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Bogus Basin opens summer operations with safety in mind

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 10:14:45-04

BOISE, Idaho — On Friday, June 26, Bogus Basin will open their summer operations after delaying their normal opening by about a month because of the coronavirus.

Bogus Basin a non-profit, was able to pay all their employees during the stay-at-home order, and for the last six weeks, those workers have been getting the mountain ready for recreation.

Bogus Basin will be asking the public to wear masks and practice social distancing when they visit.

"All of our employees are used to wearing masks, but we will be asking our guests and visitors to wear masks when they can't social distance," said Bogus Basin general manager Brad Wilson. "That will be when they go inside our base lodge, use the restroom, the food facility, or waiting in line for the chair, tickets or rentals."

Bogus Basin will also open all of the amenities except for the bungee trampoline and the rock climbing wall.

"We just couldn't figure out a way to do that safely for our employees and our guests, so we are not going to offer those this summer," said Wilson.

However, Bogus Basin has a very special new amenity with the Morning Star high-speed quad that opened at the beginning of the ski season.

This new lift will give mountain bikers easy access to the terrain on the other side of the mountain, making it so riders have two chairs they can utilize.

"You are going to have direct access right off of that high-speed quad onto those downhill bike trails," said Wilson. "It's a completely different experience on what we've offered in the past."

Some of those trails are pretty intense, so Bogus Basin also built a new green beginner trail, and currently, they are also working on an intermediate blue trail.

The mountain will be open all seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until August 16. From that point on, Bogus Basin will be open on weekends until October if everything goes according to plan.