Bogus Basin announces cost-cutting measures

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Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area announced cost-cutting plans to offset revenue losses as the ski area waits to open because of the lack of snow.

The ski area, 16 miles north of Boise, has a meager snowpack of a few inches and no major snowstorms in the near future, making for a record late opening.

In a special board meeting and a meeting with all year-round employees, Mike Shirley, general manager, and Alan Moore, chief financial officer of Bogus Basin, made the announcement about cost-cutting. Both executives will work without pay for an extended period.

While several hundred seasonal employees have been recruited and trained, none will be on the payroll until there is sufficient snow to prepare for an opening, Gretchen Anderson, ski area spokeswoman said in a press release.

Bogus Basin's management proposed, and the board approved, the following plans to reduce costs and cash outflow, while maintaining the ability to open immediately with professionally staffed operations when snow conditions allow:

- Besides no pay for the general manager and the CFO, other positions have been eliminated.

- Compensation for all other year-round employees will be reduced by 10 percent, and hours will be reduced or eliminated where appropriate.

- Arrangements will be made to eliminate or defer as many other significant operating costs or payments as may be possible.

- There will be no capital spending on the mountain this coming summer, and staffing will be appropriately reduced.

"As snow arrives, it is management’s plan to open—as quickly as possible—all of the mountain that is safe to ski; and full operations will be resumed at the earliest possible time," Anderson said.

Bogus has been sidelined during one of its most lucrative times of year - the Christmas holiday. During the holidays, the ski area takes in as much as $100,000 a day, Anderson said. When the ski area opens it will be the latest opening in its 69-year history.

Snow depths range from 3 to 10 inches, Anderson said. Bogus has opened with 16 inches in the past — but 24 inches would be preferable. Last year at this time Bogus had between 53 and 60 inches.

"Bogus Basin is fortunate to have a staff of professional management and supervision that is truly unmatched in the industry, and our intent is to do everything possible to get through this rough patch with this wonderful team intact," said Mike Shirley, Bogus Basin general manager. "As the community knows, we have a brand new high-speed quad on Superior ready to go when we get the snow and we have also added new equipment to the grooming fleet."

Shirley also addressed a question from several Idaho Statesman readers who wondered if Basin gives refunds on season passes for lack of snow.

"There are no refunds for season passes, except for pregnancy, injury or relocation, and that point is made explicitly at the time of purchase, with an acknowledgment from the purchaser, either in person, on line or on the phone," said Shirley.

Photo: Bogus Basin as seen from town Jan. 4 - by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman

Really bad but obviously expected : (

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hindsight

New quad chair or snow makers???

You shouldn't be able to see your hind...

even with those cheeseball ceiling mirrors.

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or foresight

The difficulty of making snow at Bogus is that it does not have a significant water source. Most resorts with extensive snowmaking also happen to be adjacent to a water source; Sun Valley (river), Tamarack (lake), etc......

You will notice Bogus has recently tried water saving measures such as putting in Waterless Urinals as a result of having a need to conserve water.

has it

even been cold enough up there on a consistent basis to make snow? i havne't checked temps up there very often, but with how warm it's been down here i'd imagine it's above freezing up there as well. seems like consistent cold weather would be needed (in addition to the water source) to sustain snow making

sad

last time I checked Christmas time it was 37 degrees... but making snow on the South aspect on high runs....??? Obviously they already have some machines, but as stated the water source would be an issue.

Gee I guess that could be a topic of an article.

Ode to the Snow God

Let it snow!! Let it Snow!! Let it Snow!!
Oh gods of snow,
let the winds blow.
from north, south, east and west
send us the stuff we love the best!
Make our mountain snowy white,
so we can ski from day to night!
Please grant us this, like seasons past,
to make this season a blast.

Positions

Wonder what "other" positions are being eliminated?

sniffle :((

I guess I'll take my mountain bike back out.

Hard on ski area now; Farmers later?

Hope they haven't let out too much water from those reservoirs.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

good plan

Nice to see that everyone including the managment is kicking in to get through this! Not something you see very often now days.

This happened in 1991....and then it

rained 6-inches in May and filled reservoirs to maximum....

This is happening because we have removed too much carbon dioxide....now plants cannot grow....

So all the other gas$es folks freed from their skull since then?

How did they afffect stuff.

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Huh.

Tell that to the weeds that grow in my garden every year.

I get stickerweeds and grass every 1/2 year

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