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“Average resort”

Boreal Mountain Resort
Ranked #4 of 48 things to do in Truckee
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Owner description: Snowboarding ski resort, offering snow play activities for everyone, including special programs for toddlers.
Fremont, California
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Average resort”
Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

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 classes for groups.

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331 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“You get what you pay for.”
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.

Visited January 2014
Thank Mark K
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Auburn, California
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Boreal has stepped up the fun for families!”
Reviewed January 4, 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 lift lines, Boreal delivers.

So why do I say that they've 'stepped it up'? They have added a new facility that has trampolines, a coffee bar and all around fun zone for skiers, snowboarders and others who want to bounce or simulate some radical moves on the terrain park. Way to go Boreal!

What to bring - your board, your skis, and your 'ready to have fun' attitude. And your family. Fun for all - outdoors, or inside - regardless of the weather.

Visited January 2014
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Sacramento, California
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62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great place for beginners but a no frills lodge”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

Just came back to Boreal for the opening of the ski season. Kind of disappointing. The bathrooms are out of paper towels (this is our third visit same situation). The bar on the 3rd floor now has a 45 minute time limit for guests so the days of sitting there all day while the kids ski are over. This is disappointing because it isn't like that place is packed or anything. As always no sack lunches are allowed in the lodge which is a courtesy to the people who buy from their food court so I appreciate that.

Boreal is a great place to come for beginners because of their 1-2-3 Ride Free program which offers three lessons and all your gear at three different visits, then a season pass for the rest of the season. This season is probably not going to be very good because of the lack of snow and the very warm winter. Currently it is hard to even make fake snow because it isn't cold enough to stay frozen.

If you are looking for a cheap place to ski on marginal runs Boreal is the place for you. If you are more into sitting in the lodge I would skip it now that there is a time limit upstairs.

Visited December 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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70 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great little ski area for beginner families”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

We have been to Boreal a few times while visiting the area. The kid ski/snowboard lessons are reasonable. They are the only place in the area that makes snow so we have been able to ski even when there wasn't much snow. All of us are beginner to intermeidate skiers and snowboarders. Boreal works very well for usto get one day in on the slopes that doesn't kill the bank. Our last experience with a full day lesson wasn't as good as it had been in the past. The instructors are still great but it seemed that the lunch they provided wasn't as good as it was in the past and we forgot to bring snacks for our son to keep in his pockets. I recommend bring a good calorie dense snack and sunscreen while they are at the lesson. We didn't realize until we picked him up how hungry he had been all day. Regardless, our 8 year after one full day lesson was snowboarding with his dad at the end of the day.

Visited November 2013
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