A second Tahoe ski resort opens Friday when Boreal Mountain welcomes skiers and snowboarders to its resort, located off Interstate 80 at Donner Summit.
This is the 59th season of operation for Boreal, which has gained notoriety over the years due to its offering of night skiing. And there will be night skiing available Friday (Nov. 17) with resort hours going from 9 am to 8 pm. Lift tickets are a bargain for the opener – $25 (including a $5 donation to local nonprofits) for what Boreal is billing as “Play Forever Friday.”
Located at 7,200 feet, Boreal says it has capitalized on recent snowfall and snowmaking, creating a 24-inch base with the help of 15 to 20 snow guns. A terrain park with 13 features will be available. There will be no lessons for opening weekend.
Boreal’s spokesperson, Tucker Norred, noted the resort plans to expand its opening day slopes in subsequent days. Last year, Boreal opened in late October, but temporarily closed before reopening for good.
Boreal joins Mt. Rose as the only other Tahoe-area ski resort to open for the 2023-24 season. Located off the Mt. Rose Highway and approximately 10 miles from Incline Village in North Lake Tahoe and 25 miles from Reno, Mt. Rose opened Nov. 10 and currently is offering skiing and riding every day of the week.
TAHOE SKI RESORTS – TENTATIVE OPENINGS
- Mt. Rose: opened Nov. 10
- Boreal: opened Nov. 17
- Palisades Tahoe: Nov. 22
- Sugar Bowl: Nov. 24
- Soda Springs: Nov. 24
- Kirkwood: Dec. 1
- Diamond Peak: Dec. 7
- Granlibakken: Dec. 15
- Northstar California: TBA
- Heavenly: Nov. TBA
- Sierra-at-Tahoe: TBA
- Homewood: TBA
- Tahoe Donner: TBA
HEAVENLY, NORTHSTAR DELAY OPENING: Due to the weather conditions, the two prominent Tahoe ski resorts pushed back their planned season-opening date.
Both Heavenly and Northstar – two Vail Resorts – also had a tentative opening date of Nov. 17. However, due to some recent warm temperatures in the Tahoe region, the start of the season has been put on delay by both resorts. A third Vail Resort in Tahoe – Kirkwood –is still scheduled to open Friday, Dec. 1, conditions permitting.
ute-by-minute, and our snowmaking teams are ready to make snow at every possible opportunity so that we can open for the 2023/24 ski and ride season the moment we’re able to,” said Heavenly spokesperson Ashlee Lambert. “Until then, we’ll continue to provide updates on the outlook and will share a new planned opening date as soon as possible.”