Boreal Mountain Resort Officially Open

By: Samantha Boatman Email
By: Samantha Boatman Email

Boreal Mountain Resort has officially kicked off the ski and snowboarding season by opening one lift and one run Friday afternoon.

"I'm here to ski my first day of the season," says Joshua Hallard who's excited for opening day.

Hallard and his friends drove to Boreal from South Lake Tahoe. They were ready to do something they hadn't done in a while: hit the slopes at Boreal Mountain Resort.

"I feel like a five-year-old on Christmas morning, it just feels amazing to me," says Hallard.

His friend would agree.

"Just shredding the nar, I feel like a kid in a giant candy store," says Tyler Winters.

Boreal is the first ski area to open this season. The resort started making snow earlier this week, so they'd be ready for opening day.
The slope has five terrain park features, which gives skiers and snowboarders a chance to get some air, and pick up where they left off.

"Basically, we're just here to shred it up, get a little feel. I got a new board, and I'm just try hing to feel it out," says snowboarder Vadim Gritsyuk from Sacramento.

The resort was only able to open one lift and one run, but that wasn't a disappointment to one snowboarder.

"I can't complain with the preseason set up, so it's going to be good," says Geddy Miller.

A couple hundred lift tickets were sold Friday, a number which exceeded the resort's expectations.

"Boreal is just known for getting open early, letting people get out here as soon as they can. They expect this limited terrain," says Jon Slaughter with Boreal Mountain Resort.

Slaughter is excited to start this season, but says he didn't get much of a break.

"We closed in mid May, but we sill had snow past that. We did a camp in June, and then we opened again for a week in July," says Slaughter.

Boreal Mountain Resort will start making more snow on Monday, and with fingers crossed, the hope to open more runs by next weekend.

The resort is open on Saturday from 9am-2pm. Lift tickets are $15 for all ages.

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