Warm temperatures the Treasure Valley is experiencing this week soon will give way to a cooler November, meaning the winter recreation season is not far away. That means skiers and snowboarders will be gearing up to hit the slopes around Idaho, including at nearby Bogus Basin.
Bogus Basin’s target opening date for the winter season is Friday, Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving, according to a news release from the resort. That date could be earlier if snow conditions allow for it, the resort said.
Bogus Basin’s Boise office, located at 2600 Bogus Basin Road, will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and season passes will go on sale online, in-person or by phone. Reservations for ski and snowboard lessons can be made over the phone. Winter equipment can be leased starting Wednesday by appointment only.
Resort patrons will notice a handful of improvements to the mountain. The resort has expanded its snow-making capacity, as well as cut back brush from areas logged over the summer to expand terrain that can be skied. The Simplot Lodge received refinished flooring and a new coat of paint.
Bogus Basin’s Glade Runner Mountain Coaster will not be open for the winter.
Also new to the resort are a protocols implemented to mitigate the potential spread of the coronavirus. Face coverings will be required in most areas when not skiing, and physical distancing will be required for guests.
Though the number of people allowed inside facilities will be limited to promote social distancing, the resort will pitch large tents at the Simplot and Pioneer lodges to provide 8,000 square feet of covered seating.
The number of lift tickets sold will be limited on peak winter weekends and holidays until 3 p.m. those days. The resort recommends buying lift tickets for those days online and in advance.
In order to encourage people to visit during slower hours, Bogus will expand its night skiing hours to 3 to 10 p.m.
No overnight camping will be allowed on Friday and Saturday nights during the winter, and public transportation will not be available during the upcoming season, according to the resort’s release.
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