Spring may be peeking its head around the corner, but that's no reason for skiers and boarders to feel forlorn. In fact, it's one of the happiest times of the year--Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area's annual Presidents' Day Pass Sale.
Yes, Presidents' Day is over but the sale continues through Sunday, Feb. 24, and offers the lowest prices on 2013-2014 season passes. Adults (ages 12-69) can pick up individual passes for $229. The price will jump to $259 from Monday, Feb. 25-Sunday, March 31, then increase incrementally through the rest of the year to a max of $429 in December.
The price is an increase from the $199 area skiers have enjoyed for years, but Bogus Basin officials say the price hike is necessary for the area to stay viable.
Family passes are also on sale, running $916 instead of the high-season cost of $1,716. Nordic skiers can get in on the savings too, with adult individual season passes costing $79, compared to the $139 it will cost to buy one after May 1.
Passes can be bought online, by calling the Bogus Basin business office at 208-332-5162, or by stopping by the office at 2600 Bogus Basin Road. Remember: You can't buy passes on the mountain.
For more info, visit bogusbasin.org.
Tamarack Resort 2013-2014 season passes are also available for their lowest cost of the year through Sunday, March 3. Existing pass holders pay $199, which will increase to $319 by April 1. New pass holders can get a pass for $249.
For more info, visit tamarackidaho.com.
Finally, early birds can also save some cash at Brundage Mountain Resort through Friday, March 8, with adult 2013-2014 passes costing $319, compared to $519 beginning May 1. The resort offers an array of passes and prices but anyone who springs for a 2013-2014 Bogus season pass can get a break at Brundage, too, by showing a Bogus pass. Visit brundage.com for full details and pricing breakdown.
If you're looking for some more immediate skiing gratification, the Payette Lake Ski Club--the group that runs the Little Ski Hill in McCall--is hosting the annual Payette Lakes Ski Marathon Saturday, Feb. 23.
The event is open to all ages and includes 15K and 30K skate-ski races and a shorter junior race. Races begin at 9:30 a.m. at Bear Basin Nordic Center, while the junior race starts at 12:30 p.m. at Little Ski Hill. Proceeds support the ski club.
Registration will be taken online through Friday, Feb. 22, and costs $50. Visit littleskihill.info for full details.