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Bogus Basin to resume operations Wednesday; Soldier Mountain has too much snow

Bogus Basin was able to evacuate skiers from its lifts with generator power.
Bogus Basin was able to evacuate skiers from its lifts with generator power. Idaho Statesman file photo

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area closed for the day Tuesday because of a power outage.

The ski area will re-open at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The power went out about 11 a.m. Tuesday and was restored shortly before 5 p.m. The decision to close was made early in the afternoon when it was clear the problem wouldn’t be fixed quickly. Skiers and boarders were evacuated from the chairlifts using backup generators. Those generators aren’t enough to keep the ski area operating, though.

The closure was bad timing for skiers. Bogus Basin has received 14 inches of fresh snow in the past 24 hours.

“(An outage) hasn’t happened in the three years I’ve been here,” said Susan Saad, director of community relations for the ski area. “But it’s unusual weather circumstances in the area.”

Anyone who bought a day lift ticket for Tuesday will be offered a weather check to ski on another day.

Meanwhile, Soldier Mountain near Fairfield announced that it will be closed Thursday because of “too much snow” — something you don’t hear very often from a ski area.

Among the problems: The snow is so deep that some chairs are buried and the staff needs to dig out snow to create enough clearance to run the lift.

“The roads are dangerous, avalanche conditions are high, employees are snowed in ... ,” Soldier Mountain’s Beth Pina said in an email.

Soldier Mountain still expects to be open Friday-Monday for the holiday weekend. Regular days are Thursday-Sunday.

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