Boreal has been an amazing snow resort for over 50 years. It was one of the first ones on the West Coast to allow snowboarding. Thousands of riders have been shredding here for years and some of the biggest pros, such as Chris Roach, Louis Vito or Danny Davis, have dominated the slopes at the many contests they organise. With the addition of Woodward at Tahoe and the Bunker, Boreal has become a world class resort for snowboarders and skateboarders alike.
- Access: Fly into Sacramento, San Francisco or Reno. Take the I-80 to the 176 exit for Boreal Ridge Rd/Castle Peak.
- Season: Mid Nov (18th, 2016) – Mid April (17th, 2017).
- Number of lifts: 6.
- Lift ticket prices: Adult (18-59) $64, Teen (13-17)/Senior (60-69) $54, Child (6-12)/Super Senior (70+) $34, Under 5yrs $5.
- Park Facilities: Neff Land, Shred Park (Open 9am to 9pm), Half Pipe, Mini Shred Park, Micro Park.
- Top features: Woodward Tahoe – Indoor/outdoor skate park and snowboard summer camp, Playland Tubing – The biggest tubing venue in Tahoe.
- Events: Tom Sims Retro Worlds – Retro tribute event held in late March, Burton Qualifiers – Qualifiers for the US Open held in early Jan.
There are 6 lifts at Boreal and the highest peak is 8,900ft. The resort has night time riding as well with over 30 huge panoramic lights. There is also a Summertime camp where riders get to snowboard and skateboard in the same day. Boreal has a great vibe for everyone, all the employees are friendly and helpful, and the runs are fast and fun!
A 22ft Superpipe, over 20 rails, 3 different parks…
Boreal also has a state of the art grooming program with one of the best terrain parks in the world. A 22ft Superpipe, over 20 rails and jibs, 3 different parks, countless quarter pipes, and five 70ft+ gaps make these terrain parks excellent for riders of every skill level. There is also a banked slalom course and plenty of out of bounds free riding options too. Tickets are affordable ($64USD), and season passes are an amazing deal ($499USD) with access to the indoor and outdoor Woodward Skatepark as well.
The Boreal Hotel is directly adjacent to the resort, has 20 rooms and was designed with the snowboarder in mind, featuring themed rooms, free snowboard movies and tons of discounts for the average rider. The lodge has a killer bar (great bloody mary’s) with plenty of vintage boards and photos from yesteryear. Its huge open wood deck is a great place for lunch and they frequently have live bands play.
Just down the road, in Soda Springs, there is a historical bar called The Summit. Live bands play there every weekend. On top of that, the food is great and the drinks are cheap, which makes it a must stop for all travelers on the way home from Boreal. Many of the locals going here almost everyday…
Truckee has several DIY skate spots
10 miles away sits the town of Truckee. This sweet little village has lots of great restaurants and bars, with friendly locals, an awesome skatepark, lots of mountain bike trails, and beautiful Donner Lake (jet skiing, boating, fishing, swimming) just across the road.
It also has lots of historical sights for days that the snow isn’t the best, and it also has great nightlife for apres riding. The Bar of America (cheap beer), The Pastime Club (dive bar), Moody’s (killer fancy food), 50-50 brewery (amazing micro brews), and Pianetta (best pizza) are all local spots with snowboarders running them.
Still in Truckee, Tahoe Dave’s snowboard shop is the spot for all your gear and tuning needs. There are also several D.I.Y skate spots in the surrounding forests and the locals are all accommodating.
Nearby, Donner Summit has been a staple for snowboarders since the 1970’s even before snowboarding was allowed. The Sierra Nevada Mountains are majestic, and frequently have some of the best snow in the USA. The season lasts from November until May, and you could easily get over 100 days on the hill.
All in all, with over 10 resorts in the surrounding Lake Tahoe basin, Boreal is the easiest to find and to get to. Located right of I-80 on Donner Summit this resort has something for everyone!
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