Winter-like conditions and the arrival of fresh snow has Boreal Mountain Resort pulling the trigger Friday on opening its Lake Tahoe ski resort for skiing and snowboarding.
Boreal, located on the Donner Summit off Interstate 80, announced that it will open at noon on Friday, Nov. 1. It will offer one lift – the Nugget chair.
Lift tickets are $20 for all ages and all 2013-14 Boreal Season Passes are valid. Season passholders who have not picked up their passes may do so at the Boreal Base Lodge beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday.
Although Boreal missed its typical October opening – it jokingly wrote in a press release that the resort was opening Oct. 32 — it was only by one day (Nov. 1). Boreal will still be the first California ski resort to open for the 2013-14 season.
Boreal will offer one run with a four terrain park features. The Boreal crews will re-evaluate the conditions Friday afternoon and determine the operating schedule moving forward into the weekend and next week. Check www.rideboreal.com/dailyreport for latest updates.
Over the past few days, Boreal received over 16 inches of natural snow. Resort snowmakers fired up the snow guns on Sunday, October 27.
Conditions permitting, Boreal will continue to make snow and expand terrain coverage. An early-season terrain park will showcase four features. Early season conditions will exist and no beginner terrain will be available at this time. Skiing and riding will be on advanced terrain only.
A year ago, Boreal was offering skiing and snowboarding on Oct. 26. However, for the first time in more than a decade, another Tahoe resort opened earlier. Squaw Valley ran its lifts last fall on Oct. 25, then quickly shut them down in early afternoon.
Two years ago, Boreal opened for skiing and riding on Oct. 28. The earliest opening in Boreal’s history was Oct. 9, 2010.
Some other announced openings for ski season include:
• Heavenly, Kirkwood, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Mount Rose: Nov. 22
• Diamond Peak: Dec. 12
• Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows: Nov. 27
The Boreal Lodge will be open for ticket sales, lunch, après, rentals, guest service, retail and restrooms.
For more information, visit www.rideboreal.com or call (530) 426–3666.