Boreal Mountain Ski Area

Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding


Boreal stands alongside Interstate 80 virtually at the top of Donner Summit. The ski and snowboard resort has a base elevation of 7,200 feet and rises to 7,677 feet along the summit of Boreal Ridge. With aggressive snow-making, they are often the first resort to open for the season. Lighted slopes allow them to offer night skiing until 9:00 PM.

photo of snowboarder jumping

Their lifts include two quads, three triples, a double, a moving carpet, and another moving carpet at their tube park. The longest run is one mile. Boreal has 480 acres of terrain, with most of it geared toward intermediate skiers and boarders.

Terrain Parks

Boreal has 4 Terrain Parks:

  • Mini Shred - small rails, jumps, boxes, and a mini-pipe
  • Core Park - medium to large features and the awesome Superpipe along with the new jib line and jump line
  • Shred Park - a flowing park great for everyone, jib line, rhythm section
  • Bag Jump

Boreal has a separate Playland Tubing Park with groomed tubing lanes located at the far end of the parking lot. For more information about Playland Tubing Park, see Snow Play.

Lift Operation Hours: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
The resort closes at 4:00 PM when night skiing and boarding are not in operation.

Official Website: Boreal Ski Resort

Boreal Lift Tickets - November 2017 Online Prices

Age Group All Day
9 AM - 9 PM
Night Skiing/Boarding
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Discounts available by purchasing online.
Prices subject to change.
Adult 18-59 $49 $29
Teen 13-17 $39 $29
Child 5-12 $29 $20
Child 4 and under $5
Senior 60-69 $39
Senior 70 and older $20
Parent Shared $59

College Student Discounts available on Fridays.
Armed Forces Discounts available.

Pay to Park

New this year, parking will be $20 per car on weekends and holidays (shown below) until 3 PM. Mid-week parking is free. Avoid paying the $20 on weekends or holidays when at least 1 person in the car has a season pass, any pre-purchased lift or lesson ticket, or any of a number of other purchases. See the complete list on Boreal's website under PARKING.

Holiday Dates for 2017-18

Holiday Dates: November 23-26, 2017; December 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018; January 13-15, 2018; February 17-25, 2018

Season Passes for 2017 - 2018

Age Group Unlimited Season Pass1 All-Access Season Pass2
1Ride the lifts every day from 9 AM to 9 PM.
2 Unlimited access to Boreal Mountain Resort and Woodward Tahoe, including a Bunker Pass and Unlimited Boreal Season Pass.
Adult 24-59 $319 $539
Young Adult 18-23 $239 $449
Teen 13-17 $239 $449
Child 5-12 $149 $349 (age 6-12)
Child 4 & Under $29 NA
Senior 60-69 $149
Super Senior 70+ $59

Night Season Pass (all ages 5 and older) - 3 PM to 9 PM:   $139


Boreal Ski and Snowboard Rentals - 2017-18 Season

Hours: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
A credit card is required for deposits on all rentals. Rentals of snowpants and jackets are also available.

Equipment Adults 13+ Children 4-12
Ski packages include skis, boots, and poles. Snowboard packages include board and boots.
Ski or Snowboard Package1 $41 $31
Helmet $10 $10
Boots only $20 $20
Poles only $10 $10

Holiday Dates

1Prices during holiday periods are $5 higher for ski or snowboard packages. Holiday Dates: November 23-26, 2017; December 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018; January 13-15, 2018; February 17-25, 2018.


Boreal Ski and Snowboard Lessons - 2017-2018 Season

Adult Group Lessons - Ages 13 and older

Start with Woodward Premium Lessons

Both Beginner and Intermediate lessons begin in the Woodward Tahoe Bunker and then progress to the slopes. Participants must wear a snow sports helmet.

Start with Woodward - Beginners

First time skiers or snowboarders learn the basics, beginning in the Woodward Tahoe Bunker and then moving onto the slopes.

Start with Woodward - Intermediate - Terrain Park

Intermediate skiers develop their skills, beginning in the Woodward Tahoe Bunker and then heading out to the slopes and terrain parks.

Includes rental equipment and lift ticket. Snow sports helmets required.
Information: (530) 426-1114. Reservations highly recommended.

Full Day Lessons

Includes lunch
Sessions: 10 AM to 4 PM
Rates: $159, holidays rates $179 (see list of holiday dates above.)
Prices subject to change.

Traditional Adult Lessons

All lessons include rental equipment and a limited-access lift ticket (Castle Peak Quad and Nugget lifts only). Upgrade to unlimited lift ticket for $20. All lessons are 2 hours. Participants 17 and under must where a snow sports helmet.
Information: (530) 4263666 ext. 33288.
Sessions: 10 AM to 12 PM and 1 PM to 3 PM
Rates: $94, holidays $114 (see list of holiday dates above.)
Prices subject to change.

Take 3, Ride Free Program - Ages 4 through Adult

Earn a free season pass through the Take 3, Ride FREE program.

  1. Purchase one of the 3-lesson packages shown below before you arrive at Boreal Mountain Resort.
  2. Complete each of the lessons (only one per day allowed) and collect your lesson validation card.
  3. After completing all 3 lessons, turn in your 3 lesson validation cards for a season pass valid for the remainder of the 2017-19 season. The pass is non-transferable.

Be sure to read complete details at Boreal's Take 3, Ride FREE program.

Children's Lessons

Boreal offers half-day and all-day children's lessons for both skiers and snowboarders. All day lessons meet inside the Woodward Bunker and begin at 10:00 AM. Half day lessons meet a the Children's Snowsports School meeting area at 10:00 AM or 1:00 PM. During holiday periods they meet at 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM, and 3:00 PM.

Lessons include a lift ticket, instruction, and rental equipment. Helmets are required, but not included ($10 rental).

Holiday Dates for 2017-18

Holiday Dates: November 23-26, 2017; December 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018; January 13-15, 2018; February 17-25, 2018


Boreal Facilities

  • Base Lodge includes restrooms, first aid, cafeteria, bar, BBQ on the deck. Family Meeting Center has a children's play area and changing tables (parents provide their own supervision)
  • Underground Sports - Sports shop on main floor of the base lodge, weekdays 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, open till 6:00 PM Friday - Sunday
  • Western Ski Sport Museum - shows the history of skiing. Open 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, admission free
  • The Bunker - Skatepark, trampolines, and much more. See Woodward Camps for information about the Bunker.