<p>OK, we're going to let you in on a little secret here: The <i>BW</i> editorial staff decided to have a little fun with the Best of Boise ballot questions this year, inserting one whimsical question into each category, just for fun. So, no, alas, there is no nude beach pl…

<p>Here's an easy way to recognize when you're in a golfing town: There's a city-owned course, and it's a good one. In fact, in the case of Warm Springs, it's a great one. What could a municipal course have going for it? Well, how about setting for one? Warm Springs is nestled between …

<p>Though we received dozens of single votes for yoga instructors all across Boise, there are two peaceful souls who stretched their way ahead of the pack: Boise Yoga Center's Don Gura and James Burton. Both are certified Iyengar yoga instructors who have studied with the Iyengar famil…

<p>While the equipment is fairly standard here, the view is something else. Camel's Back has good swings with nice long chains for adult-sized vertical lift. And it has a decent set of monkey bars, some cool little cars on giant springs and plenty of slides from which to choose. But wh…

<p>This is a love story. Yes, this particular Best of Boise award is the tale of the undying devotion of a city for its oldest ski shop. It's a story that started more than 50 years ago, when a guy named Bob Greenwood opened a pint-sized ski shop on State Street. It's a story that has …

<p>If by best you mean most willing to bust your ass but do it with a smile, then yep, she's the best. Kimura, a body builder herself, is a trainer who wants her clients to do their best, change their lives for the better and, more than anything, feel good about themselves. She cultiva…

<p>Winter, summer, spring and fall, Newt &amp; Harold's has a board for the weather. Snowboard. Skateboard. Longboard. Waterboard. Er ... wait, scratch that last one. (But first--speaking of torture--picture this: Dick Cheney strapped to a snowboard hurling down Wild Cat. Ha! But w…

<p>No, you're not seeing things: The entire Treasure Valley has a distinct blue-and-orange cast to it these days. It doesn't matter if you're an alumnus or not, Boise State has somehow become everyone's alma mater--or at least their other alma mater. When Bronco game day comes around, …

<p>Every year when Bogus wins, we try to pinpoint what makes our hometown hill so great. We wonder, "What is the je ne sais quoi of Bogus Basin?" And then it hits us: No one at Bogus Basin ever says "je ne sais quoi." This is not the French Alps, dude, it's Idaho. We ski it like we mea…

<p>When it comes to pro cycling shops in Boise, George's has been at it longer than any other shop in town. Maybe that's why George's is the best year after year in this category--years of experience. And</p> <p><i>BW</i></p>readers aren't the only group o…

<p>Hooray for ladycats. Far too many sweaty dudes ride fixies in the average alley cat race. Though Dirty and Pink, in its fourth year, is an all-chick, dress-up bike race, it's most definitely not for any pedaling princesses. Divided into road bike and cruiser divisions, this year's a…

<p>With infrequent bus service, missing the bus can ruin an evening. Especially if it's the last bus at 6:45 p.m. From the Grove, it is possible to catch up to the No. 14 at State Street, but it means a jog at a decent clip, ignoring all lights and oncoming cars and making sure the dri…

<p>The gods demand a sacrifice. Like in days of yore, each year a sacrificial victim is rolled into public, where it is briefly mourned before it meets its end in front of a rowdy crowd. But rather than being terribly un-PC and rounding up a virgin, we sacrifice a car. For eight years …

<p>If the term "barre exercises" conjures up images of waving your arms furiously to get a cocktail waitress' attention, then Ballet Idaho has something to tell you: "Suck in that gut and squeeze into a unitard; it's about time your beer-swilling butt got some exercise." For $15 a clas…

<p>A few years back, <i>BW</i> gave this award to No. 17 at Falconcrest because of the unparalleled "imaginative cruelty" of its design. But 17 has nothing on the fifth hole at the valley's newest course, the Freedom Course at Falconcrest. And while it's tempting to try to …

<p>We know that when temperatures warm up, the Boise River starts to look mighty inviting. But when the river is running at near flood stage, don't float the river. Seriously. When the water is at near-freezing temperatures, don't float the river. When maintenance crews haven't been ab…

<p>Boise Velocache stumbled upon a basic human truth: Everyone loves searching for hidden treasure. Every day, velocachers from around the city post pictures on <a href= "http://boisevelocache.blogspot.com/">boisevelocache.blogspot.com</a> showing where they've hidden vario…

<p>What better way to show that age is just a number than to run laps around people far younger than you? That's just what competitors in the annual Idaho Senior Games do. Athletes are all age 50 and older and compete in everything from tennis, bowling and racquetball to basketball, so…

<p>Bikers beat wheels to the front door of <i>BW</i>HQ on the Fourth of July this year to sign up for the annual Bars and Stripes alley cat race put on by <i>BW</i> and Northstar Cycle Courier Inc. (and several boozeries around town). <i>BW</i> staff…

<p>Once upon a time, everybody was kung fu fighting, but now, you're nothing if you can't mix it up. And nothing is as throw-down, kick-butt and don't-bother-to-take-names as krav maga. Developed for use by the Israeli special forces, it's a mix of nearly every fighting style with the …

<p>Why hug a tree? Why, to chuck it across a field, of course. And nobody throws a tree better than a Scottish Highlands athlete. Around here, that means the Scottish American Athletic Association Idaho Chapter--a bunch of strapping lads and lasses who like to don a kilt and throw heav…

<p>When the lifts come to a halt and are nearly repo'd just as the snow is getting springlike, there is only one thing to do: hike. Tamarack may have shut down prematurely last winter, but that didn't stop anybody. Where there is snow and elevation, there are people willing to hoof it.…

<p>When the U.S. Men's Bobsled team held open tryouts at several locations across the country, including Timberline High School in Boise, local athletes had their chance to prove they had what it takes to sled with the best of them. But for the rest of us, it was a chance to reminisce …

<p>On most days, donning an animal costume and running down the middle of the street is something that gets you carried off in a special kind of jacket to a very white, very padded room. But once a year, the Main Street Mile makes it OK. The event is dedicated to raising awareness of p…

<p>Boise officials are reclaiming parking spots for bikes and providing places to rack up on nearly every corner. In the past few months, dozens of new racks popped up downtown, including an in-street rack at the corner of Eighth and Bannock streets, right across from the governor's of…

<p>Can you spot an edible berry or construct a snow shelter? Survivalist and professor Ray Vizgirdas can. And it's nothing like on <i>Survivor</i>--those folks got nothin' on Vizgirdas' students. Want a real immunity challenge? Try surviving a few days without a camera crew…

<p>Though the origin of the first longboard may be disputed, that they have always had a place in skateboard culture is not. For years, the occasional longboard has clack-clack-clacked down Boise sidewalks (only where it's legal, of course) alongside its shorter brethren, but during th…

<p>For those who practice tai chi, it's a calming meditation mixed with a low-impact physical workout. But for the uninitiated, it can apparently be a little scary. Here's a lesson from Boise-based tai chi instructor Jeffrey Vik: When practicing tai chi in the back yard while visiting …

<p>Snowboarders and skaters sometimes get stereotyped as slackers, but that label has never fit Boise native Ryan Neptune, who turned a passion for sports into an international business. Neptune Industries has become a world leader in snowboard terrain park design and construction, as …

<p>Each year, when online registration for the landmark half-marathon opens, you can actually hear Internet servers across the Treasure Valley groaning under the weight of sudden activity as racers from across the country vie to be one of the few who get to run straight up hill, then s…

<p>The tangle of trails at the park deserve more than this little nod. They deserve a round of applause, a big fat gold star and a couple of helping hands if you got 'em. The all-volunteer trail-building effort is one of those projects that so many of us get the benefit of (for free, w…

<p>In the few years of its existence, the Boise Bicycle Project has become a landmark nonprofit in the area. Organizers take donated bikes, fix them up and then turn around and donate them to those in need, including children from low-income families and refugees. BBP has even worked w…

<p>During an interview with break dancing battle organizer Rhetoric Style of MTTheory, we asked if calling break dancers "breakers" made us sound if we were stuck in the '80s. They played it cool and didn't call us out, but something tells us we need to catch up. MTTheory is a clothing…