February 2013
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Film and Music Define Two Idaho Festivals

If you are ready to head-out for some early spring travel that combines music, film and skiing, schedule your trip to include the Sun Valley Film Festival and the Treefort Music Fest. Both festivals are in their second year, both received rave reviews last year and both are promising to be bigger and better in 2013.

The Sun Valley Film Festival returns March 14-17, with over 50 curated cutting-edge independent films, premieres, special children's programming, engaging coffee talks with industry insiders like Hollywood legend Jodie Foster and  producer of The Descendants, Jim Burke.  There will be intimate filmmaker dinners, a 'Screenwriters Lab' led by Independent Spirit Award Nominee Will McCormack, fabulous parties with top entertainment including Idaho- bred  indie rock legends Built to Spill, an exciting Alaska Airlines Apres-Ski Closing Awards Ceremony and more.   The Sun Valley Film Festival is presented by Zions Bank.  Travelers can take advantage of great fares on non-stop daily flights to Sun Valley on Alaska Airlines and special Stay-Screen-Ski packages start at just $145 per person per night! For details and tickets: www.sunvalleyfilmfestival.org.  Get Festival updates on Facebook and Twitter.

The Treefort Music Fest takes place the following weekend, March 21-24, with bands performing at venues throughout downtown Boise.  In its second year, Treefort puts an emphasis on emerging music. The 2013 roster includes Idaho's own Built to Spill, Animal Collective, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Youth Lagoon, Dan Deacon, Wax Idols, Camper Van Beethoven, Earth and many more yet to be announced. Treefort-goers may also enjoy a Boise Music History Exhibit created for the Boise 150 sesquicentennial celebration, pop-up performance art and music performances and local beers at AleFort. There might also be a surprise screening of a film from the Sun Valley Film Festival. For details and tickets: www.treefortmusicfest.com. Get Treefort updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Other March events include:

2-3 - Sawtooth Ski Festival, Stanley

9-10 - Stanley Sled Dog Rendezvous, Stanley

20-24 - ICHA 2013 Spring Aged Event and accompanying events, Nampa

Miles of Trails Are a Thrill for Snowmobilers

Idaho entices sledders with more than 7,200 miles of beautifully groomed trails.  In fact, Idaho has more groomed trails than any other western state.  Situated on the western slopes of the Continental Divide, Idaho catches snow from storms coming in off the Pacific Ocean and, depending on the elevation, it is usually light and ideal for sledding.  

Snow sled season extends through April so you'll have plenty of time to take it all in.  Gas, food and lodging are always nearby in friendly Idaho towns and many resorts and guest ranches welcome snowmobiliers.  

Idaho's groomed snowmobile trails are clearly marked.  Consider using a licensed guide to take you off trail through open, unspoiled back-country.  The Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association can provide information on guides who will make your trip safe and exciting.

Learn more at www.ioga.org, www.sledtherockies.com and the Idaho Snowmobile Association.

Savings for Snowmobilers

Finding the best trails and the best powder is a passion for anyone seeking thrills, but how about finding the best deals? Check out the following deals and packages, and start planning your trip now.

Featherville Motel (Mountain Home): Mention Sled the Rockies and receive a room special of $50 per night on non-holiday weekends and 2 for 1 breakfast at Cyndie’s CafĂ©. 208-653-2310.

Bear Creek Lodge: (McCall) You can access 500+ miles of groomed trails, directly from your room. Climb the shoots, break through cornices, boondock in some beautiful country or hit the trails. There’s fuel, food and plenty of parking. Some of our package deals with Cheap Thrills Rentals include:
--1 night lodging in lodge room and 1/2 day sled rental- $235 not including taxes
--2 nights lodging in lodge room and full day sled rental- $385 not including taxes

Best Western Plus McCall Snowmobilers Special (McCall)
15% off Rack Rates with a complimentary hot breakfast for the 2013 Winter Season.  Book directly with the Best Western Plus McCall Lodge & Suites at 1.208.634.2230 to receive this exclusive offer. Make sure to mention that you are looking for the snowmobilers rate. Certain restrictions and blackout dates do apply. The property has a large parking lot for your trailer.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch (Sandpoint):  WPGR has teamed up with Selkirk Powder Company for a snowmobile adventure that begins with a ride up one of Schweitzer Mountain's high speed lifts. At the top you will be greeted by your guide and receive safety instruction before beginning the 1.5 hour tour of Schweitzer's remote west side. Starting at $650/couple.

The Shore Lodge (McCall):  Shore Lodge offers great midweek rates (starting at $109) and free parking with plenty of room for trailers.

Idaho Winter Giveaways Continue!

Idaho Tourism and Ski Idaho want to give everyone a chance to experience the bluebird skies and great snow of Idaho.  Visit www.idahowinter.org to enter to win Idaho winter getaways.  New offers will be available every Friday through early March and you can enter online through email.

February's prizes include:

--Ski all day, then enjoy a relaxing stay in a luxurious theme suite. Offer includes four lift tickets to Pebble Creek Ski Area and a two-night stay at the Black Swan Inn in Pocatello.

--The ultimate winter getaway! Escape to Silver Mountain Resort with a one bedroom condo and four lift tickets to ski/snowboard all day on the mountain.

--It's off to eastern Idaho and the snow-capped Teton Valley. Enjoy lodging and winter activities for the whole family at Moose Creek Ranch in Victor.

--Cradled in the western slope of the Teton Mountains, Grand Targhee Resort promises deep powder and bluebird days. Enjoy lodging for two nights, one day of cat skiing and one day of lift skiing for two.

--Enjoy four lift tickets to Pomerelle Mountain Resort in Albion, Idaho and a two-night stay at the Best Western Plus Burley Inn.

Visit www.idahowinter.org for complete offer information.  Enter today!  The giveaways end in March!

Upcoming Events

thru Feb. 3
McCall Winter Carnival

Ice sculptures, parades, carnival activities and more. McCall

thru feb
Island Park Events

From snowmobile races, to skiathons, to Mardi Gras celebrations, winter is fun in Island Park!

Thru May 27
Carousels: Art and History in Motion

With more than 100 carousel figures, this exhibition will delight young and old. Idaho Falls

thru June 2
William Morris & Alexis Rockman: The Art of Nature exhibit

Boise Art Museum. Boise

Feb 1-2
Pierce Winter Festival

Snowmobile Fun Run, Ice Man Relay, Horse-drawn Wagon Rides, Bar Stool Races, Snow Sculptures, Live Entertainment and Fireworks in the Park. Pierce

Feb 1-2
Barley Bro's Winter Ale Festival

Tastings, entertainment and fun during McCall's Winter Carnival. McCall

Feb 1-2
Fire and Ice Winter Fest

Wine tasting, Polar Bear Float, Disc Golf Tournament, chili cook-off, kids carnival,  "Running of the Bulls" and more. Lava Hot Springs

Feb 1-22
Booker's Dozen

Showcases handmade books from the Idaho Center for the Book Traveling Juried Show from Boise. Moscow

Feb. 2
Reggae in the Mountains

Featuring Pato Banton, after party with Lions DenUnlimited Sounds and others. Sun Valley

Feb 8-9
Alex Boye in Concert

Feb. 8 in Burley, Feb. 9 in Twin Falls. An amazing night of entertainment, his music touches people of all ages and cultures.

Feb 8-Mar 2
Jerri Lisk - Paintings on Aluminum

Uniquely colorful and whimsical acrylic paintings on aluminum. Coeur d'Alene

Feb 9
Love is in the Air Valentine's Expo

Visit 65 vendors for unique, beautiful and fun Valentine's gifts! Boise

Feb 13-Mar 1

Performance by Company of Fools is a sharp, chaotically entertaining riff on modern parenting. Hailey

Feb 14-16
American Dog Derby

With a celebrity race, snowshoe race, weight pull, and the main race events, the running of the dogs is an event rich in history. Ashton

Feb 15-24
Sandpoint Winter Carnival

A sure antidote to cabin fever, Winter Carnival celebrates the best of the snowy season…indoors and out. Sandpoint

feb 16

Fun activities for kids, snowshoe walks, cross-country skiing, snow sculpting, snow maze and more.  Arco

Feb 20-23
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Four outstanding days of student performances, workshops, clinics and world-class evening concerts. Moscow

Feb 21-24
Frostbite Winter Festival

Children's games, petting zoo, pony rides, golf on the ice, chili cook-off, ice fishing contest and more! Harrison

Feb 22
Magic Valley Symphony Concert

Ponce, Concierto del Sur, Gary Garofano, guitar.  Twin Falls

Feb 23
BYU Ballroom Dancers

Their dance showpieces are renowned for precision, beauty, and skill. Twin Falls

Feb 23-24
Idaho Artistry in Wood Show

One of the leading displays of wood art in the western United States. Boise

Feb 27-Mar 9
Saint Joan

Tempestuous retelling of the mighty tale of Joan of Arc. Twin Falls


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