Boreal boasts new superpipe |

Boreal boasts new superpipe

Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra SunMost resorts in the Tahoe area have superpipes, but none are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Boreal Mountain Resort opened its new super halfpipe Feb. 19. The pipe boasts 16 foot walls and is now on Race Course, which is the location used during the 1996 World Cup Halfpipe event at Boreal.

Most resorts in the Tahoe area have superpipes, but none are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Boreal also was the first resort in the Tahoe area to built a snowboard park, group sales manager Kyle Truesdell said. That was back in the day ” early 1990s ” before the evolution of feeskiing.

Truesdell, a snowboarder who said he escapes the confines of his office in the afternoons to ride, approves of the new superpipe, and its new location.

“Compared to years in the past,” he said, “it’s the best halfpipe we’ve had since 1996. It’s in the best spot and it’s the best conditions.”

The main thing that makes the pipe optimal, in Truesdell’s opinion, is the actual size of it.

“It’s not too big, and it’s not too small,” he said. “It’s an average sized superpipe that everybody can ride, not just the people who rip.”

Kayhon Gookar, an 18-year-old snowboarder from the Bay Area, said he planned on hitting the pipe Tuesday evening, but never got the chance.

“I think as far as location, it’s a lot better than the old one,” Gookar said. “It looks real nice, and the majority of the people I talked to said it was great.”

Chris McAuliffe, director of mountain operations at Boreal, said the new halfpipe already is a hit, and more new park stuff is on the way.

“Skiers and boarders were lined up all day waiting to drop into the new superpipe,” McAuliffe said after its opening day. “And that isn’t the end of great additions to the park program at Boreal. Soon, night riders will find lit-up funboxes to hit in addition to Boreal’s new wall ride.”

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