Q&A Wednesday: With Sierra Resort’s New Snow Reporter


I’m thrilled to return for my second season as your Chief Snow Reporter at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort! As much as I enjoy the 5 a.m. starts with the first chair lunch breaks, I am stoked to be able to sleep in a few more days a week thanks to our new Snow Reporter, Zach Parkison!

Some of you may have heard a country twang on the snow phone lately, and I’m sure you are wondering who is delivering these mountain condition reports. Lucky for you, I’m here to help you get to know the newest addition to our team with a special snow reporter edition of Q&A Wednesday with the Twang of Tahoe! (L=Leslie;  Z=Zach)

L: You just moved to South Lake Tahoe a few short weeks ago, where are you originally from?

Z:Riceville, Tennessee. Also known by the locals as “Rice Vegas.”

L: That’s funny, you know Tahoe is often referred to as “Mini Vegas” because of all the casino shenanigans that take place so often. Why do the locals call your hometown Rice Vegas? Is it one big party just like Las Vegas?!

Z: No, there’s not much to do in Riceville. There’s only one gas station and a dollar general store, no stop lights or anything. I guess we call it that to make it sound like its more fun than it really is!

L: From personal experience, I know that it takes a unique personality type and extreme love for the snow to be a snow reporter. What do you love most about the snow?

Z:Well, I’m an adrenaline junkie and I love the freedom of Snowboarding!

L: Describe your personality in three words.

Z: Sarcastic, laid-back, and friendly. (I fact checked these with a few co-workers just to make sure haha)

L: As a snow reporter, you have a lot of ski bums and park rats relying on you to deliver accurate mountain condition reports. What is it that makes you a snow reporter they can trust?

Z: I’m not out here to learn how to ride, I’ve been riding for 8 years now and I am experienced enough to know what I’m talking about. Plus I’m out there on the mountain everyday so I can tell ya’ll what’s happening out there.

L: You have such a fun and quirky personality that fits in great with the crazy crew up here at Sierra Resort. What’s something about you that people wouldn’t expect but you would like to share?

Z: I like to randomly quote funny movies and commercials for no good reason. “Francisco, that’s fun to say!” Sometimes I even answer the phone like Elf, “Buddy the elf, what’s your favorite color!”

Welcome to the Sierra Family, Zach! I hope you enjoy snow reporting as much as I do!