Boreal Mountain Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 12 Beginner
  • 11 Intermediate
  • 13 Advanced
A wonderful family resort offering over 480 skiable acres with terrain for all ages and ability levels, a wide variety of terrain parks, family tubing and Woodward Tahoe!

Boreal Mountain Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Boreal Mountain Operations


Open for Events/Activities

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 8

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 36

Weekend Hours


Boreal Mountain Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

7,200 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

500 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

7,700 ft

Boreal Mountain Ski Pictures and Photos

Boreal Mountain Logo
Boreal Mountain Trail Map

Boreal Mountain Reviews & Tips (36)

Apart all the issues inside the building, the mountain was not not groomed for the second time out of my seven visits this year. Sits on the lift have oil spots from the machinery. Prepare to wash your fancy schmancy gore-tex after each visit.
Boreal Mountain review written Mar 08 2016 - 02:43 PM
Alex Advanced Skier
Three key learnings from last couple of visits to Boreal. 1 - $20 parking cost is waived if you bought your lift tickets online. 2 - Their ticket windows are brutal (and inefficiient) even if you buy the tix on line you have to wait forever to get to the front of the window (whether its in the Woodward building where a single person helps) or outside, takes forever and are chronically understaffed. 3 - The cafeteria space is a joke - not because there's not enough, but because 90% of the tables are taken up by folks who get there in the morning, plant one person at the table for the entire day while the rest of the extended family skis. So lots of tables with one person, and an entire days/family's worth of food/crap. if you bring your own lunch you might as well eat on the chairlift as that's the only place you'll be able to actually sit down. All that said - the actual on snow portion of the days were great. Lift crews are helpful / fun and the lines are almost nothing, even on busy days.
Boreal Mountain review written Feb 16 2016 - 03:31 PM
john Advanced Skier
Very rude staff, Except the guys at the lift they were cool but the cafe or the parking lot people, rude rude rude. BUT the slopes were decent. Night skiing needs more light though, it was a bit dangerous but I am glad they even offered skiing past 4 pm in the first place.
Boreal Mountain review written Feb 15 2016 - 08:46 PM
Joe_Skier Intermediate Skier
Staff in the lodge cafeteria and bar were rude and unfriendly with exorbitant prices for food and drink. Lift lines were disorganized & not well supervised with ski instructors adding to the confusion. Red Jackets refused to answer questions about lifts/directions on the slope. All in all, a bad day. I'll spend the extra money to avoid being treated badly. If you want to be treated poorly than Boreal is the place for you. If you want a great experience seek another resort. You get what you pay for. Let the buyer beware.
Boreal Mountain review written Feb 09 2016 - 04:16 PM
Ron Beginner Skier
Went on Saturday on February 7th, 2016. Got there early morning. Great staging area, not too busy. The cafeteria had a great breakfast menu well priced. The Lunch menu was really over priced. Really liked the courses. Even amount of beginner, intermediate, and advance courses. If your an extreme athlete, they even had a half pipe carved out. Even though it didn't snow as much that week, the course was still enjoyable to ride. People are complaining of every little thing, but for the price, it was not that bad. If you are looking for the best of the best, and are willing to pay $100 or more than go to the bigger resorts. Boreal is great for families and beginners alike. Also they have great deals on Fridays for students and members of our esteemed military.
Boreal Mountain review written Feb 08 2016 - 02:37 PM
CanadianMoosePuck Intermediate Skier
This is a good place for kids' lessons. My 6 yr old took a day of ski lesson last year. This year, we enrolled our 5 yr and now 7yr again for a half a day lesson. The kids really enjoyed skiing here. Buy your tickets online to save money and time. Lines are long and plan to arrive 40-45 min early. Overall, our family enjoyed Boreal Mountain and we would come again, perhaps for snow boarding lessons next time.
Boreal Mountain review written Jan 27 2016 - 02:13 PM
Harinder Intermediate Skier
be a boarder there. be aware that the 100% open sign from the freeway doesn't mean it's really 100% open.
Boreal Mountain review written Jan 26 2016 - 08:03 PM
tom Intermediate Skier
A lot more fun terrain than I thought. Easy and convenient for families.
Boreal Mountain review written Jan 05 2016 - 02:21 PM
Michael Advanced Skier
Snow was great, lines were short but not managed well by staff. Bring your own food, the food line was stupid long. Buy your tickets online in advance to avoid $20 parking fee.
Boreal Mountain review written Jan 04 2016 - 04:51 PM
Greg Intermediate Skier
Do not rent skis here during the holiday, from arrival to getting the skis took more than 2 hours.
Boreal Mountain review written Dec 30 2015 - 02:45 PM
Wayne Beginner Skier
Went to Boreal on 11/28/15. The rental situation is ridiculous. Long lines and not enough benches to put on gear. Lift lines were not too long, but the cafeteria situation is a mess. There are way too many non-skier/non-boarders taking up the tables. We had a difficult time finding enough room for the me and my two kids. Boreal needs to increase the eating area, or reduce the number of people taking these tables. We'll pay more and go to another resort next time around.
Boreal Mountain review written Dec 30 2015 - 02:21 PM
Steve Advanced Skier
Cedar Ridge and 49er Lift stopped too many times.... Dutchman lift wasn't open on 23rd morning hours and then open in the afternoon. Less crowded then I expected with holidays...of course it will get worse. I love the place, good prices...good slope management and new menu for the foods is a good thing. Boreal, please monitor... - Some people poured Raman noodle soup in to the Sink in the restroom to clogged - Some people were washing their dishes in the restroom. Suggest to Boreal, Instructors and Staff's Jacket color has been change to RED / BLACK but too many people wears RED/BLACK that hard to identify. Therefore next time please change to something stands out / bright...
Boreal Mountain review written Dec 24 2015 - 07:03 PM
Daniel Intermediate Snowboarder
Best mountain for beginners. Easy classes and great instructors. I made from never been on snowboard to blues in 3 classes. watchout for sunrise and sunset ttrails if you are a snowboarder.. it's a long hike to get going with few flat spots in between. G
Boreal Mountain review written Dec 14 2015 - 03:47 PM
Gurpreet Beginner Snowboarder
My girlfriend received lessons at Woodward for skiing. It was her first time ever and she loved it! Her instructor was fantastic and she fell in love with the experience. The snow was perfect and I enjoyed the whole mountain. I would go again and I would recommend any beginners to take a lesson at Woodward.
Boreal Mountain review written Dec 14 2015 - 02:07 PM
John G Intermediate Snowboarder
Went Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday (super stoked about it because I can't remember the last time riding in November). It was definitely packed, but I did not want to spend more at another resort during this point in the season. $47 bucks for a lift ticket on Liftopia and got to ride into the night. Pretty sweet deal in my opinion.
Boreal Mountain review written Nov 30 2015 - 04:52 PM
Ed Intermediate Skier
Went on Thanksgiving weekend and it was packed with people. Tiny little hill, made 10 runs in two hours and left. Spend a bit more money and time and go somewhere else.
Boreal Mountain review written Nov 30 2015 - 03:16 PM
Al Intermediate Skier
Went there on President's day weekend. I bought ticket+rental online for me and 3 kids, the woman at the cashier kept telling us that they were out of kids rentals, there was nothing she can do about it, and no refund. I needed to wait for others return their skis but they do not have a way to notify me when skis become available. Fortunately, I checked with the people who are doing the rental, they had plenty of skis for older kids. Had I not done that, I would have wasted 6 hours of driving and wasted $230. Ski condition was okay, lines were quite long but it's expected because it's a holiday. They closed the beginner's trail on the left (not sure if the right was open) of the Accelerator at about 3:30pm, which meant I had to ski down the intermediate/advance trail, It was way too fast for a beginner.
Boreal Mountain review written Feb 17 2015 - 03:14 PM
Wayne Beginner Skier
We got our kids beginner ski lesson for half day. We arrived to the ski area after 3 hours drive from the south bay. One of the male staff at the entrance was kind of rude, he was telling me that my kids should stop playing with the belt of the queue stand, but all in an unpleasant way. Come on! they are kids, they play and they fix back. I didn't think it was such a big deal, but this young man made a big deal out of it, and it was annoying to me! Another bummer is according to the instruction in the paper, they asked to come in no later than 830am for the 10am lesson, we were right on time, guess what? My kids had been waiting for their 10am lesson for an hour and 15 minutes. They were tired even before the lesson. Fortunately the instructor according to them, was super nice. I hope Boreal will strive in improving their customer service to make all guests feel welcoming as well as in training their staff to demonstrate efficient and excellent communication skills.
Boreal Mountain review written Feb 02 2015 - 02:21 PM
Taze Beginner Skier
I took the kids for private lesson and I wish we had just gone to the small area of Squaw - with a lift for little kids. (I think it is free for the under 5 crowd). There was no lift and the kids spent half the time walking up the hill carrying their skis. Not a great experience.
Boreal Mountain review written Jan 28 2015 - 11:44 AM
Veronica Beginner Skier
mountain condition is as good as nearby and expensive Northstar, however the management is very poor. In addtion to the very long line up at each lift, there is no any management such as people are just push to move forward. less experienced people cannot get on lift for blue lance, people go through line for school only etc. And the only restaurant is very crowd, not only impossible to find a seat, but also impossible to find a spot to stand, inspite of more than half seats are actually empty however get claimed!
Boreal Mountain review written Dec 29 2014 - 03:20 PM
lee Intermediate Snowboarder
The snow was pristine on Thursday 12/18/14, just after a minor storm of maybe 5 inches the day before. Temperatures hovered around 34 degrees all day. Light wind. Best snow conditions in years. Lifts moved fast, no waiting. But snowboarders almost overwhelmed me after the lights came on (Ratio: 5 to 1). But we learned to coexist, and I had a lot of fun watching them as I was zipping through the shadows down the hill. Very memorable day/evening.
Boreal Mountain review written Dec 21 2014 - 12:01 AM
JD Intermediate Skier
I went because the lift ticket cost me $40! Sugar Bowl is now ridiculous--apparently they are trying to pay off all that real estate no one lives in or stay in. What a tragic waste. They are never going to be a resort destination. People ski then go home. They are ruining the place. Cheap lift ticket and the first time out for the season to get ready for Mammoth. It worked out perfectly. If you are an int. to advanced skier, go here your first time out for the season to warm up. Also, many people can't ski powder. It's hard to ski ungroomed powder. I took the time to ski down a totally ungroomed powder slope, practiced, did a few moguls and it was great practice. ALso, I love the upper deck. Just keep in mind it's right off the interstate, it's a beginner's ski area, but you can't beat $40!! Keep things in perspective, have reasonable expectations, and you'll have a good practice day.
Boreal Mountain review written Dec 20 2014 - 09:29 PM
Virginia Advanced Skier
Like all things in life you get what you pay for. Boreal is no Squaw or Heavenly, but it is the closest ski area to the Bay Area in Tahoe (3 hours door to door) and as a result is a large draw. The mountain is small, but if you're creative and the management is willing, the territory opens up. I'll explain what I mean by the latter part of my previous statement. I went on 04/03/14, and there were only 3 lifts running (Accelerator, Gunnar's, and Claim Jumper) out of a total of 9. I asked several members of Boreal personnel about the other lifts, because there was good snow cover and it would have provided many more options. I was told point blank that a lot of the lifts would not be running, no reason. They said that they may be open over the weekend. That said, if you were willing to mush over to Skier's left, there was good snow on Waterfall and West Face, but short of hiking your own routes on skier's right, or down the backside the options were limited at best. C'mon Boreal, bite the bullet and get the lifts running, especially when there's a storm surge and some good snow.
Boreal Mountain review written Apr 07 2014 - 10:22 AM
Scip Advanced Snowboarder
save your money and go else where - only half the lifts were open, runs were not groomed and young staff not to good with customer service skills. it was spring break and a perfect snowing day - really upset with the lack of groomed runs and then only a handful open. shame on you. never going back.
Boreal Mountain review written Apr 03 2014 - 03:28 PM
Di Intermediate Skier
There must be some fair formula that if half of lift chairs are running. They should charge only half price.Only a quarter of the trails open, They should charge a quarter of regular price. There were 2 good beginner chair running. We have only one chair to ride for non-beginner. So it get boring very quick. The base area are too flat to glide. We need to walk up to get to the base of lift every time. Even we are paying to do down hill skiing. They force you to do more hiking.
Boreal Mountain review written Feb 01 2014 - 04:33 PM
Sam Intermediate Skier
Good beginner mtn, with short runs and lots of low grade hills. Due to the lack of rain, there was very little snow and the blown snow was slushy by afternoon. Wait until it rains to go here.
Boreal Mountain review written Jan 07 2014 - 03:04 PM
David Intermediate Snowboarder
The skiing was great. I was teaching my 9 year old to ski for the second time as he had complications the first go around, 4 years earlier. This time he had a blast. My older son and I also enjoyed ourselves. I would caution that if you can avoid using their rental boots you may be better off as I developed welts on my calves from wearing their boots. Had I known of this I would have found a way to transport my skis and boots. Until I got back to the motel though I had a great time and didn't notice the pain to my calves.
Boreal Mountain review written Jan 05 2014 - 10:36 PM
Bruce Advanced Skier
BEWARE OF THEFT! My son's snowboard was stolen while he was inside bunker getting a drink. I had read about recent theft at Boreal and cautioned by teen boys.. however, the end result was snowboard was stolen anyway! it was not even a new or particularly nice board!!
Boreal Mountain review written Dec 30 2013 - 02:13 PM
veebee Intermediate Snowboarder
Great slope for beginners. My girlfriend is learning how to snowboard here. Lesson prices are great and there are enough straight green runs to cut your chops. As an intermediate: I found this resort to be way to small for my wants. You are going to spend more time on lifts than you will going down the actual hill. Not bad for a season warm up day. Note: If you ride parks, do tricks and such, this place has more terrain features than anything else I have seen. Highly recommend checking out if you like jumps and rails.
Boreal Mountain review written Dec 18 2013 - 04:01 PM
Justin Intermediate Snowboarder
Woodward can start to get crowded around 3pm-4pm....if you can get there early, you have much fewer people!
Boreal Mountain review written Mar 02 2013 - 09:27 AM
Richard Advanced Skier
Nice bunny slope. I've had some which dump you off on what seems like a 10' drop off, then mellow out to a bunny hill, but Boreal's was nice and smooth from the start. The staff was very helpful in directing me to places, and were pleasant to deal with. This is a nice park for families and beginners, not to mention right off the freeway so you don't have to deal with too much in the way of snowy, unplowed roads. I went 2/9/13, & they were making snow on that gorgeous day. The quality was perfectly soft on the bunny slope, & a little icy on the intermediate run. The slopes weren't overly packed, but the parking lot was. We got there at noon, but I'd go earlier to get a parking space.
Boreal Mountain review written Feb 11 2013 - 02:18 PM
Paula Beginner Skier
I thought the trip was great! I brought my daughters for their first time skiing and they had SO much fun. Most of the lifts were open, though my wife and kids only used the easy slopes, which was just fine. There weren't many people there at all and we didn't have to wait once for a lift. One of my daughters had a lesson and the staff was great. I think she has more confidence than me now. We got a great deal through Liftopia for rentals and lift tickets and saved a lot of money too! Definitely gonna do it again. Try going on a weekday if you can.
Boreal Mountain review written Apr 07 2012 - 05:31 PM
Doug Intermediate Skier
Its a great place to ski on your way up to Tahoe, since you can get there late and still ski until 9 pm. I agree with the other reviewers that some lifts were closed and I was disappointed. But after asking around and at other resorts, this seems to be a really slow season and many resorts had some lifts closed.
Boreal Mountain review written Apr 07 2012 - 09:42 AM
Gina Intermediate Skier
I bought a ticket that included one lift ticket and one tubing ticket. I was really excited to go tubing after snowboarding, but the tubing area was closed when my friends and I walked over at 2:30pm (a full 90 minutes before the entire resort was closing). So if you want to go tubing, go early or ask what time they'll close!
Boreal Mountain review written Mar 21 2012 - 04:51 PM
Jessica Intermediate Snowboarder
I went on a Monday, and there were only two lifts open and only a couple possible runs. I hadn't been skiing in years and I was really looking forward to it, but I found myself bored after only a few trips down the mountain. If you're going to go to this resort, confirm beforehand that they have most of their lifts open. Otherwise this resort gets very boring very fast.
Boreal Mountain review written Feb 08 2012 - 02:13 PM
Scott Beginner Skier
Explore around Boreal. There is so much more than you can see from I-80.
Boreal Mountain review written Aug 19 2009 - 12:53 PM
Curtis Intermediate Snowboarder

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