Ski and snowboard enthusiasts were just waiting for a good old fashion winter storm like the one that Bogus got hammered with this weekend. It drew thousands of folks up to the mountain, leading to some traffic and parking headaches.

I lived the crazy traffic up to Bogus vicariously through my friends' Instagram stories. On their Facebook page, Bogus Basin explained that in addition to many guests want to use the mountain at the same time the congestion on Bogus Basin Road was a result of snowy road conditions, ill-equipped drivers and spinouts. There were also several time periods where they had to send people back down the mountain after all seven parking lots reached capacity.

Bogus does a pretty good job of updating parking availability via their website and social media accounts, but if you're in the middle of the line of cars making it's way up the mountain it can be difficult to turn around and head back to the valley when the lots fill.

Want to avoid the parking situation all together? There are some other ways up the mountain!

Take the Bogus Basin Public Bus

Did you know that Bogus runs airport style shuttle busses up the mountain on Saturdays and Sundays thru March 29? For $10 one-way or $10 round trip, you can load your gear on one of the public buses and get a lift up to the Simplot Lodge.

A Youth Public Bus (those riding the bus alone must be at least 12 years old) picks up at locations in Meridian (7 a.m.) and Eagle (7:30 a.m.), as well as the Bogus Basin Park & Ride lot on Mountain Cove Road (8 a.m.) An Adult Public Bus (those riding the bus alone must be at least 18 years old) picks up at the Park & Ride lot at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Return trips for the adult bus start at 3 p.m. and the youth bus makes one return trip from Bogus at 5 p.m.

The buses also operate on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day.

Click HERE for more bus information.

Uber Ski

Ride share operator, Uber, launched a new option in Boise called Uber Ski in December. Choosing this option sends you a winter weather ready vehicle with enough room to haul your gear. Your driver drops you off at the top of the mountain and you don't have to worry about parking!

Click HERE for more about Uber Ski.

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