Tamarack offers discount days for families Jan. 24-27

"Tam Fam" weekend means you can get a family lift ticket for $99, which includes two adult tickets and two tickets for kids 18 and under. You can also add rentals for an additional $50, a family ski lesson for an additional $50, and then receive $50 off a POW! card that gives further discounts for multiple lift tickets.

Too cold? Perfect for ice fishing

ImageBefore you start whining about the temperatures (yes, I am talking to you), ask yourself this: Do these people look miserable? Nope, and the air temperature was hovering around zero Saturday at the Youth Ice Fishing Day at Horsethief Reservoir. Lots of folks were out on the ice having fun and catching fish. It's prime time for ice fishing, and I got word today there's good ice fishing at C.J. Strike Reservoir near Cottonwood Campground. Get out and enjoy it. I will have an Idaho Outdoors cover story on ice fishing on Jan. 31.

More night skiing at Bogus Basin

With over 9 inches of new snow over the last few days, Bogus Basin will open the Superior Express (#3) for night skiing/snowboarding on Friday, Jan 11. Night skiing/boarding begins at 4 p.m. daily and a night lift ticket is $22.

Ever feel like you're missing the party?

That's how I am feeling right now, thanks to my "pal" April Russell at Brundage. The snow is deep and I am typing rather than plundering powder like this guy. If this photo isn't enough to get you motivated to brave the drive to the mountains, I guess I just can't help you. Have fun skiing and boarding, gang.Image Photo provided by Brundage.

Pow-duh alert

Snow reports are good and looking better. Resorts are reporting big dumps of snow in recent storms, including a foot at Brundage, and about 9 inches at Tamarack and Sun Valley. Bogus picked up 4 inches this week and more is coming down. If you've been waiting for the right conditions to hit Bogus or take a road trip, they're here. Enjoy. To get a look at what all the ski areas in the state are getting, go HERE. Image

Gaiters work well for bicycling


I've used my gaiters for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing. They're great.

Today I wore them biking in the muck on the way to work on my commute. They protected my pants from slush spray and also getting tangled with the bike chain.

I saw one cyclist last spring wearing gaiters during a rainstorm and thought it looked odd. Not anymore.

Gaiters are just as much biking gear as they are for other things like hiking.

Sun Valley expects to open Super Pipe Saturday


Sun Valley’s new highly-anticipated Olympic-size 22-foot-deep superpipe is expected to open Jan. 12.

Taking shape on Dollar’s Old Bowl, it will be one of only three 22-foot pipes currently open in America.

The Zaugg "Pipe Monster," the largest pipe groomer in existence, is busy at work, prepping the pipe.

Keep up to date

Boise Greenbelt plowed in places


Forget the road bike for the morning commute. I dragged out the mountain bike for my 7-mile commute.

First of all, thanks Boise for plowing the Greenbelt. It made the commute easier. However, there is a snow floor on parts of the Greenbelt and icy spots near the bridges and overpasses that make things tricky.

Feel good story of the week: Tamarack ski patrol rescues lost sheep

ImagePhoto courtesy of Tamarack.

On Sunday, Jan, 6 the ski patrol at Tamarack Resort rescued a sheep trapped in deep snow just outside the ski area's boundary, Tamarack officials reported. Backcountry skiers spotted the sheep and reported it. No one knew how long the sheep had been trapped, but it appeared to have been several days or longer. Ski patrollers located and rescued the sheep and then transported it to a local ranch where it is now recovering.

Ride Idaho route to be unveiled Wednesday, Jan. 16

Idaho Tourism and Ride Idaho are teaming up to announce the 2013 Ride Idaho route and to release the new Idaho State Travel Guide from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Beside Bardenay in downtown Boise.

Ride Idaho is an annual seven-day, fully supported bicycle tour that features a different region of the state each year. The 2013 tour will take place August 4-10. Tour registration will open at 7 p.m. during the kick-off event and simultaneously online so everyone has an equal opportunity. Last year’s ride toured north central Idaho.

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