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Two Of Bogus Basin's Older Chairlifts To Be Spruced Up This Summer

Bogus-Cover Overlooking the fast-growing Boise area, Bogus Basin plans to upgrade a couple of chairlifts to help handle more skiers and snowboarders from the city. (Image via Bogus Basin Facebook)

A couple of new fixed-grip chairlifts are expected to get installed this summer at Bogus Basin, as Boise's nonprofit-operated home hill continues to bulk up.

The Bitterroot fixed-grip double is expected to get two more seats and modern innards to haul more folks in and out of the Bitterroot Basin area. And, the novice-area fixed-grip Coach also adds two seats to become a quad.

As Idaho's third largest ski and snowboard mountain, Bogus Basin's 2,600 acres split into two areas -- with the base lodge and amenities on the dividing line. Above on the front side, a compact network of blues and a few blacks spill off under Deer Point (7,070 ft. elevation). A high-speed quad and fixed-grip double do the dirty work there.

The other half is The Backside, the largest hunk of skiing and riding real estate that pitches off below the main base -- and most of the serious vertical drop. It's chockful of steeps, trees and off-ridge slashes with double-black, black and blue ratings. Three basins link up to spread from the parking lots across to the Upper Nugget boundary.

They've been served by one of the newer lifts on the mountain in the high-speed Superior Express (2011); the second oldest in the Bitterroot fixed-grip double (1973); and a 'tweener in the Pine Creek Express (1999) that does the heavy lifting off Shafer Butte to skier's far right.

Until now, the Bitterroot double only ran on weekends and holiday. By adding seats and modernity, management may be able to spin Bitterroot more often.

The new Coach four-seater replaces a 28-year-old fixed-grip double on the beginner slopes. Combined with high-speed Morningstar that went up in 2019, traffic is expected move around more readily into and around the base lodge environs.

Because of its proximity to Boise -- fifth-fastest growing city in U.S. -- Bogus Basin has experienced been forced to upgrade to thin out crowding. The 16 miles and 172 turns of the access road from the Boise area take about 40 minutes, but still close enough to drop off the kids after school or take a few morning laps before work. Extensive night skiing is very popular.

The non-profit operators have to raise money for new lifts, so improvements move along at a measured pace. They rely on natural snow with only portable patch snowmaking units.


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