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Bogus Basin begins summer lift service

Bogus Basin begins summer lift service

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area begins summer lift service Saturday, July 2. Here's a preview.
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Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area begins summer lift service Saturday, July 2. Here's a preview.

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area began its push for summer business this weekend.

Weekend lift service began this Saturday (July 2). The Deer Point Express lift will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and holiday Mondays through Labor Day (Sept. 5). Prices are $10 for a single ride, $25 for a day and $99 for the season. The lift is equipped for bikes.

I took a biking tour of the property Friday afternoon. First lesson: Don’t underestimate the elevation. This was one of the few times I’ve ever experienced an adverse reaction to altitude (2 miles of continuous uphill biking contributed, I’m sure).

Marketing Director John Hart (meet him in the video above) and I took the Deer Point trail (almost all uphill) to Brewers Byway (a nice cross-country section) to Morningstar (almost all downhill) for a 5.7-mile loop that kept us inside the main bowl of the ski area. The total elevation gain was about 800 feet, all in the first 2.4 miles. Rocks were definitely a factor — be prepared to deal with that if you ride. But the trails are in great shape and include a fun mix of dense forest, fields of wildflowers and open views.

If you’re up for a bigger challenge, you can take the Around the Mountain trail. It’s nearly 10 miles and shares the same starting and ending sections as the route I did Friday. But Around the Mountain gets into some bigger views.

We encountered several hikers, several bikers and a trail runner during our ride. The gathering should be much larger on weekends with the combination of the music, lift service and restaurant.

Summer highlights:

— Bogus is expanding its mountain bike program this summer. A new beginner, single-track trail will run up Bogus Creek toward the Showcase ski run and a new flow trail will drop from Pioneer Lodge to Simplot Lodge. A new summer trail map has been produced and distributed to bike shops, the administrative offices and a rack outside Simplot Lodge. A trail connects the Simplot Lodge parking lot to the Eastside trail, too. A mountain bike league will be contested on Thursdays.

— The trails are multi-use, so hikers are welcome to explore the mountain.

— Simplot Lodge is open 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends.

— Two disc golf courses will be offered, one each from the Simplot and Pioneer lodges.

— Live music will be provided from 3 to 6 p.m. every open weekend and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on four Music on the Mountain days (July 2, July 30, Aug. 20, Sept. 3).

Read more about Bogus Basin’s short-term and long-term summer plans here.

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