Bogus Skates 

They had a great ski season despite weak storms this winter, but Bogus Basin Ski Resort is probably smiling more about a recent verdict handed down by the Idaho Supreme Court.

In a ruling issued this month, the court said the resort was not liable for the injuries suffered by a woman who fell and injured herself while getting off a chairlift. Helga Withers said a rope placed by the ski area got in her way and caused her to fall. The resort argued successfully that the accident fell within the "inherent risks in the sport of skiing" codified by Idaho law.

"The hazard was created by the rope, not the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of the chairlift," the justices wrote in their decision. "Withers was not endangered by the operation of the chairlift, and her injuries were not caused by that operation."

All of which said to Bogus: Time to party! On Saturday, with bare patches showing in the resort's snowpack, skiers enjoyed the season's last day. The resort had hoped to stay open until April 15, but those shorts you're seeing around town should tell you something about just how favorable the weather is to such a plan.

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