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Bogus Basin To Reopen Friday, Brundage Sees Best Snow Yet

Chadd Cripe
Idaho Statesman
Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is having a difficult snow year. This is what the view from the top of the Deer Point Express looks like in a good year.

Good news for skiers: The Bogus Basin Ski area plans to reopen on Friday after being closed for four days.

It’s been 40 years since Bogus Basin has experienced an in-season closure like the four-day shutdown this week. Total snowfall for the season has reached 57 inches, but as of Wednesday there was only 18 inches at the base.

While it plans to reopen Friday,  Bogus’ Alpine terrain will remain in what’s called “Early Season Condition”.  Snow is in the forecast for Thursday and Bogus Basin General Manager Brad Wilson says at a minimum the ski area will open the Coach Chairlift, Nordic Trails, the mountain coaster and the tubing hills.     

While Bogus Basin has been struggling, 100 miles to the north, it’s another story at Brundage Mountain ski resort near McCall.

Brundage spokesperson April Whitney says as of midday Wednesday the lower mountain received five inches of snow in the last 24 hours, for a base depth of 29 inches and the top of the mountain seeing 10 additional inches for a 39-inch total. Whitney says it’s the best day they’ve had all season.

“This gives us a fresh blanket of snow leading into the three-day weekend and it looks like a serious storm is heading our way.”

Brundage did have a slow start this year but unlike Bogus and other resorts it’s been 100% open.

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