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 9 Pikes and Terrain Parks:

  • Easy Rider - a great introduction to freestyle terrain with mini rails boxes and jumps
  • Start Park - gentle snow features including bumps and berms
  • Woodward Peace Park - an ever-changing terrain park
  • Pacific High Line - a series of jumps gradually increasing in size
  • Half Pipe - a 13-foot MiniPine
  • Wave Pool - table top jumps and banks
  • California Wave Pool - a variety of jumps and berms
  • Jibassic Park - exciting new features to an old terrain park
  • Big Blue - street rails and countless transitions

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

Lift Operation Hours: 9:00 AM - 8:00 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 - 2020-2021

COVID Modifications

Advance purchase required! Reserve your Go Time Tickets online to access the resort with our hands free RFID and contactless pick-up kiosks.

Boreal: "Smaller lines. Less Crowds. These were things everybody wanted even before COVID hit because nobody wants anything slowing them down when they’re ready to go. With Go Time Tickets, you buy online, select your start time, arrive and get contactless mountain access. Go Time Tickets offer the ultimate freedom and flexibility while ensuring everyone can enjoy the mountain safely. Tickets and entry may be limited but prices gradually decrease throughout the day, so take a minute to check out Go Time Tickets early and often to get the best deal. The mountain is ready. We’re just waiting for you to tell us when 'It’s Go Time!'."

"Go Time tickets are one price for all ages, except children 5 & under receive a micro ticket for $5/child. Micro tickets are only available on-site to verify age, please plan to pick up a micro ticket from Mountain Services on the day of your ski/ride visit. We encourage guests to upgrade to a micro pass to allow for ease and flexibility for future visits."


Free parking for guests with pre-purchased lift tickets, season pass, Bunker session, or Tahoe Tubing session. Parking will not be allowed for guests without a valid access product for the day.

Boreal Ski and Snowboard Rentals - 2020-21 Season

Boreal Rental Equipment

Boreal Ski and Snowboard Lessons - 2020-2021 Season

All lessons require an advanced reservation at least 24 hours in advance. Only private lessons or "Private Family/Cohort Lessons are available.

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.