Night skiing showcases the beauty of Bogus Basin’s non-profit status
BOISE, Idaho – Bogus Basin is one of the few not-for-profit ski resorts in the country, a trend over the past decade shows how ski areas are merging into corporate conglomerates, the largest is Vail Resorts which manages 37 different stations.
With so many mountains losing that local feel, we’re lucky here in Idaho because all of the mountains in Gem State are locally owned, and Bogus Basin takes it a step further by being one of only nine . non-profit resorts in the countryside.
Skiers and snowboarders are reaping the rewards of Bogus Basin not-for-profit status through their investment in snowmaking equipment, new ski lifts, improved parking lots, more snow removal equipment, roller coasters, and a focus on winter recreation. summer.
But their night operation also features non-profit status, last year Bogus Basin added an extra hour for night skiing and General Manager Brad Wilson told us they were losing money on the night skiing except Friday and Saturday evenings.
However, night skiing aims to widen accessibility for skiers and boarders, with mountain stays open until ten o’clock every day of the week.
“As someone who works every day, it’s nice to be able to come here at night and enjoy most of the mountain,” said snowboarder Daniel Fay.
Bogus Basin has one of the largest overnight operations with 20 lighted runs on over 200 acres serviced by four different lifts, an overnight season pass is also one of the best deals in the ski industry at $129 .
Anthony Bonner grew up in Chicago, but also spent time in Boise as a child. He learned to snowboard in Bogus Basin when he was eight years old and now enjoys sharing his passion for the sport with his friends in Illinois.
“Sharing snowboarding with friends who’ve never snowboarded before is so much fun because there’s so much laughter,” Bonner said.
Bonner and his friends chose night skiing because they could ride for two nights for the price of a day ticket, which goes back to the non-profit mountain’s slogan, it’s all good.
“They have such good equipment the lifts are really good, they just had a new snow machine that cuts into the side of the mountain so the climb was much safer this year which is super cool” , Bonner said. “It’s just a great place and to ski or snowboard.”
Bogus Basin recently purchased a new Stewart and Stevenson RSS 1000, they say it can do the job of three plows, freeing up those plows to better clear parking lots.