BOISE, Idaho — Bogus Basin continues to invest in improvements to its mountain resort.
After some serious summer upgrades, and a new snow-making system, Bogus has announced it will replace its popular but outdated Morning Star ski lift with a high-speed detachable quad.
The Morning Star Chairlift services mostly beginner terrain, and also provides access to the more advanced terrain located on the backside of the mountain.
Representatives say the new four-seat-per-chair lift will move more people up the hill faster -- doubling capacity and reducing ride times from 11 minutes to just over 3 minutes. All this, while also making it easier for skiers and snowboarders to get on and off.
The new lift might also alter the calculus of powder hounds, as folks seeking "first tracks" try to find the fastest way to get to the backside on heavy snow days.
The resort has gotten plenty of use out of the the current Morning Star lift, which was first installed back in 1965. But skiers have clamored for the upgrade in recent years. Once it is complete, Bogus will have four high-speed quad lifts.
Bogus Basin also plans to completely regrade and widen the Pioneer Trail, located just off the Morning Star lift. The idea is to create a long novice trail where folks can learn and practice their skiing.
Work will happen over the summer, with the goal of having everything ready to go for next ski season.