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Gearing up for Winter

Sledders and Shredders

The Old Farmer’s Almanac three-month rolling forecast for December, January and February predicts a normal winter in Southeast Idaho, and a 33% chance of above normal precipitation in Northern Idaho and the northern tip of Eastern Idaho.

Of all the phrases in Holiday retail season, none may be as important this year as these three words: Homegrown Customer Experience. Ensuring shoppers have a safe and positive experience this season is a vital component for any Treasure Valley business and it’s no exaggeration to say it’s doubly important for stores who cater to the winter enthusiast crowd. For those who are super stoked about the shred season, we rely on the tried-and-true and with temperatures dropping, we checked out the latest inventory for your skiing, boarding and snowmobiling adventures.

Said Brundage General Manager Ken Rider, “This winter will look different because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but our plan is to do everything we can to be able to operate the entire season and deliver a great and safe experience on The Best Snow in Idaho”. 

And for a family friendly Idaho deal: The Idaho Ski Areas Association offers the Idaho Peak Season Passport allowing 5th graders to ride three days for free at all 18 Gem State ski resorts and offers 6th graders two days free at 17 mountains. It is open to any child from any state or country --  not just Idaho kids. So let’s ski well, be well, see you on the slopes!

SKI HAUS

Established in 1957 by Bob Greenwood, Greenwood’s Ski Haus is Boise’s oldest specialty store, carrying the best brands and providing personalized service to get you in the proper gear. Greenwood’s Ski Haus offers a broad selection of high-quality ski and snowboard gear for purchase, rental or lease as well as used equipment. Their lease packages include size upgrades during the season and season-long free maintenance of the skis or board. 

Location: 2400 N Bogus Basin Rd, Boise - Tel: (208) 342-6808 - GreenwoodsSkiHaus.com

CARL'S CYCLE

With numerous nearby national forests and plenty of snow, Carl’s Cycles is ready to help you with that “shiny new toy” purchase. Established in 1966 by Carl Struthers, Carl's Cycles Sales is among the Intermountain West's largest full-service dealers. As a family-owned business, Carl's Cycles delivers on the ever-increasing popularity of power-sports recreation, riding and racing with new and used snowmobiles and ATVs. As outdoor enthusiasts, buying from a dealership that knows what works on the trails in the Sawtooth Mountains is important. 

Location: 5550 W State St, Boise - Tel: (208) 853-5550 - CarlsCycle.com

BOARDROOM

From “Park to Pow”, the BoardRoom is the headquarters of boards! The Boardroom was founded in 1995 in a small, single-room building with a tune-up space. The Boardroom has since expanded carrying a broad selection of skateboards, wakeboards, and apparel brands and footwear. in 2017, the Boardroom opened up a second location in McCall, Idaho.

Location: 2727 W State St., Boise - (208) 385-9553 - BoardroomBoise.com

MCU SPORTS

Restring your racquet, resole your Birkenstocks, order an embroidered uniform, tune up your skies, McU Sports store is an all-service, year-round shop. Established in 1972, McU Sports supplies football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, softball, disc golf accessories and for winter enthusiasts, McU has two convenient locations in Downtown Boise and at the base of Bogus Basin. The Downtown store offers two floors of outdoor gear and apparel  - you’ll often find sale items/holiday deals on the second floor! - and the Ski Shop provides ski or snowboard rentals closer to Bogus Basin.

Location: 2314 Bogus Basin Road & 822 West Jefferson St., Boise - Tel: Ski shop 208-336-2300 / Downtown 208-342-7734 - mcuSport.com

ECO LOUNGE

Established in 2004, the Eco Lounge has is an all-season sport store. Transitioning from offering paddle boards and fly fishing gear, the shop’s winter selection is expansive with alpine, freeride, snow boarding and backcountry skiing accessories. And this winter season, they’re bringing in more backcountry supplies than ever before with a broad selection of tech ski bindings, boots, skins, beacons, and probes. Known as promoting “best practices”, Eco Lounge carries brands with the most sustainable manufacturing practices and are active in conservation efforts and local community events.

Location: 2445 N Bogus Basin Rd Boise - Tel: (208) 429-8855 - Eco-Lounge.com

  • Bob Greenwood at original Ski Haus. Photo: Courtesy of Boise North End