Ski season is coming: here are the best deals for students

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The start of October brings us another month closer to winter, and the start of the ski and snowboard season. It is time to start preparing to shred some fresh powder.If students are looking to hit the slopes often, they will want to look into investing in a season pass. Many of the ski resorts in Idaho are offering great deals on season passes for college students right now.

Local favorite, Bogus Basin, is offering a season pass to full-time college students for $199 until Oct. 31. For a group of five or more full-time students to buy season passes together, they are only $149 each. This deal ends at the end of the month.

Bogus Basin is located only 16.5 miles north of downtown Boise, so it’s quick and easy for Boise State students to get to.

“Bogus Basin has a unique proposition that other mountains in the area can’t offer,” said Austin Smith, marketing coordinator for Bogus Basin. “You can get out of class at 3 p.m. and still have time to get a full day of skiing in.”

According to Smith, lifts will tentatively open in early December, depending on snowfall.

Discounts for Bogus Basin season passes end on Oct. 31. Photo by Axel Quartarone.

Construction teams have been busy at Bogus Basin in the off-season, with the additions of a new one-acre grass lawn in front of a 12,000-square foot heated patio, an outdoor food venue and new learn-to-ride areas. Additionally, Bogus’ new mountain coaster—which is 4,200 feet long and reaches up to 40 feet off the ground—is projected to open in the late fall. It  will be the first of its kind in Idaho.

Students looking to go farther north this winter could take advantage of Tamarack Resort’s college pass for $99.

“We have the single best price in the nation on a season pass for college students,” said Brad Larsen, general manager at Tamarack Resort. This price is only available for college students until Nov. 13, when prices will rise.

Tamarack added a new intermediate tree skiing area with easy access to its “Showtime Trail”—one of the main runs on the hill—for this season. Opening day for Tamarack is Dec. 8.

Located farther east is Sun Valley Resort, another popular Idaho ski locale. Sun Valley is offering full-time college students between the ages of 18 and 25 a season pass to both Bald and Dollar mountains for $469.

Sun Valley Resort was voted the No. 2 overall resort in North America by the 2017 SKI Magazine Readers’ Poll. This is the second time in three years that Sun Valley has received this award, according to Kelli Lusk, public relations and communications manager for Sun Valley Resort.

“The rankings are a reflection of the ski area’s commitment to excellent grooming, superior guest experiences, unique and historic charm and virtually no lift lines,” Lusk said.

Sun Valley Resort is projected to open on Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day.

For those who have a pass but still need some affordable gear, the 67th annual Ski Swap will be taking place Nov. 3-5 at the Boise Fairgrounds.

If you can’t wait until November, Outdoor Exchange, located downtown on Grove Street offers great deals on ski and snowboard equipment and clothing as well.

“We’re here for the community and we’re here for recreation,” Smith said. “We want to get that community up and out to experience outdoor recreation.


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