Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area north of Boise is one of the few areas in the country where there’s skiing and snowboarding 360 degrees around the mountain. As the sun makes its way around the mountain, it tends to leave prime conditions in its wake. Those who follow those rays are rewarded with soft snow conditions that are perfect for carving turns.
You can thank Idaho’s skiing pioneers for Bogus Basin’s location and the opportunity to follow the sun. Early skiers who were scouting places to build a ski area in the late 1930s skied more than 100 miles of mountain terrain from Pilot Peak, about 15 air miles northeast of Idaho City, past the Boise Front overlooking Boise, and to the Boise Ridge toward Horseshoe Bend Summit.
There were no lifts. The explorers had to earn their turns. Imagine exploring all that terrain — hiking across snow on skis and then getting turns on the downhill areas. When ski champion Alf Engen and others came upon the Shafer Butte area, he declared it the ski area everyone was looking for, and the idea for Bogus Basin was born.