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Bogus Basin will open tubing hill, Nordic Highway this weekend

Three ski runs to try at Bogus Basin

Lynne Wieland of Bogus Basin explains why these three runs are among the ski area's highlights.
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Lynne Wieland of Bogus Basin explains why these three runs are among the ski area's highlights.

UPDATE: Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area will open its tubing hill and the Nordic Highway cross country skiing trail this weekend as it continues to wait for enough snow for alpine operations.

The Pepsi Gold Rush Tubing Hill will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are available at bogusbasin.org. Cost is $15.

The Frontier Point Nordic Lodge will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days for tickets, lessons and rentals. The Nordic Highway has been groomed to the Superior chair, creating a 6.4-kilometer out-and-back loop.

A hike-only terrain park for intermediate to advanced skiers and boarders is available near the Deer Point chair. Access is free.

The Simplot Lodge restrooms on the main floor will be open.

Bogus, which has limited snowmaking capability, hopes to open the Coach chairlift and beginner conveyor lifts Dec. 16.

Brundage Mountain near McCall will open its Easy Street beginner lift for free Friday-Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There isn’t enough snow yet for the upper terrain. Guests can hike up the slope and ski where the snow is suitable.

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Tamarack Resort plans to open for skiing Friday, while openings at Bogus Basin and Brundage Mountain still haven’t been determined.

Tamarack will open the top half of its mountain, made possible by its mid-mountain chairlift. The beginner terrain at the base of the mountain also will be open. Tamarack has the largest snowmaking system of the three ski areas but it also received 11 inches of snow over the weekend.

Bogus Basin, which had targeted Saturday for its opening, will make a decision Wednesday afternoon. The base is 9 inches despite a season total of 42 inches because of warm weather around Thanksgiving.

Brundage, which had targeted Friday, hasn’t made a decision for the weekend either. The mountain received 12 inches of snow in the base area over the weekend. The base is 14 inches in the base area and 30 inches on the upper mountain.

Sun Valley Resort, which has a massive snowmaking system, has been open since Thanksgiving. It has 24 inches at the base and 36 inches at the summit. Twenty-one trails are open.

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