Every skier and snowboarder has their list of the powder-packed mountain resorts they’d like to visit, the lines they plan on shredding, and the peaks they hope to conquer. If this sounds like you, then I have the perfect place for you to add to your must-explore list. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or expert looking for your next challenge, Bogus Basin is a must-ski destination.

Ski at Bogus Basin
Soaking in the views on top of Bogus Basin.

Mountain Stats:

  • Summit Elevation: 7,600 feet
  • Base Elevation: 5,800 feet
  • Lifts: 2 quads, 1 triple, 4 doubles
  • Longest Run: 7,920 feet
  • Season: Late November to early April. Night skiing on 90 acres Wednesday through Sunday, plus holidays.
  • Annual Snowfall: 250 inches
  • Ski helmets, skis, snowboards, and boots available to rent.

The Rundown

Skiing at Bogus Basin
Enjoy beautiful scenery from the slopes of Boise Basin. Photo Credit: Boise CVB.

Bogus Basin is the perfect family skiing destination with 2,600 skiable acres on 1,800 vertical feet. This skier’s paradise sits comfortably towards the top of Idaho’s pure premier ski areas list. What makes Bogus even more appealing is the fact that it’s only 16 miles from downtown Boise. One of the more popular sections of the mountain, Shafer Butte, provides flat-out, massive drop-ins for experienced hotshots that love to rush down the side of the hill, while the wide-spread layout among numerous peaks provides novice riders with a bevy of options to navigate back down to the lodge.

Backcountry tree skiing is plentiful here and fresh powder is never in short supply. With ample off-trail routes to explore be sure to rent a wider set of skis so you can maneuver your way through the never-ending piles of snow.

Did I mention the reasonable pricing you’ll find at Bogus? Considering the huge variety of quality runs and facilities, you might expect that a lift ticket would cost a small fortune. However, this is not the case – lift tickets at Bogus are affordable and the lines are never too long.

Top-Notch Trails

Sail down the slopes of Bogus Basin.
Sail down the slopes of Bogus Basin.

Don’t waste any time looking for the perfect trail up on the hill. These three runs will definitely get your blood pumping. Check them out for yourself and share your experience with @VisitIdaho on Instagram or Facebook.

  1. Last Chance
  2. Tiger
  3. Silver Queen

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Feature image courtesy of Boise CVB.
This author is a paid content writer for Idaho Tourism.

Tyler Schnur

Published on January 29, 2016