Bogus Basin, Idaho

Boise's best local ski hill.
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Skiing at Bogus Basin

The only thing bogus is the name.

This deceptive ski hill 16 miles outside of Boise looks smaller than it is—over half of Bogus Basin's terrain spills onto the backside, and you can ski 360 degrees from the two summits. Not too shabby for a community hill founded by legendary Norwegian ski jumper Alf Engen in the ’30s. Seven lifts serve 2,600 acres of varied terrain, including Shafer Butte, the highest point in the Boise Ridge range at 7,582 feet. Experts flock to the double blacks off of Shafer for good pitch and glades, while a night skiing operation sees action on 165 acres between 4 and 10 p.m.

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