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Bogus takes key step toward snowmaking this winter

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Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is in the second year of a multi-year set of upgrades and changes it hopes will transform both winter and summer operations.

The big item on the list this year: snowmaking.  And resort officials say they have made a key achievement: collecting runoff in a special pond to make into future snow.

Over the last 5 months, our team has been working tirelessly to bring top-to-bottom snowmaking to Bogus Basin. The snowmaking project has seen tremendous progress this summer.

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The new snowmaking system will be the second-largest in the state after Sun Valley Resort’s extensive system. Bogus says 24 fully-automated fan guns will be supplied by pumps running from the collection pond.

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That pond can hold up to 13 million gallons of water, all collected from runoff on the mountain.  Bogus officials say there should be enough runoff to “fill the pond nearly three times over.”

“The pond is now sealed and collecting water – the primary ingredient in snowmaking,” Bogus officials wrote.

This means snowmaking will launch this year – but they will not know how much they can generate for a few more weeks, depending on preciptation levels.

Bogus Basin has struggled in some recent years without snowmaking. Last season it opened limited runs on the day after Christmas and then had to close again before finally kicking into full operations in January.

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Don Dayhttp://linkedin.com/in/donday
Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

1 COMMENT

  1. Although I love the idea of using natural run off for snow making, I also worry that capturing that water may cause water scarcity conditions for the natural habitat that would normally benefit from the the runoff. Is that a legitimate concern?

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