Bogus Basin set to open Sunday for 71st season

Idaho StatesmanDecember 7, 2013 

The No. 1 Deer Point lift, the No. 4 Showcase, the No. 7 Coach and both moving carpets will operate from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nordic cross-country skiing will also be available.

"I can't wait," general manager Alan Moore said Saturday. "We're just excited to be open."

Day tickets will be discounted to $25 or a half-day from 1 to 4:30 p.m. for $20 on opening day. Children and skiers using the beginner lift and the "Easy Rider" moving carpet will pay $10. Prices will be adjusted on future days as more lifts begin operation, based upon snow conditions.

Regular prices are $49 for a day and night daily pass for adults, $42 for a half-day and night ticket and $22 for a night-only pass. The cost to use the Coach beginner chairlift and the moving carpets is $10.

Children 6 to 10 pay $20 for all regular lift tickets.

Five inches of snow fell overnight Friday and on Saturday. Four inches of snow total fell earlier in the week. The base depth is 17 inches.

"The snow has enough moisture that we were able to pack it pretty well," Moore said. "This is very suitable powder."

About 25 employees have been working today to get things ready for the opening. Moore said he expects between 1,500 and 2,000 to come up the mountain 16 miles north of Boise on Bogus Basin Road.

"What we have open will be pretty good skiing," Moore said.

Equipment rentals, lessons from the Ski & Snowboard School, the Nordic Center and the Simplot Lodge with full food service will all be available. The Pioneer Lodge will be open for locker room access only and the No. 2 Morning Star run will open once conditions allow.

The tubing hill will not be open.

Bus services will begin next Saturday.

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