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Boreal, Alpine Meadows taking snow sports into summer

June camp, Fourth of July celebration on the schedule
By: Gloria Young Journal Staff Writer
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It was a near-record year for snow in the Sierra, and it just keeps coming. Another dusting is in the forecast for this week. Many Sierra resorts extended their ski season to take advantage of the bounty of winter. At least a couple of them are taking it even further. Boreal Mountain Resort is planning its first-ever June ski/snowboard camp. Boreal closed for the season on May 15 but will reopen the week of June 20-24, according to marketing director Jon Slaughter. “We had about 2 feet of (new) snow on closing day,” he said. “My best guess is there’s about a 10- to- 15-foot base out there.” The camp will be similar to those offered in Oregon’s Cascades region during the summer. “In April, we started discussing it,” Slaughter said. “It is always really hard to close down when we have this much snow.” Typically resorts still have plenty of snow at the end of the season. But as the weather warms, outdoor enthusiasts begin to look to summer sports. “We thought this would be a really great way to take advantage of this (year’s huge snow pack) and target a niche audience,” Slaughter said. “We’re trying to attract the young skiers and snowboarders who would normally be going to Mount Hood.” Cost of the camp is $599. Attendees also will have to cover their own lodging and transportation expenses. The five-day camp will have lift access to a terrain park with “lots of jumps and jibs,” a superpipe and a BagJump (large inflatable device used for practicing aerial maneuvers). Participants will have a somewhat structured day. They’ll start at 7 a.m. and break into groups based on ability levels and their area of focus. After a morning of skiing or snowboarding, they’ll break for lunch at 11:30 a.m. “That’s when we’ll do some video review inside the lodge,” Slaughter said. After lunch, it will be back to the mountain until 1 p.m. Campers will receive professional instruction from top ski and snowboard coaches, led by Dylan Omlin, USSA coach of the year, according to a press release. Response to the camp has been great, Slaughter said. “We’re getting tons of phone calls,” he said. “It’s pretty much the only thing I’m talking to people about.” Auburn Ski Club members will be able to stay at the club’s Boreal facility. For others, the choices include lodging in Truckee or camping at Donner State Park. Slaughter said he is putting together an information packet on housing. A little higher up the mountain, Alpine Meadows will re-open for the Fourth of July weekend. Alpine was last open for July skiing in 1995 – another big snow year, according to marketing spokeswoman Rachael Woods. “It’s a fun thing to offer at a time when most people are thinking about boating or biking,” Woods said. “I think a lot of our skiers and boarders find it to be a fun novelty. Considering the amount of snow we’ve received through 2010 and 11, it is certainly a great year to do it. It’s a unique way to cool off in the hot month of July and enjoy some snow and sun.” The resort will be open “top to bottom,” she said. “You’ll be able to go all the way to the top of the mountain and ski all the way down to the base lodge,” she said. “We’ll have beginner through advanced terrain, snow conditions permitting.” The resort will be open for three days, July 2, 3 and 4. There will be live music each day and games on the Fourth of July. “It will be backyard games that people like to play, but we’ll be on snow,” Woods said. Reach Gloria Young at gloriay@goldcountrymedia.com ------------ Summer on the slopes • For more information on Boreal’s ski/snowboard camp, see rideboreal.com • For more information on Alpine Meadows’ Independence Day weekend, see skialpine.com