Snow comes at perfect time for Bogus Basin

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Snow comes at perfect time for Bogus Basin

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by Scott Evans

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 7:36 PM

BOISE – Depending on your perspective, the snow that fell throughout southern Idaho was either a welcome sight or a headache. For ski resorts, the snow was welcomed with open arms, especially at Bogus Basin.

Wednesday was the first time in quite a long time that there was fresh powder on the runs at Bogus.

"Everybody's having a good time,” said Jacob Harris, a Bogus Basin employee scanning season passes. “They're pumped about the new snow and we needed it," said Harris.

The snow proved to come at the perfect time for a group that came to Boise from Las Vegas, California and Hawaii.

"Being from Hawaii I'm never around snow, so it's always cool to come up here," said Ren Kuwahara.

With the snow at the front of everyone's mind, the fog dominated the day.

"It's enough where you can see where you're going. It's not like you're totally blind. It's skiable," said Jeanne Spaulding.

For Spaulding and her friend Shari Boyle from Meridian, the snow was perfect.

"We just came down through powder and it was just beautiful. It's like on silk, you're just skiing on silk," said Spaulding.

It also came at a perfect time for Bogus Basin.

Brian Ellsworth is on the board and was one of the first people on the slopes Wednesday morning.

"It's fabulous,” said Ellsworth. “We were on the verge of probably having to close up a few things and now we're opening up Superior, so it's a godsend, it really is. I couldn't be happier.”

Like years past, the community ski hill has seen its fair share of ups and downs when it comes to the snow pack at Bogus.

"We've had a lot of blue sky days at Bogus Basin, just beautiful days, but not a lot of snow, so this is a change that will get everybody happy," said Bogus Basin General Manager Alan Moore.

And happy means people buying lift tickets, season passes and food.

"All those dollars count towards breaking even,” said Moore. “Of course, if Bogus Basin makes any money we put that money back into our lifts and into our services, just making this even a better owned community ski area.”

It turned out to be a great day at Bogus Basin. Tuesday, before the snow, Moore says there were about 20 people on the slopes. Wednesday, there were hundreds on the mountain. Moore hopes this weekend, with fresh snow and the storms on the way, will bring upwards of 7,000 people to the mountain.

Bogus had upwards of six inches Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The forecast calls for more snow over the coming days.

With all this new snow, the tubing hill opens this weekend.

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