The band members of The Swiveltones are getting together and rocking the house at the Visual Arts Collective. Proceeds to benefit Winter Wildlands Alliance SnowSchool Program. Dancing, raffle, drinks. Come down for a good cause and good time!

Visual Arts Collective
Saturday, November 7th
Doors at 8:00pm Show at 9:00pm
Minimum Donation $5
Tickets can be purchased at door or at

SnowSchool is an unforgettable winter adventure that combines hands-on science education with snowshoe-powered outdoor exploration. Learn more about the program at

Please note this is a 21 and older event.

Questions? Contact Brittany Jones at

Like opting to blaze a new trail through un-tracked powder, trying new things at SnowSchool can often lead to unexpectedly positive results. So when Boise State University reached out to Winter Wildlands Alliance in 2015 about engaging first generation college students in SnowSchool, we went into the experience with an open mind.

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LSAMP students calculating snow/water equivalency

Having never before engaged university students in this manner, WWA worked with Bogus Basin to make arrangements for a special day of SnowSchool complete with snowshoeing, a snow pit analysis, a weather station visit, an igloo tour and, of course, belly-sliding. Ten STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students through BSU’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program took part in the adventure.

“I enjoyed going out snowshoeing for the first time in my entire life,” said Daniel Bakyono, a computer science and LSAMP Scholar at BSU. “We learned about water in Idaho and how we get it through snow — something I didn’t know.”

Several months later when WWA needed help writing computer code to fine-tune our new SnowSchool Weather Station, the LSAMP program was a logical connection. Working with Catherine Bates, LSAMP coordinator, the project was circulated as a volunteer opportunity. “The LSAMP program at Boise State strives to connect students to high impact learning experiences that help students stretch their skills and provide deeper context for what they’re learning in the classroom,” shared Bates. “The partnership with WWA provided an awesome experience for students to strengthen their code writing skills and helped build a great resource for WWA.”

In addition to Bakyono, LSAMP student Prince Kannah expressed interest in the project, “I enjoy volunteering, I’ve done it since high school and I want to give back. This project in particular is the first project where I’ve volunteered my code writing skills.”

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Kannah (left) and Bakyono (right) show off their coding skills

Drawn to the opportunity as a way to build their resumes and help the community, Kannah and Bakyono wrote new code over the summer to collect snowpack depth and snow/water equivalent data from the SnowSchool Weather Station and display it (in graph form) over the 2016-17 water year. This winter WWA plans to invite thousands of K-12 students and their teachers to use this new resource when they participate in SnowSchool’s Snowpack Prediction Contest.

“I feel proud of what I did here. If I write some code and I get paid for that, I’m not necessarily proud, but I’m happy for the money I get out of it.  With this project I’m proud of what I did,” said Bakyono. Displaying an admirable sense of ambition, Kannah commented, “We should work on making this an app!” Whether this project is the tip of a SnowSchool iceberg or not, Bakyono and Kannah joined the ranks of thousands of community volunteers who have helped kids connect with nature and learn about science through SnowSchool since 2001. As SnowSchool approaches it most expansive season to date, the passion and creativity of volunteers like Bakyono and Kannah are more critical than ever.

-Kerry McClay, National SnowSchool Director


Snowschool 3SnowSchool introduces kids to the joy of exploring our nation’s winter wildlands.  A growing national education program of Winter Wildlands Alliance, SnowSchool annually engages over 30,000 participants across 60 sites.  Each winter, in 16 states along the US snow-belt, K-12 students and teachers venture out on snowshoes as part of a fun and educational science-based field trip. Over 50% of participants are underserved and a majority are first time snowshoers! WWA works year-round with organizational partners nationwide to establish new SnowSchool sites each year and help bring this important experience to the communities and students that need it most.  Please explore the menu above to find out how to get involved.  Questions? Want to get involved?  Click here or contact Kerry McClay-

Boise SnowBall &
Backcountry Film Festival Season Premiere

Boise, Idaho : November 17-18, 2016

Boise! Gathering the Backcountry Tribe is the core of what we do. Between the SnowBall Concert and the World Premiere of the 2016-2017 Backcountry Film Festival, this is the festival for you to meet and hang with your adventure-loving kin.

Two major events will be held in downtown Boise, November 17-18th.

Backcountry Film Festival is November 17th. Be the first of 30,000 people worldwide to watch this award winning lineup. Visions of Deep Powder, Winter Culture, Sick Raffle Prizes and Beer.

SnowBall Concert is November 18th. Beer, Live Bluegrass, Dancing, Hut Trips and AIRE Avi 1 Courses up for grabs, and of course costumes. This concert directly benefits Bogus Basin and the National SnowSchool Program.



  • Boise Welcomes RAPIDGRASS 

    Boise Debut at the SnowBall



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Thursday November 17

Friday November 18


4-6:00 pm at The Outdoor Exchange Shop

Good people and good beer. How much better can it get? Brews from Powderhaus Brewing and food truck.

Backcountry Film Festival

2016-2017 Season Premiere

6:30-10 pm at the Basque Center

Be the first to watch the 2017 Backcountry Film Festival. Send off the international gathering of snow adventure folk with that BOISE magic.

Doors open at 6:30pm, films start at 7:30pm

*Visions of Deep Powder *Tall Tales *Raffle Prizes *Culture *Beer *Friends



SnowBall Concert

6-10 pm at the Linen Building

High energy bluegrass band from Colorado, Rapidgrass, is bringing Boise’s mountain people together for this concert benefiting Bogus Basin and SnowSchool.

Did we mention that costumes are involved? See if your ski, snowboard, snowshoe, alpine and ice climbing partners “clean up nice” at this semi-formal winter kickoff. Think ski bum meets prom date.

Enjoy bluegrass, dancing and craft beer with like-minded people. Share your love of snow for kids across the country by supporting SnowSchool- getting over 30,000 kids outside this winter.

Doors open at 6pm, band starts at 7pm.

Buy your TICKETS in advance!

Special Guest: TBA


Boise Title Sponsors




Short Desc



Beers and Bike Rally


Short Desc

Film Festival Premiere


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Protecting the Backcounty

Together, the Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia National Forests cover nearly 4.6 million acres of public land in the Southern Sierra, including Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States, the Kern River, the Needles climbing area, the Buttermilks, and some of the wildest, most dramatic sections of the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail. These three forests offer some of the best alpine climbing, bouldering, backcountry skiing, whitewater boating, mountain biking, trail running, and backpacking in the world, all within a short drive of the largest and fastest-growing population centers in the West.

The Forest Service is currently in the final stages of planning for how it will manage these areas and activities for the next 20-30 years. At stake are things like recreation access, infrastructure development and maintenance, trails, scenic viewsheds, permitting for guides, outfitters and educational groups, wilderness designations, and the possibility of new scenarios for stewardship and forest partnerships.

Furthermore, as “early-adopters” in this new planning process, these forests will set the tone and framework for upcoming planning on other forests in California and across the country. Winter Wildlands Alliance is working on these forest plans with local partners Friends of the Inyo, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA), the Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative and others, as well as our national coalition partners at Outdoor Alliance.

The Forest Service published draft plans for the Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia in May 2016.  We worked throughout the summer of 2016 to help skiers and other outdoor recreationists comment on the plans – providing input on how they could be improved to better address quiet recreation, protect forest resources, and ensure that these forests remain spectacular for generations to come.


Public Informational Meeting, Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Lakes

Draft Plan Documents