The withdrawals are setting in--the early morning sweats, dreams of fluffy white powder, itching for that "on top of the world" feeling, forgetting about day jobs or family, sailing into a white abyss. Unfortunately, ski season doesn't start for another five or six months, but if you're looking for a good excuse to get on top of the mountain--a temporary fix--Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is opening up the chair lift for Summer Summit Fest Twenty Ten.
Load up your mountain bike and helmet and breathe easy as the chairlift carries you to the top of the hill. Then get on your bike and topple down the rocky gradient. Repeat as many times as necessary. Or, if you're too worried about hitting a rock and diving head first over your handlebars, pack a lunch and take a quiet hike with the kids. But don't miss out. This is one of only two days this summer that the lift will be running, otherwise you'll just have to wait until the snow falls.
Saturday, July 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $15, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, 2600 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-332-5100.