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Life in Boise

Winter Activities

25°F to 45°F

Idaho Steelheads Hockey Game

Cheer on the Idaho Steelheads hockey team at Idaho Central Arena. Experience exciting games and support Boise’s local sports scene.

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Winter Garden aGlow

Stroll through the dazzling lights of Winter Garden aGlow at Idaho Botanical Garden. Experience a festive winter wonderland in Boise.

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  • Cost: $8 with student discount
  • When: Anytime
  • Where: The Flicks

Enjoy movies for just $5 with your student ID at The Flicks. Catch up on the latest films without breaking the bank!

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Experience winter fun with sledding at Camel’s Back Park. Enjoy the snowy hills and have a great time outdoors!

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Polar Bear Plunge

  • Cost: Registration fee may apply; check event details
  • When: Beginning of January
  • Where: Lucky Peak

Join the annual Gebert-Arbaugh Polar Bear Challenge at Lucky Peak Reservoir. This event supports Make-A-Wish® Idaho’s mission to grant wishes to children with critical illnesses. Proceeds from the fundraiser contribute to life-affirming wishes, helping to make dreams come true for Idaho children.

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Snow Tubing

Enjoy winter thrills with snow tubing at Gateway Park. Slide down our specially designed lanes and embrace the exhilaration of tubing in the snow!

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Winter Wonderland

  • Cost: Free or varies by event; check details
  • When: November- January
  • Where: Indian Creek Plaza

Explore the festive Winter Wonderland in Caldwell, Idaho. Enjoy holiday lights, activities, and seasonal cheer!

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Ski and Snowboard

  • Cost: Price Varies
  • When: November- April
  • Where: Bogus Basin

Enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Bogus Basin, just a short drive from Boise State. Experience the thrill of winter sports with stunning views of the Boise National Forest.

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Hot Springs

Relax and unwind at Kirkham Hot Springs, nestled in the Boise National Forest. Soak in natural hot springs amidst picturesque scenery.

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Ice Skating

  • Cost: $8
  • When: Winter season
  • Where: Ice World

Glide across the ice at local ice skating rinks. Enjoy a classic winter activity with friends and fellow Boise State students.

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Idaho Potato Drop

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the famous Idaho Potato Drop. Enjoy live music, fireworks, and the iconic potato drop!

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Idaho Sled Dog Challenge

  • Cost: Free
  • When: January 29 – February 6, 2025
  • Where: Lake Cascade

Witness the excitement of the Idaho Sled Dog Challenge. Cheer on mushers and their teams as they race through the snow!

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McCall Winter Carnival

  • Cost: Varies by event; check McCall Winter Carnival website
  • When: February 21-23, 2025
  • Where: McCall, Idaho

Explore the magical McCall Winter Carnival, filled with ice sculptures, parades, and winter festivities. Experience the charm of this Idaho winter tradition.

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