2013-2014 ski season among longest at Bogus in last 5 years
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - If you're looking to put off spring cleaning, there's still time to squeak in some spring skiing.
Bogus Basin has extended the 2013-2014 season through Sunday, April 13. With a little help from the weather, this season will be one of the mountain's longest in the last five years. They hope adding days onto the season will drive people, and money, to the mountain.
Call it a late bloom, but at Bogus Basin, Mother Nature has saved the best for last. The mountain is tacking on one more week of skiing to their Spring calendar.
"Skiing has been fantastic," pro ski patrolman Kevin Hudson said. "There have been some of the best powder days we've had all season long in the last several days. It's kind of hard to turn people away when we get two feet of snow in a week!"
Those extra inches of snow translate to more revenue for the mountain, and more hours on the slopes for skiers.
"The snow is great," Meridian skier Jeanne Spaulding said. "It's the best it's been all year. There is more of it than we've had all year and so that makes it really nice. It hasn't been slippery, it's just been soft and cuddly."
Especially on quiet days, like Friday.
"It's nice to be able to find a couple of spots that are untouched with fresh powder," Boise snowboarder Brian Dietz said.
Dietz said he thought he had already seen his last day on the mountain.
"I was ready for Spring but now Winter wants to come back, and it's okay with me," he said.
So far this year, Bogus Basin estimates they've had 225,000 people come up the mountain to ski. But it's been one of their longer seasons in the last several years.
Here's how it breaks down:
During the 2009-2010 ski season, 356,000 people visited Bogus during the 116 day season.
In 2010-2011, the ski season was 137 days long. There were approximately 355,000 visitors, and it was the mountains longest season in the last five years.
The 2011-2012 season was the latest start in Bogus's history. The mountain opened on January 19, and was open for just 82 days. Still, 236,000 skiers came up to enjoy the short season.
During the 2012-2013 season, 230,000 people skied at Bogus. The season was 1 01 days long.
The mountain hopes these extra days on the skiing calendar will help bump this year's numbers. While Bogus says Mother Nature has been full of tricks this year, it's been a decent season.
"About the time we think we're ready to call it quits, (Mother Nature) surprises us with a lot of snow and skiing has been pretty good," Hudson said.
"It's a very sweet end to the season," Spaulding said. "I just think it's wonderful."
The mountain's last day is Sunday, April 13.