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Western ski clubs meet this week in Boise; here’s how to join their party

Bogus Basin Ski Club members enjoy a break during a ski trip in Switzerland.
Bogus Basin Ski Club members enjoy a break during a ski trip in Switzerland. Courtesy of Michael Bouton

Members of ski clubs around the West will gather in Boise this week for their annual convention.

The Far West Ski Association has clubs in 12 states. Their convention runs Wednesday through Sunday, primarily at the Boise Centre on The Grove. About 300 representatives of ski clubs and ski businesses are expected to attend.

The public’s opportunity to join in the fun is Friday afternoon and evening. The Fountain Party runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on The Grove Plaza. A silent auction and snowsports trade show, featuring auction items and representatives from many ski resorts, runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Boise Centre. A dance runs from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. All of the Friday festivities are free to attend, and you can grab a free beer or glass of wine at the auction.

As part of an overhaul of The Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise, a new fountain has been installed at a cost of about $750,000. The fountain is fully programmable and meets modern public health standards. The fountain will officially open for Alive af

The convention is hosted by the Bogus Basin Ski Club.

The goal of the event is “to show off our community and let people see what we have here,” said Michael Bouton, who is the local planning chairman. “It isn’t necessarily for them to move up here and live here. That might happen. But it’s more to the point of saying, ‘We’d love to have you come back and enjoy some time here with us.’ ”

Here’s a Q&A with Bouton from earlier this year about the Bogus Basin Ski Club.