West of Truckee at Donner Summit, the Boreal Mountain Ski Area has 41 runs spread across 380 acres served by 6 lifts that access a maximum vertical descent of 500 feet. With over 400 inches of snowfall annually, it is popular with the snowboarding crew coming over from the Bay area since its the first resort on the highway. In addition to the deep snowpack, there's also a year-round indoor freestyle center.
To reach the snowboarding at Boreal Ski Area from San Francisco, head east on US80 for 175 miles and use the Boreal / Castle Peak exit. The closest airports are either Reno or Sacremento.
Overall, Boreal Mountain is the 13th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 14 snowboarding resorts in California. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Boreal Mountain including Kirkwood Ski Area, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, Palisades Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar at Tahoe Ski Area and Sierra at Tahoe Ski Area.
Local Contacts: Boreal Mountain Ski Area (530) 426-3666; California Tourism (916) 444-4429; Daves Board Shop (530) 582-5665; Alpine Skills Guides (530) 426-9108; Tahoe Avalanche Info (530) 587-2158.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Pepper Tree Inn, Tahoe City (800) 624-8590; Mayfield House B&B, Tahoe City; Holiday Inn Express, Truckee
Luxury Loding: The Truckee Hotel
Breakfast Restaurant: Rosies Cafe, Tahoe City; The Squeeze, Truckee
Reference Source: click here https://www.rideboreal.com/
GPS: 39.33789, -120.34926
Date Published: 1/3/2016
Date Updated: 9/27/2020
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