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Idaho OKs Bogus Basin ski area plan involving snowmaking

Deciding whether or not to buy a season pass at Bogus Basin ski area outside Boise might get easier in future years. Idaho on Tuesday approved a plan by Bogus Basin Recreation Association officials that involves building a water-storage dam and putting in underground pipes to make artificial snow for consistent pre-Christmas openings for skiers...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 7, 2017

FRIDAY, DEC. 1, 2017

TUESDAY, OCT. 17, 2017

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017


A spring day at Bogus Basin, Boise's non-profit ski resort, on Sunday, April 9, 2017. The resort is open for one more week, closing on April 16, and the slopes are calling... (Betsy Z. Russell)

Time for some time off... 

I’m off for the next week, and will be back and blogging on Monday, April 17th. There will be news between now and then – the final shoes dropping from the legislative session, for example, with the fate of the grocery tax repeal and the...

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MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017

FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017

SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2016

FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016

SUNDAY, JAN. 10, 2016

View from Bogus Basin on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 (Betsy Z. Russell)

Of legislative sessions and civility...

During the Idaho legislative session, one thing keeps me sane: Skiing on the weekends up at Bogus Basin. So what better way to prepare for the upcoming State of the State than a weekend on the slopes? There was a Saturday of superb conditions, on-trail...

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MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2015

Snow blankets trees at the top of Bogus Basin on Sunday morning, against mostly blue skies (Betsy Z. Russell)

Up in the mountains: Let it snow...

Just had to share this picture I took yesterday morning at the top of Bogus Basin, Boise’s non-profit ski area, which now has more snow than it’s had in several years. Bogus reports that its base is up to 48 inches and it’s received 4...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 4, 2015

TUESDAY, DEC. 1, 2015

Bogus Basin announces tubing hill will open this weekend

Bogus Basin will open its tubing hill this weekend. “We are continuing to open up additional areas on the mountain as conditions allow,” said Brad Wilson, general manager. “Our new snowmaking equipment helped make this early opening of this popular attraction possible.” The non-profit, community-owned...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25, 2015

FRIDAY, NOV. 6, 2015

MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2015

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015


FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2015

Nearly 5 inches of snow had fallen at Bogus Basin, as of 9 a.m. Friday

Snow in the mountains...

Here's some good news for skiers: Almost five inches of new snow has fallen at Bogus Basin, as of 9:15 this morning. It was needed; things were getting a little thin up there. Brundage is reporting 7 inches of new snow; Tamarack is reporting 5...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2014

Winter inversion fills the Treasure Valley with fog, while above, at Bogus Basin, there are clear, blue skies and sunshine on Tuesday morning (Betsy Russell)

Winter inversion season has arrived...

Inversion conditions – when colder air, clouds and pollution get trapped in the valley, with clear skies above in the mountains – set in this morning in the Treasure Valley, seen here from above at Bogus Basin, which had bluebird skies. A yellow air-quality alert...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 2014

Lost skier avoids night on the mountain

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A skier who traveled out of the boundaries of the Bogus Basin Ski Area near Boise almost spent a night on the mountain before being spotted by a grooming machine operator.

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MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2014

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2014

Bogus Basin announces Friday opening

Bogus Basin has announced that it will open for skiing on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with three chairlifts on the front side of the mountain operating: Deer Point (#1), Showcase (#4), and Coach (#7), along with the Easy Rider magic carpet and...

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Brundage to open Friday for the ski season

Brundage Mountain has announced it will open Friday for the ski season, with three lifts, the BlueBird Quad, Lakeview Lift and Easy Street, operating from 9:30 to 4:30 and seven-day operations planned. Early-season conditions remain on the lower half of the mountain, according to spokeswoman...

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