March Celebrations | Press Release

Snowfall At Bogus Basin A Non Profit Ski Resort In Boise Idaho
12″ Of Fresh Snow At Bogus Basin On March 5th, 2024

Susan Saad
Director, Community & Customer Relations
Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area


Boise, ID, March 7, 2024 – As Bogus Basin prepares for an impactful weekend event to honor five special fallen heroes, guests at the non-profit are reveling in nearly three feet of fresh snowfall that has hit the area in the past week. The base area snow depth at the non-profit is currently measuring 126% above normal, according to OpenSnow.

March is historically a month of continued snow accumulation in southwestern Idaho. With forecasts predicting additional snowfall throughout the weekend, area officials are starting to contemplate the possibility of reaching a milestone 100-inch base. Last year, the area received 119” of snow in March alone, more than January and February combined.

“We are very pleased with the season thus far – With great snowfall and an above average snow pack, this spring season is shaping up to be top notch.”

Nate Shake, Director of Operations
Patrollers Of Bogus Basin A Non Profit Ski Resort In Boise Idaho During The Annual Memorial Sweep Photo By Luke Tokunaga
2023 Memorial Sweep – Photo By Luke Tokunaga

On Saturday, March 9th, Bogus Basin Ski Patrol will host its annual Final Sweep Memorial—a longtime tradition paying tribute to area patrollers who have passed away. The event honors their legacy and invaluable contributions to the area. As part of the Final Sweep Memorial, fellow patrollers transport a personal item down the slope on a final toboggan descent on the Upper and Lower Ridge runs toward the Simplot Base Area. During the ceremony, prepared bios and personal tributes will be read aloud by fellow patrollers.

“Bogus Basin Ski Patrol is like a big family. Whether volunteers or lifelong careers, we all take pride in supporting one another so we can provide aid to the community as a team. We are honored to pay our respects to those who have dedicated their lives to keeping the community safe.”

Devon Haire, Bogus Basin Patrol Manager

The Final Sweep Memorial symbolizes a responsibility of patrollers everywhere. At the close of daily operations, members perform a “final sweep,” riding all the runs to make sure no one is left behind. Saturday’s Memorial Sweep will honor Tom Muncy, Ted Dietz, Bob Entwistle, and Lester Downer. Additionally, tribute will be paid to former Bogus Basin General Manager Mike Shirley, who passed away last summer. During his 21-year tenure as GM, Shirley spearheaded development and initiatives that played an instrumental role in shaping Bogus Basin into the thriving community asset that it is today.

In addition to the sweep, congratulations will be extended to Bogus Basin Patroller Pam Carson, who was awarded the National Patroller of the Year accolade at the Patrol National Ceremony last summer, further exemplifying the dedication and excellence within Bogus Basin’s patrol community.

“Volunteer ski patrol is a great way to learn new skills, make new friends and help guests enjoy recreating at Bogus Basin safely. Volunteers patrol the mountain on the weekends and provide additional staffing for night skiing and riding.”

Patrick Arnold, National Ski Patrol, Volunteer Group Leader

About Bogus Basin
Opened in 1942, Bogus Basin winter operations offer 2,600 acres of daytime skiable terrain and 200+ acres for night skiing; eleven lifts – including four high-speed quads – and three people-mover surface lifts; an 800-foot tubing hill. The Nordic Center offers 37 kilometers of groomed trails. Environmental education and community outreach programs serve over 20,000 individuals annually, primarily youth. Bogus Basin is located 16.5 miles north of Boise, Idaho, and operates under a special use permit with the Boise National Forest.

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is one of the largest non-profit recreation areas 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. Bogus Basin summer activities include a challenge course, mountain coaster, summer tubing, climbing wall, bungee trampoline, gem panning station, The Basin Gravity Park, cross-country mountain biking and hiking, free community events and educational programs, chairlift service to access hiking and biking trails, and guided nature hikes.