- Chris Thornton
- Skiers and snowboarders were greeted at Bogus Basin this morning with a foot of fresh snow dropped overnight.
Despite enjoying decent early-season coverage the past few weekends Bogus Basin has been open, a warm spell blew through the valley last week, bringing rain. Over the course of the week, skiers watched the mountain's webcam as the snow turned to puddles around the chair lifts.
Bogus Basin staff wasn't sure Dec. 11 if there was enough snow to open anything other than the Coach chair, but a winter storm warning took effect and by the morning of Dec. 12, the front side of the mountain was open.
By Dec. 13, the mountain boasted enough coverage to open all six lifts as well as the tubing hill. Only the Showcase Chair remained still, as a way to trim down on costs this season.
All day Sunday, skiers and snowboarders enjoyed a daylong refill of powder, as several inches of snow replaced what was lost during the previous week's warming.
Visibility on the mountain was foggy at the top, with a cold wind that blasted any exposed skin with falling snow, but the temperature hovered around 30 degrees. Despite the fantastic snow conditions, resort-goers never waited more than a few minutes in the lift lines.
Since the mountain closed at 5 p.m. on Sunday, another foot of snow fell to greet skiers and snowboarders on Monday, Dec. 14.
Today marks the beginning of seven-day operations at the mountain, though hours have changed slightly. Bogus Basin will no longer offer night skiing on Sundays, Mondays or Tuesdays and lifts will close at 9 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. once night skiing starts later this month.
As of noon on Dec. 14, the resort had a 42-inch base. The snowfall has slowed since the early morning, but according to Bogus Basin's communications director, John Hart, "flakes are still coming down." It is currently 23 degrees on the mountain with gusts up to 33 miles per hour.
The seven-day forecast includes sun on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and more snowfall from Wednesday, Dec. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 20. Chains and snow tires are strongly recommended for upper Bogus Basin Road.
Current snowy conditions are a welcome change after the ski resort has struggled with the effects of climate change over the past five years. Last season, Bogus had its earliest closing on record, in mid-March. A few seasons before that, Bogus had its latest opening ever, with operations beginning in January. The resort even extended its season pass sale through the spring because it was down 40 percent.
- Bogus Basin webcam
- The left photo shows Bogus Basin on Dec. 7. The right photo shows Bogus Basin on Dec. 14.
- Brundage Mountain
- Brundage's "Photo of the Day" shows the immense amount of powdery snow skiers and snowboarders enjoyed on the mountain over the weekend.
Tamarack Resort opened on Dec. 11, with 14 inches of snow falling Saturday night. It currently has a base of 53 inches at the top.