Boreal Mountain Resort

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Jack Lee
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One of the closest ski resorts to San Francisco, Boreal Mountain is a mostly park/jibber mountain with extensive night skiing and home to Woodward Tahoe, a year-round playground. The extensive snowmaking here makes it one of the first to open each season and its proximity to their sister resort Soda Springs provides a great affordable alternative for families.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Boreal Mountain Resort vs
Boreal Mountain ResortBear Mountain
beginner30 %42 %
intermediate55 %39 %
advanced15 %3 %
expert-16 %
total runs33 38
ski area380ac 748ac
summit elevation7,700ft 8,804ft
total lifts8 13
child lift ticket$5 $40
adult lift ticket$79 $99
back country
value for money
average total snowfall271″ 58″
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Boreal Mountain Resort Reviews

Good 3.8 / 5
based on 9 reviews

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Average!2.8 / 5Sep 04, 2018
Bob S. Bob S.
advanced snowboarder
Boreal is fine for the beginner and park rider. They always have snow because they can make it at warmer temps. athey fail at customer service. Rarely do they have the whole mountain available or groomed. Don't know why they closed the backside years ago,but it could really help decongest the frontside traffic. Benefits are the price if you get a... More
Average!3.4 / 5Apr 25, 2018
Bob S. Bob S.
advanced snowboarder
Boreal has always been known as the local resort that is cheap with lots of parks. It's no longer. Cheap if you buy one full prices ticket, but there are many ways to save money. The parks are a plenty, but skill level has moved to a high level over the last decade. The full mountain and all the lifts are rarely 100% open and operational, which... More
Good!3.9 / 5Dec 03, 2017
WLWilson L.
intermediate skier
Great place to be with friendly staff and good operations. Wish they opened more lifts instead of only 3 max. Love the expert accelator, brings you up the mountain very fast and always no line for it... More
Good!3.8 / 5Nov 30, 2017
MDMatthew D.
intermediate snowboarder
Boreal is a great starter mountain. The resort is not very large but there are a number of different runs. Lift tickets a pretty cheap, and night ride is a great value. Overall I enjoyed this park.... More
Average!3.4 / 5Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
If you like to rock jibs then Boreal is the mountain for you. You can find features pretty much on every trail and it is super easy to hike to dial something in or to stack some clips. There isn't anything too challenging for terrain other than the features they build, which are impeccable, but you can definitely push yourself here. The Woodward... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Nov 12, 2017
LVLogan V.
advanced snowboarder
This was a fun resort for my wife and I. It was a little crowded,but had good runs that she was comfortable on. The park there is awesome with some unique features. There did seem to be a little bit of an attitude that good snowboarders are the ones that rule the hill, but for the price who cares. Great value, had a lot of fun.... More
Good!3.9 / 5Nov 12, 2017
TZTaylor Z.
expert snowboarder
Boreal and Woodward Tahoe are amazing for all experience levels! Right off of I-80 on Donner Summit between Sacramento and Reno/Tahoe make it accessible for a day on the slopes for everyone. Top of the line Terrain parks and snowmaking. Great lesson package deals, friendly staff, good vibes all around!... More
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 19, 2017
CHChristopher H.
This is an excellent resort to learn to ride. Not too small to get bored on and also not to large to get lost on. I highly recommend this resort for anyone who just wants to get out and ride.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 09, 2017
FAFabio A.
Boreal is the first resort I went to when I started snowboarding 2 seasons ago, it is a great place for people to learn how to ride, and also has great runs for those looking for something more of a challenge.

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