Some fun outdoor events coming to Idaho Falls

Aosta, Italy - February 28th, 1985: Three climbers and a dog on a ski slope simulate a rescue after an avalanche for a promotional photograph of tourism in the Valle d 'Aosta

Lani Landon, the force of nature behind the upcoming avalanche instructional, tells me she has gathered some awesome door prizes for Monday’s program starting at 7 p.m. at Taylorview Middle School.

Attendees will have a chance to take home avalanche beacons, Osprey backpacks, Black Diamond shovels, a long board and several different lift tickets to area ski resorts.

Expect to hear the experts report on current conditions of the snowpack and how things are shaping up for avalanche possibilities.

There will also be a presentation on a Youth Avalanche Awareness Course to be held Jan. 21 at Snow King in Jackson, Wyo. The course is taught by the American Avalanche Institute and is subsidized by the Idaho Falls Ski Club. The course is capped at 12 students and bargain priced at $40. Get more information Monday night.

“It would be best to arrive a bit early to get one of the 225 Kate’s Trail Bites and to view art work of the Tetons by Compass Academy Art Teacher Kelly Sheridan,” Landon said in an email. “This event is not only educational but free and you have a good shot at going home with a neat prize.”

Kate’s Trail Bites is an energy bar/snack made in Teton Valley. See you there.

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Julie Abbott and Terry Belnap, Bonneville Joint School District 93 physical education coordinators, are asking for help from area cross-country skiers.

With the help of a $7,000 grant from the Idaho Falls Nordic Ski Patrol, District 93 has purchased 35 pairs of skis and 48 pairs of boots to add to 35 sets of skis and boots they already have to conduct a one- to two-week ski class for the district’s fourth-graders.

“This will expose over 400 students to cross-country skiing, and we have found that this sometimes carries over to families,” the P.E. teachers said in a news release.

Fourth-grade teachers will be trained in December, then classes will sign up for the course in January and February to use the equipment. The Idaho Falls Ski Club will groom a ski track at the schools for students to use.

Community cross-country skiers are being asked to help out a few hours a week when the classes are in session to help students get geared up, get into bindings and encourage and help out. Community skiers are being asked to commit to a week of 1 to 3 hours a day to help out.

If you’re interested, reply to Abbott at or 208-520-3485, or Belnap at or 208-681-4324.

“This is a great example of the community and school working together. Our community volunteers, parents, grandparents, etc. are helping to make this program a success for our youth,” the P.E. teachers said.

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Also next week, reserve Thursday evening to see the film “Blood Road” at 7 p.m. at The Waterfront at Snake River Landing.

After seeing the trailer for the movie, I bought tickets to Thursday’s showing.

“Based on audience response from the showing in Boise, this should be a fabulous film that is not to be missed,” said Jeff Forbes, vice chairman of the Idaho Falls Community Pathways organization. The group is one of the sponsors of the Idaho Falls showing.

“Blood Road” features ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch — from Sun Valley — riding the 1,200-mile Ho Chi Minh Trail with Vietnamese riding partner Huyen Nguyen. Rusch hopes to reach the crash site and final resting place of her father, an Air Force pilot shot down over Laos 40 years ago.

You can see the film trailer and buy tickets at

Someone should invite Rusch to pay us a visit for the event.