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Forget riding the pony, this week is all about riding on the pow pow for one last time this season. Here's the dealio: Beginning on Fri., April 15, Montana Snowbowl announces that it's open for one final weekend of powdery fun for the season, and it welcomes any-and-all shredders and carvers to get down on its slopes through Sun., April 17. And if recent snow reports are any indication, it ought to be prime conditions up in those there hills. Snowbowl's online ski report for April 12 indicates a snow depth of 62" on its base and 120" at its summit. If you're in the mood to bust out stylish tricks this weekend, you can also participate in the Zootown Roundup Slopestyle Competition, which occurs at Snowbowl's High Roller terrain park on Sat., April 16. It's open to all snowboarders and skiers, and features some sick prizes including "Powder Passes" for the 2011-2012 season. So get out there and shred!

Montana Snowbowl is open from 10 AM–4:30 PM Fri., April 15–Sun., April 17. $40 for a full-day pass/$35 for a half-day pass. The Zootown Roundup Slopestyle Competition is Sat., April 16, starting around 11 AM or noon. Registration is $10. Call 549-9777 or visit

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Kids in Missoula can hike, bike, raft, canoe and swim to their heart's content, and learn skills in leadership, self-confidence and teamwork, during Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures' Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp, which is currently open for registration. Camps run each week from June 6–Aug. 26. $150 per one-week session, with a $50 deposit check per week. Get details at


LOL all the way to the finish line at the fifth annual Bust-A-Gut 5k, a race that begins with day-of registration the University of Montana Oval at 7:30 AM, and is followed by the race at 9 AM, which takes you down the Kim Williams Trail to Orange Street, and then back to UM. A pancake feed at Christ the King Church coincides with the race, and proceeds from the event are used for scholarships for UM Phyiscal Therapy grad students. $10 to race. Visit for more details.

Swap your boat, but not your partner, during The Trail Head's annual Canoe, Kayak and Raft Swap, which begins with gear drop-off from 9 AM–noon, and a swap sale from noon–3 PM, all at the Trail Head, 221 E. Front St. Gear pickup occurs from 3–5 PM. Those who are selling can get 80 percent of the selling price in cash, or 110 percent of selling price in store credit. Call 543-6966.

Get away from the toxins and let your soles pound the pavement during the annual Superfun(d) Run, a race that features a 1-mile run/walk at 9 AM, followed by a 5k and 10k walk/run at 9:30, starting at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Bonner, 8985 Hwy. 200 E. $25/$23 Run Wild Missoula members/$20 advance/$18 advance Run Wild Missoula members/free for children through the eighth grade. Visit by April 14 to register online.

Earn the nickname "Stewie the Super Steward" during the Clark Fork River Cleanup, which begins with a meet-up at 10 AM at Caras Park, and is followed by pickups of trash and recyclables. A free barbecue occurs after the cleanup at noon. Free. Call 542-0539 or e-mail to volunteer.

Get up to snuff on your bird ogling when The Five Valleys and Bitterroot Audubon Societies present a Beginning Bird Walk that covers avian ID, plus use of field guides and binoculars, at 10 AM at the headquarters of Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, 4567 Wildfowl Lane, outside of Stevensville. Families and children are welcome. Free. Call Larry at 549-5632.

Get rid of some of your old-but-still-good sleeping bags, backpacks and other outdoors gear in order to help out the Mountain Shepherds—a community run, eco-tourism organization located in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve in India—during the Nature-Link Institute's Gear for the Garhwal drive, which runs through April 30 with drop off locations at Pipestone Mountaineering, The Trail Head, Aerie Wilderness Medicine, UM's Outdoor Program and REI Missoula. Call 370-2294 and visit for details.

Get waterwise with your child when the Missoula Children and Nature and the Watershed Education Network present an aquatic insect hike, which runs from 1–4 PM starting with a meet-up at the Greenough Park entrance, on Monroe Street between Locust and Elm Streets. Free. Call 396-9562.

Get fishy with your kid when the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., presents its Saturday Kids' Activity: The Dish on Fish, which begins at 2 PM. $3/$1 MNHC members. Call 327-0405.


Pedal for the meat's sake when Missoulians on Bicycles host the 36th annual Cheese Burger Boogie ride, a 55-mile cycling jaunt that departs at 9 AM from Lucky Lil's, on the corner of Brooks and Reserve Streets. The ride features paved roads and includes a stop in Stevensville for lunch. Free. Visit


Have a nice stroll with your fam when the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC), 120 Hickory St., celebrates 2011 Unplug and Play Week with a Family Hike Night, which includes a stroll along the River Trail and runs from 7:30–8:30 PM. An Early Bird Naturalist Walk also occurs at the MNHC from 8–9 AM on Wed., April 20. Both events are free. Call 327-0405.


Leave your bear suit at home during Swan Valley Bear Resources' Spring Bear Wake Up Social, an evening featuring guest speakers discussing info related to bears in the Swan Valley, which runs from 5–8 PM at the Swan Valley Community Hall, near milemarker 42 off Hwy. 83. Free, but RSVPs are requested. Call 754-3137.

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