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On the Trail: Ski Bogus Basin’s Wildcat run

Twice a month, we’ll spotlight a recreational trail — whether its primary use is skiing, snowshoeing, running, horseback riding, motor sports (snowmobiles, ATVs, etc.) or hiking.

First up: My favorite downhill run at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area (email your favorites to outdoors@idahostatesman.com and I’ll use the feedback in a blog post).

Wildcat, a black diamond, features all of my favorite elements in a ski run — it’s one of the longer runs on the mountain, it turns and changes angles enough to keep the mind engaged, it’s steep enough to provide a challenge and the views are incredible on a clear day.

It starts with a narrow cat track, a short descent, a quick uphill stretch and then a steep drop — a series of terrain changes right off the bat. As you head down the main part of the run, snow-covered mountains are spread for miles in front of you. The run alternates descents and plateaus as it meanders, ending at the Pine Creek Express chair.

▪ Stats: Wildcat is just under a mile long, drops about 1,400 feet in elevation and took me a little more than 4 minutes to ski.

▪ Getting there: From the top of the Pine Creek or Superior chairs on the back side of Bogus Basin, follow the cat track that wraps around Shafer Butte. Wildcat will be on your left. The primary entrance is through a small cat track but more daring skiers can drop onto the run from an ungroomed hillside.

▪ Video: Watch a video of the run at IdahoStatesman.com.

Chadd Cripe