The State of Idaho has approved a plan proposed by Bogus Basin ski area officials. This new plan involves building a water-storage dam and installing underground pipes to make artificial snow. The installation, officials argue, will allow for consistent pre-Christmas openings and conditions for both skiers and snowboarders.
On Tuesday, April 17th, the Idaho Land Board voted 5-0 to approve the work on this land, which was sold to the ski area 45 years ago. The original sale documents state that approval is required for erosion control, re-vegetation, and other significant projects. This new design falls into the latter category. In addition to gaining the approval of the Idaho Land Board, Bogus Basin is also seeking approval from the Forest Service.
Bogus Basin Recreational Association is a non-profit organization operating on a combination of U.S. Forest Service land and privately-owned property. The ski area occupies around 2,700 acres of land. Located in southwest Idaho, around 16 miles north of Boise, the mountain provides jobs and resources for residents of the area. The ability to consistently open early in the season would provide measurable and meaningful economic growth for Boise County; in recent years, the mountain has had to open several days after the Christmas holiday.
According to the plan, snowmaking would not start until at least the 2019-2020 season. Bogus Basin also operates throughout the summer season, providing on-mountain recreation such as mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, a mountain coaster, and scenic lift rides.