Rail slides, ollies, half pipes and more. The influence of skateboarding on snowboarding is obvious, and there has always been crossover between the two groups of riders.But skateboarding has always been a predominantly summer sport while snowboarding requires snow and mountains, so opportunities to do both in the same day have never really existed - until now.Last week Boreal Mountain Resort opened the first indoor skate bowl located at a winter resort in what used to be their Demo Center.
Constructed of Skatelite - an ideal ramp and bowl construction material - and built by Vertical Production Industries, which has built features for the X Games among others, the Boreal skate bowl features five-and-a-half to six-and-a-half-foot walls with seven-and-a-half-foot transitions and full metal coping around the deck."The bowl itself is awesome," said Squid, the skate park manager who assured that he is known to all as "Squid.""Interest has been good for the people who have been skating," Squid said. "Everyone is really loving it, but the word hasn't really got out yet ... The only people I've seen skating are the people I've told."Kyle Truesdell of the Boreal marketing department expects more and more kids to start coming out to the skate bowl as word of mouth spreads.
Truesdell, who came out of skating retirement to play in the new bowl, said the skate bowl should be popular with the kids who already come to Boreal for the outdoor terrain features they build."To be able to skate an indoor pool in a snowstorm is pretty much priceless for any skater," said Squid. "For anybody who really likes skating, it's pretty much priceless. All the years we've talked about building this here, it was like a dream that would never come true."The Boreal Skate Bowl is located adjacent to the main Boreal lodge in the old Demo Center building.Helmets are required in the bowl and helmets, skateboards, knee and elbow pads are all available for rent on site.
The skate bowl will be open Monday through Friday from 3 9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. 3:30 p.m.Fees are $5 for a half-hour session or $3 with a $25 membership that's good all season.For more information call (530) 426-3666 or visit www.rideboreal.com.