Thrills on the slopes, under the roof
- Details: A resort that receives an average of 400 inches of snowfall a year, Boreal has 41 trails for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders in addition to lanes for tubing.
- New for 2012-13: Woodward Tahoe, a 33,000-square-foot indoor facility at the base of the resort, is a unique venue that offers a range of action-sports experiences including snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding and BMX. There are seven trampolines, six drop-in ramps, three foam pits and a concrete skatepark. Information: www.woodwardtahoe.com
- Best lift deal: College students, active-duty military can ski/ride most Fridays for $15.
- Snowmaking: Available on 200 of the resort’s 480 acres, and (for those who love fun facts) the system is able to pump 2,200 gallons of water per minute.
- After dark: Night skiing and boarding are available every day until 9 p.m., as conditions permit. Discounted night sessions begin at 3:30 p.m. Also, there’s night tubing until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays.
- Hidden gem: Cedar Ridge has “great tree skiing, light powder and short lift lines,” says Tucker Norred, resort spokesman.
- Address, phone, website: 19749 Boreal Ridge Road, Truckee, CA; 530-426-3663, www.borealski.com
- Social connections: Twitter, Facebook
- Where to stay: Boreal Inn offers the closest accommodations to the resort’s slopes, and there’s a ski and ride package for $89 per person.
- Eats at the resort: Boreal’s cafeteria has specialties that change throughout the week, and a cup of hot chocolate is always available.
- Après-snow hotspot: The Upper Deck Bar serves a variety of drinks, and the bar faces the slopes so the action is within view.
— Jerry Rice