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Jetboats in Riggins; snow bikes at Bogus

Onboard a jetboat going 80 mph on the Snake River

Shay White of Meridian took us for a ride on the Snake River from Celebration Park to Swan Falls Dam in his racing jetboat.
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Shay White of Meridian took us for a ride on the Snake River from Celebration Park to Swan Falls Dam in his racing jetboat.

The 32nd annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races are Friday through Sunday in Riggins.

The Show & Shine boat show and welcome barbecue are at 6 p.m. Friday at the Salmon Rapids Lodge.

Races are staged all day Saturday and Sunday, and there is a fireworks display Saturday night.

The spot to watch is Time Zone Rapid, at the bridge north of Riggins where you cross into the Pacific Time Zone. A jetboat sank there in the races three years ago.

“Time Zone Rapid is a boat eater,” said Rick White, a longtime jetboat mechanic and father of Meridian racer Shay White.

Added Shay: “There’s a lot of guys who have lost boats in Time Zone and you don’t see them (racing) afterward.”

Meanwhile, on snow ...

The last weekend of skiing at Bogus Basin will include the first off-road, motorized event in the ski area’s history.

Snow bikes — off-road motorcycles with a ski on the front and a track on the back instead of wheels — will race Saturday.

The race is the final round of the 2016 National Snow Bike MX Series. The one-mile course starts and finishes at Pioneer Lodge. It features 400 feet of elevation change and will be routed through Bitterroot Basin, using portions of the Smuggler, Sleepy Hollow and Lazy Mary runs.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. Practice begins at 11 a.m., with racing at noon.

Here's what a snow-bike race looks like. They'll be at Bogus Basin on April 16.

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