Bogus Basin Opens Top-To-Bottom Over Thanksgiving Weekend, Thanks To Snowmaking

Blue Oval With Bogus Basin In The Center

November 24, 2021 (BOISE, ID)– Bogus Basin announced today that top-to-bottom skiing and riding opens to eligible season pass holders over the Thanksgiving Weekend. Deer Point Express & Coach chairlifts, and Easy Rider & Explorer surface lifts operate from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Thursday through Sunday.

Cold and dry temperatures allowed the non-profit recreation area to take full advantage of snowmaking operations in recent weeks. Snowmaking efforts focused on the popular Showcase and Coach’s Corner runs, and the Explorer Terrain Park located above the base area. Bogus Basin General Manager, Brad Wilson, skied a test run on Showcase earlier this week, and was thrilled with the coverage. “I couldn’t be more pleased with what our snowmaking team has done to make this happen,” said Wilson. “It’s awesome we can open top-to-bottom on Showcase exclusively on machine-made snow. More trails will be added as soon as weather permits.”

Bogs Basin installed its snowmaking system before the launch of the 2018/19 winter season. Full build out/completion of the system, including doubling the number of portable fan guns, occurred this summer. The initial $6 million investment came entirely from community donations– a testament to the devotion of local residents who appreciate affordable and accessible recreation opportunities. “As a non-profit, we don’t have outside investors to fund significant projects such as snowmaking. Community support made this happen, and it’s great to continuing seeing the impact it makes,” said Wilson.

The Glade Runner Mountain Coaster also opens to the public this weekend, providing a fun outlet and activity for families and friends celebrating Thanksgiving weekend together. A single ride costs $15 + tax; a three-ride package costs $29 + tax.

Snowboarding and skiing access over the holiday weekend is limited to eligible season pass holders (midweek season pass holiday blackout periods apply). After Sunday, Bogus Basin closes until Saturday, December 4th, when, weather and conditions permitting, the area hopes to launch seven-day-a-week operations for the season.

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Bogus Basin Thanksgiving Weekend Operating Plan

-Hours are Thursday (11/25) through Sunday (11/28), 10:00am to 4:00pm

-Skiing/Riding open to eligible Bogus Basin season pass holders only:

-Midweek Season Pass Holiday blackout dates apply

-Twilight Passes valid after 3:00pm

-Four lifts, Deer Point & Coach chairlifts, and Explorer & Easy Rider surface lifts, operate

-Two runs, Showcase and Coach’s Corner, open to boarders and skiers

-The Explorer Terrain Park above the base area opens

The Glade Runner Mountain Coaster opens to the public; no advance purchase required. Single rider cost is $15 + tax; (3) ride ticket is $29 + tax

-The Frontier Point Lodge opens; 5km on the Nordic Highway is groomed with track set on natural snow (expect thin coverage)

-J.R. Simplot Lodge opens for full food & beverage service

-The retail shop, located inside J.R. Simplot Lodge, opens

-The rental/repair shop opens

The Ski and Snowboard School opens for private lessons only. Advance reservations highly recommended, call (208) 332-5340

-A parking shuttle operates in the main lot, Thursday through Sunday

-Downtown Sales Office open for season pass pickup 9:00am to 5:00pm, Thursday through Sunday

-Mountain Ticket Office open for Glade Runner Mountain Coaster ticket sales

Full Season Opening:

-Weather and conditions permitting, the area intends to open for seven-day-a-week day operations beginning Saturday, December 4th

-Twilight skiing is expected to begin in December, when conditions allow

The Glade Runner Mountain Coaster operates weekends and holidays only during the 2021/22 winter season.

COVID-19 Protocols:

-Face coverings are not required while outside

-Face coverings are required inside, unless seated and actively consuming food/beverages

-Outside food/beverage and/or gear storage is not allowed in the lodge

-Physical distancing encouraged

-Guests feeling unwell, and/or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay home

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About Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is the largest nonprofit recreation area in the country. It is a 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to engaging the community to provide accessible, affordable, and fun year-round mountain recreation and education. Opened in 1942, Bogus Basin offers 2,600 acres of daytime skiable terrain, and 165 acres for night skiing; eleven lifts and three people-mover carpets; an 800-foot tubing hill, and a 4,251 foot Mountain Coaster. The Nordic Center offers 37 kilometers of groomed trails. Environmental education and community outreach programs serve over 20,000 individuals annually, primarily youth. Summer activities include the mountain coaster, mountain biking, events, hiking and chairlift service for hike and bike transport. Bogus Basin is located 16.5 miles north of Boise, Idaho and operates under a special use permit with the Boise National Forest.