click on the pictures to enlargeThis view is of the central lifts, right in front of the lodge.
From the top looking west, towards home. Somewhere down there is I-80.
From the top looking south, towards other ski resorts. Donner, Sugar Bowl, and Soda Springs are all out here somewhere. The lift at the bottom of the picture is the "back side" of Boreal; it's only been open once when I've been there.
From the top, looking north across I-80 to Castle Peak.
Clouds move over Castle Peak.
Conditions were marginal--some powder, a little bit of ice. Most of the people stayed on the central runs and lifts; I hung out on the west runs, even going on a lift that's never before been running when I've been there. Far fewer people over there. Sometimes it was like I had an entire run to myself. Many times I skied right up to the next chair and hopped on.
On one ride up I rode with a high school senior from Long Beach. He made a comment that I never thought I'd hear someone from his generation say. I paraphrase:
I wish I could get away from these snowboarders. They just sit in the middle of the runs! I'd like to have a mountain for skiers only.
How many times have I had the same thoughts?