Image from Bogus Basin's webcam Nov. 14, 11:25 a.m.
Last year, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area turned the chairlifts on Dec. 9. In 2011, the resort opened Jan. 17—the latest opening date in its history. This year, however, it could see its earliest opening in 45 years.
According to Boise State Pubic Radio
, this snow storm could give Bogus Basin the base it needs to open a few runs as early as Saturday, Nov. 15. The ski resort's general manager, Alan Moore, told BSPR that an early opening would be a limited one—most likely just a few chairlifts on the front side; the tubing hill won't open for awhile.
Moore said in the last 45 years, the earliest Bogus has ever opened was Nov. 17.
As of 10 a.m., Bogus Basin's webcam
shows an accumulation of about three inches of snow since 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13, but the National Weather Service is forecasting a 100 percent chance of snow throughout the day and 40 percent chance overnight, with accumulations up to 10 more inches possible. The resort usually needs a base of 18-24 inches to open.
Below is a time-lapse video from Nov. 13 of the mountain, courtesy of the National Weather Service
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