Excerpt from Bill "Coach" Everts interview
Bill Everts, is 92 years old and is still skiing. He began skiing in 1928 in the state of Washington and his ski patrol number is 999. Bill moved to Boise in 1951 to work for the City of Boise Department of Recreation. The same year he attended a Bogus Basin ski club meeting at the old Boise Hotel and was elected secretary. During this time period a lot of volunteers kept Bogus operating on the weekends. When Bill first saw Bogus he said they had a lodge with a big fir tree growing out of the porch, a fireplace that smoked and drove everyone out of the lodge, outdoor toilets and a ski patrol shack that was about six feet by ten feet.
While Bill was paid by the City of Boise, all of the time he spent working at Bogus Basin was as a volunteer. He said, "I kind of ran everything...I prayed that the road would stay open. I spliced the rope on the rope tow, greased the bull wheel, sold tickets, loaded the buses and packed the hill." Bill helped hire a manager and a director of the ski school during the 1950's. Bill convinced many of his park and recreation employees to volunteer at Bogus. Joe Albertson bought $2500 of non-interest bearing debenture bonds and donated them to the Boise Parks and Recreation department which were used to buy season passes for the employees who volunteered their time at Bogus. The Parks and Recreation Department gave ski lessons at Bogus Basin for children.
In describing the skiers in the early 1950's, Everts said, " Not many people skied, it was before the stretch pants set. Mostly young children and parents and outdoors men, very few women. Rope tows were killers....When I first skied people wore woolen pants, snow would just cling to you and you'd be 40 pounds heavier when you would come in off the hill." In describing the early skiers, Everts said it took "no brains, just legs."
Everts told one story which is worth noting. He was driving up to Bogus and picked up a young boy who was hitchhiking to Bogus. Bill asked him how long he had skied and the boy said "This is my first day. My mother broke her leg skiing and I get to use her equipment." Everts said the young man grew up to be a terrific ski racer and raced all over the nation.
Bill's nickname is Coach and the beginner's lift at Bogus is named after him.