Undoubtably one of the most fun resorts in the Lake Tahoe area, Boreal Mountain Resort offers some of the best park riding/skiing in the region and offers many beginner to intermediate slopes for all levels of riders and skiers. Located on I-80 just fifteen minutes west of Truckee, CA; makes Boreal resort one of the closest resorts to the Bay area. Only 80 miles east on I-80 from Sacramento, CA and only 175 miles from San Francisco, CA.
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With over forty trails, seven lifts, 480 skiable acres, and 500 feet of vertical Boreal Resort is not like the many daunting Tahoe Resorts. What Boreal lacks in steeps it more than makes up with easy trails to learn on and an amazing whole mountain integrated park. Don’t sell Boreal short just yet. The 49er chair offers excellent black diamond skiing with many challenging tree runs. All in all, Boreal is one of the best places to progress your skiing and riding abilities.
What makes Boreal Resort one of my personal places to visit has to be the night riding offered from 3pm to 9pm almost every night of the week. Not only are the season passes cheap but the day tickets are very reasonable.Even on Fridays tickets can be as cheap as fifteen bucks if you are a college student, in the military, or a furloughed CA state employee. I was able to purchase a season pass for just night riding, costing only $120. Having a night pass allows for one to ride during the night after work and gives you access to one of the best park setups around.
Boreal’s has over four different parks, with features on almost every single run, including the backside that even has a boarder cross course. The main park: The Core park is located under the high speed quad which includes; a super pipe several boxes and rails, and a fun progressive jump line. Both ridable during the day and lit up by several light towers for when the sun goes down. Every season that I had the chance to ride Boreal, the parks and setups are excellent, attracting riders from all over including pros like Nick Viscoti and Chas Guldemond.
Boreal Mountain Resort is an inexpensive and close resort that is progressive minded. Both for freeride and freestyle skiing/boarding. Boreal holds many races and contests along with camps; such as the Academy Snowboard Camp held every April. Boreal is most definitely a top choice of mine when it comes to Tahoe Resorts, and hey you might see me in the park one of these nights.
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