As Boise Weekly reported earlier this year, Bogus Basin partners with several refugee organizations to provide work for some of Boise's newest newcomers, many of whom had never seen snow before. The ski resort employs some 20 refugees every season in its lodges to wash dishes, cook food, bus the tables or work the cash register. Because most of them have a loose grasp on English when they get here, the mountain managers have come up with completely visual communication systems to help their employees navigate the workplace. Many of the refugees work at the resort season after season, but not too many of them have gotten the hang of skiing quite yet.
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