BOISE, Idaho — Bogus Basin officials say that the new Morning Star
Express chairlift will open on Friday, December 20th. The Superior (#3) and Pine Creek (#6) chairlifts on the back side of the mountain will also open for the first time this season on Friday.
Night skiing will begin on Saturday, December 21st, at that time the ski area will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Construction on the Morning Star Express, the first new chairlift at the area since 2011, began shortly after the end of the 2018-19 winter season. “We are very excited to open our fourth high speed detachable quad chairlift,” said Nate Shake, Director of Mountain Operations. “This lift … will provide better access to novice and intermediate terrain in the winter, while providing faster access to advanced terrain on the back side of the mountain.”
Bogus Basin announced plans to replace the Morning Star chairlift in March 2019, following a record-breaking February season pass sale. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the area reinvests earnings back into the operation.
The new chairlift will double the carrying capacity, reduce the ride time from eleven minutes to just over three minutes, and provide a more accessible loading/unloading experience for all guests.
The lift is scheduled to operate from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday. In addition, 100 percent of the mountain will open to skiers and snowboarders for the season.
Area officials are advising guests to use caution and to watch for unmarked hazards, due to early season conditions.
Holiday hours and night skiing will begin at Bogus Basin on Saturday, December 21st. The area will operate daily from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. through Sunday, January 5th.