They're grooming the Stanley-Landmark road for snowmobiling

It's snowmobile season, officially.

Deadwood Outfitters, located along the Stanley-Landmark Road near Deadwood Summit, is reporting 41 inches of snow at the lodge and nearly 90 inches over Deadwood Summit.

The lodge reports on its Facebook page that the Stanley snowmobile groomer has reached the lodge and that they are waiting on the groomer from the north to have the whole trail groomed.

Deadwood Summit has been getting a lot of snow. It's also in the drainage of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Could that mean plenty of water for rafting next summer?

Soldier Mountain will open Wednesday, Dec. 26

That's the word from Soldier Mountain president Will Varin. Great to see it start its new era, and the guys have been working hard on the mountain to get it ready, and doing a little skiing in the process. If you haven't seen the newly repainted lodge, it looks pretty cool. It really brightens up the place. Can't wait to get on the slopes.

Get information on Idaho hunting and fishing licenses


Do you have questions about Idaho's hunting and fishing licenses? Here's a chance to ask the experts.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, Fish and Game will host a live online chat from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. You'll have an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and learn more about hunting and fishing licenses and programs. There will also be license-related polls with the results posted in real time.

Several items already on the agenda include:

Bogus Basin will open Friday, Dec. 21


Enough snow has arrived at Bogus Basin for a 2012-13 season opening day on Friday, Dec. 21.

Recent storms will allow for a limited opening with Deer Point (No.1), Morning Star (No. 2), Showcase (No. 4), Pine Creek (No. 6), Coach (No. 7) lifts and both moving carpets running.

Gear Tuesday: Lighted band lets you be seen


Darkness comes early and leaves late in winter and if you're a runner, walker or cyclist, you want to be seen by motorists.

The LED Marker Band from Nite Ize looks like it will catch the attention needed in the dark.

Description: glow or flash modes; lightweight; 1 x 2031 3V lithium battery included; and 100 hour battery life.

Cost: $11.99; look HERE

Photo provided by Nite Ize.

Fish and Game moves public service desk in Boise

The license and tag sales and information desk at Idaho Fish and Game’s Headquarters in Boise has moved.

Fish and Game has relocated the public service desk across the street to the lobby of the 600 S. Walnut Street building in preparation for moving part of its operation to new offices. Customers may park just to the left of the main entrance.

Soldier Mountain is about to announce its opening day

That's all. Just stay tuned. We will have more shortly.

Hey Santa, Payette River passes are now available


If you're looking for a stocking stuffer, Payette River recreation passes now available.

Monday morning quarterbacking outdoors: There's lots of snow out there


Your snow geek here. I've been watching the snow all weekend and some of the backcountry areas got a pile of it. Better late than never.

Last night some areas got 4 to 7 inches of new snow.

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