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Bogus Basin extending winter season with snowmaking upgrades

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As reported by The Spokesman-Review, Bogus Basin resort in Idaho, US – a non-profit enterprise – is making a number of upgrades as part of a drive towards sustainability.

A 50 ft-deep pond is being created, which will hold 13 million gallons of water for the supply of a new snowmaking system; the hope is that the system will provide enough snow for the resort to be open over Christmas every year.

Following the issue of a permit by the Idaho Department of Water Resources, Bogus Basin has five years in which to prove it is effectively making use of the available water for snowmaking purposes. Should the resort be able to demonstrate this, the department will grant a full license.

24 portable snow guns have already been purchased, and water and electrical lines are being laid. Work on a pump station by the pond is ongoing – when finished it will be able to hold four 400-horsepower pumps.

In order to make the resort capable of generating revenue throughout the year, this summer Bogus Basin opened for seven days a week, with visitors being able to enjoy a new mountain coaster amongst other leisure activities. US$1 million dollars of revenue was brought in, with operating costs substantially below winter levels and the mountain coaster operating an average of 720 rides per day – in line with the resort’s target.

The resort has noted that many summer visitors were not winter season passholders, raising hopes of creating a customer base that can sustain Bogus Basin throughout the year.

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