If you ask people in Boise what they love about their city, the foothills are always in the mix somewhere. Travel less than a mile from the Capitol, in the heart of downtown, and you'll find the closest trailhead at the Military Reserve. Traffic is always light in Boise.
The snow is dumping at Bogus Basin this month, and it's all anyone can talk about. Boise Metro is a 75-year-old school ski town without the fur collars and valet parking, although the coffee houses compare with any Portland'ish experience.