Outdoors Blog

Bogus Basin plans closing-weekend party; summer lift rides begin July 2

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area will join the pond-skimming fun Sunday on its closing day for the season.

The pond-skimming event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Band “Lounge on Fire” will play outside Simplot Lodge from 2 to 5 p.m. The lodge also will have an outdoor bar from noon to 5 p.m.

Snow bikes will race at Bogus Basin on Saturday.

Bogus will have limited operations on the Deer Point and Coach lifts from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this weekend. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

Bogus Basin will finish the season with 123 open days, about 320,000 skier/snowboarder visits and almost 200 inches of snowfall.

Summer operations will run on weekends July 2-Sept. 5. The Deer Point lift will be open for mountain biking, hiking and sight-seeing. The cost is $25 per day (11 a.m.-4 p.m.), $10 for a single ride or $99 for the summer.

Lake Lowell to open for boating Friday

Lake Lowell opens to motor boats Friday. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge opens the Lower Dam Recreation Area and all boat ramps the same day.

From the press release:

“Lake Lowell at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge is a destination for families in the summer,” Refuge Manager Annette de Knijf said. “We encourage boaters and visitors to watch for fishing osprey and bald eagles, surface-nesting western and Clark’s grebes, and many other animals who will also be using the lake this summer.”

Boaters should remember to slow down for wildlife in no-wake zones and be mindful of the 200-yard no-entry buffer around a nesting colony of Clark’s and Western grebes in the narrows. The birds, listed as imperiled by the State of Idaho, are especially sensitive to disturbance. Grebes create nests made of vegetation directly on the water. These nests can be inundated by wake from boats approaching too closely. Such disturbance may increase the possibility of young dying from exposure, hunger, or predators. The buffer will be marked by "No Entry" buoys on the water side, and “Area Closed” signs along the shoreline.

Coast Guard Auxiliary offers free boat checks

The Coast Guard Auxiliary, a volunteer arm of the U.S. Coast Guard, will offer free boat safety checks May 21 and 28 at Lucky Peak Lake. The inspections will be held from roughly 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the dam causeway at the approach to Barclay Bay/Turners Gulch.

Drone racing gets ESPN deal

ESPN has reached a multi-year deal with the International Drone Racing Association to televise drone racing.

Here is the story we did on the sport’s strong ties to the Treasure Valley.

Golf arrives in Sun Valley

Sun Valley Resort plans to open its driving range and practice greens Saturday.

Tennis on the rise

The number of tennis players and tennis “play occasions” increased in 2015, the Tennis Industry Association announced. A Physical Activity Council Annual Participation Study showed a 6 percent increase in tennis since 2007. Soccer, basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, golf, fishing and racquetball experienced declines during that time, according to the study.

On the other hand, tennis participation among youths declined in 2015.

Here is the story we did on a local social tennis program.