Park, night boarding/skiing, affordable
If you're looking for downhill mountain riding, Boreal might disappoint you. There are definitely things to entertain the advanced skier and rider, but it won't have to do with getting your alpine carve on. There just isn't enough vertical. For beginners, Boreal is a decent enough place to start. It's relatively cheap, and there are two, nice, wide beginner runs that are perfect for first-timers. If you can, come on a weekday and you can expect short lines and plenty of room to work with on your first day. If you're starting to figure out how to carve and you're ready to move up to intermediate runs, you might want to try a different mountain. At Boreal, all of the intermediate runs are scattered with terrain parks, so you might feel like you're in the way, which adds undue stress when you're learning. I've also seen the ultra-beginners really hurt themselves on park features because they see "everyone else doing it". Please, do stay away from the jumps and boxes on your first day. I rode the lift up yesterday with a first-timer and wish I'd given him that advise. I saw him from my next chair up, leaving the beginner terrain park on a sled...
If you want to bring the kids to a family-friendly beginner mountain, don't be fooled by the percentage of beginner runs. Although there is a sign clearly posted in the lift line that says "no profanity," you can assume there is a reason why they had to post that sign. It has to do with the vocabulary of the teens and young adults who are attracted to the terrain parks and pipe. I haven't been to another local resort that has good features on every run. It's an absolute blast. It's a great place to learn new terrain park skills and there's a good progression for the more experienced riders. I love the wide-open feel of the mountain, and the way you can watch the local talent throwing down (and the noobies falling down) while you ride the chair up. The night riding is super fun; they do a great job with the lighting. The season passes are affordable. In fact, you can pick them up for 40% off right now for the 09/10 season and ride the rest of this year for free. No, I'm not an employee...just a fan. See you on the mountain! : )