Note: The Return of Snow 

Plus scrappy city elections and last call for the Cover Auction

For those of us pining for the white stuff, this issue is a combination of buzz and torture at the same time. We're on the cusp of getting our ski on, and yet the season is still so far away. This issue reinforces the latter.

In this year's edition of Snow, we focus on the ski resorts--from the new lift at Bogus Basin to the improvement projects other area resorts have taken on. The annual Northwest Mountain Guide will help you find the mountain that suits you best, whether it's the vert, the terrain park or the price that draws you. Speaking of prices ... check out Rec News on Page 36, where you'll read about some of the seriously sweet deals to be had this season.

In non-snow news, we start getting serious about election coverage in this week's issue. Up this week: the hotly contested Meridian mayoral race and the contentious Eagle mayoral race. Notice we didn't touch Boise's mayoral race in this edition. Had we, the headline might have read something like: "What If We Held an Election and Nobody Ran?" Kidding ... more election coverage in next week's issue.

And finally, this is your last reminder from me about this year's Cover Auction. On Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Linen Building, we'll sell the artwork that's appeared on the covers of Boise Weekly since September 2010. If you've been under a rock here's the deal: Local artists submit their work to BW for the weekly cover. Every November, we auction off a year's worth of original artwork from those covers, and then turn around and grant the proceeds of the auction back to local artists. This year's auction starts promptly at 6 p.m. Reserved seating is available in advance for $5. Doors open to ticket holders at 5 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., the doors open to everyone else with a $3 donation. Bring your credit card and stretch out your paddle arm because the competition gets fierce. See the inside four pages of this edition for a preview of the artwork up for auction this year, and let the plotting begin.

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