Boise, ID

Here’s Why Sporting Activities are So Popular in Boise

Stuart Gustafson

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Boise, Idaho, is unlike most other U.S. state capitals. It is the largest city in the state, unlike many other states such as California, New York, Illinois, etc. It is also home to some major employers, such as Micron Technology, Hewlett-Packard, Albertsons, and Simplot. But one thing that really sets it apart is that the city itself is nestled between two pieces of nature that provide much-needed water for the area as well as much-desired outdoor activities.

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Less than an hour’s drive out of downtown Boise, up the occasionally windy Bogus Basin Road is the local ski resort, Bogus Basin. While the resort itself isn’t responsible for the water that fills the area’s lakes rivers, and reservoirs, the sight of snow up on Shafer Butte is a telling sign that there will be plenty of water to flow through the canals and fill the aquafers. The easy access to the activities of skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing helps add to the appeal of Boise in the winter.

A definite winter attraction, Bogus basin is also open during the summer months for other activities, such as gondola rides, mountain biking, and hiking. There are even condos for rent year-round for staying on the mountain and out of the city.

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Idaho is known internationally for its White Water Rafting, but there is also another form of rafting that takes place each summer, pretty much right in the middle of town. The Boise River, fed by flow from the Arrowrock Dam about twenty miles out of town, is a popular recreation site for “floating the river.” The water is cold even on a 100+° hot day in the summer. But that is part of the attraction. The water in the river that has come from the dam is from snow melt, and the depth of the water at the dam is sufficient to maintain a temperature around 50°. So while the outside temperature is still quite warm, or even hot, the water temperature is cold, so make sure you have a towel with you to dry off once you exit the river.

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Local football fans could care less about all the hype for Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, or the current coach (whoever he is this year) at Ohio State University. They don’t even care about the teams where former Boise State football coaches have gone. History has shown that the coaches leaving the BSU football program, while they typically receive huge pay increases, their won-lost records pale in comparison to their records at BSU. Fans love the blue turf, and the fact that the Boise State Broncos have the winningest football record in the 2000s. Yes, even better than ‘Bama or Ohio State or USC or … better than everyone else! What’s not to like when your local team perennially fields a winning team.

Certainly one of the most dramatic wins for the Broncos was the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, when the #9 Broncos capped of a perfect season with a dramatic win over #7 Oklahoma. Here is a clip of three amazing plays from that game.

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After they’ve put away their snowboards and skis from winter activities, many Boise and Treasure Valley residents take out their hiking boots and hit the trails for day hikes, backpacking trips into the many state and national forests, and camping excursions. There are many places for camping right next to a river where the sound of the rushing water is calm and soothing. Many avid hikers like to climb the tallest mountains, several of them over 12,000 feet high. The tallest one is Borah Peak at 12,668 feet.

Sporting activities are popular in Boise partly because they are so accessible, but also because there are so many options and so many 0places to go. You can be on your own hiking in the mountains, or you can be with thousands of “your closest friends” at a Boise state football game. The choices are yours, and there are many of them!

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