If you make plans to go to a ski resort, it probably makes the most sense to go during the winter. But there’s nothing wrong with going to one in the summer when there’s no snow around.
That’s something I did when I went to Bogus Basin, a ski resort located 16 miles north of Boise.
Surprisingly, there was a good number of people there when my friends and I arrived. Parking was free and just a few-minute walk away from the ticket booth.
Despite the fact that Bogus Basin is a ski resort, it’s a beautiful place to be in the summer. There are trails you can hike, although it felt a little too hot to do the day we were there. I opted to take the ski lift (which cost $10 at the time, but prices change) to get up to the top instead. It took probably 10 minutes, and the views during the ascent were breathtaking. I mean that both figuratively and literally because the altitude change did make it slightly more difficult to breathe 😛
This was my first time on a ski lift, and I loved the experience. I hope to do it again some day. I’d even ride it again at Bogus Basin!
Anyway, when I reached the top, I lifted the safety bar and hopped off. My cousin and I explored the area and admired the vibrant, picturesque scenery in front of us. That’s basically all you can do up there in the summer, but I’d say it’s worth it. It was nice being up in Idaho mountains.
A hike to the top would definitely be a rewarding challenge. If you swing by Bogus Basin and want to do that, I think it’s worth considering. At the ticket booth they’ll give you a map so you can pick what trail you’d like to take.
One thing I’d suggest being mindful about is how you respond to changes in altitude. I didn’t spend much time at the top because the altitude change happened too quickly for me so I got lightheaded. Plus, it was the middle of the day so the heat didn’t help with that.
If you come to Bogus Basin in the summer, bring a hat and a sufficient amount of water, whether you’re hiking or taking the ski lift. With that, it’s a fun area to be in even when there’s no snow 🙂
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