This winter, it was a long wait for Boise skiers and riders to get on the slopes. Just on the day that Bogus Basin planned a big bash Get Louder For Powder party, enough snow finally arrived at the resort to allow it to open for the season. Skiers got to hit the slopes at Bogus Basin on Jan. 19.

On the front side of the mountain, chairlifts 1, 2, 4, and 7 ran on opening day with skiers and riders whooping it up in six inches of powder. The Easy Rider carpet also opened for beginner skiers and snowboarders as well as lessons. The Nordic center, trails, and lessons also started up for the season.

Bogus Basin ID carpet

Beginner lifts and lessons started up at Bogus Basin on Jan. 19. Photo courtesy of Bogus Basin.

Spokesperson Gretchen Anderson confirmed that this year saw the latest opening Bogus Basin has ever had. Records at the resort go back as far as 1969.

Nearly three feet of snow fell in the three days leading up to opening day at Bogus, which gave the resort the boost they needed to crank up the lifts. By its first weekend of operation, Bogus crews added on the backside chairs — Pine Creek, Superior, and Bitterroot.

The new Superior Chair also opened over the weekend for the season. The $5 million new high-speed detachable quad cuts the riding time in half from the old lift. The first chair ride on the new lift went to four local donors whose names were drawn at random.