Ski Resort Overview – Boreal
Although Boreal may be smaller than most of the resorts in Tahoe, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have anything to offer. Every year Boreal manages to open up earlier then the rest of the resorts in Tahoe. Therefore, if you want to make some early turns then I would definitely look into buying a pass at this mountain. The fact that they are always the first to open is one of the main reasons I buy a pass at Boreal but not the only factor.
Boreal offers a great terrain park and is one of the only resorts, besides Squaw, that offers night skiing in Tahoe. Even though the park laps are short, the high speed quad allows you to make quick laps. Normally, I prefer a long park run that has many features, but it’s also nice to be able to quickly get back to the top of a run to work on what you might have missed on the previous lap. One of the best parts of Boreal’s terrain park is their half-pipe, which is the best in Tahoe in my eyes. Even though I am not a huge half-pipe skier, I always enjoy dropping into Boreals perfectly cut half-pipe.
Another plus about Boreal if you enjoy riding park is the fact that they recently acquired an air bag. This state of the art technology allows skiers and riders to practice their tricks that they aren’t quite ready to bring to snow on a big soft bag filled with air. Currently, Boreal is the only resort in Tahoe that offers this feature to the public. Therefore, if you want to try and learn some new tricks this season but aren’t quite confident, Boreal might be a place you want to go.
Boreal has terrain that ranges mostly from beginner to intermediate. There are not many advanced runs and there are only one or two very small cliffs that can be found on the mountain. As a result, this is a great resort to come to if you are just learning how to ski or ride or you enjoy a high quality terrain park. On the other hand, if you are someone who enjoys big mountain lines and tree skiing then Boreal is not the place for you.
Check out this short edit that I made with Billy Durden last season at Boreal: