BOISE -- The 2012- 2013 ski season was looking good for Boise's closest ski area on its opening day of December 21st. Bogus Basin was on track to open much earlier than its latest-ever start of January 6, 2012.
However, officials say the 2013 season won't likely pull the mountain's finances back up from the previous year’s losses.
Tuesday, roughly, 800 skiers and boarders visited Bogus' slopes, and General Manager Alan Moore said that's due, in part, to spring break.
As he looks back on this season, Moore tells KTVB there were high points and some low points for the mountain.
“That so many people from the valley came up and enjoyed Bogus Basin, by the end of the season we will be at 240,000 skier visits,” said Moore.
He says that number is at about 80 percent of normal, and it probably was affected by 2013's winter snow.
“You know the snow was a bit challenging this year,” he said. “It was 14 inches of windswept snow that we opened on and that was a bit difficult.”
However, for other ski areas in the valley, the snow situation was practically a night-and-day difference.
About 130 miles to the north of Bogus Basin, Brundage Ski Resort has enjoyed a much better season. Communication Director April Russell said the snow has stayed colder, for longer.
“We've had as much as twice as much snowfall as some of the other resorts in our area, and while it’s not a record year for us, we have been really lucky to hold on to a lot of that snow that we’ve gotten,” said Russell.
The 2012 season was comparable to 2013 according to Russell, who said the mountain opened in mid December, and that Brundage saw enough storms to keep the snow at as much quantity as quality.
“It’s one of the best seasons as far as visitation and revenue that we have ever had,” explained Russell.
At Tamarack Resort near the community of Donnelly, Marketing Manager Wolfe Ashcraft said visitations have pretty much status quo.
“Right now we are right on track to meet our expectations and projections for this season for a revenue standpoint,” said Ashcraft.
The winter of 2013's snowfall was not what Tamarack hoped for, according to Ashcraft. However, he did say the resort saw more season pass sales than ever before, and that pass sales continue to rise each year.
“All and all we are very, very pleased with the way this season has turned out,” said Wolfe.
For Bogus Basin, despite a slide in visits this seasons the community continues to stay supportive.
“If there is one thing we have learned this year, it’s that the Boise valley community really supports their ski area,” said Moore.
Moore said although there have been a couple of difficult years for the ski area, things can always change again and that is how Mother Nature, works.
“We have been a bit challenged with the snow but boy, people came out they bought passes they enjoyed the mountain and really had a great time,” he said.
The last day for Bogus will be Sunday, March 31st, when they will have their Mish-Mash Costume Party.
Tamarack will also have a final day of Sunday, March 31st, with discounted pass rates.
According to April Russell, Brundage will tentatively close the second weekend in April, but if more snow falls, that could be extended.