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Boreal Ski Resort officially opens for the season

Skiers hit the slopes for opening day at Boreal
Skiers hit the slopes for opening day at Boreal 00:39

SODA SPRINGS - Boreal Mountain Resort is open for business. 

In its 59th season, Boreal is one of California's first ski resorts to open this year, due in large part to its snow guns, which number between 15-20 and have been hard at work laying a two-foot base, says resorts spokesperson Tucker Norred.

Boreal is at around 7,200 feet in elevation, allowing relatively colder conditions to create more snow than other resorts. Currently, two runs are open: South 40 and Big Blue. Boreal typically aims to have the mountain fully open by MLK Day weekend or earlier.

"The stoke levels were off the charts," said one snowboarder.    

Nearby, Northstar, Sugar Bowl and Heavenly ski resorts announced that their openings would be delayed. 

Boreal is about 91 miles northeast of Sacramento. Today, lift tickets cost $25 and lifts run until 8 p.m.

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