Boreal Ski Resort

Lisa Marie Mercer
Boreal

The Boreal Ski Resort, often called the Boreal Mountain Resort, is located in Soda Springs, which is north of Lake Tahoe, California. It is usually the first of the Lake Tahoe area ski resorts to open. The resort receives approximately 400 inches of snowfall each year, and has snow making capabilities for 75 to 80 percent of its terrain. Since its 380 skiable acres make it significantly smaller than most California resorts, many locals once referred to it as "Boringhill." However, its recent addition of world class terrain parks is slowly changing the public's image of the resort. Almost all of the mountain is open until 9pm for night skiing and riding.

Boreal Parent Company

Boreal is owned by Powdr resorts, whose claim to fame is their recent purchase of the Killington and Pico Resorts in Vermont. The company also owns the Park City Mountain Resort in Utah, the Mount Bachelor Resort in Central Oregon, the Soda Springs Resort, which is a family-oriented ski resort and the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. Although Boreal is a smaller resort, its parent company has an impressive reputation in the ski resort management industry.

Boreal Base and Summit Elevation

The Boreal Ski Resort has a base elevation of 7,200 feet and a summit elevation of 7,700 feet, giving it a vertical drop of 500 feet. This elevation is somewhat lower than the other Lake Tahoe area resorts. For example, Kirkwood has a base elevation of 7,800 feet and a summit elevation of 9,800 feet. Even if the Boreal Ski Resort is not your main destination, if you are traveling from sea level, spending a day or so at Boreal can help you acclimate to the altitude.

Boreal Ski Resort Chairlifts

The Boreal Mountain Resort has:

  • Three triple chairs
  • Three quad chairs
  • One double chair
  • Two magic carpets
  • One moving carpet for the tubing park.

These chairs service 41 trails.

Boreal Terrain

The Boreal terrain is divided as follows:

  • 30 percent of the terrain is marked green or beginner
  • 55 percent is marked blue or intermediate
  • 15 percent is marked black or expert

Boreal Mountain Resort Terrain Parks

Despite its relatively small size, Boreal has an extensive network of terrain parks. This makes it a popular ski area for freestyle skiers and snowboarders. The Park network is divided into four distinct zones.

  • The Mini Shred Park: As its name implies, the Mini Shred Park is the perfect place for novices to develop their basic park skills. This park has a series of what they call micro jumps, micro pipes and other micro-sized features. The Mini Shred Park is located in the front, center of the Boreal base area. It is serviced by the Castle Peak Quad and is open from 9am to 9pm.
  • The Shred Park: The Shred Park is Boreal's intermediate terrain park. It is described as a "cruiser style park," which offers medium-sized jibs and jumps. The Shred Park is serviced by the Lost Dutchman Triple chair. You can reach it by taking the Accelerator Quad chair to its summit and then following the signs along the ridge to the SHREAD park entrance.
  • The Core Park: If you're looking for advanced terrain park features, the Core Park is the place to show off your skills. However, you'd better know your stuff. The Core Park's location under the Accelerator Quad gives you high visibility. The Core Park features a Core Pipe, which is an advanced superpipe, the Core Jumpline for advanced jumps and the Core Jibs, whose features resemble those of a skate park.
  • The Jibassic Park: Despite its allusion to the famous movie, Jibassic Park is not for snow sport dinosaurs. This park is Boreal's freestyle competition arena.

Boreal Ski Resort