Brundage to open Friday with 100 percent terrain available


Wow, it looks like someone's testing out the snow at Brundage Mountain near McCall. Look at that photo.

The ski area announced today that when it opens on Friday, Dec. 14, 100 percent of the mountain will be open.

That's thanks to Wednesday's snowstorm. Eight inches of fresh powder fell between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, giving Brundage 17 inches of fresh snow this week.

I think it's time to wax my snowboard

I've been procrastinating because I had this nagging feeling that if I got it waxed, I would somehow jinx myself and the snow wouldn't come. I know it's dumb, but after last (so-called) winter, I didn't want to take any chances. Sometimes you just have to trust your gut. But I think it's going to be a pretty good snow year. While we've been waiting impatiently in the valley, snow has been piling up in the mountains above 6,500 feet. So while the start of our ski season might be slightly delayed, the mountains are collecting snow that will fill rivers and reservoirs in the spring.

Albertson Foundation gives Bogus terrain park a boost


The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation will provide a $100,000 grant to support the new Mountain Dew Terrain Park at Bogus Basin.

"The impact of the Albertson Foundation’s support will greatly improve the park experience and ramp up the satisfaction level of our younger skiers and riders who have been asking for improvements,” said Alan Moore, general manager at Bogus Basin.

Critter cam makes a great gift


I got a remote wildlife camera several years ago for a gift and it turned into a 24/7 hobby.

The camera has allowed me to track wildlife migrations, know weather changes like when snowstorms hit during the night, and even which neighborhood dogs came by the yard.

Bernard boat landing on the Snake River gets a facelift

Renovation Fish and Game’s Bernard boat landing six miles downstream of Walters Ferry on Idaho 78 is nearly complete, a release from Idaho Fish and Game said. Crews are grading the parking area and pouring concrete sidewalks to connect a new restroom and boat ramp with the parking area. Renovation work should be wrapped up just after the new year. Renovation of the site is a cooperative venture between Idaho Fish and Game and Owyhee County Waterways. Work started in July, with the installation of a new ADA approved pit-vault toilet.

Let's get the Idaho City yurts open


Yurt lovers are getting frustrated with the closure of the Idaho City yurts while the U.S. Forest Service and state of Idaho haggle over liability insurance.

Bogus Watch: 4-5" new snow

Bogus Basin is posting 9 inches of snow at its base the morning of Dec. 12.

I looked at the Natural Resources Conservation Service web site and the snotel gauge at Bogus is 11 inches of snow with 5 inches new.

It's starting to built up.

Bogus Watch: Manager is hopeful


It looks pretty frosty up at Bogus Basin today (Dec. 11). The cold temperatures and 5 to 6 inches of snow might be the makings of a good base for future snow cover.

Bogus Basin general manager Alan Moore is hopeful, too. He told me this morning that "unlike last year, the weather pattern looks really good."

Moore said, "I’ve been telling anyone who asks that I expect Bogus to be open in the next week to 10 days and I really believe we will be open."

Snow-water geek is at it again


I'm putting together the snow and water report for Wednesday's (Dec. 12) Outdoor page in the Idaho Statesman's Sports section and it's always surprising.

Bogus Basin has about 5 inches of snow and is still waiting for the big storm. Both Brundage and Tamarack will be open over the weekend with Tamarack at 41 inches on top and Brundage with 60 inches at the summit.

Gear Tuesday: Vest protects dog from barbed wire


The first time your gun dog gets cut on a barbed wire fence, it doesn’t take long for you to go shopping around for a hunting vest for the pooch.

Normally, Phoebe wears a neoprene vest because we’re usually hunting near a river or marsh. The other day we were hunting in dry sagebrush for chukars and I didn’t put the neoprene on her because it would have been too hot.

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