Boreal’s open: Donner Summit ski resort first to fire up chairlifts in the state |

Boreal’s open: Donner Summit ski resort first to fire up chairlifts in the state

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Amy Edgett / Sun file photoA snowboarder airs off a jump at Boreal during last yearand#8217;s Oct. 9 opening. The Donner Summit resort is open Friday.

DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. and#8212; Boreal Mountain Resort never has been one to wait around for winter.

The Donner Summit ski resort will become the first in the state to open when it fires up its Nugget Double Chair with access to one run on Friday. Boreal will then run its Castle Peak Quad on Saturday and Sunday accessing two runs.

Jon Slaughter, marketing director at Boreal, said he expects nothing less than and#8220;mayhemand#8221; when the lift starts spinning at 9 a.m.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re expecting a pretty big turnout. Weand#8217;re the first resort to open in California, so the place is going to be going nuts,and#8221; he said.

Slaughter said Boreal, with a base elevation of 7,200 feet, received 3 inches of snow during the start of the storm last Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23, before rain washed it away on Sunday. Another 2 inches fell after that.

Combined with the manmade snow blown onto the runs since then, Slaughter said the resort has a 6- to 18-inch base and#8212; plenty to set up jib features, and maybe even enough to build some jumps.

and#8220;Weand#8217;ll definitely have some jibs out there, and weand#8217;re pushing the snow around to kind of see what else we have to offer right now,and#8221; Slaughter said.

Boreal will offer $15 discounted lift tickets on opening day, which will culminate with the annual Jibassic Public Invitational under the lights from 5-8 p.m. Slaughter said the resort will give away a total of $1,000 in the form of $10 bills to the snowboarders and skiers who participate.

and#8220;Itand#8217;s more of just a celebration than an event, just stoking the kids out who are out here riding,and#8221; Slaughter said of the Jibassic Public Invitational, which was formerly an invite-only professional contest called the Jibassic Pro Invitational.

Lift tickets will be set at $30 on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit the resort website at