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Tuesday, December 13, 2022
12:00 - 1:30 PM
The Riverside Hotel
2900 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714, USA
BOGUS BASIN DAILY OPERATIONS TO BEGIN ON DECEMBER 1st; Night operations are slated to open earlier than anticipated, on December 9th
Bogus Basin announced today that daily operations will begin at the non-profit on Thursday, December 1st. Open terrain remains limited to runs and a terrain park off the Deer Point Express, Morning Star Express and Coach Chairlifts, and 27km of groomed Nordic trails. A strong storm system is forecast to hit the area later this week, delivering up to twenty-two inches of snow, allowing additional terrain to open as soon as conditions allow.
“November delivered a mix of natural snowfall and ideal snowmaking conditions, resulting in our very early opening and good riding conditions on the front side of the mountain. The snow forecast looks favorable over the next several days, and we will open additional terrain as conditions allow.”
Nate Shake – Director, Mountain Operations
“It is thrilling to offer night operations for the community this early in December. Historically, nights begin much later – The combination of favorable weather, snowmaking, and a dedicated team is making Bogus Basin’s 80th anniversary season memorable.”
Brad Wilson – General Manager
Bogus Basin Operating Schedule (as of December 1st, 2022)Lift Operating Hours
10:00 am – 4:30 pm (Mon – Fri); 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (Sat – Sun)
Begin Friday, December 9th, earlier than the slated mid/late December target due to aggressive snowmaking and favorable weather.
Deer Point Express, Morning Star Express, and Coach Chairlifts, in addition to three conveyor lifts will operate daily; Showcase Chairlift will operate Saturday and Sunday only.
Open runs: Alpine, Showcase, Bogus Creek, Upper & Lower Ridge, Sourdough, Stewart’s Bowl, Coach, Silver Queen, Lulu, Morning Star, Sunshine, Pioneer Trail, a full terrain park, and 27km of groomed Nordic trails. Additional lifts will operate as natural snow conditions permit.
Lodge Facilities | Food & Beverage
J.R. Simplot Lodge open daily, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, for full food & beverage service. The Double R Ranch BBQ Smokehouse open 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (Sat – Sun only). Pioneer Lodge open 11:00am – 4:30pm (Mon – Fri), and 8:30am – 4:30pm (Sat – Sun). Hours will expand after night skiing opens on December 9th.
Scheduled to open mid-December
Available for online, advance purchase, quantities are limited
Midweek and Night Season Passes remain available for purchase
Downtown Sales Office
9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Mon – Fri); 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Sat – Sun)
Six public parking areas are available, located on the mountain – guests are encouraged to familiarize themselves with parking lot options. Carpooling is encouraged – priority spaces for vehicles with 3+ passengers. A free park and ride lot is located at 750 Mountain Cove Road.
Ski & Snowboard School
Private and Daily Group Lessons available daily; advance reservations recommended by calling 208-332-5340.
Frontier Point Lodge
Frontier Point Lodge open daily 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, with 27km of groomed trails for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, equipment rentals, and lessons.
About Bogus Basin
Bogus Basin is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the community in accessible, affordable, and fun year-round mountain recreation and education. Opened in 1942, Bogus Basin offers 2,600 acres of daytime skiable terrain and 200 acres for night skiing; seven chair lifts and four conveyor lifts; an 800-foot tubing hill; and a Nordic Center offering 37 kilometers of groomed trails for skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking. Bogus Basin is 16.5 miles north of Boise, Idaho and operates under a special use permit with the Boise National Forest. www.bogusbasin.org.
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Idaho Preferred Holiday Gift Box sets are sold separately. $64.99 each (a $95 value!) + tax + shipping. (Local pick-up option available.) Shipped by mid-December for holiday delivery anywhere in the US.
Bogus Basin announced today it will ease into winter operations this weekend with three chairlifts and three conveyer lifts, marking the earliest opening at the not-for-profit recreation area in 28 years.
“Our team remains committed to bringing the winter experience to the community as soon as it is safe to do so,” said General Manager, Brad Wilson. “With snowmaking, we now have more control over our opening date. We are thrilled to share the exciting news that Bogus Basin’s 80th Anniversary Season will launch on November 19th, our earliest opening date in 28 years.”
The soft opening includes seven trails (Alpine, Showcase, Bogus Creek, Upper & Lower Ridge, Sourdough, Stewart’s Bowl and Coach), an industry leading terrain park, and 20 km of Nordic trails. The opening is limited to eligible season pass holders. A restricted quantity of 100 reduced price lift tickets is available online, advance purchase only.
Earlier this month, a series of storms dumped over three feet of snow at the area. More recently, cold and dry conditions that are ideal for snowmaking set in, allowing enough snow to accumulate to open top-to-bottom runs served by the Deerpoint Express, Showcase and Coach chairlifts, and all three conveyer lifts.
Area officials consider the limited opening an opportunity for employees and guests to acclimate to new RFID technology installed at the area over the summer. The new system allows pass holders and guests to access the lifts with their season pass or lift ticket in the pocket of their jacket. “This technology is new to everyone, and we ask guests to be patient as our seasonal employees get to know the system,” said Wilson. “Ultimately, it will make for a much more seamless user experience at the lifts.”
BOGUS BASIN 2022-23 “SOFT” SEASON OPENING OPERATING PLAN:
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Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from innovative veterans about their journeys towards successful entrepreneurship. You’ll also learn about critical resources available to entrepreneurs and inventors, including training, counseling, and access to capital from representatives of entrepreneurial organizations such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, Bunker Labs, and the D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families at the University of Syracuse.
More information available at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Ski SwapEach year the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation (BBSEF) looks forward to hosting the annual Ski Swap, presented by Toyota.
2022 Ski Swap Details
The 71st Annual Ski Swap, presented by Toyota, will be November 4-6, 2022, at Expo Idaho 5610 Glenwood at the fairgrounds in Boise.
Ski Swap Sale Hours:
Friday, Nov. 4, 1 pm-10 pm
Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday, Nov. 6, 10 am- 3 pm
We accept: VISA, MasterCard, and Discover
Friday – $5.00
Saturday – $5.00
Sunday – free with a canned food donation (for the Boise Rescue Mission) $5.00 without a donation
There is no admission charge for those under 18.
Come visit Assistance League® of Boise Thrift Shop on November 9 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm for lots of elegant holiday décor, unique ornaments, gifts, luxury wear, gala attire, high-end antiques and collectibles, and holiday shoes. The thrift shop is located at 5825 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, across from Hawks Stadium. Every dollar you spend in our shop helps to support our 11 philanthropies and the underserved youth in our community!
Event Name: A Shining Moment in Time Christmas Open House
Event Date: 11/9/22
Time: 3 pm to 7 pm
Location: Assistance League of Boise Thrift Shop
5825 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, ID
BOTHELL, Wash. – If you do not carry National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) insurance, now is the time to buy it. Wildfire season is slowing down, and once the fires are out, people and communities are at risk for another threat, flooding. Wildfires leave the ground charred and unable to absorb water. This creates a flash flooding potential for years to come, even in areas that rarely experienced flooding in the past. Sometimes these flash floods can pick up ash and large debris, turning into mudflows that are highly destructive.
Unlike many causes of damage, flooding and mudflows are generally not covered by a homeowners’ policy. An uninsured flood loss can eat into your life’s savings. Floods are the most common and expensive natural disaster in the U.S. Just an inch of water in an average-sized home can cause $25,000 in damage. A NFIP policy protects against such losses and can ensure that a flood doesn’t bring financial ruin.
Flood insurance is easy to get, the only requirement is that you live in an NFIP participating community. These include cities, counties and other jurisdictions that manage development. You don’t need to live in a floodplain to purchase a policy. If you live outside a floodplain, insurance will likely cost less than for those living in a higher risk area.
Buyers should be aware of the 30-day waiting period for an NFIP policy to go into effect. It is important to purchase a policy now to protect your property against the continuing threat of flooding. You can usually purchase flood insurance from your current agent. If that isn’t possible, NFIP representatives can help you find one.
As with any insurance, be sure to talk with your agent about the specifics of your policy. Find out more about your risk and flood insurance at www.floodsmart.gov. To purchase flood insurance or find an agent, call 1-800-427-4661.
BOISE, Idaho – Bogus Basin announced today a comprehensive list of capital projects completed over the summer. The sweeping range of enhancements includes new runs, expanded beginner terrain, RFID technology, increased night lighting, and beefed up snowmaking. The announcement comes as the non-profit recreation area gears up to launch its 80th Anniversary winter season.
“Our team accomplished a lot over the summer, and we are excited to celebrate Bogus Basin’s 80th Anniversary year. As a non-profit, earnings go back into the operation for the benefit of our guests, not to outside investors. The ongoing support of our community is awesome, allowing us to fulfill our mission to provide constantly improving affordable and accessible year-round mountain recreation and education.” - Brad Wilson, General Manager
Bogus Basin 22-23 Winter Season Capital Improvements
Several beginner runs and cat tracks have been widened and improved from top to bottom, fostering a smooth learning progression. These include Sleepy Hollow, Buttercup Cat Track, Shamrock and Sunshine. The lower section of Sunshine has been regraded, making it much more beginner friendly.
“These improvements enhance the progression for beginners from Coach to much longer beginner trails on the Morningstar and Bitterroot lifts. This will be a profound change for our guests and Ski and Snowboard School students.” - T.J. Kauth, Director, Ski & Snowboard School
Bogus Basin has significantly expanded its night lighting, doubling the number of lighted trails off the Superior Express lift to include Superior and Sunbeam. Lights have also been added along the newly widened and regraded Sunshine Trail. The total number of lit acres is now approximately 200.
Ongoing brush cutting and cleanup created by the USFS Bogus Basin Forest Health Project is happening at the area. Other aggressive brush cutting efforts over the summer focused mainly in the Pine Creek area, including Pine Creek Bowl and Pine Creek lift line.
Two new named trails on the front side of the mountain offer eleven acres of intermediate/advanced riding, most of which can be groomed. Independence is a wide intermediate trail; Blackbird is a wide, open, advanced trail. These new runs provide return access to the base area from the backside of the mountain off Cabin Traverse.
The introduction of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) ticketing technology at Bogus Basin allows guests to access the lifts, hands-free, through Axess Smart Gates with their season pass or lift ticket in the pocket of their jacket.
RFID lift tickets can be purchased online and picked up at electronic kiosks located outside Simplot Lodge and inside the Pioneer Lodge foyer. Season passes and lift tickets are reloadable, making for a seamless guest experience.
The launching of a new, mobile first website in May 2022, is part of an improved technology forward guest experience.
Bogus Basin added top to bottom snowmaking on Sunshine, a novice run located off the Morning Star Express chairlift. Additionally, the water pumping capacity on the snowmaking system doubled from 1,500 to 3,000 gallons per minute, allowing the area to use all 50 of its snow guns to make snow on two top to bottom trails at the same time.
“The continued expansion of snowmaking remains a top strategic priority for Bogus Basin. Snowmaking assures an early and reliable opening date, helps build a deeper base, and improves the reliability of snow cover throughout the season. This summer, we made solid progress in our efforts to build out our snowmaking capacity” - Nate Shake, Director, Mountain Operations.
Increased Uphill Capacity
Additional chairs have been installed on the Morning Star and Superior Express chairlifts. This will increase uphill capacity on those two lifts by 30 percent, reducing wait times and expediting guest access to other areas of the mountain.
Traffic flow and efficiency will improve in the main parking lot, which is now paved and striped all the way to the Nordic Center. Near the top of Pioneer Road, 50 new paved parking spots have been added between the Silver Queen and Pioneer lots, providing ski in/out access.
Carpool priority parking, for vehicles carrying three or more passengers, remains in effect this winter during peak weekend and holiday hours. Accessibility improvements include the addition of 14 more ADA parking spaces in the main lot.
Snowshoe Trail Expansion
New and extended snowshoe trails have doubled the distance of mapped snowshoe trails. Regularly guided snowshoe tours, and special themed guided tours on specific weekends will occur throughout the season.
Retail Shop Relocation
The retail shop is moving into a much larger space, located on the ground floor of Simplot Lodge, between the Mouse House and the Ticket Office.
Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy a brand new fleet of rental gear from Rossignol.
New non-slip flooring has been installed in both the Simplot and Pioneer Lodges. Updates, including lighting and new furniture, are in place at Pioneer Lodge.
Three electric snowmobiles have been purchased, with the intention of transitioning the entire fleet to electric – part of a long-range plan and process for evaluating and reducing carbon emissions at the area, where possible.
A new PistenBully 600 snowcat will significantly improve the ability to move large piles of machine made snow and to groom on steeper pitches. The snowcat is equipped with a SNOWsat measuring device, which provides exact snow depths on the slopes so that it can be used in a targeted manner.
Bogus Basin’s planned opening date for the 222-23 winter season is November 24th. The downtown sales office is currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for season pass purchase and pickup, leases, and Ski & Snowboard School reservations. For more information, visit bogusbasin.org.