A testament to southern Idaho ski culture, Bogus Basin was built on the backs of the Boise ski community. Operated as a 501 (c) (3) organization, Bogus collects up to $600,000 a year in donations from local snow lovers in an effort to keep the mountain as affordable as possible for the average skier. With $48 day tickets and $199 season passes, we think they succeeded. Don’t let this fool you; with 1,800 vertical feet and 2,600 skiable acres, the Basin is far from ordinary. On a powder day, the glades off the Superior Double Chair stay choked with snow as the crowds flock to the high-speed lifts. Also, night skiing at Bogus runs seven days a week, so you can après, then grab a few more runs in the evening. Bogus is 16 miles up the notoriously windy Bogus Basin Road but, thanks to a ski bus stop downtown, you can skip the drive all together. The 100 percent natural snowpack fattens up by mid January so plan your trip a little later to catch the big dumps of the season.