Another reason to say TGIF: Brundage is opening on Friday, Dec. 14.

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The resort received 9 inches of base area snow since Thursday, Dec. 6, giving mountain crews just enough snow to prep the slopes for Friday’s opening. Brundage Mountain has well over 60” of snow on the summit and approximately 12” of packed snow in the base area.

Bogus Watch: Little snow from the weekend

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Clouds have been hiding Bogus Basin all day. Although it looks white, crispy cold and beautiful up there when the clouds part, our Snotel intel tells us that there is only 5 to 7 inches of snow at the marker.

Bogus Basin's snow report says there is 5 inches as the base.

The National Weather Service is forecasting the following for the Shafer Butte area:

Monday morning QB outdoors: Wild pheasants are out there

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The rooster pheasant blasted out of the cattail thicket and headed straight for the river. Although I was totally caught off guard with one foot in a ditch, I was able to swing around and drop it with one shot from my 12-gauge.

Hipsters go hunting

I loved a story titled "Hipsters who Hunt" in Slate magazine, which I found linked through Field and Stream. I've been following the "locavores go hunting" movement with interest and a fair amount of smirking. "Hunting is undeniably in vogue among the bearded, bicycle-riding, locavore set," the Slate article states. I can't get over the irony of urbanites "discovering" hunting like it's some lost art, and also realizing the wrongly stereotyped bloodthirsty rednecks are actually people who care about wildlife and wild lands and want to protect both.

Friday diversion: Thinking about buying an action cam for those hero videos?

If you're ready to upgrade from your cell phone videos or point-and-shoot videos, here's a great comparison of four leading action video cameras designed for outdoor sports. The beauty of this review is there's no editorial judgment. Your eyes get to decide which looks best. The only downside is we don't know prices, features, etc. But if you're shooting videos, the end result is what really matters.

Murphy area travel map available from BLM

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The map gives travel routes for the Murphy and Oreana areas of the Owyhees.

Trails and features on the travel map are clear and easy to follow. The map is definitely useful for checking out the terrain and trails.

And what's really cool, it's free at Boise area U.S. Bureau of Land Management offices.

If you like exploring the Owyhee Front, you definitely need one of these in your glove box.
Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman

Baldy's Bowls to open Dec. 6

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Thanks to huge snowstorms early in the season, Baldy's Bowls and the Mayday lift will open Dec. 6 at Sun Valley Resort.

More than 3 feet of new snow in the past 72 hours has pushed terrain openings well ahead of schedule on Baldy, the resort said.

In addition, Seattle Ridge and the Seattle Ridge Day Lodge also will open Friday, Dec. 14.

Tamarack on track to open Dec. 15

The ski resort also has a snow line problem similar to other ski areas. Lots of snow on top, but the base area at Tamarack is bare. Fortunately for Tamarack, it has a mid-mountain lift that offers 1,100 vertical feet for skiers, which had between 20 and 37 inches of snow on Wednesday, Dec. 5 . Mountain manager Wolfe Ashcraft said the resort plans to open as planned on Dec. 15, but skiing will probably be limited to the upper slopes unless it gets monstrous dumps of snow in the next week, which isn't likely.

Idaho authors to sign books

Five Idaho authors, including several from the state’s outfitting and guiding industry, will be signing books at a special Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association event, Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Boise Hotel & Conference Center, 3300 Vista Ave. in Boise. The public is invited.

The book-signing runs from 2:30-4 p.m. before the “The Thaw,” the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association's annual dinner and auction, which kicks off at
5:30 p.m. at the same location.

Brundage won't open Dec. 7, but optimistic for Dec. 14 or sooner if snow hits

It's bad news/good news for Brundage. First the bad. The mountain won't open this weekend because the snow level kept bouncing up and down around the base area during recent storms. Currently (Dec. 5) it has about 7 inches at the base area, and according to Brundage spokesperson April Russell, groomers would be "churning up mud" if they tried to get out on the slopes. The good news is Brundage has 45 inches on top and about 24 inches mid mountain, so when it opens, there's going to be good coverage over most of the mountain and powder from the get go.

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