Some folks watch the X-Games and become motivated to hit the pow. Others fall into a trance, with one hand on the DVR remote for instant replays and the other gripping a bag of Doritos.
If you enjoy living vicariously through others, check out the rail jam Saturday afternoon in McCall. Skiers and snowboarders will vie for a spot at the U.S.A.S.A. national championship event in Colorado. The event will be held at the base area in front of the lodge.
3:30 p.m. FREE. Little Ski Hill, 3635 Idaho 55, McCall, 208-634-5691.
Skiers, snowboarders and just about anyone who loves powder are getting a late Christmas present up at Bogus Basin: a big dump of snow.
The winter recreation resort is reporting 8 inches of snow from the same winter weather system that blanketed the Treasure Valley with snow this morning. It's the first snowfall to hit Bogus in 2014, and the mountain is reporting a base depth of 23 inches with a season total of 32 inches.
Since the beginning of winter, just 7.2 inches of snow have fallen in Boise.
It felt like it took forever for winter to dissipate, but now that it's gone, it's time to start missing the cold again. Fortunately you can prepare for the snow season at Idaho IceWorld. Today the ever-cool skate rink is hosting two events for the ice-bound among us.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., you can learn to skate for free. New skaters get a lesson on how to propel, steer and stop on ice skates. While the event is free, an RSVP is required, so call 208-608-7716 for more info.
On the other end of the rink, a slightly more advanced crowd will learn to play hockey, also for free. Gear fitting begins at 5:30 p.m., and the on-ice session runs from 6-7 p.m. Call 208-608-7721 for more info and to RSVP.
With its last dying breath, winter is handing out a freebie. Today, Bogus Basin is letting skiers and snowboarders ride free if they don costumes representing their favorite holiday figures in celebration of Easter.
Sounds good, right? It gets better.
For the kids, there's also an Easter egg hunt. And for the adults, there's a Pabst Blue Ribbon ribbon hunt. Conveniently, both of these events start at 9 a.m. They're free, too, so start your spring off right with the last day of spring skiing at Bogus.
Spring skiing. These two words warm the cockles of mountaineers' hearts the world over with suggestions of light clothing and goggle tans. Early spring is also one of the most dangerous times to be out on the slopes. Warm weather and sunshine can expose tree stumps and rocks. Also, for the more advanced skiers among us, there's the threat of an avalanche.
According to avalanche.org, there have been 13 avalanche-related fatalities already during the 2012-13 season. Avalanches are dangerous because when they originate, the snow takes on the flowing properties of liquid, but when they come to rest, the snow quickly freezes again.
That's why The Backcountry Pursuit is hosting an avalanche awareness class taught by 705 Backcountry Ski Patrol. The event, which takes place today at 671 S. Capitol Blvd., begins at 7 p.m. and covers assessing snowpack conditions, terrain management, risk assessment and rescue. And it's free.
The snow has been dumping up in McCall, and nearby resorts Tamarack and Brundage have been cornering the central Idaho ski market with their fresh powder, chairlifts and cozy amenities.
But there's one little ski hill in the McCall area that predates the others and happens to have an X-Games qualifying event taking place today.
That's right: Little Ski Hill is hosting the USASA X-Games Rail Jam Qualifier, with registration at 2 p.m. and the contest starting at 4 p.m. The winners get a shot at the national X-Games in Aspen, Colo., and the watchers get to see some sick rail tricks performed by some of the best riders around.
There's a $10 entry fee for the contest, but watching is FREE. For more info, call 208-634-5691.