Bogus Basin

Situated just sixteen miles from Boise, Idaho, Bogus Basin Mountain Resort was opened to the public in 1942. It operates as a non-profit ski area under the direction of the Bogus Basin Recreation Association and so provides great services at affordable rates. Bogus Basin is one of the few resorts of this nature in the United States.

This remarkable resort stretches out over 2600 ski-able acres making it the second largest resort in the state in terms of size and use. It also means that visitors to Bogus Basin can enjoy 52 great ski trails, 37 kilometres of cross-country trails and a terrain park complete with halfpipe. The ski trails are rated 22% beginner, 45% intermediate and 33% advanced with both skiers and boarders making extensive use of them. Seven sturdy lifts provide easy access to the runs. There is a tubing hill and plenty of snowshoeing trails to enjoy as well, while sleigh rides provide a great romantic twist to any vacation.

With a summit elevation of 7582 ft, a vertical drop of 1800 ft and over 250 inches of annual snowfall, the resort never fails to impress. It also offers ski lessons, snowboard lessons, children’s programs, women’s programs and child care options. This means the whole family can enjoy their winter vacation without too many worries. And the best part? Prices are significantly lower at Bogus Basin than they are at most similarly sized resorts in the state. In fact, the resort has earned a reputation for being the ‘industry leader in discount season passes’.

When your appetite kicks in there are a couple of great diners and restaurants available, such as the Firewater Saloon, Bogus Bob’s Grill and Panhandle Pete’s Pizzaria Deli, with many of the options being available at the great mid-mountain lodging. Bogus Basin is open between late November and April. Start booking now to stake your place at the lodge this winter.

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