Boreal Ski Resort

Boreal Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of California in USA. The resort is in the town of Soda Springs, CA. We recently ranked all of California's ski resorts, so you can see where Boreal stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Boreal is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Boreal Ski Resort.

Boreal Lodging:

Boreal Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Boreal has a total of 33 ski trails, which are serviced by 12 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. With 380 acres, Boreal Ski Resort has a moderate amount of skiiable terrain available for skiers. This area is equivalent to 154 hectares, 1 square miles, or 2 square kilometers.

Boreal's slopes see on average 400 inches (157 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 33 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
380(2 km2)
Annual Snowfall
400"(157 cm)

Boreal Ski Resort Elevation

Boreal Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 7,700 feet, or 2,347 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 7,200 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 500 feet (152 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Boreal's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
7,700'(2,347 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
500'(152 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
7,200'(2,194 m)

Boreal Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
28.7out of 100
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Boreal is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area. It is in fact one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. This is due to it having 30% of its trails are rated as "beginner", and a vertical drop of only 500 feet.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Boreal has 380 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Since Boreal is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 30% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 55% trails are rated as intermediate.
30%(114 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
55%(209 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
15%(57 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Boreal Ski Resort good for beginners?

Boreal is a very beginner-friendly course. In fact, it is one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. 30% of its trails are rated as "beginner".

Boreal Ski Resort Location

Boreal Ski Resort is located in the state of California, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Soda Springs, CA.

Soda Springs, CA 95728 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
39.33000, -120.35000

Getting to Boreal Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Boreal Ski Resort), its coordinates of 39.33000, -120.35000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Soda Springs, CA to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Boreal Ski Resort.

Reno–Tahoe International AirportRNOReno, NV33 mi
Sacramento International AirportSMFSacramento, CA80 mi
Oakland International AirportOAKOakland, CA150 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Boreal.

Sacramento Mather AirportMHRSacramento, CA74 mi
Redding Municipal AirportRDDRedding, CA131 mi
Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County AirportSTSSanta Rosa, CA144 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Boreal Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Boreal Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Donner Ski RanchNorden, CA7,781 ft37%1 mi
Soda SpringsSoda Springs, CA7,300 ft30%2 mi
Sugar BowlTruckee, CA8,383 ft51%5 mi
Tahoe DonnerTruckee, CA7,350 ft25%5 mi
Palisades TahoeOlympic Valley, CA9,050 ft76%12 mi
NorthstarTruckee, CA8,610 ft51%13 mi
Alpine MeadowsOlympic Valley, CA8,673 ft56%13 mi
Granlibakken TahoeTahoe City, CA6,350 ft14%16 mi
HomewoodHomewood, CA7,800 ft51%20 mi
Mount RoseReno, NV9,700 ft58%23 mi
HeavenlySouth Lake Tahoe, CA10,067 ft71%35 mi
Sierra-at-TahoeSouth Lake Tahoe, CA8,852 ft51%39 mi
KirkwoodKirkwood, CA9,800 ft56%47 mi
Dodge RidgePinecrest, CA8,200 ft52%82 mi

Boreal Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation7,700 ft
Base Elevation7,200 ft
Vertical Drop500 ft
(30% Beginner,  55% Intermediate,  15% Expert)
Skiable Acres380
Avg. Annual Snowfall400 inches
Boreal Ski Resort Mountain Stats