Butch Otter

Idaho OKs Bogus Basin ski area plan involving snowmaking

Deciding whether or not to buy a season pass at Bogus Basin ski area outside Boise might get easier in future years.

Idaho on Tuesday approved a plan by Bogus Basin Recreation Association officials that involves building a water-storage dam and putting in underground pipes to make artificial snow for consistent pre-Christmas openings for skiers and snowboarders.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and four other members of the Idaho Land Board voted 5-0 to allow the work on land the state sold to the ski area 45 years ago. The sale included a requirement for state approval of erosion control and re-vegetation for significant projects.

"We're very excited about the...