Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin, Idaho

Written by Greg and Heather Burke

Despite its name, the skiing at Bogus Basin is anything but... Bogus Basin is a non-profit community operated Idaho ski area with boatloads of terrain. You can ski 360-degrees from one of two summits that encompass 2,600 acres and drops 1,800’ vertical. From Boise, you are just 16 miles from Bogus Basin but it takes a good 45 minutes, and four wheel drive, up a wild wintry road that deserves its own black diamond designation.

Bogus Basin ski area has multiple faces – a bit bewildering for first timers. There is nothing fancy about Bogus, the lodges are rustic – even retro. Bogus stretches over 67 runs with 7 lifts (2 are high-speed quads). There are six areas including the Front side's beginner Bitterroot, and intermediate Morning Star and Deer Point peaks which host a bunch of blue cruisers and a terrain park. On a powder day at Bogus, head for the plethora of steep and deep double black runs off 7,590’ Shafer Butte in the Pine Creek and Superior backside, there is one easier route down each, and a traverse cat track to bail back to Bogus’ front side. 

With its proximity to Boise, Bogus Basin is a good day (and night) area to hit if from Boise. There is nothing luxurious about Bogus, but you can catch some good tracks - Bogus stays open until 10 pm with events galore, it bustles on weekends. 

For Boise lodging, The Modern Hotel is art deco, with fluffy robes, rain showers, and a real groovy feel. You have easy access to Bogus from downtown Boise, and the Modern Hotel breakfast is the best – French roasted coffee, pastries from a local patisserie of croissant, pain au chocolate, yogurt and fresh fruit. The Modern Hotel is ideal for skiers with late flight arrivals into Boise.

Elevation

Base
5800 feet
Base
Summit
7581 feet
Summit
Vertical Drop
1781 feet
Vertical Drop

Lifts

High Speed Quads
3
High Speed Quads
Triple Chair
1
Triple Chair
Double Chairs
3
Double Chairs

Terrain

Beginner Runs
22 %
Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
45 %
Intermediate Runs
Advanced Runs
33 %
Advanced Runs
Expert Runs
0 %
Expert Runs
Total Runs
91
Total Runs
Terrain Parks
0
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
1 mile
Longest Run
Skiable Terrain
2600 acres
Skiable Terrain
Snowmaking Area
390 acres
Snowmaking Area

Opening and closing dates

Season Open Date Close Date
2017/2018 12/09/2017 (estimated) 04/08/2018 (estimated)
2016/2017 12/10/2016 04/23/2017
2015/2016 11/27/2015 04/17/2016
2014/2015 12/19/2014 03/14/2015

Lift ticket and season pass prices

Category Age restrictions Price (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult 19 - 69 $62
Child 6 & under $10
Child 7 - 11 $25
Child 12 - 18 $49
Senior 70 & over $49
Season Pass
(2017-18 Alpine Season Pass)
$499

Ski Resorts in Idaho