Give and ye shall receive.
Bogus Basin announced last month that it had a gift for skiers and snowboarders this season: the mountains first top-to-bottom terrain park.
Bogus received two gifts on Thursday: cash and the forecast of snow.
The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is giving Bogus Basin a big chunk of change to make the new runs even more spectacular.
The 50-acre park on the front side of the mountain will have a 1,300-foot vertical drop and a slew of components, including jumps, moguls, rollers, rails, stashes and an off-trail feature with stump bonks and log slides. The park is officially called the Mtn Dew Terrain Park, after its key sponsor.
The foundations gift will allow Bogus to purchase 10 new features, rebuild 10 existing features, light both sides of Mambo Meadows, and increase grooming time and personnel at the park. The lighting project will be done in the summer.
The grant will greatly improve the park experience and ramp up the satisfaction level of our younger skiers and riders, who have been asking for improvements, said Bogus Basin general manager Alan Moore.
What the skiers really need right now is snow, and National Weather Service meteorologist Coleen Decker said a series of storms moving through the region starting Friday night could dump 10 to 13 inches on Bogus by Tuesday. Everyone hopes the storms banish thoughts of last winters record late opening: Jan. 19, 2012.
Moore said the resort is ready to go. Employees are hired, the food orders are placed, and the equipment is raring to go. Its just one good snowstorm away from opening.
Weve got a 12-inch base. If we can just get another 6 to 8 inches, we can open within a day or two, Moore said.
The Treasure Valley, too, could get a couple of inches of snow Sunday night or Monday night, although Valley-floor snow likely would melt quickly, with highs in the low 40s.
Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell