Bogus Basin snowmaking operations off to a strong start

Posted at 3:41 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 12:17:56-04

BOISE — With temperatures dropping well below freezing, Bogus Basin snowmaking operations are off to a strong start.

They dumped well over 100 million gallons of water into the machines over an 82 hour period over the weekend.

"Which is a really really good start. We came offline a day ago when it warmed up, and we are just waiting for the next cold spell,” said Bogus Basin General Manager Brad Wilson.

They started with Coaches Corner, Lower Ridge, and the tubing hill and plan to switch their focus to Lower and Upper Ridge once colder temperatures return.

“What we do the early season is make snow in big piles. We call them whales, and those piles actually insulate the snow, so if it warms up, those piles can weather long-term warmer temperatures," said Wilson. "When it gets cold again, we’ll make snow again, and then when we are ready to open we break open those piles and spread them out kind of like frosting on a cake.”

Bogus Basin plans to open Nov. 27, weather permitting, and are hiring over 400 employees for the season.

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