Press Release | Bogus Basin Announces Two New Chairlifts

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

1970's powder towar Pioneer Condos


The upgrades at the non-profit will be complete before the launch of the 2024/25 winter season

Boise, Idaho – Bogus Basin announced today its plans to replace two of its three oldest chairlifts, Coach and Bitterroot, in the summer of 2024. Construction will begin immediately following the conclusion of the 2023/24 winter season and is projected to be completed in time for the start of the 2024/25 winter season.

New Coach Chairlift Alignment And Trail Pod From A South East Facing Angle
New Coach Chairlift Alignment (dotted red line) And Trail Pod From A South East Facing Angle
New Coach Chairlift Alignment And Trail Pod From A East Facing Angle
New Coach Chairlift Alignment (dotted red line) And Trail Pod From An East Facing Angle

The current Coach chairlift, a 1981 YAN double chair, initially served as the Deer Point chairlift from the winter of 1981/82 until the winter of 1995/96. It was relocated in the summer of 1996 when the Deer Point lift was upgraded to the current high-speed detachable lift. The chair has been operational for a total of 43 years, with 28 years at its current location. Both Coach and Bitterroot lifts will be replaced with four-person Skytrac fixed-grip lifts, effectively doubling the uphill capacity, reducing lift lines, and on-trail density. The extended vertical rise of Coach will triple the length of the current Coach’s Corner Run, providing an ideal novice trail for instruction and progression from the learn-to-ride conveyor lifts.

“Delivering an exceptional learn-to-ski experience is incredibly important for our guests, the future of Bogus Basin, and the ski and snowboard industry as a whole. The new Coach chairlift and expanded run will play a pivotal role in helping us achieve that goal.”

Jamie Zolber, Director, Skier Services
Drone Pan Of Bitterroot Basin And Pioneer Lodge

The current Bitterroot chairlift, a Riblet double chair installed in the 1970s, will be replaced with a four-person Skytrac fixed-grip lift, allowing for a refreshed experience. The new lift will be realigned with the top terminal and unload area closer to Pioneer Lodge, facilitating easier access to amenities and improving guest flow to the terrain off the Morning Star Express and Superior Express chairlifts. The area plans to make some terrain improvements to Snoozer, an underutilized trail, creating another top-to-bottom beginner option in the Bitterroot Basin.

New Bitterroot Chairlift Upper Unload Alignment From a South East – Bogus Basin Boise Idaho
New Bitterroot Chairlift Upper Unload Alignment (dotted red line) From a South East – Bogus Basin Boise Idaho

“With the exciting replacement of the Bitterroot chairlift, we will introduce our guests to underutilized beginner and intermediate terrain that is conveniently accessible via two ski-in/ski-out parking lots.”

Nate Shake, Director, Mountain Operations
New Snoozer Alignment Looking East
New Snoozer Beginner Trails And Bitterroot Lift Alignment (dotted red line) Looking East

Located in Bitterroot Basin, known for its enjoyable and inviting intermediate terrain, the area hosts Bogus Basin’s School Race Program on Saturdays, where thousands of middle and high school-aged kids gather to hone their skiing and snowboarding skills and engage in friendly competition. The new chairlift will alleviate wait times during these events and introduce other guests to the served runs.

The loading areas at the new Coach and Bitterroot lifts will feature RFID gates, providing hands-free, direct-to-lift access to the slopes.

These improvements are part of a series of ongoing guest-centric investments that have transformed the non-profit into a year-round local destination hosting over 500,000 guests annually. Totaling over $60 million, these investments include snowmaking, daily summer operations, new chairlift installations, and a variety of other capital enhancements.

Learn more about the history and future of the Bitterroot and Coach Chairlifts here.
Read about the 2024/25 Season Pass Sale offerings here.

About Bogus Basin Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is a 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to engaging the community to provide accessible, affordable, and fun year-round mountain recreation and education. Opened in 1942, Bogus Basin offers 2,600 acres of daytime skiable terrain, and 165 acres for night skiing; eleven lifts and three people-mover carpets; 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. Summer activities include the Glade Runner, a 4,251 foot mountain coaster, The Mine Shaft Challenge course, mountain biking, events, hiking and chairlift service for hike and bike transport. Bogus Basin is located 16.5 miles north of Boise, Idaho and operates under a special use permit with the Boise National Forest.