30 Oct, 2010
I am not a morning person especially when it involves waking up at 5:30am when everything is dark outside and everyone is asleep still. But the second I step on snow, it’s always worth it – It’s worth the 5:30am wake up call, the 6 hour roundtrip drive and the $30 to pay for a session of fun on the slopes. That was today at Boreal.
It was my first time coming to Boreal and getting familiar with this new mountain that opened its lifts for the first turns in California. I had only seen Boreal from the highway (it’s right there, can’t miss it) but was excited to check out the terrain and get back on snow. Yesterday Boreal opened and today they had two chairlifts and two parks lines operating. Under Nugget chairlift there were 4 features: down box, down rail, flat down rail and wall ride. Under Castle Peak Quad were 10 features: 2 C-box’s, flat box, up flat down rail, tube, jump, wall ride, down rail and down box with a staircase inbetween.
I hit up the mountain with Daniel and Jeremy from Mammoth which was a blast and stoked to carpool up with those guys. The weather throughout most of the day was snowy with some moments of clear weather and almost a moment of sunshine. I’m still learning park but I was happy to try the boxes, jump and wall ride for the day. The wallride was probably my favorite feature, just having fun trying to stall on the top. The boxes definitely worked me, got a good bruise from my butt riding the box but it’s all part of the fun.
myself on the down box (thanks Jeremy for the shot!)
Jeremy on the first C-Box at the top of Castle Peak
Daniel on the wallride at the bottom of Nugget chairlift
There was one jump set up on the mountain which meant you could get some good pop from it or go smaller depending how you wanted to hit it. From watching the jump on the chairlift there were a couple flips were thrown, lots of spins and lots of straight airs. It was a good way to start the season.
Daniel’s tailgrab 360
After living in Colorado the past 4 years, the sierra snowfall was a quick reminder of what to expect and staying dry (even when your hair gets soaked on the snow).
It was a really fun day on the slopes and so worth the drive just to get back on snow, some jibbing and remembering how much fun it is. Definitely hoping for more snowfall in the region to open up even more terrain! Meanwhile I’m gonna drink a cold beer and enjoy a sleeping in day tomorrow.