Bogus Basin’s New Chairlift Ready to Open on Friday

Blue Oval With Bogus Basin In The Center

December 19, 2019 (BOISE, ID)– Bogus Basin announced today that the new Morning Star Express Chairlift will open on Friday, December 20th. The Superior (#3) and Pine Creek (#6) chairlifts on the back side of the mountain will also open for the first time this season on Friday. Night skiing will begin on Saturday, December 21st, at that time the ski area will be open from 9:00am to 10:00pm.

Construction on the Morning Star Express, the first new chairlift at the area since 2011, began shortly after the end of the 2018-19 winter season.

“We are very excited to open our fourth high speed detachable quad chairlift. This lift will transform the ski and snowboard experience at Bogus Basin by providing better access to novice and intermediate terrain in the winter, while providing faster access to advanced terrain on the back side of the mountain.”

-Nate Shake, Director of Mountain Operations

Bogus Basin announced plans to replace the Morning Star chairlift in March 2019, following a record-breaking February season pass sale. As a 501(C)(3) nonprofit, the area reinvests earnings back into the operation. The new chairlift will double the carrying capacity, reduce the ride time from eleven to just over three minutes, and provide a more accessible loading/unloading experience for all guests.

The lift is scheduled to operate from 10:00am until 4:30pm on Friday. In addition, 100 percent of the mountain will open to skiers and snowboarders for the season. Area officials are advising guests to use caution and to watch for unmarked hazards, due to early season conditions.

Holiday hours and night skiing will begin at Bogus Basin on Saturday, December 21st. The area will operate daily from 9:00am until 10:00pm through Sunday, January 5th.

Holiday Operating Schedule (December 21st, 2019 – January 5th, 2020):

  • >Hours of Operation: 9:00am to 10:00pm (Including Christmas Day)
  • >Christmas Eve hours are 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • >JR Simplot Lodge & Pioneer Lodge: 8:00am to 10:00pm
  • >Double R Ranch BBQ Smoke House: December 21 & 22, December 26-January 5, 11:00am-4:00pm
  • >Downtown Sales Office, 2600 N. Bogus Basin Road, 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • >Glade Runner Mountain Coaster: 11:00am to 7:00pm (Note: Opening may be delayed due to weather, check for status)
  • >Tubing Hill: 9:00am to 6:00pm. Advance online reservations at
  • >Frontier Point Nordic Center: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • >Public bus service begins Saturday, December 21 (
  • >Carpool-only (3+ people) priority parking will be in effect at the area during peak hours

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About Bogus Basin Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is a 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to engaging the community to provide accessible, affordable, and fun year-round mountain recreation and education. Opened in 1942, Bogus Basin offers 2,600 acres of daytime skiable terrain, and 165 acres for night skiing; eleven lifts and three people-mover carpets; an 800-foot tubing hill. The Nordic Center offers 37 kilometers of groomed trails. Environmental education and community outreach programs serve over 20,000 individuals annually, primarily youth. Summer activities include the Glade Runner, a 4,251 foot mountain coaster, The Mine Shaft Challenge course, mountain biking, events, hiking and chairlift service for hike and bike transport. Bogus Basin is located 16.5 miles north of Boise, Idaho and operates under a special use permit with the Boise National Forest.