Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area may have had a pretty rough ski season, but it's taking full advantage of summer with its first Big Mountain Roundup Sunday, July 29.
The mountain will be jam-packed with activities for all sorts of outdoor recreationists throughout the day, with the Superior Lift taking hikers and mountain bikers to the top of the hill, a mountain bike marathon race, a running race, live music, food and raffle prizes.
The day will start off at 9 a.m. with the Knobby Tire Mountain Marathon, which will have riders racing 37 miles around Bogus (two laps). Registration must be done in advance at knobbytireseries.com and costs $40 for all age groups. Proceeds will go to help the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association build trails at Bogus.
At 9:15 a.m., it's time for the runners. Racers can compete on two courses--an 11-mile long course or a 5.25-mile short course. Both races start with a ride up the Superior lift and end at the Pioneer Lodge along single-track trails. Cost to race is $45, and registration must be done in advance at pulserunning.com.
The public can start buying lift tickets at 9:30 a.m., and the lift will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A $25 ticket will get you unlimited rides, although helmets and a waiver are required for mountain bikers. Hikers are welcome to ride as well, but no one will be allowed to ride the lift back down.
The center of the action will be the Pioneer Lodge, where both races will end, lift tickets can be purchased and live music by Roughed Up Suspects will begin at noon. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Pie Hole, Maui Wowi and Kanak Attack throughout the afternoon.
Festivities will start winding up at 4:30 p.m., when raffle winners will be announced before everyone makes the twisting drive back down the mountain.