The future of snowboarding is called The Bunker. In case you haven't heard of it, The Bunker is a 33,000 square foot multi-sport training facility at Woodward Tahoe, just steps from the chairlift at the Boreal Mountain Resort. It's my summertime snowboarding fantasy and it's opening its doors to the public on August 17.
This state-of-the-art training facility includes six olympic-sized trampolines, a spring floor, a skatepark, jumps that send riders soaring into pits filled with foam cushions, and other epic toys for training skateboarders, skiers, BMXers, and snowboarders. Have you ever seen videos of snowboarders zipping down artificial indoor jumps and hucking ridiculous spins and flips into pools filled with square chunks of squishy foam? This is where they do it.
Until this summer the facility at Tahoe was only open to pros and camp attendees, but from Aug. 17, 2013 through April 14, 2014 it will be open to the public for two-hour sessions from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week until Boreal opens for the season. Then it will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Seasons passes to The Bunker (called Bunker Passes) are on sale for $299 USD (down from $399) until October 31, but occasional riders also have the option of buying a Core Pass, which comes with a facility training session and allows the holder to purchase two-hour drop-in sessions for $25.
Whether you're just learning to turn, want to sharpen your jibbing skills, or are training for snowboard cross, there is something for you either in The Bunker or on Boreal's summer terrain park, which includes chairlift service, rails, jumps, a 22 ft superpipe, and a huge kicker jump that tosses riders onto an enormous airbag (like the ones that that stuntmen jump off of buildings onto).
If you want the complete summer snowboarding experience, it'll cost you. A day pass to both facilities costs $149 per day and $89 per half-day, and a season's pass to Boreal is $399.
If you were in Tahoe for the summer, which pass would you buy?
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