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Ski shops see surge as Bogus slopes open

This is typical of the day after Christmas but add in the high expectations following last season, several inches of snow on the ground plus opening day at Bogus -- and you get a nonstop day at the shops. (KBOI Staff Photo)

The day after Christmas is always huge for Ski shops and owners say Bogus Basin opening on December 26 was the perfect Christmas Gift

There was a constant rush of people coming into shops to rent, buy and update their winter gear.

"Well as you can see everybody's going to Bogus today so it's a busy day, people are going through the rental shop, just a lot of a lot of excitement," says Greenwood's Ski Haus owner Jeff Lewerenz

This is typical of the day after Christmas but add in the high expectations following last season, several inches of snow on the ground plus opening day at Bogus -- and you get a nonstop day at the shops.

"We call it a ski hangover in a good way though you know because we have enough snow last year," says Chuck Creme at McU Sports. "People were really excited about the season so they started shopping early."

While many in the stores were headed up to the mountain Tuesday, others were getting ready for future trips.

The ones we spoke to already had some gear but needed a few more things before hitting the slopes.

"We came in here to get some new gloves," says David Andrews. "We already got our rental package about a month ago so we've been ready to go waiting for the snow."

School is out so Reece Woods and her family are taking their annual ski trip to Tamarack.

"We came in today because our old stuff doesn't really fit us anymore," says Woods.

The shops say sales this fall were way up with people anticipating a similar season to last years.

"People haven't been too discouraged by the little bit of difference," says Eco Lounge owner Michael Teschner. "They all think it's a big difference in how much snow we've had but we're only behind three inches."

Still, the lack of snowfall until now did have an effect on sales this month for some.

"I would say they're a little bit slower than last year for December but it seemed like people got ahead of the curve a little bit more this year with doing their leases and getting their items ready during October and November," says Lewerenz. "So it's hard to tell how the season is going to be until the end of the year but people are excited and it's a good thing."

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