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Bogus Basin to open Deer Point chairlift on Wednesday to create full opening

In this photo from January of 2017, a snowboarder hits a trick while talking part in the freestyle heat during a ski racing competition held at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area.
In this photo from January of 2017, a snowboarder hits a trick while talking part in the freestyle heat during a ski racing competition held at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. Statesman file photo

UPDATE:

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area on Wednesday will open the Deer Point chairlift — its primary lift at Simplot Lodge. With that, all chairlifts are operational.

“Our crews have been transporting snow from other parts of the mountain to create a ramp off the chairlift to access skiable terrain,” Director of Mountain Operations Nate Shake said. “We are now fully operational with early-season conditions. Guests are cautioned to ski with caution, especially off trail.”

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ORIGINAL POST:

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is going to need more snow to get the Deer Point and Showcase chair lifts going — but snowstorms over the weekend allowed it to open four more lifts on Tuesday, the ski area announced Monday afternoon.

The Coach beginner chairlift has been operating since Friday.

On Tuesday, these four lifts will also be operating, with limited grooming: Morning Star, Superior, Bitterroot and Pinecreek.

Bogus Basin got 8 inches of new snow over the past 48 hours, according to Bogus’ snow report.

“We are excited about getting more of the mountain open during the holiday season, and the forecast is calling for more storms,” said General Manager Brad Wilson in a press release. “We’re eager to get the entire mountain fully up and running and are closely monitoring the conditions and weather.”

He cautioned skiers that early season conditions exist, and skiers should take care and expect obstacles and thin spots, even on groomed trails.

The full price of $62 for full day alpine lift tickets takes effect Tuesday. Half-day pricing begins at 1 p.m.

The Glade Runner Mountain Coaster had a delayed opening on Monday due to weather conditions, but just after noon it was operating. It will be run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting (check here for updates). Read Chadd Cripe’s story about the coaster here.

The Pepsi Gold Rush Tubing Hill will be open. Reservations are available online here. The cost is $15 plus tax for a 90 minute session.

The Pioneer Lodge will open for the season, with full food and beverage service.

Bogus Basin’s downtown sales office is open daily for season pass pickups, and retail and ticket

purchases. For sales office questions, call 208-332-5162.

Meanwhile, Brundage Mountain near McCall has opened all of its chairlifts after weekend snowstorms. The only terrain that hasn’t opened is the experts-only Hidden Valley area.

The snow depth at Brundage ranges from 23 to 41 inches. Another 6 to 12 inches is expected later this week, according to the resort.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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