Gear Up for Winter 

Ski conditioning classes and gear swap

Boise is getting a little more love in print, this time from National Geographic Adventure Magazine.

Local filmmaker Skip Armstrong testifies to the greatness of the Boise area for those looking to snag some multi-day outdoor adventures. Part of a "Long Weekends Like a Local" feature, Armstrong touts the Ridge to Rivers trail system, Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, The Little Ski Hill, Asana Climbing Gym and the Payette and Boise rivers, among other area highlights.

He also offers his take on some of the best places to eat, drink and stay--and apparently where to find the cheapest cocktails in town. Check out the story online at adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/long-weekend-adventures.

Speaking of adventures, occasional dustings of early season snow have given skiers and snowboarders tantalizing teases of the ski season to come. And while the reality of that wish is still a way off, there are a few things that can satiate the snow craving.

YMCA Downtown will start its indoor winter ski conditioning class on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The 12-session course is dedicated to getting people fit and ready to tackle the hill--without those pesky early season injuries that help you realize a summer of barbecuing did nothing to strengthen your quads.

Classes run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and are adaptable for all skill levels and skiing disciplines. YMCA members can join for $60 for the full session or $30 for up to six classes. Nonmembers will pay $120 for 12 sessions or $60 for up to six.

Preregistration is required at ymcatvidaho.org. Still have questions? Call 208-344-5502, ext. 223.

Need something more to while away the time until opening day? This is your official notice to start cleaning the old gear out of your garage and making room for new additions: The annual Bogus Basin Ski and Snowboard Swap will fill Expo Idaho Thursday, Oct. 31-Sunday, Nov. 3, giving everyone the chance to sell all those goodies they never use anymore or pick up new treasures.

The event is a fundraiser for the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation and a portion of sales goes to the organization. Interested in selling some stuff? Go online to bbsef.org to register. Everyone else can set an alarm reminder for 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1--that's when the sale opens to buyers.

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