Wednesday, Nov. 6

We couldn't have timed it better. If you happened to look out your window on Sunday, Nov. 3, you caught the first snows of winter. True, it melted off under scattered clouds and sunshine, but it's official: The cold weather season has begun. As such, this week marks Boise Weekly's annual Snow edition.

On Page 8, you'll read about Sun Valley's big score as an official Olympic/Paralympic training site for Nordic skiing--one of only 15 self-funding Olympic training sites in the United States. The distinction builds on Sun Valley's already storied reputation as a training ground for Olympians like Picabo Street and Andy Soule--the first American to win a medal in the sport of biathalon--but it also opens the way for Idaho to host entire generations of champions.

Flip to Page 11 and you'll find a fascinating look at the ramifications of warmer winters. While rising temperatures pose a range of challenges to everything from agriculture to recreation, they also represent certain potential boons.

On Page 18, you'll find our annual Mountain Guide, including write-ups on 16 Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming resorts--as well as basic info on a dozen mountains in northern Utah--ranked by vertical drop. The best part: They're all within six hours drive time from Boise.

Among other snow-themed coverage, you'll find an account of BW freelancer Randy King's trek up the James W. Dalton Highway in Alaska on Page 32, and I wax eloquent about my snow shovel on Page 33. Finally, on Page 34, BW food writer Tara Morgan takes a look at winter seasonal beer offerings from nine local breweries.

All that, plus First Thursday news and events on Pages 19-22, make this a particularly packed edition of BW. And just to make sure you haven't forgotten, here's your final reminder: Fiction 101 submissions are due at BWHQ no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and Bad Cartoon entries are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8. Let those good (and bad) ideas out into the world; just get them to 523 Broad St. on time and with the requisite $10 per entry fee. We'll do the rest. Find out more at

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