Sports & Recreation

Idaho Statesman

A reporter who’s been one of Idaho’s most widely-read journalists is stepping down next week.

For 14 years, Chadd Cripe has covered Boise State football for the Idaho Statesman. His articles and Tweets are consistently among the paper’s most popular coverage, sports or otherwise. Next week, he’ll leave the beat and cover recreation and the outdoors.

Bogus Basin Recreation Area

Forecasters have some good news for Boise area skiers. After a recent lull in new snow, Bogus Basin could get two feet by the end of the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Boise is predicting up to four inches of new snow early Friday. Rain is in the forecast for the mountain Friday afternoon, but the snow is expected to resume Saturday and continue through Sunday night. The heaviest snow is expected Sunday night, with up to nine inches predicted.

By the time the system winds down Monday, forecasters expect 13 to 24 inches of new snow.

Bogus Basin's Plan To Keep The Mountain White

Dec 18, 2015
Jessica Murri

It’s a cold morning at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area without a single cloud in the sky, but that doesn’t keep snow from piling up on the slopes. That’s thanks to a brand new SMI Super Polecat snow gun, blowing thousands of gallons of water into the freezing air.

“Since November First, we have used 800,000 gallons of water through the snowguns . . . so that’s enough to cover one acre of ground with a foot of snow,” says Director of Mountain Operations at Bogus Basin, Nate Shake.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Update Wednesday 12:50 p.m.: Bogus Basin officials have announced plans for a partial opening Friday through the end of the weekend. 

Boise GreenBike Faces Fewer Riders During Winter

Nov 20, 2015
Boise Green Bike Rack Grove
Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

This summer was quite successful for the new bike share program in downtown Boise called Boise GreenBike. Riders pedaled more than 27-thousand miles on the bikes, taking more than 10,000 trips. But now that the seasons are changing and temperatures are dropping, the bikes are staying on the racks.

It’s probably no surprise no one wants to ride a bike as much when it’s 40 degrees outside and raining. Out of the 114 bikes in the Boise GreenBike network, only 20 or so are getting a ride each day. That’s according to the director, Dave Fotsch.

Soldier Mountain

Matt McFerran and his wife paid $149,000 for Soldier Mountain. McFerran, who has worked in the industry for years, says the chance to run his own ski facility is a dream come true.

“We’ve been working really hard during our due diligence period to finally execute some ideas and plans on this," says McFerran. "It has been an absolute whirlwind.”

He and his wife currently live in Bend, Ore., but will soon move to Idaho.

“The initial thought process was to split time. But after spending time around Fairfield and Soldier Mountain, we’ve decided to move out fulltime.”  

Bogus Basin Names Its Next General Manager

Oct 26, 2015
Bogus Basin, ski
Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Bogus Basin has announced the hiring of its next general manager. Brad Wilson will begin work on November 9. His selection was announced Monday afternoon by the Bogus Basin board of directors.

Wilson replaces former president and general manager Alan Moore, who retired at the end of the February.

Wilson brings to Boise several decades’ worth of experience in the ski and resort industry.

Idaho High School Cycling League

Student athletes in some parts of Idaho have another option for a team sport this fall: mountain biking. Almost 250 students make up the first group of athletes in the Idaho High School Cycling League. There are 17 teams all together, including three at high schools in Boise. The rest are spread across the southern half of Idaho up to McCall. 

Idaho Statesman

A study commissioned by Bogus Basin resort recommends big changes if the ski hill wants to stay in business. Recommendations include buying equipment to make snow and emphasizing opportunities for summer recreation. But one other suggestion may be problematic: raising prices.

An adult can ski all day at Bogus for $54 or buy a season ticket for $299. Ted Beeler says that’s too low.

“They definitely need to move the needle,” he says.

Hanson Dodge Creative

Almost as important as how fast the U.S. athletes run this week at world championships is how they look doing it.

The gear the Americans wear in Beijing is worth millions of dollars for the country's track and field federation, even though each individual athlete can only hope to see a small fraction of it.

And Nick Symmonds won't get a penny.

Hanson Dodge Creative

Two-time Olympian Nick Symmonds has been dropped from the U.S. team for the upcoming world track and field championships in Beijing. U.S. team managers announced their roster today and the Northwest native is being left behind over a contract and sponsorship dispute.

Boise GreenBike
Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Three months in, riders using Boise's GreenBike program have made almost 5,000 trips on the bikes.

Dave Fotsch is the director of the program. He says almost 2,000 people have used the bikes since the program started in April. GreenBike lets people rent bikes around town, and is meant to improve the environment and users' health.

“Ridership has been good, and we’ve generated about $24,000-$25,000 from membership and ridership," says Fotsch. "But I would like to see higher numbers for both of those categories.”

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Seven years ago, a beloved lodge in Idaho’s backcountry burned to the ground. The Big Creek Lodge was built in the 1930s in a remote spot in the Payette National Forest. For decades it welcomed people as they headed into the Frank Church Wilderness. A grass airstrip next to the lodge meant many of the guests at Big Creek were pilots.

Now, a group of pilots is rebuilding the lodge.

Marsha Davies

Volunteers are scheduled to break ground Saturday on the rebuilding of the Big Creek Lodge in the Payette National Forest.

For 75 years, Big Creek Lodge was the vacation spot for hundreds of pilots, campers, and firefighters, looking for adventure in the remote Payette National Forest. But seven years ago, the lodge burned to the ground.

Now, the Forest Service and a non-profit group are working to rebuild.

USEPA / Flickr Creative Commons

If you’re thinking about making a trek to the country’s first national park this summer, you are far from alone. About 1.3 million people have visited Yellowstone National Park so far this year, which represents a nearly 20 percent increase over last year.

Yellowstone officials say almost 800,000 visitors came through in June, which broke that month’s previous record by 12 percent.

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