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Boreal Ski Area

Interstate 80 at Castle Peak Exit, Truckee, CA 96160
530-426-3666
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Ranked #17 of 22 attractions in Truckee
Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas
Activities: Skiing, Snowboarding
Description: Snowboarding ski resort, offering snow play activities for everyone, including special programs for toddlers.
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sacramento
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Never fails....whenever you go here most of the lifts are closed , the runs arer not groomed and the Bireal Inn is so bad it should be torn down and rebuilt from scratch. Whoever is managing this outfit should be fired!!!

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Chico, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I only have a few days of skiing under my belt, so my husband and I figured we would give Boreal a try for me to gain some hours of practice for a good price. The ticket/rental combos were very reasonable, and we were excited about the 9am-9pm hours. Unfortunately, the staff was less than helpful to us both. During... More

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Cupertino, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The kids in our group loved this place a lot. Most of them were intermediate level skiing kids and they got to warm up in a couple of courses, then tried it out in another couple of courses which had turns, jumps (that the kids could avoid if/as needed) - great runs for kids. My son wants to go here... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

These lessons were exceptional and were altered to fit every kid's needs. The WoodWard part was a great safe indoor training with trampolines, foam pits and even a skate park. In the skate park, there were roller-skies and roller-snowboards. (Skies and snowboards with wheels) On these you can to jumps and use ramps and land in cushy foam pits. All... More

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Pleasanton, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

This is a very small ski area. I did bring our kids here because it is well priced and they are still learning. The lodge is very spacious. They have food and beverages and a bar. There were 3 lifts open, The only bad part is that you are back at the bottom in two minutes, even for the kids,... More

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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99 reviews 99 reviews
28 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Because it's the first ski area you get to coming from more populated areas, and the fact that it's relatively inexpensive, this area gets a younger and more aggressive crowd. Lots of beginners and many, many snow boarders. And you know what that means- lots of accidents. There are other places to learn where it's much safer- Tahoe Donner being... More

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Fremont, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We spent a day as part of a large group. Good things: Small lines. Easy slopes for beginners. Less expensive than Heavenly. Good customer service. Numerous classes throughout the day. Just off 80. Not so good things: Instructors are not as good as Heavenly. Snow making machines are not enough. Not many slopes for intermediate to advanced. No half day... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We came from Michigan. The hill is definitely bigger than what we have back home but barely. There were only three lifts open and only three or four runs. It was crowded. But it was relatively inexpensive.

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Sunol, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

First of all I want to give Boreal 0 stars! Our first visit to Boreal Ski Resort with my grand nephews never snowboarding in their life. They are both in elementary school. I got the oldest one a snowboard for Christmas. We arrived Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock by the time they got on the hill it was 5 o'clock... More

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Auburn, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Okay, we all know that the snowfall levels in 2014 (and the end of 2013) are leaving us all a bit unsatisfied. But, Boreal is making snow on the runs and it's a great place for families. While the runs are not as long as some other Northern CA resorts, when you're looking for reliable snow, reasonable prices and short... More

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