Bogus Basin

Idaho Department of Lands

More than 1,000 acres of trees are being cut down at Bogus Basin. The timber sales are the result of an infection of the Douglas-fir dwarf mistletoe and beetles that take advantage of the sick trees. Almost 80% of tree stands in the Bogus Basin Project area are infected with mistletoe. Sick and dead trees can be dangerous to skiers. That’s why the Idaho Department of Lands and the Boise National Forest are working together to get logging started this week near the Superior chairlift.

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Bogus Basin To Get More Snow As Winter Rounds Out

Feb 7, 2019
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Brad Wilson is Bogus Basin’s general manager. He says that before the storm cycle this past week, they had snowfall quite below average. They are now approaching snowfall at around 85 percent average and have a base depth of 57 inches.

 

 

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This is opening weekend for some southern Idaho ski resorts. At a panel discussion hosted by the Idaho Statesman on December 4, representatives from four ski resorts spent their time discussing changes to infrastructure. Early December snowfall has led to early December starts for these ski resorts.


Idaho Ski Resorts Getting Runs Ready

Nov 15, 2018
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Thanksgiving is nearly here, and that means ski season is coming up. The Treasure Valley hasn’t seen much in the way of precipitation this fall, but the chilly nights are making for ideal snow making conditions.

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Research from the Climate Impact Lab shows that in the next 20 years, the number of days below freezing at major ski resorts could drop by weeks or months.

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Idahoans Restricted From Access To Popular Private Lands

Oct 8, 2018
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Dan and Farris, The Wilks Brothers, are Texas siblings who made their fortune in hydraulic fracking. Around 2008, they began purchasing huge tracts of land around Idaho and closing off  access to traditional hunting, fishing and recreation grounds to the public.

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Idaho has approved a plan by Bogus Basin ski area officials that involves building a water-storage dam and putting in underground pipes to make artificial snow for consistent pre-Christmas openings for skiers and snowboarders.

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

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

Thanks in part to a low unemployment rate, help wanted signs can be found all over Boise, from fast food joints to department stores. And now Bogus Basin is adding to that crunch, looking for 500 workers for the season.


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Managers of the Boise National Forest say one small section of their jurisdiction is in crisis. But that small section is the Bogus Basin Resort, which means addressing this crisis is urgent and difficult.

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Spring in Boise means all types of weather, from sunny and hot - it was 101-degrees last Wednesday - to snow. Winter made a brief comeback Thursday at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area with clouds, fog, and some light snow.

The National Weather Service in Boise posted a time-lapse video of the winter weather on its Twitter account. 

NWS also posted photos from Brundage Mountain Resort, which got snow all day on Thursday. 

Bogus Basin, ski
Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

As part of a new pricing structure for Bogus Basin Ski Resort, managers recently announced new partnerships with Tamarack and Soldier Mountain. Starting next winter Bogus season pass owners will get some time at Tamarack and vice versa.

Bogus Basin Recreation Area

Forecasters have some good news for Boise area skiers. After a recent lull in new snow, Bogus Basin could get two feet by the end of the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Boise is predicting up to four inches of new snow early Friday. Rain is in the forecast for the mountain Friday afternoon, but the snow is expected to resume Saturday and continue through Sunday night. The heaviest snow is expected Sunday night, with up to nine inches predicted.

By the time the system winds down Monday, forecasters expect 13 to 24 inches of new snow.

Bogus Basin's Plan To Keep The Mountain White

Dec 18, 2015
Jessica Murri

It’s a cold morning at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area without a single cloud in the sky, but that doesn’t keep snow from piling up on the slopes. That’s thanks to a brand new SMI Super Polecat snow gun, blowing thousands of gallons of water into the freezing air.

“Since November First, we have used 800,000 gallons of water through the snowguns . . . so that’s enough to cover one acre of ground with a foot of snow,” says Director of Mountain Operations at Bogus Basin, Nate Shake.

Update: Bogus Basin Will Open Friday

Nov 24, 2015
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Update Wednesday 12:50 p.m.: Bogus Basin officials have announced plans for a partial opening Friday through the end of the weekend. 

Bogus Basin Names Its Next General Manager

Oct 26, 2015
Bogus Basin, ski
Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Bogus Basin has announced the hiring of its next general manager. Brad Wilson will begin work on November 9. His selection was announced Monday afternoon by the Bogus Basin board of directors.

Wilson replaces former president and general manager Alan Moore, who retired at the end of the February.

Wilson brings to Boise several decades’ worth of experience in the ski and resort industry.

Consultant Tells Bogus Basin To Raise Its Prices

Sep 10, 2015
Idaho Statesman

A study commissioned by Bogus Basin resort recommends big changes if the ski hill wants to stay in business. Recommendations include buying equipment to make snow and emphasizing opportunities for summer recreation. But one other suggestion may be problematic: raising prices.

An adult can ski all day at Bogus for $54 or buy a season ticket for $299. Ted Beeler says that’s too low.

“They definitely need to move the needle,” he says.

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Bogus Basin will open Friday despite anemic snow accumulation on the mountain north of Boise.

The ski resort plans to open limited terrain to skiers and snowboarders. Bogus reports 13 inches of snow at its base.

"We’re ready and very excited to welcome the community up the mountain to have fun enjoying early-season skiing and boarding,” says Bogus General Manager Alan Moore.

Bogus Basin, ski
Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

This post was updated at 3:15 p.m. Nov. 14:

Those who operate Bogus Basin ski area say they're now "in wait-and-see" mode. Snow totals have been on the low side of forecasters' predictions for the mountain.

General Manager Alan Moore says the ski hill needs three or four more inches of packable snow in order to open a limited number of runs this weekend.

"At this point, without more snow, we're not opening," Moore said Friday afternoon. "And as of right now it's not snowing."

Bogus Basin, ski
Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Next year’s Bogus Basin season passes went on sale this week. For skiers who buy before Monday, $229 will get them unlimited access to the ski mountain next season. Alan Moore, executive director of the non-profit attraction north of Boise, says prices are staying at the same level as this year.

The 2013-2014 season has been mixed, Moore says. Like many ski hills in Idaho, Bogus had pretty thin snow for a while.  But Moore says it’s also had a lot of sunny days that have drawn people out of the often hazy valley.  

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Idaho native Sara Studebaker is two weeks away from skiing and shooting in her second Olympic Games. Studebaker, a Boise High School graduate, has been competing in the biathlon since 2003. Now, at 29-years-old, Studebaker says she's ready for Sochi.

“The second time, you feel a little more seasoned," Studebaker says. "You feel like you know what’s going on and I think it gives me a great opportunity to have some really good results and hopefully do better than I did in Vancouver. So I’m really excited for the possibilities.”

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Wednesday morning’s snow caused a lot of problems for Treasure Valley drivers, but area skiers now have a reason to celebrate.

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