Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is a ski area in the western United States, located in southwest Idaho in Boise County. It is Sixteen road miles north-northeast of the city of Boise. Bogus is operated by the Bogus Basin Recreation Association, a non-profit organization, on private and leased land in the Boise National Forest.

Ski season generally runs from Thanksgiving weekend until the weekend preceding April 15, depending on snow conditions. The area also has cross-country skiing on 23 miles of Nordic trails. The area probably got its name during the 19th-century gold rush. Crooks in the hills above Boise City, known as "spelterers", would make bogus gold dust by heating lead filings with a bit of real gold dust.

Alf Engen, the father of the American powder technique, selected the site for the ski area at Bogus Basin in 1939. It opened to the public 79 years ago in December 1942 with a 500-foot rope tow, and a 3,300-foot T-bar was installed in 1946. In the early 1950s, Bogus had a 30-meter Nordic ski jump, designed by Corey Engen, and his brother Sverre was Bogus' ski instructor.

The Bogus Basin area also makes for some of the best Elk and Mule deer hunting areas Idaho has to offer. Be sure to stock up on all your shooting and hunting supplies before your next outdoor trip