My next stop on the POW’daho tour was Bogus Basin. It earned its name for the bogus gold mining claims not for the skiing. The skiing & riding here are legit! 2600 in bounds acres puts it on par with WA’s Crystal Mountain and makes it bigger than Jackson Hole’s in bounds 2400 acres and Snowbird’s 2500 acres. In addition, Bogus Basin has five gates to access the Mores Mountain, Bob’s Knob, Clear Creek and Dry Creek drainage sidecountry. All 5 gates are marked on their trail map. The non-profit Bogus Basin Recreation Association operates the area which skis/rides much bigger than expected – one day really wasn’t enough to explore the whole mountain and its sidecountry but my guide, Lew Peterson, who’s into his 23rd year as an instructor there knew where to go. The terrain spreads out over 360 degrees and that together with all the gladed terrain made it easy to find good snow throughout the day. With so much terrain to train on, it’s no surprise that Bogus Basin has had its share of US Ski Team racers and Olympians including Jeret “Speedy” Peterson (2005 World Cup Aerials champion and 2010 Olympic silver medalist), Dane Spencer, Erik Fisher, etc. Take a quick look at Bogus Basin in the video below and be sure to pay them a visit. If you plan to access their backcountry, be aware that access from the resort is only permitted at the gates – no ducking ropes there or you’ll lose your pass. Also, remember to be prepared because beyond the gates, there’s no ski patrol or avalanche control. Bogus Basin has a search and rescue policy that charges $1000/hr if help is needed out of bounds.
Bogus Basin is located only 16.5 miles outside of Boise (a very cool city) in the Boise National Forest. Take your time driving the Bogus Basin Road up to the resort – it has a recorded 172 turns and gains 3,400 ft over 16 miles. With the new snowfall, I made frequent use of the turn outs to let locals pass. For those who prefer to ride, there’s a shuttle bus that services Boise and neighboring cities and runs Dec-Feb and holidays. You’ll want to look into that here if you’re considering night skiing/riding and aren’t familiar with that drive (night ops DAILY until 10pm – nice). Their 2013-14 season pass is on sale this month for $259 (12yrs & older) (what a bargain!). For more info or to purchase, go to www.bogusbasin.org. And don’t forget that 5th graders can ski free 3 times at Bogus Basin and receive 50% off group walk-in lessons at 12:30pm only (check-in at the ski/Board School Sales office 1 hour early) and 50% off equipment rentals when combined with the lessons (Restrictions: 5th Grade Ski Free Passport offers and discounts cannot be combined with School Night, LifeSports or other Bogus Basin Ski/Board Programs or discounts).