Bogus Basin

The Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is about 17 miles north of Boise.

Big news out of Bogus Basin today: The Morning Star Chairlift, Chair 2, will be replaced with a new high-speed detachable quad, and it’ll happen in time to be up and running by early next December for next year’s ski season.

That chairlift provides the key connection between the lower Simplot Lodge and the upper Pioneer Lodge, along with connectivity throughout the various front- and backside portions of the local non-profit ski resort, and also draws large numbers of beginner and low-intermediate skiers for the terrain it serves, including those taking lessons and lots of young children and families. The current fixed-grip Riblet triple chair is known for moving extremely slow and stopping often, but also whipping around the bullwheel at the bottom at what seems incredibly high speed, smacking those who are boarding it if they’re not ready. Morning Star often develops long lines on busy days; the high-speed quad will be a huge improvement.

The ride up the chair will drop from the current 11 minutes to just over 3 minutes.

“We are really excited about an improvement that will have a tremendous impact on the flow of guests throughout the area in winter and summer,” said Kevin Settles, Bogus Basin’s board chairman. “The community has been incredibly supportive of the changes that have happened at Bogus Basin over the past three years, all of which are part of a comprehensive master plan.”

The current chairlift was first installed in 1965.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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