Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Saturday, September 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 69° Partly Cloudy

Eye On Boise

After strong season, Bogus Basin reopens for ‘bonus weekend’ Sat. and Sun.

Bogus Basin, which officially closed for the season last Sunday, will open for a “bonus weekend” this Saturday and Sunday, operating the No. 3 Superior chairlift on the backside of the mountain and the upper Pioneer Lodge. “We are excited to make this happen as a special thank-you to our season pass holders and the community for a great season,” said Brad Wilson, general manager of the non-profit ski resort. “The coverage and spring skiing conditions remain very good on the backside of the mountain.”

No beginner or low-intermediate terrain will be open; the backside of the mountain offers only intermediate and advanced skiing terrain.

Preliminary work already has started for construction of new summer amenities near the front-side base area, which will include installation of a mountain coaster, a new outdoor seating plaza, climbing wall, summer tubing, and other attractions. Many of those are scheduled to open in July, as Bogus celebrates its 75th anniversary.

Operating hours Saturday and Sunday will be 9-4:30 p.m.; midweek passes will be accepted, and daily lift tickets, available at the Pioneer Lodge and also at the rental shop at the Simplot base area, will be $25 for adults and $10 for children.

With plentiful snowfall, Bogus has had a near-record year, with 340,000 skier and snowboarder visits and a regular season that ran 128 days. The resort had record revenue in December, January and February, and despite a warmup had its 3rd-best March ever and its second-best April. The second straight strong year, after years of struggle, has helped positioned the community-owned resort to invest in improvements that it hopes will position it for a sustainable financial future.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

Follow Betsy online: