounted rates.

Season Pass Holder Deal for Select Partners
Bogus Basin, Ski the Summit at Snoqualmie, Pepple Creek, Deer Valley, Welch Village, Northstar, Sierra, and Powder Ridge Resort season pass holders can ski and snowboard for FREE at Grand Targhee Resort when lodging at non-discounted rates. 1 free lift ticket for each overnight stay, with a 2-night minimum. To book your reservation or for more information simply call toll-free 1-800-TARGHEE (827-4433)

Lookout Pass -


Mention the Ski Idaho e-newsletter for ski packages starting at $109.00 plus tax!

The Wallace Inn (wallaceinn.net) and Stardust Motel in historic Wallace Idaho have the best and least expensive ski packages in Idaho and the surrounding northwest area.

Wallace Inn- queen bedded room for #2 persons with ski passes to Lookout Ski Resort including a complimentary glass of wine or beer each.

Stardust Motel- even more economical; a single bedded room at the Stardust with the same offer- $86.00!!!!!!!!!!!!1

*special group rates also available.
**silver mtn packages also available

Pebble Creek -

Buy one, get one free, lift tickets when you stay at participating Lava Hot Springs Hotels!

Aura Soma Lava - www.aslava.com - in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, conveniently located less than an hour from Pebble Creek Ski area, includes The Oregon Trail Lodge, The Courtyard Inn & 5 Vacation Rental Homes. Aura Soma Lava also has a private, natural mineral hot pool, just a one minute walk from the Oregon Trail Lodge. Take advantage of our Ski Packages all winter long: 800-757-1233.

Schweitzer -

Stay Slopeside & Ski Free from only $64 per person at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Your package includes a one night stay for up to four people and free skiing for each person. Package is based on quad occupancy.

Silver Mountain -

Have a current season pass from another ski resort??
Ski FREE when you book a 3 night room package at Silver Mountain’s Morning Star Lodge. Must present valid and current season pass upon check-in. Offer valid now through end of season.

Ski & Stay Packages starting at $85 pp/do
Includes 1 night lodging and 1 day lift ticket.

Romance Packages
Enjoy an extraordinary evening or two at Morning Star Lodge with your sweetheart. Luxurious condo, Chilled Champagne or Huckleberry Wine, 2 complimentary Wine Glasses, Heart Shaped Bath Gel for the tub, souvenir candle and sweetheart chocolates.

Boo, Hiss and Stay
February Packages starting at $75/per person based on double occupancy.Package includes room, dinner, and theatre tickets. February performance: "The Miser a Romantic Comedy".

Soldier Mountain --

Prairie Inn Ski/Stay Special
Stay at The Prairie Inn and ski with us and you will get $10.00 off your room rate. You will also receive a voucher good for a $10.00 discount on adult tickets and $5.00 discount on youth tickets. Call (208) 764-2247 for reservations.

Soldier Mountain Ranch Ski/Stay Special
Stay with Soldier Mountain Ranch and ski with us and you will get $10.00 off your room rate. You will also receive a voucher good for a $10.00 discount on adult tickets and $5.00 discount on youth tickets. Call (208) 764-2506 for reservations.

Sun Valley -

Mid Week Madness Special: Stay and ski at incredible price!

$105 per person based on double occupancy
Includes one night’s lodging for 2 in the same room at the Sun Valley Resort and one day lift ticket for each person.

$175 single occupancy
Includes one night’s lodging at the Sun Valley Resort and one day lift ticket.

Available only on selected dates. Package based on availability. For reservations and information call (800)-786-8259 or e-mail reservations@sunvalley.com.

Visit the Sun Valley Ketchum Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau for more information about hot lodging deals

Tamarack -

Backcountry Discovery Package
Starting from $295 per person, per lodging night.
Package includes a full-day backcountry experience trip per person, per lodging night.

Stay & Ski Free
Starting from $124 per person, per lodging night.
Package includes a lift ticket per person, per lodging night.

Discovery Package
Starting from $139.50 per person, per lodging night.
Package includes a Discovery Ticket per person, per lodging night.

Snowmobile & Lodging Package
Starting from $223 per person, per night.
Package includes a guided snowmobile trip off Tamarack's summit per person.

Dual Escape Spa Package
Starting from $402 per couple, per night.
Package includes a Dual Escape Massage per lodging night

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Upcoming Idaho Mountain Events

BOGUS BASIN

February 16 -- Winter Games of Idaho Slopestyle
Special Olympics Idaho regional Games

February 23 -- BBSRA J3 Olympics 9:00 AM

BRUNDAGE

February 15-17 -- McCall Ski Racing Team Alpine Super G.

February 21-23 -- USCSA Western Regional Alpine Competition.

GRAND TARGHEE

February 9-13 -- North American Ski Training Center Camp
Unique Multi-Day All-Mountain Free-Skiing Camps for Intermediate through Expert Skiers led by PSIA Demonstration Team Members.

February 16-17 -- 'She Rides' Women's Snowboard Clinic

February 23 -- Habitat Rail Jam Contest Series & Freestyle Clinic

February 29 - March 3 -- Targhee Telemark Festival
Black Diamond Equipment and Telemark Skier Magazine present our second annual Targhee Telemark Festival.

KELLY CANYON

February 16 -- Big Air
Big Air - fly off a jump set on the face. Sponsored by the Sled Shed in Rexburg. $10.00 entry fee. Helmets and release forms required.

LOOKOUT PASS

February 16-17 -- Mardi Gras Festival - Live Music

February 23 -- Northern Division Master Races - Alpine GS Race

February 24 -- Northern Division Masters Races - Alpine SL Race


SCHWEITZER

February 15 -- Starlight Race Series - Race #3
Friday nights in February, skiers, snowboards and telemarkers gather for some all out fun while they dual on Giant Slalom courses.

February 22-24 -- 2008 Don Brooks Memorial Race
Join SARS Masters to celebrate the life of Don Brooks. With a weekend full of racing on Zip Down.

February 23 -- Schweitzer EXTREME XC Ski Race
30k XC ski race. Get ready for some lung-burning, leg-aching fun! Shorter distance courses will also be available.

February 29 -- Yoke's Outrageous Air Show
High-flying action with plenty of big air!


SILVER MOUNTAIN

February 23-24 Winter Games of Idaho – Boarder & Skiercross
Silver Mountain's snowcross contest offers high-speed racing in single elimination format with heats of up to five boarders or skiers trying to cross the finish line first without blowing out of the course.

TAMARACK

February 14 -- US Telemark Series Race
The National Championships will be at Tamarack Resort in Idaho from February 14th to the 17th. Events will be a Telemark GS, Sprint Classic, Classic and a Dual Pro Slalom with a head to head elimination.

February 23 -- Payette River Mountains Freestyle Series- SlopeStyle

February 23 – Hope on the Slopes
The American Cancer Society and Tamarack Resort challenge you to extend beyond your vertical limits to fund the fight against cancer. Every time you hit the slopes with Vertical Challenge: Hope on the Slopes, you will raise valuable funds to support American Cancer Society-funded research.

February 24 -- Payette River Mountains Freestyle Series- SuperPipe

February 25 -- 2008 Special Olympics Invitational Winter Games

SUN VALLEY
February 16 – President’s Day Street Party in Ketchum

February 24 – Sixth Annual Snow Box Derby

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Winter Games of Idaho continue through February

Events continue at Bogus Basin and Silver Mountain, the final venues for this season’s Winter Games of Idaho.

Events remaining include slopestyle and alpine racing at Bogus and Skier/Boardercross at Silver Mountain. For event information see the calendar below or go online at www.wintergamesofidaho.com.

The Winter Games of Idaho, presented by the Idaho Ski Areas Association and Idahowinter.org, is a sports festival created for amateur athletes throughout the northwest. Initiated as part of the Idaho State Centennial celebration in 1990, the Winter Games is designed to showcase Idaho's winter sport opportunities and the state's winter resorts. The Games also provide a forum for training and competition among the region's recreational athletes and potential Olympians.

While winning plays an important role in the sports festival, the Winter Games strive to emphasize individual achievement and good sportsmanship.

Remaining Winter Games of Idaho Event Schedule

Feb. 16
Slopestyle Ski & Board Bogus Basin Boise

Feb. 20
VertiGals Women’s GS Race Bogus Basin
PrimeTimers Alpine GS Race Bogus Basin

Feb. 21
Telemark GS Race Bogus Basin

Feb. 23
Skier & BoarderCross Silver Mountain Kellogg

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The Best of Idaho Continued . . .

Lost Trail/Pebble Creek/Grand Targhee: Challenge yourself with a tour of big-time terrain

By Bill Jennings
A mountain-hopping tour through the biggest mountain ranges in Idaho is a just what you need. Traveling with my uncle Roy Jennings, I drove to Hamilton, Montana about an hour's drive the next morning from our first mountain.

Lost Trail Powder Mountain is a snow magnet just off U.S. Highway 93 at the summit of Lost Trail Pass on the Montana/Idaho border. We found over two feet of the lightest, driest snow I've ever skied.

On the advice of Lost Trail co-owner Judy Grasser, our first drop was Thunder on the lift line of Chair 2. It was a free fall full of face shots and a snorkel would have come in handy. Later we headed to the Saddle Mountain lift and dropped from the 8,200-foot summit into a week’s accumulation of powder in Hollywood Bowl.

Eventually we worked our way to a burn area off the north boundary. I understood why everyone told me not to miss this experience.

Our next destination was Grand Targhee, about 250 miles southeast on the western edge of Wyoming. We continued south on 93 to Salmon and took State Route 28 through the Lemhi Valley, a flat plain lined by jagged peaks up to 12,000 feet high on both sides.

At Rexburg we learned that all routes to Grand Targhee were closed due to heavy snow. I cancelled our condo reservation at Teton Creek about 8 miles from the ski area and hunkered down, dreaming of epic powder. Next morning the highways were still closed.

It was time to improvise. Our original plan was to ski Grand Targhee on Saturday and Pebble Creek on Sunday. We made a beeline to Pebble Creek, a ski area 25 miles southeast of Pocatello.

Pebble Creek rises to 8,500 feet above the desert 25 miles southeast of Pocatello. It’s a small mountain that skis big, with long runs and steep drops. Most of the trails are black/double black.

We were fortunate to meet Mike Wade, a railroad engineer from Pocatello. Mike is 62 and he’s been skiing Pebble Creek since he was 6.

I couldn’t imagine a better representative for Pebble Creek. He showed us the best the mountain had to offer, accompanied with a narrative of the mountain’s history from a personal point of view. We skied until our legs were rubber and wolfed down chili and the mountains famous homemade
French fries.

Pebble Creek is a family place with a strong sense of community. Manager Mary Reitman and her staff will go the extra mile to make sure you have everything you need to get the most out of your experience. And if you want a challenge on your way to Utah powder, pull off I-15 at the Inkom exit.

After a night soaking in the hot pools at Lava Hot Springs about 25 miles southeast of Pebble Creek, State Route 26 to Grand Targhee finally opened. We hit the road at 6 a.m. Sunday and were skiing by 9:45.

Grand Targhee is a ski area in a spectacular alpine setting that reaps a bounty of snow. On a clear day its backdrop is the Tetons. The 10,000-foot summit of Fred’s Mountain was fogged in. We skied bowls and glades on the north and south flanks, but avoided the cliffs on Peaked Mountain. After coming this far, I wanted to live to ski another day.

All we had left was spread out on the slopes of Targhee. We headed to the Trap Bar, drank beer and at the best hot wings I’ve ever had—triple black intensity—awesome heat and flavor. More beer cooled the flames as we grooved to the reggae sound of Two and a Half White Men.

Monday we drove eight-hours from Idaho Falls to the Silver Valley. Looking up at Silver Mountain we could see that it was snowing so we pulled off the interstate and geared up one more time.

I just can’t get enough, can you?


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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

February is a big month in the Idaho mountains. The Winter Games of Idaho are already underway. Alpine events begin this weekend on Brundage Mountain. Throughout the month 19 events will take place at nine venues all over the state.

The world’s best snowboard athletes converge on Tamarack February 9 and 10 for the 2007-08 Chevy U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix. U.S. Olympic medalists, X Games champions and world-class snowboarders go head-to-head at Tamarack on a 22-foot Olympic-sized SuperPipe and on a specially-constructed snowboard cross course.

But there’s something going on at every mountain right now in Idaho—snowriding on perfect snow being the number one activity. Learn more about the awesome backcountry experience at Tamarack in this issue. Plus, check out what’s waiting for you at Lost Trail Powder Mountain and Kelly Canyon—great little regional hills with outstanding snow. For something completely different, little T-bar hills like Bald Mountain and Cottonwood Butte have great skiing and real nice people.

Winter has super momentum this season, with consistent snowfall punctuated by epic dumps. Read on to learn about how to get your share, and the best places to stay while your there…

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WINTER GAMES OF IDAHO

Competitors are showing off their skills and winning medals at the 19th annual Winter Games of Idaho this year in 19 events at nine venues.

Events in this year's Winter Games include alpine skiing (slalom, giant slalom and telemark), ice hockey, Nordic skiing, snowboarding and figure skating. Athletes of all ages and abilities can register for events held through the month of February in venues from North to South.

Find event information and register online at www.wintergamesofidaho.com. Everyone receives a gift for participating.

The Winter Games of Idaho, presented by Tamarack Resort and Idahowinter.org, is a sports festival created for amateur athletes Throughout the northwest. Initiated as part of the Idaho State Centennial celebration in 1990, the Winter Games is designed to showcase Idaho's winter sport opportunities and the state's winter resorts. The Games also provide a forum for training and competition among the region's recreational athletes and potential Olympians.

While winning plays an important role in the sports festival, the Winter Games strive to emphasize individual achievement and good sportsmanship.

Get in on the excitement! Come watch the events and cheer on friends and family at venues across the state including: Brundage Mountain Resort in McCall, Bogus Basin Mountain Resort out of Boise, Silver Mountain in Kellogg, The Sun Valley Skating Center in Sun Valley, Lookout Pass in Wallace, Pomerelle in Albion, Idaho IceWorld in Boise, Joe Marmo/Wayne Lehto Ice Arena in Idaho Falls and Pebble Creek in Pocatello.

Winter Games of Idaho Event Schedule

Feb. 1-3 Adult Ice Hockey Tournament Idaho IceWorld
Boise

Feb. 2-3 Alpine Races Brundage Mountain
McCall Mitey Mites, Youth Rec, Adult
& Physically Challenged

Feb. 8-10 Youth Ice Hockey Marmo/Lehto Ice Arena
Idaho Falls

Feb. 9-10 Figure Skating Sun Valley Skating Center
Sun Valley

Feb. 9 Big Air Ski & Board Lookout Pass
Wallace

Feb. 10 Slopestyle Ski & Board Lookout Pass
Wallace

Feb. 16 Slopestyle Ski & Board Bogus Basin
Boise

Feb. 20 VertiGals Women’s GS Race Bogus Basin
PrimeTimers Alpine GS Race Bogus Basin
Feb. 21 Telemark GS Race Bogus Basin

Feb. 23 Skier & BoarderCross Silver Mountain
Kellogg

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