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Mountain Ready Program

Tips for a Day on the Slopes!

The first day of skiing or snowboarding should be an exciting experience! Here’s what you need to know to have a great first day on the slopes at Bogus Basin.

What to Wear

  • Face coverings will be required indoors, except when seated actively eating/drinking
  • Layers of quick-dry, sweat-wicking material, like wool or synthetic materials.
  • 1 pair of ski or snowboard socks, pulled up over the calf.
  • Waterproof Jacket and Pants
  • Waterproof Gloves or Mittens
  • Helmet and Goggles
  • Sunscreen

What to Bring

  • Start the day with a good breakfast. Include some protein to keep your body fueled all day. We serve food during all hours of operation!
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Carry snacks, extra sunscreen , tissues, and contact phone numbers (for parents or friends) in your pocket.
  • Throw an extra fleece in the car before you leave. (Better yet, treat yourself to having a fresh pair of socks in the car at the end of the day.)
  • Kid’s Activity and Coloring Book – Get your kids excited about learning to slide on snow! The book uses coloring pages, games, and puzzles to get kids excited about learning to ski or snowboard. You can purchase the book in the Retail Shop for an at-home activity!

What to Know

  • Bogus Basin Road is 16 miles
    • 45 – 60 minute drive
    • Curvy 2 lane road
    • Marked Slow Vehicle Pullouts – Please allow faster traffic to pass
    • AWD / 4WD, snow tires and/or chains recommended
    • Allow extra time on weekends, holidays, and powder days
  • Parking
    • Arriving at Bogus Basin, you will pass a small roadside parking area on the left side, then proceed to enter the main lower parking area
    • Temporary short-term 10 minute parking area to the rear of the Simplot Lodge can be used for a quick drop off
    • The upper lots are ski access only to the lower lodge and are not recommended for beginners or quick access
    • Parking lots may fill up on high volume days. The early snowbirds get the spots!

Photo by Skyworkx Aerial Productions

What to Practice

  • NSAA’s Your Responsibility Code, best practices for staying safe on the mountain. KNOW THE CODE!
    1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
    2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
    3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
    4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
    5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment
    6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
    7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
  • At the area, start practicing and learning on the easiest terrain.
  • Pro Tip: Instructors know the best places to go and learn!

Practice What You Learned From the Beginner’s Guide



Mountain Ready: Skiing PDF



Mountain Ready: Snowboarding PDF

Cross Country Skiing


Mountain Ready: Cross Country PDF

Teaching Your Kids to Ski


Teaching Your Kids to Snowboard


Mountain Ready: Teaching Your Kids to Snowboard PDF

Ready to take your skiing or riding to the next level? Or to graduate from greens to blues? Sign up for a professional lesson, where your instructor will make learning to ski or ride easy and fun!

To make a reservation, use the button below to speak with the Ski & Snowboard School Sales Office!

(208) 332-5340


See you on the slopes!

These tips are provided by our partners at the Professional Ski Instructors of America – American Association of Snowboard Instructors. Bogus Basin is a proud member school of the association and certifies many of its instructors through the organization.