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New towers go up at Bogus Basin

It's all part of the construction of a new high-speed chairlift on the mountain.

BOISE, Idaho — Bogus Basin achieved a big construction milestone this week as 10 towers for a new high-speed chairlift were hoisted into place Wednesday morning by a helicopter.

The nonprofit recreation area is in the process of replacing the Morning Star Chairlift. It will provide skiers and snowboarders with a much faster way of getting up the mountain.

Flying, catching, securing and installing the towers is expected to be done by Thursday. 

The new quad will double the carrying capacity and reduce the ride time from 11 minutes to just over 3 minutes. Construction started in the spring and is expected to be complete by this December.

This is the first new chairlift at Bogus Basin since 2011.

It brings the total number of detachable quads at the ski area to four.

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