BRUNDAGE BOASTS BEER AND GEAR EVENT: Brundage Mountain ski area at McCall is planning its Second Annual Beer and Gear Festival, Jan. 25 and 26. Local breweries will be on hand at the craft beer garden from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be $1 tastes and $5 pints. Sport shops will be on the mountain Saturday with free demos of the latest ski and snowboard gear. Brundage is offering a special get in gear deal Sunday from its Fall Line Tunes Shop. Anyone who rents a full-day performance package for $49 will get unlimited switchouts. Check out brundage.com.
AVALANCHE SERIES JAN. 23 IN BOISE: A free avalanche lecture series is set 7 to 9 p.m. at the Idaho Outdoor Association, 3401 Brazil St. in Boise. Members of the 705 Backcountry Ski Patrol will present Stability Assessment and Fracture Mechanics for the non Physics PhD. For information, call 340-4154 or go to idahooutdoorassn.org. Another lecture is scheduled Jan. 30
CHINOOK SALMON SEASON LOOKS GOOD: If chinook salmon returns for 2014 hold up to an early forecast, anglers could anticipate a fishing season similar to those in 2008 and 2009. In those years, salmon fishing seasons opened in the Clearwater, Snake, lower Salmon, Little Salmon, South Fork Salmon and upper Salmon rivers. The forecast suggests a return thats larger than last year, said Pete Hassemer, Idaho Fish and Game anadromous fish manager. Northwest fish managers estimate that more than 227,000 spring chinook salmon bound for waters upstream of Bonneville Dam will enter the Columbia River this year. Last year the actual return was about 123,000. About 83,000 hatchery fish and 42,000 wild fish are predicted to be headed for the Snake River this year.