Ski Spring Break With Sol Fest and Ullr Skis 

Bogus Basin ski patrol opportunities, too

Schizophrenic weather aside, we're finally starting to see signs of spring, which has most of us daring to daydream of summer fun. But for those whom the melting snow is akin to a beloved pet running away, there's still time to squeeze in a little more winter.

Spring means spring skiing, and spring skiing means spring break, and what better way to mark the changing of the season than with an all-out celebration of the end of winter?

Sun Valley Resort is gearing up for Sol Fest--a festival of music, skiing and the end of the season with plenty of fun for families, as well as those skilled in the ways of the keg stand.

The event runs Friday, March 23-Sunday, March 25, and includes bands, events and some great deals for students, including up to half off lift tickets with a valid student ID and some budget-friendly lodging packages.

Look for more details in the Wednesday, March 21, edition of Boise Weekly or visit for more info.

If an end-of-season blowout isn't enough for you, you can always look to next season. In fact, the Bogus Basin Ski Patrol is looking for its next batch of volunteers to help out on the mountain during the 2012-2013 season.

Patrollers at Bogus are mainly volunteers who don't mind working hard for the chance to spend some more time on the mountain.

The Ski Patrol is accepting applications for volunteers, and candidates must complete formal training, which usually takes the better part of a year, before ever being a patroller.

Think you might want to be a future Bogus Basin ski patroller? Try the Ski with a Patroller program and spend some time with a veteran learning just what the patrol actually does all day (and no, it's not just claiming first tracks ... although that has been known to happen).

For more information, visit the Bogus Basin Ski Patrol website at

And while it takes love to be on the hill, it also takes love to make a great pair of skis by hand, and one Idaho custom ski company got some love for its ski-building skills.

McCall's Ullr Skis--a small, garage-based custom ski manufacturer--earned a great review recently from The online reviewer tried out the Early Taper demo skis, and not only did they stack up to more expensive custom manufacturers, but they earned an 8 out of 10 rating.

Check them out for yourself at

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