Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bogus: Let it Snow!

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 9:14 AM

The ideal snow base for the Bogus Basin Mountain Resort Area is 24 inches. This morning's snowfall helps significantly, because as of Tuesday, the mountain reported just under a foot of snow.

"With 16 inches, we will open any part of the mountain possible," Bogus spokeswoman Gretchen Anderson told Citydesk. For the resort to operate fully, she said, "A good 10 inches would get us there."

Normally, it would take the resort about two days to be open for business, but there is nothing normal about this season - Bogus has already broken its previous record for its latest season opener. Anderson said if there's enough moisture (and there's plenty in the forecast for the next four days), her colleagues could possibly work round-the-clock for a 24-hour turn-around opening.

The long-anticipated snowfall came just in time for tonight's benefit, Get Louder for Powder, in Boise's Basque Block from 5-8 p.m.

If indeed Bogus opens this week or weekend, Anderson said they'll try to keep the mountain open as late in the season as possible, promising that the slopes will stay open, at least on weekends, until spring and "as long as there are customers and snow."

Anderson estimated the loss of Christmas break revenue came close to $2 million. Though the recreational area has been a nonprofit since 1941, charitable donations have only been accepted since 2005.

"Bogus Basin is similar to the YMCA, only on a mountain," explained Anderson, saying tonight's benefit was an opportunity to recoup a bit of lost revenue.

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