Boreal looks to major expansion to provide year-round training |

Boreal looks to major expansion to provide year-round training

Sun File PhotoTruckee's Jake Devine slides the flat bar during the 2008 Jibassic Pro Invitational Rail Jam at Boreal Mountain Resort. The resort, located in Soda Springs about 9 miles west of Truckee, is known for its location directly off Interstate 80, and its strive each winter season to be the first Sierra venue to operate its ski lifts, often doing so in October.

SODA SPRINGS, Calif. and#8212; Boreal Mountain Resort, long favored by aerial alpine enthusiasts for its halfpipe and park riding, hopes to expand its appeal to those athletes into the summer months under a proposed expansion.

Mountain officials are asking Nevada County’s Planning Commission later this week to OK an expansion which includes a 32,900-square-foot indoor training center, an alpine roller coaster, a BMX bike park and a skateboard park. If approved, construction could start later this summer with plans to finish by June 2012.

The indoor facility, which would be equipped with foam pits and trampolines for training in skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding and other aerial sports, would be the first of its kind in the Truckee-Tahoe. Such training facilities are operational in Colorado and Oregon.

and#8220;It’s kind of the way the industry is going,and#8221; said Jon Slaughter, a spokesman for the mountain. and#8220;We’ve always been focused on park riding and freestyle. This is just kind of the next step.and#8221;

Slaughter declined to say how much the project would cost.

Open from November to Labor Day, the facility would operate seven days a week to athletes and various camps, according to Boreal’s application.

With its capacity for summer business, the training facility represents an economic bright spot for eastern Nevada County, said District 5 Supervisor Ted Owens, who represents the area.

and#8220;It’s good to see some activity out there, and certainly, the summit could use the growth,and#8221; Owens said. and#8220;Anything that’s a shot in the economic arm is a good thing.and#8221;

The project earned the approval from the Donner Summit Area Association, which monitors growth in the area. Under the proposal, Boreal would build the facility partially on top of a parking lot and a flat area on the 480-acre resort.

and#8220;We are very pleased with them,and#8221; said Tamara Lieberman, president of the association. and#8220;We feel that they are not doing any environmental damage, and it’s going to be a great addition to our community.and#8221;

Located between the 49er and Accelerator chairlifts, the alpine coaster would climb up the mountain and descend down it, Slaughter said. Officials at Northstar-at-Tahoe proposed a similar project for summer recreation, but have since tabled the idea.

Planning officials are set to vote on the project at a 1:30 p.m. special meeting Thursday at the town of Truckee chambers on Airport Road.

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