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Blast from the Bogus Past

New book details history of Boise's local ski hill


Books chronicling the early development of ski areas seem to be a trend, and Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area has hopped on the bandwagon. Building Bogus Basin by local author Eve Chandler hit stores earlier this fall, although BW had the scoop two years ago.

Clocking in at 224 pages and retailing for $27.95, the book looks at the history of Boise's local ski area, from the rise of skiing in the 1930s through the development of the modern ski area.

Filled with photographs, the book is as much a romp through the history of Boise as through Bogus Basin's history. Chandler spent years interviewing hundreds of players involved in Bogus, as well as community leaders and skiers. Personal stories dot the pages, outlining not just the business side of the resort, but the community side, as well.

As for the most often asked question: How did Bogus get its name? Well, some swindling miners in the 1860s set up shop in the basin that now holds the ski area, melting together silver, sand and a little gold to create fake gold dust they pawned off as the real thing. They were found out, and the basin was christened Bogus Basin.

Local artist Ward Hooper created the cover image, and prints of the design are being sold at the Bogus Basin corporate offices at 2600 Bogus Basin Road. The book is also available at Greenwood's Ski Haus, McU Sports, Idaho State Historical Museum, A Novel Adventure, Hastings at 7500 W. Fairview Ave., and Borders Books and Music at Boise Towne Square mall.

Chandler will be doing a series of book-signing events as well. She will be at the Bogus Basin booth at the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation's Ski Swap Friday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Nov. 8, (see Pages 20 for details) as well as at McU Sports on Sunday, Nov. 15. She will also be at Bogus Basin's annual Bridge Builders dinner on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Warren Miller Ski Film Festival on Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21, Borders on Saturday, Nov. 21, and Sierra Trading Post on Sunday, Nov. 22,