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Ski 2020: Bogus Basin adds new lift, upgrades lodge, ups snowmaking (and hopes to be open soon)

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Boise’s local ski mountain continues improvements under its multi-year master plan. In the coming ski season, Bogus Basin will launch a key improvement for skiers and riders.

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This year, the slow Morning Star lift will be gone. The triple-chair, 11-minute ride that connected the lower and upper lodges made for a big bottleneck on the mountain.

The new lift, which went in late this summer, will feature four seats – and take just three minutes for users to get up the mountain.

“We are really excited about an improvement that will have a tremendous impact on the flow of guests throughout the area in winter and summer,” Kevin Settles, Bogus Basin’s Board Chair said in a statement earlier this year. “The community has been incredibly supportive of the changes that have happened at Bogus Basin over the past three years, all of which are part of a comprehensive master plan.”

The resort already opened its terrain park in the base area on weekends – using snowmaking to allow the feature to open long before significant snowfall. This is the first year the resort fully cranked up its snowmaking abilities, which it began installing in 2018. The snow guns started running before Halloween.

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Once skiers reach the top of the new Morning Star lift, the Pioneer Lodge will show off a new look. The “upper” lodge got a new exterior facelift and a full new kitchen and bar on the third floor. Bogus said the changes will also help the lodge host special events.

When will Bogus Basin open?

Resort officials said they are shooting for a December 7th opening, but “the date will be moved up if a combination of manmade and natural snow allows.”

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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