Press Release | Bogus Basin Expands Weekend Operations

Bogus Basin To Expand Weekend Operations


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

Base Area At Bogus Basin November, 30th 2023 - Photo By Austin Smith
Base Area At Bogus Basin November, 30th 2023 – Photo By Austin Smith

Snowmaking Success: Bogus Basin To Expand Weekend Operations

The non-profit’s investment in snowmaking technology allowed it to expand terrain while awaiting natural snowfall

BOISE, Idaho (December 2, 2023) – Bogus Basin announced plans to reopen for the December 2-3rd weekend, with operations expanding to include the Deer Point Express and Morning Star Express chairlifts for access to Showcase, Upper Ridge, Lower Ridge, Stewart’s Bowl and Silver Queen Runs. Area officials credit snowmaking for the early season openings.

“Snowmaking has played a crucial role in providing early season operations as we await more natural snowfall. The weekend forecast looks very promising, and we are ready to open additional terrain as conditions allow.”

Jamie Zolber, Director, Skier Services

Bogus Basin Mountain Ops Crews have blown approximately 10 million gallons of machine-made snow onto the slopes since October 29th. The area launched its 2023-24 Winter Season on Saturday, November 18th, offering free access to The Explorer Terrain Park in the 2nd Annual Lowtide Bogus Event.

Storm activity is forecasted to bring as much as 28” of snow to Bogus Basin over the weekend. Winter recreation enthusiasts are encouraged to visit and the area’s social media channels for updates.

Cash Rowley On Coach Opening Weekend At Bogus Basin 2023-24 - Photo By Cassidy Carter


  • Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3
  • Deer Point Express, Morning Star and Coach chairlifts, Easy Rider, and Explorer conveyor lifts
  • Frontier Point Lodge will open, Nordic Highway will open, Lessons & Rentals available
  • Operating Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday
  • Adult lift tickets cost $49 (plus tax)
  • A limited number of tickets will be released for advance online purchase on November 30th at 4:00 pm. If tickets remain, they will be available for purchase at the Downtown Sales Office and Simplot Lodge Mountain Ticket Office
  • Eligible Season Pass holders only (Twilight Season Passes from 3:00 pm to close; no Midweek or Night Season Passes)
  • The Rental Shop will be open for equipment rentals
  • The Bogus Basin Ski & Snowboard School will be open for daily lessons, including group and private lessons. (reservations recommended, call (208) 332-5340)
  • Bogus Creek Grill & JR’s T-Bar will offer full food/beverage service in Simplot Lodge
  • Pioneer Lodge open for locker access only
  • Following the December 2-3 weekend, the area will close then reopen the following weekend, earlier if conditions allow
  • The Downtown Sales Office is open daily
  • Pioneer Lodge will open for locker access only

For more information and updates on Bogus Basin’s winter operations, visit

Coach With Snow At Bogus Basin November 30th, 2023 - Photo By Austin Smith
Coach With Snow At Bogus Basin November 30th, 2023 – Photo By Austin Smith

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.