Bogus Basin, as seen from the Morning Star chair earlier this week.
Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is experiencing an especially early closing this season after an unseasonably warm February and very dry March. The resort announced that weekday skiing and snowboarding closes tomorrow, and the End of Season party is planned for Saturday, March 14. Bogus will try to remain open for bonus weekends throughout the spring as conditions permit.
"Our mountain operations team has done an amazing job in recent weeks dealing with unseasonably warm conditions," said Interim General Manager Nathan Shake. "As everyone enjoys their final runs of the winter, we're gearing up for a busy schedule of summer events and activities on the mountain."
This weekend, lift tickets will cost $25 instead of the usual $39. Deer Point Express, as well as the Superior high-speed quad and the Coach lift will be open. Morning Star will operate for access only and the Pine Creek quad has closed for the season. Lifts will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This is also the final weekend for food and beverage services at the upper Pioneer Lodge. The nordic lodge and the tubing hill are also closed for the season.
The Spring Carnival and end of season party will take place on March 14 with outdoor music playing near Simplot Lodge from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"Spring Carnival started in the 1940s, and we've resurrected that theme," Development Director Susan Saad told Boise Weekly.
The party will include the annual Pabst Blue Ribbon scavenger hunt, prizes, giveaways and food specials. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to dress in old-school gear.
Mountain officials told Boise Weekly
they usually shoot for the second Sunday in April to close. Last year, the mountain closed on April 13. The earliest the mountain has closed for the season in recent years was March 22 in 1992.