Posts Tagged ‘ tourism ’

Country’s largest national parks hit visitation records

Dec 30th, 2015 | By
Jud Burkett /The Spectrum & Daily News via AP, File
Hikers climb down the Angels Landing trail in Zion National Park in Utah in this 2011 file photo. Crowds flocked in record numbers to Zion National Park in 2015, with visitation up 28 percent in the first quarter of 2015. The National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016 and has urged Americans to rediscover the country's scenic wonders or find new parks to visit through marketing campaigns that include giving free passes to every fourth-grader and their families.

 By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Many of the country’s most prominent national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Zion, set visitation records in 2015 and are bracing for what could be an even busier new year. The National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016 and has been urging Americans
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East Idaho ski resorts are about to open

Dec 10th, 2015 | By
Submitted photo
The Pebble Creek Ski Area and the Kelly Canyon Ski Resort are currently waiting for more snow to fall before opening for the season.

By David Ashby dashby@journalnet.com Ready, set, ski. The official start of winter is less than two weeks away. But for many resorts across the Intermountain West, the skiing and snowboarding season has already begun. Skiers at places like Sun Valley, Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole are already tearing up the mountains. However, many ski bums
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Pebble Creek looks to rebound after tough year

Nov 11th, 2015 | By
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal
It's beginning to look a lot like ski season. As of Tuesday, Pebble Creek Ski Area at Inkom has reported 6 to 8 inches of snow on top of the mountain.

By Journal Staff INKOM — Last winter was a tough one for Pebble Creek Ski Area. Hammered by record-breaking warm temperatures, the Inkom ski resort fought an uphill battle against the weather to keep snow on the ground and skiers and snowboaders on the slopes. In the end, Mother Nature won, forcing Pebble Creek to
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Central Oregon couple buys Idaho’s Soldier Mountain Ski Area

Nov 6th, 2015 | By

FAIRFIELD, Idaho (AP) — A couple from Central Oregon is buying an Idaho ski area once owned by actor Bruce Willis. Soldier Mountain Ski Area announced Wednesday that it’s being purchased by Matt and Diane McFerran of Bend, Oregon. The Times-News reports that the property in the Sawtooth National Forest was put up for sale
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Idaho Falls indoor ice rink opens Saturday

Oct 8th, 2015 | By
HANNAH LEONE/IDAHO STATE JOURNAL

   The Joe Marmo/Wayne Lehto ice arena in Idaho Falls opens Saturday, Oct. 10, for its 2015-16 season. Crews will install ice in the rink during the prior week.

By HANNAH LEONE hleone@journalnet.com   The only enclosed ice rink in Southeast Idaho will open Saturday for its regular six-month season. While plans to open the outdoor ice rink in Chubbuck’s Capell Park are still thawing out, the Joe Marmo/Wayne Lehto ice arena in Idaho Falls is kicking off its 2015-16 season with free lessons
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BFGoodrich Tires announces Outstanding Trails winners for 2015

Oct 7th, 2015 | By

POCATELLO — BFGoodrich Tires, in collaboration with Four Wheel Parts, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, BlueRibbon Coalition and Off Road Business Association, recently announced the winners of the 2015 Outstanding Trails program. Nominated for uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following, the trails selected and the associated clubs for this year’s program are Applegate-Lassen Wagon Trail,
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Lava Hot Springs KOA gets upgraded cabins

Oct 2nd, 2015 | By
BY ANDI TILLOTSON

   The bedroom in a new KOA Campground cabin in Lava Hot Springs.

LAVA HOT SPRINGS — An open house will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow people to view and tour the nine new cabins now in place at the KOA Campground at the east end of Lava Hot Springs



Sep 29th, 2015 | By
VANESSA GRIEVE/FOR THE JOURNAL
Rebecca Satter’s Buckskin Outpost, a bed and breakfast in the Buckskin area. Photos are of various features of the bed and breakfast.

By Vanessa Grieve vgrieve@journalnet.com   Fall is a great time to enjoy the changing scenery and explore the region when the summer crowds have concluded their recess.   Fall weather is generally not too hot and not too cold. The scenery is beautiful and people often take scenic drives along the Oregon Trail Scenic Byway
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Council unanimously OKs Pocatello event center

Sep 18th, 2015 | By
Pocatello-Chubbuck Auditorium District executive director Raul Cano explains the benefits of a new event center at Thursday's Pocatello City Council meeting.

By Michael H. O’Donnell modonnell@journalnet.com POCATELLO — After two Pocatello Planning and Zoning hearings and a Thursday night hearing in front of the City Council, a new event center near Grace Lutheran Church received the green light. The new 40,620 square-foot facility with a seating capacity of 1,600 will be built by Grace Lutheran Church
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Documentary set on Tour of Idaho dirt bike course

Sep 18th, 2015 | By
SUBMITTED PHOTO

   Will Lyons, Martin Hackworth and Jimmy Lewis stand at Sundance Mountain, the end of the Tour of Idaho.

By Cydney McFarland cmcfarland@journalnet.com The Tour of Idaho, an approximately 1,400-mile dirt bike challenge through the state, will be the subject of a documentary starring professional motorcyclist Jimmy Lewis. Lewis teamed up with Will Lyons, who has worked as a cameraman and producer on popular reality TV shows like The Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” and
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