Winter activities in the Boise Valley

Last Updated 21 February, 2018

by Katie McKenzie, class of 2018

Whatever happened to an Idaho winter? Nampa has never been more prepared for a snowpocalypse, but so far all we've seen are flurries. Although last week's 50 degree weather might hint at an early spring, we still have a long way to go before it’s actually here. In the meantime, here are some winter activities in Nampa and Boise to enjoy:

The Boise Greenbelt is a 25-mile path along the Boise River, and there are plenty of places to get a hot drink after a leisurely stroll or bike ride. Big City Coffee has one of the best Milky Way mochas in the world, and there’s also the Coffee Mill, Moxie Java and Einstein Bros. Bagels. Nampa has several greenbelt pathways, most of which have been expanded over the years.

In case winter comes back in full force, consider going somewhere indoors, like The Flicks, a charming little theater in Boise that has been around for decades. Students with ID only pay $7.50 to choose from a mix of independent, foreign and hollywood films. All of this year’s Oscar-nominated short films will be playing through the month of February, giving you the perfect chance to catch up before the Academy Awards on Saturday, March 3.

Bogus Basin Ski Resort is a great outdoor option. Spend a day with friends on the tubing slope, or ski and snowboard down dozens of runs. The newest feature of Bogus Basin is The Glade Runner, Idaho’s first Alpine Mountain Coaster, on which you can control your speed up to 25 mph as you fly over the mountain. The best part is that it runs in summer and winter, so even if snow is sparse, it’s still available to enjoy.

Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP) has a plethora of fascinating activities. If you have a flying fancy for trying something new, this is by far the best place to go. Just to name a few classes: building a lending library, podcasting, live storytelling, hula dancing, vegan baking, and a tour of gravesites of fascinating Idahoans–like a former real life James Bond! All of this takes place in Boise in the giant building with the huge slide. You can’t miss it.

Monster Jam is taking place at the Idaho Center February 23–24. The website claim that it is “the most action-packed live event on four wheels where world class drivers compete in front of capacity crowds around the globe.” Watch giant, 17-foot-long, 12,000 pound trucks compete in events including timed racing, stunts, freestyle tricks and donuts. Several of these events are judged by audience votes, and there’s even a chance to meet the drivers before the show.