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Winter Adventure Abounds in Boise

Get Outside in Boise this Winter

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Unlike other winter destinations where you have to drive or sit in traffic for hours to reach the mountains, Boise’s foothills offer outdoor recreation just five minutes from downtown. Bundle up and hit one of the many paths on the city’s 190-mile Ridge to Rivers Trail System with scenic views of the city and the larger Treasure Valley. Want bigger hills? Bogus Basin Resort is just 16 miles from downtown Boise. The non-profit recreation area is committed to offering accessible, affordable fun year-round and features a free terrain park, as well as inexpensive snowshoe and Nordic ski rentals for the snowshoe-specific and shared Nordic trails. To experience pedaling in the snow, try your hand (or legs, rather) at fat tire biking for just a little more. If you’re looking for a more leisurely adventure or to soak your muscles after a day on the slopes or trail, find one of Idaho’s many natural hot springs just 45 minutes away in Idaho City.

Boise Introduces New Downtown Ice Rink

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Come ice skate in downtown Boise! New this winter, Glide on Grove is an all-inclusive and completely FREE activity, presented by the Downtown Boise Association, for the public to enjoy. The skating rink encompasses the City of Boise’s holiday tree in the Grove Plaza, creating a magical, seasonal destination. Open Wednesdays to Sundays through the end of January, find free skates, helmets and skate aids on site. Rental cutoff is 20 minutes from closing time. Certain dates will also offer music, food and other activities in the plaza. Before or after skating, walk around downtown and explore Boise’s shops, restaurants, breweries and wineries.

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