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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