One of the many incredible recreational features of Boise is our local ski mountain, Bogus Basin. Sixteen miles from downtown, the mountain is a winding yet relatively short drive. With generous hours of operation, Bogus Basin allows skiers to not only hit the slopes during daylight, but after work or on the weekends as well. As a community owned 501(c)(3) charitable organization all of the dollars spent on the mountain go directly towards operating costs and mountain improvements. The non-profit nature of Bogus Basin has also kept lift tickets and season passes affordable. In fact, a season pass to Bogus Basin has to be one of the best deals going, nationwide. $179 for existing season pass holders or $199 for new purchasers, a season pass is good for the remainder of this year and all of next year's ski season. Nordic season passes are available for $69. These special discounted rates are available through Sunday, Feb 26th. Rates go up after the 26th, but are still very affordable, and passes are available for purchase year-round. Check out the Bogus Basin website for rates and to buy your season pass.
Coming off of a year with little and late snowfall, the temptation to skip purchasing the season pass this year is inevitable. Because Bogus Basin is a community owned non-profit the season pass dollars are imperative to keep the mountain open and operating. After a record-breaking late opening date this season, it is estimated that it will take the mountain four years with typical yearly revenue to recoup the lost revenue from this year. Rather than attempt to predict the weather patterns for 2012-13 or worry about how many ski days you'll get in next year, think of your season pass purchase as a contribution* towards keeping our local ski hill open for years to come. After all, there is nothing better than making a few turns after work or over a long lunch break. Without Bogus Basin, us Boise-based snow enthusiasts would be hours from the slopes and forced to invest a lot more time and money to catch a few runs. Make sure to pick up your Bogus Basin season pass this week!
For more information on Bogus Basin and 2012-13 season passes check out the website.
* Lift tickets and season passes are not tax-deductible, however direct and in-kind donations are welcomed and tax-deductible.
Written by: Dana King Grinnell