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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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 -

Midweek Ski & Stay Packages 2007/2008 Starting at $78 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 and Ski for only $93 per person based on double occupancy (or $64pp based on quad occupancy)! The Midweek Special is valid Sunday’s through Thursdays and puts you slopeside with 2900 acres of terrain located right at your doorstep. With over 15 feet of snow so far this season, now is truly a great time to book your trip to Schweitzer! Call 877.ITS.IN.ID or visit www.schweitzer.com to book your stay today!


Silver Mountain -

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

Sweet Hearts Package for Valentines Day - Valid Feb 8 - Feb 14, 2008
$151/per person, based on double occupancy
Package includes 1 night stay for Valentines in a Studio*, 1 Bottle of Champagne with lodging, 1 day lift ticket per person, and 30 minute massage for 2
(Offer cannot be used in conjunction with Presidents weekend)
*Ask about an upgrade to our Honeymoon Suite *

Presidents Day $199/ per person, based on double occupancy
Offer includes: 2 nights Studio lodging, 2 adult lift tickets for 1 day.
*Ask about our lodging upgrades and availability*

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 -

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 3/4/5 – Banff Mountain Film Festival. Join the Boise Nordic Foundation when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Boise, with shows at the Egyptian Theatre February 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2008. Tickets at www.idahotickets.com or by phone at 426-1494

February 9/10 – Northwest Collegiate Racing: USCSA western regional championships

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

BRUNDAGE

February 2/3 -- Idaho Winter Games
Events include: Children/Junior Recreational Alpine Giant Slalom, Mitey Mite Giant Slalom and Slalom, Physically Challenged Alpine Giant Slalom and Slalom, Adult Recreational Giant Slalom.

GRAND TARGHEE

February 2 -- Area 7 Special Olympics

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.

KELLY CANYON

February 2 -- Slope Style
Take a run through the park complete with rails, boxes and jumps. Sponsored by Barrie's Ski and Sport in Pocatello. $10.00 entry fee. Helmets and release forms required.

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 9 -- Winter Games of Idaho - BIG AIR Contest. Online applications at www.skilookout.com

February 10 -- Winter Games of Idaho - SLOPESTYLE Competition. Online applications at www.skilookout.com

SCHWEITZER

Superbowl Sunday – February 3rd
Kids pay their age to ski or snowboard at Schweitzer. A full day lift ticket only costs $1 for each year old, up to age 17. Children 6 and under ski free every day with an adult.

College Daze
February 2-3
Discounted college lift tickets are available February 2nd and 3rd for $35 with a valid college ID. Win a season pass during another fun-filled weekend dedicated to college students.

The Heuga Center presents the 2008 Vertical Express for MS
February 9

This event is part of a series of on-snow events at resorts across North America to raise funds for people and families living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Funds raised support The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis’ health and wellness programs.

The 2008 Vertical Express for MS is open to all skiers, snowboarders, and telemarkers of all ages and abilities. Teams of three people must raise a minimum of $300.00 to enter the event. To register for the event visit the Vertical Exprees Website or call the Heuga Center at 1-888-DO-IT-4MS.

For more information contact Schweitzer Mountain Resort VEMS Event Directors:
Pam Burke (208) 660-0661 or
Billy-Bob Goyen (509) 994-5493

February 10 -- Selkirk Classic USTSA Telemark Race

SILVER MOUNTAIN

February 1, Friday Night Rail Jam Series “Pajama JAM”

February 2-3, NASTAR Racing

February 2.3 West Coast Collegiate Conference Races

TAMARACK

February 1 -- IMD FreeStyle- SuperPipe, SlopeStyle, Single Moguls, Dual Moguls

February 3 -- National Women's Winter Tour

February 8-10 -- Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix
Come up to Tamarack and experience the madness of the USSA Grand Prix... Check out today's top riders as they tackle the pipe and each other in the Boarder Cross in what's sure to be the highlight event of the season!

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.

SUN VALLEY
February 2 -- Sun Valley Telemark Race Series
Idaho's Original, Bob Marley-All Terrain, Big Air & Powder 8's

February 3 – 12th Annual Galena Cross Country Ski Festival

POMERELLE

February 9 -- Slope Style Competition - Sweet ride for skier & boarders!

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TAMARACK WELCOMES BACK CHEVY U.S. SNOWBOARDING GRAND PRIX

Tamarack Resort is gearing up to welcome back the country’s greatest snowboard competition series, the 2007-08 Chevy U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix. On February 9-10, 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.

Thousands of Idahoans turned out to cheer on the top-notch snowboarders

during the Grand Prix’s inaugural visit to Idaho last February. After winning the pipe competition at Tamarack, Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler remarked, “Having a pipe this big really does a lot for the progression of the sport. The crowd was awesome and just everything about being here was so good.”

So the call is out to all Idahoans to show up and turn up the volume for a literal Who's Who of snowboarding. In addition to Bleiler, riders scheduled to compete at Tamarack include Olympic medalists Hannah Teter, Kelly Clark, Lindsay Jacobelis and Seth Wescott, along with X Games medalists Steve Fisher, Scotty Lago, and Idaho native Nate Holland.

“The field of athletes for the Grand Prix brings together the best group of snowboarders out there, with young riders on the scene going head to head with seasoned pros,” said Ken Rider, Tamarack’s Director of Resort Sales and Marketing. “With the nearly eleven feet of snowfall we’ve received since December and the level of competition headed our way – Tamarack is the place to be for big powder and big air!”

The 22-foot Olympic-sized Hells Canyon SuperPipe is almost ready for riders. Tamarack’s mountain operations team is starting to build the pipe, in hopes of opening it within the next week.

To help fans get to the resort, Tamarack will be running shuttles from Boise and throughout the Payette River Mountains during the course of the competition. Keep checking www.TamarackIdaho.com for the latest Grand Prix details.

Grand Prix Event Schedule at Tamarack Resort
February 8 8:30am – 9:30am Men’s HP Practice
9:30am – 2:00pm Men’s HP Qualifiers
9:00am – 2:00pm SBX Practice
2:00pm – 3:00pm Women’s HP Practice

February 9 9:00am – 12:30pm SBX Practice
9:00am – 9:30am Women’s HP Practice
9:30am – 11:30am Women’s HP Qualifiers
February 9 12:30pm – 1:15pm HP Finals Practice
1:30pm – 3:00pm HP Finals
Awards Immediately Following
February 10 8:30am – 9:00am SBX Practice
9:00am – 1:00pm SBX Time Trials
1:30pm – 3:00pm SBX Final Heats
Awards Immediately Following

The 12th Grand Prix series kicked off in Breckenridge Resort, CO December 14-15, heads to Tamarack February 9-10, before concluding at Killington Resort, VT on March 15-16.

If you can’t make the full weekend of competition – NBC will air the Tamarack stop of the competition on February 16.

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SNOW GODS SMILE ON LOST TRAIL!

Everyone is always in a good mood and having a great time at Lost Trail Powder Mountain. The snow is fantastic, there’s never a line and the drive that gets you there is breathtaking.

Lost Trail Powder Mountain is a 60-year-old, family-oriented ski area straddling the Montana/Idaho border, which some say is the reason for its consistent snow conditions. The mountain gets 300 inches a year, but somehow, it seems more than that.

It’s the place to go if you don’t have deep pockets and you like deep powder. A full day lift ticket is only $31.00 for adults and $21.00 for kids.

If you hit the slopes first thing Thursday A.M. you could be delighted by untouched cold smoke powder. Hit the slopes with your friends, come in to warm up at the fireplace with some nachos, then hit the trails again.

You’ll have fun exploring a great variety of terrain. LTPM has 20% beginner, 60% intermediate and 20% advanced. There are a few beginner runs off of all chairs. The cruisers are long. Black diamonds drop from off all chairs but three and five.

For overnight lodging there are many fine establishments nearby. Check it out at http://www.losttrail.com/lodging.html.

Getting to Lost Trail Powder Mountain is easy. It’s conveniently located just 1/8 of a mile off Hwy 93 and Hwy 43 at the Montana-Idaho Border. Enjoy the pristine view of the Bitterroot Mountains coming from Missoula or Butte. From Salmon and surrounding areas it's just about 45 minutes till you’re hitting the slopes.

When you make it out here, look for power lines. You won't see any. That's because Lost Trail is fully run by Bio-Diesel generators. Maybe that’s why the snow gods smile upon Lost Trail Powder Mountain.

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KELLY CANYON: THE PERFECT NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY FRIENDLY HILL

A drive through one of the most beautiful and historic river valleys of Eastern Idaho brings you to Kelly Canyon Ski Resort in the Targhee National Forest near the South Fork of the Snake River.

You’ll find a real nice intermediate hill. Kelly is a great place for first-timers and beginners to learn. There’s also a variety of terrain for all ability levels. The challenging trails are on the backside. Wide runs and accessible terrain drop down the front. Plus it offers the only night skiing in the area. All the major runs are lit.

Kelly Canyon has 26 trails and 4 lifts covering 740 skiable acres and a 1,000-foot vertical drop. The terrain park is full of boxes and rails and a new 600-foot tubing park is a blast for families and groups. The lodge is cozy, the cafeteria is quick and easy and there are no lift lines.

Come to Kelly in the morning and enjoy the great snow. Warm up on the rolling, gentle slope of Skier’s Lane. Head to the Powder Lift for steeper terrain and deeper snow. Then have lunch and be sure to order Kelly’s famous French fries with their special fry sauce.

Kelly Canyon prides itself as a learning mountain and certified instructors have provided thousands of lessons for all ages. They teach to all ability levels in both private and group lessons. A series of lessons is available for ages or 4-7 that includes four weekend sessions with four hours of instruction. When they’re done the kids can ski anywhere on mountain.

For a great getaway, try the Cutthroat Inn, [cutthroatinn.com] a real cute little bed and breakfast five mile down the road. Call 208-538-7963 and ask for Cathy.

Kelly Canyon is 26 miles from Idaho Falls, nine miles off U.S. Highway 26, north of Ririe. It’s central location gives easy access from Idaho Falls, Rexburg, Rigby and other outlying areas. Buses are provided Saturdays and holidays from area communities.

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TAMARACK BACKCOUNTRY TOURS GO ABOVE & BEYOND

There’s no doubt that Tamarack Resort is carving out the quintessential upscale winter experience in the heart of the scenic Payette River Mountains. Its well-heeled credentials even include Bliss, a blue cruiser featured in SKI Magazine last fall. But for the ultimate Tamarack experience, consider a trip into the backcountry.

Tamarack’s considerable investment in luxury amenities gets a lion’s share of the attention, but this emerging big time resort is thoroughly committed to backcountry touring. And 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 perfect 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 endless lines of 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.

Olympic and XGame Medalists will converge on Tamarack February 8-10 for the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix. Top snowboard athletes will compete in the SuperPipe and on a specially constructed Snowboard Cross course

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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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

DISCOVERING THE BEST OF IDAHO

For winter recreation and inspiration, Idaho has the best you will find. And it’s not just the superstar resorts. Another breed of hill thrives in remote corners of the state. These small community mountains have a friendly vibe and dedicated groups of supporters, pouring their love into the mountain so people in the sticks have somewhere affordable to ski and ride.

I took an incredible Idaho journey covering the full spectrum of Idaho mountain life. Our stops included Bald Mountain, where the price of a season pass hasn’t changed since 1959—to Tamarack, where hundreds of millions of dollars are being poured into a world class four season resort. At all these hills, the snow is the same—as well as the passion for winter and gravity induced adrenaline. Read about my journey in this issue.

You’ll also learn about the latest at the big time hills of Schweitzer and Grand Targhee, plus their little brother with the big snow: Pomerelle. And don’t forget to check out our latest feature—instant access to every snow report in Idaho—so you know where to go when it snows.

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FROM T-BAR’S TO TAMARACK: DISCOVERING THE BEST OF IDAHO

Idaho is full of big-time hills that rake in headlines, crowds and megabucks. But there’s another world out there offering the same adventure in a different way. And they’re all in this together, as I found out on a fascinating journey through time and place.

The small community hills play a vital role in the survival and growth of the ski industry. They’re breeding grounds for snow enthusiasts. The low prices and easy access help fuel the passion that gets passed on to future generations.

On a Friday night we passed through Orofino on highway 12, turned left on highway 11, crossed the Clearwater River and headed into the mountains. About an hour later we arrived in the town of Pierce in the Clearwater Mountains. It was buried in snow. Our destination was a darling little hotel called the Outback Inn, [www.outbackidaho.com] where we rested up before a big adventure: hitting three T-bar hills the next day.

Bald Mountain
First stop was Bald Mountain, seven miles up the road. It’s a place from another era, where the price of a season pass hasn’t risen since 1959. We were warmly welcomed by the Clearwater Ski Club, bright sunshine and 30 inches of fresh snow. Our guides were Melissa Skiles and Chris Kuykendall of the Clearwater Ski Club. This group of volunteers does everything from plowing the road to paying the bill, so people in this remote region can ski and ride.

The ancient T-bar brought us to 684 feet of vertical and 140 acres of short, but sweet drops into pillow soft snow. The setting was rustic and the amenities sparse, but the smiles were the same you see anywhere.

Cottonwood Butte
Our next stop was about a two-hour drive southwest to Cottonwood Butte. A snowstorm and Cottonwood patroller Pat Hylton greeted us there. He joined us on the 3,000 foot T-bar and showed us to the best of 840 feet of vertical that included, cliff drops, trees and numerous powder filled trails.

The skiing at Cottonwood was excellent, but we had to leave in order to hit Snowhaven before the day was done.

Snowhaven
A mile high above the town of Grangeville we found Snowhaven. This thriving 40-acre powder collector with 440 feet of vertical overlooking the Camas Prairie is run by Scott Wasem. Snowhaven local Chuck Hepner joined us on the T-bar and lead us to the deepest the hill had to offer. An intense snowfall filled in our tracks. We couldn’t leave without a shot at the tubing hill and we felt like kids again.

After a night in Riggins on the Salmon River it was time to return to the 21st century

Brundage
The morning we pulled into Brundage dawned cold, clear, blue and white on this big-time hill. Conditions were outstanding. The snow was deep and even though it was Sunday, the lift lines were short. We followed our local guide Cory to all the best powder stashes in the trees and bowls. In between we ripped at mach speed on wide-open blue cruisers. We took a break at the yurt on the summit and ate chili, sipped fortified hot chocolate and drank in the inspiring view. Then we skied until we couldn’t possibly make another turn.

Tamarack
We concluded a trip that began on the most humble of hills with a stay at one of the world’s most spectacular recreation destinations: Tamarack Resort. After pounding Brundage we recovered in The Lodge at Osprey Meadows, one of the most elegant, luxurious mountain hotels in Idaho. The following morning, guides Dave Williams and John Costa lead us on a backcountry tour. We explored the glades and open bowls to the north and south of Tamarack, getting pure, untouched lines, deep powder and an unforgettable skiing experience.

No matter which mountain you may find yourself on this season, unforgettable is the only way to describe winter in Idaho.

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BIG SNOWFALL KEEPS THE SNOWCATS ROLLING AT GRAND TARGHEE

Your satisfaction is guaranteed at Grand Targhee. It’s a pretty safe bet. The resort has scored the most snow in the Rockies since the start of the season, and its still coming down. Targhee picked up more than four feet of snow last week. They report a 102 inch base and conditions couldn’t be better. Plus, incredible lodging deals make it easy to get your share.

More than 500 inches of snow a year falls on Grand Targhee. With such abundant powder, national ski magazines rate Targhee among the top resorts in the West for snow quality and quantity-- less than 5% water content, and you know what that means.

NOW is the time to take advantage of the resort’s amazing snowcat skiing. It’s the only way skiers and boarders can experience ten awesome new runs on Peaked Mountain-- a huge powder reserve of 1,000 untracked acres accessible only by snowcat. You can rack up 20,000 feet of exclusive vertical in 10 to 12 epic runs.

Two peaks at Targhee total more than 3,000 acres of terrain and there’s powder everywhere. On Fred’s Mountain, only 400 of 1.500 acres are groomed. Black diamonds take 70 percent of the terrain. And there’s something for everyone. There is a beginner's powder area and hundreds of acres of wide-open slopes for intermediates and other cruisers.

Three terrain parks include Middle Earth, a new ‘natural’ terrain park with a rolling landscape that changes with every snowfall. As snow accumulates, long gliding slopes become rolling moguls that flow into a ‘fish bowl’, then split into three different levels draining into the ‘Water Fall’ natural half pipe, and end at the Power Reserve Traverse.

For nightlife, you will always find great music in the Trap Bar. Plus, fun Nordic races and a snowboard camp for Ladies Only are coming up. Check events/camps on grandtarghee.com for details.

Amazing deal: deluxe off-site lodging at $99 per night:
Teton Creek Condominiums [http://www.grandtarghee.com/lodging/vacation-condos/teton-creek/] are only 8 miles from the base of the resort. At just $99 (two night minimum, guests enjoy resort amenities and shuttle service to and from the slopes. Or, book a package at Teton Creek or Grand Targhee and kids 14 and younger stay and ski free (one child per paid adult).

It’s easy to get to Grand Targhee from the Idaho Falls or Jackson Hole airports. Midweek lodging specials [grandtarghee.com/lodging/] are available at three slopeside lodges. Townhomes and condominiums are available at Aspen Pointe, less than11 miles from Targhee. Plus beautiful homes are available at Creekside Meadows near Driggs.

Grand Targhee is paradise for powderhounds this season. So come and get it. But if you’re looking for a laid-back, friendly, uncrowded ski resort where you can relax with friends or family, this is your place.

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Eight Things Every Skier and Rider must do at Grand Targhee:

1. Snowcat skiing on peaked Mountain – ten new runs this year, over 1,000 acres

2. Ski or ride the North Boundary accessible off of the Blackfoot chair. It’s a huge powder reserve with untracked POW until at least 1:00 p.m.!

3. Ski or ride in Grand Targhee’s new “natural” Middle Earth Terrain Park

4. Snowboard in “Ladies Waist” a natural half pipe located on the face of the mountain under the Dreamcatcher quad chair. Fun for skiers too!

5. New this season – Cosmic Pizza – Montana’s best pizza is now served at most Grand Targhee food outlets (5 total restaurants)!

6. Nordic skiing in Rick’s Basin. It’s the most beautiful terrain and offers incredible views of Teton Valley – all 15k of it. Great for the novice but also offers challenging terrain for the tougher track skiers.

7. Hiking up to Mary’s for fresh tracks long after the lift served terrain is tracked out – the gates leading to Mary’s are open about 90% of the time. Only avalanche work closes these gates to paradise!

8. Skiing or riding in the “The Good” - “The Bad” and “The Ugly.” The fall line can’t be beat - for advanced intermediate and expert snow sliders.

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SCHWEITZER CELEBRATES WINTER CARNIVAL

People around the world are discovering that Schweitzer offers a special winter experience. Each year the mountain celebrates the old man by Lighting up the Night with Winter Carnival. This winter the festivities begin on Saturday, January 19.

This is your chance to do it all, from running gates, playing ski poker, sending the kids on a scavenger hunt and taking in a spectacular fireworks display. But that’s not all. There’s a full weekend of Winter Carnival events.

What Schweitzer is really about, though, 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.

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.

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 new tandem will increase total uphill capacity at Schweitzer by 28 percent this winter.

Other improvements include renovation of the Lakeview Lodge and new snowmaking capability—not that they need it this winter. They’re reporting a 106” base and more snow is on the way.

The Basin Express makes the mountain more family friendly, unloading mid mountain to wide-open gentle slopes and the Stomping Grounds terrain park. The Lakeview Triple starts mid mountain and takes snowriders to some of Schweitzer’s most challenging steeps and chutes.

It probably takes a week at Schweitzer to experience all the mountain has to offer. Off the back of the mountain, 2,000 acres of cat skiing await from the top of The Great Escape Quad. Don’t miss the Idyl Hour T-bar for a ride to Little Blue and some of the mountain’s fastest, longest cruisers and classic glades. The T-bar also gets you closer to some of Schweitzer’s legendary out-of-bounds terrain. If you’re lucky, you can tag along with a local for a hike to Big Blue. The sweet, deep powder turns are worth the hard work.

Another great amenity Schweitzer has going for it is the town of Sandpoint, just 11 miles down the hill. Sandpoint sits along the shore of Lake Pend Oreille. The town is full of great places to shop, eat and stay. Numerous Sandpoint properties offer lift tickets with their lodging.

Of course, there’s nothing like staying slopeside at Schweitzer. 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 new amenities and the all the great snow, this is the season to check out Schweitzer, soon to be one of your all-time favorite places to ski.

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Eight things every skier and rider must do at Schweitzer:

1. Dig into a loaded baked potato at the Outback Inn on a snowy wintry afternoon

2. Pause at the top of the new Lakeview Triple chairlift to take in the amazing view of Lake Pend Oreille

3. Explore the trees off the Idyle Hour T-bar and find a new line and some powder stashes.

4. Refuel at the end of the day with Buffalo Stew and a glass of hearty red, fireside at the Chimney Rock Grill.

5. Spend some time with the kids on the tubing hill

6. Resolve to start the new year with a new sport - take a lesson in nordic skiing, rent your gear at The Source, and see the wonder and peace and quiet of the nordic trails.

7. Say hi to the Stomping Grounds Terrain Park rangers, who are always there to fine tune jumps and supervise the action. Whether you hit the rails and jumps or just watch other get airborn, our terrain park is not to miss.

8. Re-connect with friends or family over a long weekend in a winter wonderland. Stay at the White Pine Lodge and soak in the hot tub after a long day on the slopes.

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POMERELLE: A PRIVATE EXPERIENCE AT A GREAT PRICE . . . WITH TONS OF SNOW!

There’s nothing better than fresh snow and few people. You’ll find that at Pomerelle Mountain Resort, just 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 low, food is good, lift tickets are cheap, and the staff is friendly. 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 with the occasional drop are a great place to practice your carving skills. And if you go off the groomed trails you can hit powder unlike any you may have ever seen.

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

If you are looking a private resort experience without the outrageous price, come make some turns at Pomerelle. The next big event here is the Winter Games of Idaho on January 26. The “Tykes to Teens Challenge” offers all skiers and boarders a chance to show their stuff.

Why not spend a couple of days. Check out The Marsh Creek Inn is located on Highway 77, the City of Rocks Backcountry Byway, in the beautiful and historic Albion Valley.

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Sun Valley offers “Jump Into January” ski and stay specials

Sun Valley offers “Jump Into January” ski and stay specials
Children 15 years and younger ski free

The Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau (SVKCVB) is enticing skiers and visitors to the Sun Valley area to take advantage of their Jump into January promotion running January 2nd-31st, 2008.

The ski and stay packages begin at $240 per person and include two nights lodging and two days of skiing or snowboarding. In addition, children 15 years and younger ski free with the purchase of an adult lift ticket.

“January is a great time of year to visit the Sun Valley/Ketchum area”, said Carrie Westergard, Marketing Director of the SVKCVB “The skiing can’t be compared.”

January is jam-packed with events in the Sun Valley/Ketchum area. Below is a selection of the events taking place during the month. For a complete list of events, and for more detailed event information, visit www.visitsunvalley.com

January 2nd-31st Kids 15 and under ski free with the purchase of an adult lift ticket

January 11th & 12th Sun Valley Suns hockey game. Watch as the Suns play the BC Rossland Warriors.

January 19th Free Nordic Ski Day/Free Nordic Ski Lessons at Galena Lodge

January 20th-21st Full Moon Dinners at Galena Lodge. Enjoy a hearty meal and ski under the full moon.

January 26th Billy Goat Loppett. 10km, 5km, and 1.5km skate ski race for all levels.

January 26th Ski the Rails Nordic-ski the Wood River Trail from Ketchum to Hailey.

Sun Valley/Ketchum offers non-stop daily flights from Seattle, Los Angeles and Oakland on Horizon Air and from Salt Lake City on Skywest/The Delta Connections. Visit www.visitsunvalley.com/hotdeals for more information on the Jump into January special.

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2008 MCCALL WINTER CARNIVAL GOES WILD, WILD WEST

The 2008 McCall Winter Carnival is set for January 25- February 3 and will be themed Wild, Wild West! This year’s event will continue with many of the well-loved traditions of Carnivals past, such as elaborate snow sculptures, Monte Carlo Night, the Mardi Gras Parade and the popular beer garden.

In addition this year, some new events and opportunities for visitors will be available including an extreme rider snowmobile event

and locally designed commemorative pins and shirts. Also new this year is the ability to purchase items such as event tickets, merchandise and sponsorship opportunities online with your credit card.

“The McCall Chamber is excited to host the 43rd Annual McCall Winter Carnival. We recognize that thousands of people come to town each year to enjoy the McCall way of life and experience the winter events with their families. We are excited to enhance this event and we encourage vendors and sponsors to sign-up quickly because space is running out,” said Tamara Sandmeyer, Executive Director of McCall Chamber of Commerce.

Other events, including Snowshoe Golf, the Monster Dog Pull, the Snowmobile Fun Run and live music are scheduled for the 10-day festival. Sign-ups for Sponsors, Event Chairman and Vendors are being accepted now.

For more information on how to benefit from the event or get involved, contact Jesse Murphy at jesse@infuzemarketing.com or 208-866-6085 or see The 2008 McCall Winter Carnival Web site at www.mccallwintercarnival.com. This site is constantly being updated with additional features and information for 2008, so remember to visit periodically for new information.

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TAMARACK’S HELLS CANYON SUPERPIPE IS NOW OPEN TO FREERIDERS!

At 450-feet long with towering 22-foot walls, Tamarack Resort’s monstrous Hells Canyon SuperPipe is one of just six in North America to feature the new Olympic standard – 22-foot walls--four feet higher than typical pipes.

Hells Canyon has opened just in time. The return of the country’s greatest snowboard competition – the Chevy US Snowboarding Grand Prix – is just one month away.

World-class snowboarders return to Tamarack February 9-10 for the second stop of the series to compete in the SuperPipe and on the snowboard cross course.

The SuperPipe provides a great venue not only for the world-class competitors in the upcoming Grand Prix, but for athletes near and far who want to train in one of the top pipes on the continent.

Last year’s inaugural stop at Tamarack brought crowds in the thousands to cheer on the who’s who of the sport. This year promises to provide just as much high-flying competition and entertainment.

“We love being able to offer such world-class amenities so athletes can really push the sport,” said Ken Rider, Director of Resort Sales and Marketing. “With the pipe right at the base and visible from our Village, anyone can enjoy the show whether they’re on the mountain or enjoying apr├Ęs fare from our patios.”

The Grand Prix events are free to all spectators. Check the Grand Prix page at www.TamarackIdaho.com for the latest schedule, news on which riders will show up to show off, and high-flying video from last year’s competition.

Having the only pipe of this size in the region provides a unique opportunity for teams and clubs to come train on the new Olympic standard. The world-class recreation amenities combined with Village and lodging facilities just steps away creates an enviable environment for training the next generation of freeride stars.

For more information on training on the Hells Canyon SuperPipe, contact Tamarack’s Leisure Group Sales Manager Jeff Carroll at 208.325.1019 or jcarroll@tamarackidaho.com

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

BOARDER ON QUEST TO RIDE EVERY IDAHO SKI RESORT

David Schor calls himself a philosopher and musician by education, and a jack-of-all trades. He’s also a licensed Universal Life Church minister. But most of all, he’s a snowboarder.

David has been able to do what most of us have only dreamed of doing. Accompanied most often by his dad, in the winter of 2005-06 he rode every mountain in Oregon. Last winter he checked off all the Washington hills. This winter he’s in the process of bagging every Idaho resort.

You can get a day-by-day update of his progress online at http://skiid.blogspot.com

“I am a licensed minister,” he said, “However, church, in the traditional sense, has never been a big part of my life. In my case, 'church' is as I see fit to make it.”

The past several winters David’s church has been the mountains. His “Ski Idaho Challenge” is the final portion of his “Northwest Ski Challenge” trilogy. So far this winter he’s visited Snowhaven, Cottonwood Butte, Little Ski Hill, Silver Mountain, Lookout Pass, Schweitzer, Payette Lakes, Brundage and Tamarack.

As far as his ministry, his approach is simple.

“Do that which is right,” he said. “Do that which is left! Love is the key. There is much to be learned in life, and we ought to help each other learn.”

We asked him how Idaho compares with Oregon and Washington so far. Ultimately, it’s the snow.

“The most striking difference is the superb quality of the snow in Idaho,” he said. “Both Oregon and Washington have much more moisture in their snow, particularly in the Cascades. It is rare to get truly light, dry, snowball-proof snow in the Cascades, but so far it seems to be the norm from what I have seen in Idaho. With this light, dry powder, lines that would be chopped up ice in Oregon or Washington become pleasantly smooth and effortless powder puff in Idaho. I have found great variety of terrain in Idaho as well, from family-friendly cruising and trees at Lookout Pass to big-mountain cruisers and steeps at Schweitzer. The local T-bar hills have been a blast as well, each boasting large expanses of powder with much less traffic than the larger resorts.”

David’s plans include checking off all the Idaho hills by mid-January. Who knows, you could even meet him on a chair somewhere. Chances are, you already have. The guy is everywhere.

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SUN VALLEY MORE AFFORDABLE THAN YOU THINK

You don’t have to spend a bundle to experience Sun Valley, the birthplace of skiing in north America. You can ski and stay at an incredible price with the Mid-Week Madness Special. http://www.sunvalley.com/sunvalley/Info/promotions/sp.promo.midweek.aspx

For just $105 per person based on double occupancy, or $175 single occupancy, you get one night’s lodging for two and a one day lift ticket for each person.

Sun Valley introduced North America to alpine skiing with its creation in 1936 and to this day sets the standard for world-class mountain resorts. The legendary mountain where the chair lift was invented and the world’s first ski school started is affordable too.

Mid Week Madness is incentive enough to make a pilgrimage to Sun Valley this winter. You’ll find a mountain with 3,400 feet of sustained, impeccably maintained vertical. Jack Sibbach, Sun Valley’s Director of Sales, Marketing and P.R. says that with the abundance of high speed lifts, constant pitch and lack of lines, it’s not uncommon to rack up 50,000 feet of vertical in a day.

There’s even more to Sun Valley that no other mountain in the country can offer. It’s innovative Lift Exchange Program lets destination skiers who buy a multi-day lift ticket exhange a day of skiing for another activity.

“If the weather’s not good or you overdo it on the first day, you can exchange skiing for another activity,” Sibbach said. “There are 10 or 11 different things you can do instead—massagae, dinner and a movie, sleigh ride—either way you’ll get your money’s worth.”

Last season hundreds of guests took advantage of the Lift Exhange. Sibbach said that some people came on five-day packages and did different things every day without skiing.

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BOISE'S WINTER GETAWAY CELEBRATING BLACK DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY

This year Bogus Basin celebrates 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. It’s 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.

It couldn’t be easier to join the Black Diamond celebration. The slopes are just 16.5 miles from Boise. The drive takes about 35 minutes. Book a room in Boise at participating hotels [link to http://www.boise.org/stayandplay/] 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. 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.

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

Beginners enjoy Silver Queen for hill skiing and Cabin Traverse for trail skiing. Lift 5 is great for intermediates, with gentle slopes interspersed with trails. For kids, there’s a mountain full of hidden "jump trails" to enjoy. Just ask a local where they are, and make sure you keep up.

If you like long cruisers, Pine Creek is the place to go. With one of the longest chair lifts you will ever ride. Spend all day there and always find places you haven’t been.

Do it all. You’ll find the best of the Idaho winter at Bogus Basin.

Sidebar:

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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SOLDIER MOUNTAIN-PEACEFUL POWDER INTERLUDE

Should you be traveling to Sun Valley from Boise you owe it to yourself to visit Soldier Mountain. You’ll discover a secret snow riders in the remote Camas Valley have known for years: great terrain, high quality snow, cheap lift tickets and perhaps best of all, an average of about 200 skiers a day on nearly 1,200 acres—and that doesn’t include the cat skiing and Soldier’s renowned backcountry access.

You’ll find this hidden jewel in the Sawtooth National Forest, 12 miles north of Fairfield: “The Best Undiscovered Small Ski Town in the West. Soldier Mountain is 70 miles north of Twin Falls, 55 miles northest of Mountain Home and 50 miles southwest of downtown Hailey.

Taking a left off Highway 20 and driving through Fairfield on your way to the hill is like going back in time to a simpler--and less expensive—way of life. A lift ticket for just $30 brings you to a panorama over the Camas Prairie where you can see seven different mountain ranges.

You may want to spend more than a day here. Stay at The Prairie Inn in Fairfield (208-764-2247), or the Soldier Mountain Ranch 14 miles from the hill (208-764-2506) and 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.

Full, half day, backcountry, and punch card tickets are available. Military personnel get discounts and children under 6 or seniors over the age of 70 ski free. College and group rates are also available.

Soldier Mountain ski area has a base elevation of 5,800 feet and a summit elevation of 7,200 feet. Vertical totals 1,425 feet of glades, bowls and groomers. One of the most popular features is the terrain park, considered one of the finest in Idaho. You’ll find it from the top of Chair 2, next to the Air Ride run. Features include a triple hit tabletop with 15-30 foot gaps that transition into groomed roller landings. An eight-foot spine is parallel to the quarter pipe, cornices, ramps, rails, and rollers. No inverts are allowed.

But Soldier Mountain’s main attraction is fresh snow in the backcountry. full day snowcat adventures depart the base at 8:30 a.m. and return to the top of the ski area by 4:00 p.m. You get personal access to 1500+ acres of spectacular backcountry terrain in the Sawtooth National Forest plus lunch in a backcountry yurt.

Plus, you don’t have to be an expert to experience cat skiing or boarding. Trips an intermediate snowrider will never forget are available as well. Call (208)764-2526 for more information.

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SKI, STAY AND SAVE IN JANUARY

Soldier Mountain -- http://www.soldiermountain.com/specials.asp

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 - http://www.sunvalley.com/SunValley/info/promotions/sp.promo.aspx

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


Soldier Mountain -- http://www.soldiermountain.com/specials.asp

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 - http://www.sunvalley.com/SunValley/info/promotions/sp.promo.aspx

Mid Week Madness Special: Stay and ski at incredible price!
http://www.sunvalley.com/sunvalley/Info/promotions/sp.promo.midweek.aspx

$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:
http://www.visitsunvalley.com/static/index.cfm?action=group&contentID=72

Bogus Basin - http://www.boise.org/stayandplay/

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 - http://www.brundage.com/lodging.aspx

Midweek Ski & Stay Packages 2007/2008 Starting at $78 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 - http://www.grandtarghee.com/lodging/

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.

SnowCat Adventure Package -
3 night/ 3 day Lodging/Ski Package includes 3 full-day lift tickets, 3 nights lodging PLUS a FREE SnowCat Adventure Trip!

Lookout Pass - http://www.skilookout.com/ski/lodging.php

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 - http://www.pebblecreekskiarea.com/hotels.html

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 - http://www.schweitzer.com/plan_vacation/vacation_packages/great_deal/

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 - http://skisilver.com/Lodging/default.aspx?page=Hot_Deals_And_Packages

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

Martin Luther King Day - Valid January 19 - January 20, 2008
$199/per person, based on double occupancy
Package includes: Stay 2 nights lodging in Studio, 3rd night free, 2 adult lift tickets.

Sweet Hearts Package for Valentines Day - Valid Feb 8 - Feb 14, 2008
$151/per person, based on double occupancy
Package includes 1 night stay for Valentines in a Studio*, 1 Bottle of Champagne with lodging, 1 day lift ticket per person, and 30 minute massage for 2
(Offer cannot be used in conjunction with Presidents weekend)
*Ask about an upgrade to our Honeymoon Suite *

Presidents Day $199/ per person, based on double occupancy
Offer includes: 2 nights Studio lodging, 2 adult lift tickets for 1 day.
*Ask about our lodging upgrades and availability*

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.

Tamarack - http://www.tamarackidaho.com/vacation_planning/lodging_packages.php

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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EVENTS

Events on the Hill: The winter action in Idaho is getting hot!

Schweitzer
Winter Carnival - Schweitzer Lights up the Nights
Saturday January 19

Schweitzer celebrates winter in the great outdoors. Join us Saturday evening as we kick things off with a Bang! This year we light up the night with torchlight parade and a fireworks display on the mountain.

All day: Complimentary NASTAR Runs
Take your passport up to the NASTAR course for 2 complimentary runs to test your racing skills! This is a fun way to try racing gates. No medals or prizes will be awarded, but you’ll have bragging rights!

All day: Poker Skiing!
Take your passport to each lift to get a playing card. At the end of the day we’ll meet to get card number 7!

Events on the Hill: The winter action in Idaho is getting hot!

Schweitzer
Winter Carnival - Schweitzer Lights up the Nights
Saturday January 19

Schweitzer celebrates winter in the great outdoors. Join us Saturday evening as we kick things off with a Bang! This year we light up the night with torchlight parade and a fireworks display on the mountain.

All day: Complimentary NASTAR Runs
Take your passport up to the NASTAR course for 2 complimentary runs to test your racing skills! This is a fun way to try racing gates. No medals or prizes will be awarded, but you’ll have bragging rights!

All day: Poker Skiing!
Take your passport to each lift to get a playing card. At the end of the day we’ll meet to get card number 7! Best 5-card hand wins! Register at the Activity Center.

2pm: Kid’s Scavenger Hunt in the Village
Join our Activity Center Staff for some fun in the snow! We need your help to solve some silly riddles that will lead us to clues! Please dress to for outside fun, and we’ll have Nestles Cocoa for all of our helpers! Please sign up in advance in the Activity Center.

5pm: Ididernot
What if the Iditarod was pulled by human power and the dogs were passengers? Join us to build a cardboard sled and race through the Schweitzer Village. This is a great family event! We’ll provide all of the materials. No charge. Sign up in advance at the Activity Center.

6pm: Torchlight Parade and Fireworks

Silver Mountain
Saturday, January 12 - USASA Snowboard Event

Lookout Pass
Sunday, January13 Winter Carnival
Winter Carnival Family Fun Day
Pacific Northwest National Wife Carrying Contest

Brundage
Saturady, January 26 -- USASA Slalom and GS
The Payette River Mountains FreeRide Series is set for the 2007-2008 season. Helmets and USASA memberships are required for all events. All competitors under 18 must have a parent/gaurdian signature. Membership dues can be paid on line at a cost of $65 until October 31st. November 1st the cost rises to $75. Membership must be current before you can compete. Go to usasa.org. Check the schedule for event dates. Cost for each event is $25. Helmets are required without exception!

Grand Targhee
Friday and Saturday, January 12-13

USSA Mogul Competition

USSMA Randonnee Race
Grand Targhee, USSMA and COSMIC have come together to provide a new venue for a randonnee race with some twists to the race circuit. This event will have teams races and a freeride event.

Pebble Creek
Friday, January 11 and Again on Saturday, January 19

Free Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Workshop
In conjunction with the National Slope Safety Awareness Week and sponsored by Pebble Creek Ski Area, the Pebble Creek National Ski Patrol and the City of Pocatello Department of Parks and Recreation.

Pomerelle
Saturday, January 26
Winter Games of Idaho - Pomerelle Mountain 'Tyke's to Teen's Challenge' - all in school skiers & boarders - 1st through 12th grade.

Tamarack
Friday and Saturday, January 5-6 – Alpine Masters Western Idaho Open
Invited to participate are racers of all levels, from beginners who enjoy exciting race courses, to former college racers and Olympians. Age ranges are 21 to over 80 with competition occuring in five-year age groups (25-29, 30-34, 35-40 and up).

Wednesday, January 9 -- Masters' Race Training and Public Racing
This program features slalom and giant slalom training, including personal coaching, video analysis and timed runs. Training will focus on improvement of GS & SL fundamentals, learning and improving proper technique and tactics involved in ski racing. This program is for the adult skier interested in learning race skills for the first time, the experienced adult racer and any skier interested in improving their skills in fun, active, high-energy environment.

Friday and Saturday, January 12-13/2008 - Payette River Mountains Freestyle Series

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IT'S SNOWING - COME AND GET IT!

Idaho mountains received the ultimate gift over the holidays. A steady barrage of storms fattened up the slopes throughout the state—just in time for all the winter events that get rolling full swing in January.

The slopes have also been prepped perfectly for David Schor, a snowboarder from Oregon on his way to ride every mountain in Idaho this season. The last two winters he’s hit every mountain in Oregon and Washington. Learn more about him and his Idaho quest in this issue.

Events of note this month include Schweitzer’s Winter Carnival, a big weekend of celebration both on the hill and down in Sandpoint on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille. Plus, recreational racers of any ability can test their mettle in a variety of events at Tamarack and Brundage. Perhaps the most intriguing event coming up is probably the Pacific Northwest National Wife Carrying Contest at Lookout Pass. You can read all about that here too, plus the hottest lodging deals at places like Sun Valley, Schweitzer, Grand Targhee and Tamarack.

It’s been snowing a ton. It’s snowing right now. Winter in Idaho is as good as it gets. - Bill Jennings

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