Thursday, December 20, 2012

Great news! Idaho City Park and Ski yurts have been reopended for public use immediately

The yurts are open! The yurts are open! 
I'm psyched! The Boise National Forest and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation have resolved their differences regarding the permitting issues and liability insurance related to the operation of the Idaho City Park and Ski yurts.

The popular six yurts located amid the Idaho City Park and Ski trail system will be reopened for public use immediately, according to a press release from IDPR:

BOISE – (December 20, 2012) The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) announced today that operations have resumed for the Idaho City Backcountry Yurt Program.
IDPR will be contacting backcountry yurt customers by phone today and tomorrow to reinstate previous reservations that were cancelled, with arrival dates from today’s date forward.
Customers will be given the opportunity to reinstate their reservation for the dates they originally booked,” said Tammy Kolsky, IDPR Reservation Program Manager.  “If customers wish to reinstate the reservation, payment will be taken at that time, or the reservation can be cancelled if the stay no longer meets the customers’ plans.”
All remaining inventory will become available on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 8 am Mountain time online at or by phone: 1-888-922-6743.
I want to thank everyone who wrote letters to Boise National Forest and IDPR officials regarding the recent yurt closure. I fired off a quick note to them this afternoon, saying: 
I wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for working quickly to resolve issues related to the special-use permit with the USFS for the ID City Park and Ski yurt system. I received a phone call this morning from Jennifer Okerland, indicating that IDPR will be contacting people who previously held reservations for this winter and fulfilling those reservations. That’s great news for everyone concerned.

Again, thanks and I hope the Boise National Forest and IDPR can have a long and enduring partnership regarding the yurt system operation.

Best, Steve Stuebner 


Be sure to check out my previous blog post on skiing/riding Grand Targhee, if you happened to miss it ... 

I promised to share a few Christmas gift ideas for the outdoorsy man and woman ... Here are some goodies that will be sure to please ...

  • Tie Boss easy tie down rope and pulley system. $14.99 for 1/4-inch rope and $19.99 for 3/8-inch rope. For tying down your recreation toys on the roof rack or in the back of the pickup, whatever.
  • Carbon Comfort bike seat, the brainchild of Jeri Rutherford of Boise. I haven't been able to test-drive one myself, but quite a few people like the seats, both men and women. They're carried by McU Sports and Ride Out Technologies
  • Biggest Swiss Army knife you've ever seen. The Victorinox Champ Swiss Army Knife. Only $75 at REI. This one deserves a picture: 


There you have it! See you out on the slopes!
- SS 

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