Sierra's Magicians AKA Park Crew

Author: 
Leslie
Date: 
04/19/2012

Sierra Resort and its signature terrain parks have continuously been rated in the top ten by TransWorld SNOWboarding! The 2012-13 TransWorld SNOWboarding Resort Poll is live; take a quick survey and get entered to win a brand new snowboard! It's quick, it's easy, and is a chance to share the love you have for Sierra and its hard working Park Crew!

As we prepare to say sayonara to another season at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, I’d like to stop and reflect on the crazy awesome year that we’ve had!

We received 326 inches of snow this season, 40% less than our average annual snowfall…and 40% of all that snow came in the last month!! This was definitely a year filled with many challenges for resorts all across the globe. However, Sierra rose to the occasion and I’m proud to be a part of a team that truly delivered and did the very best we could with what we had.

In a season with no December snowfall to speak of, our Park Crew still delivered a killer terrain park on Broadway from day one! Who would have ever guessed that this terrain park would become the main venue on the mountain?! We pulled off numerous unforgettable events on Broadway terrain park including: Volcom PB & Rail Jam,  Gatorade Free Flow Tour, Snowboarder Mag’s Superpass, Vans & Pro Tec High Standard, and the 6th Annual Buckle Up Big Air! Whew! Broadway was also the venue for many USASA competitions, which were both planned in advance and pulled off last minute when other mountains were unable to host the events.

Volcom PB & Rail Jam - January 7th, 2012

Gatorade Free Flow Tour - February 4th & 5th, 2012 - NV Images

Snowboarder Magazine Superpass - February 12, 2012 - Photo:Kyle McCoy

Vans & Pro Tec High Standard - March 24, 2012

6th Annual Buckle Up Big Air - April 14th - Photo: Shaunte Dittmar Photography

Sierra was the FIRST Tahoe Resort committed to terrain parks, so it’s always very important to us that we deliver the goods for all our loyal fans! The Park Crew at Sierra is dedicated to delivering park features that are consistent, high quality, and progressive. From small tables to large booters, on-the-ground boxes to urban stair sets - Sierra's Park Crew builds and maintains each feature with a love for the sport and a commitment to providing annually ranked park features.

Park Crew Puttin' In Work

After Mother Nature delivered 3 feet of snow in January, Park Crew worked their magic to debut the boardercross course on Upper Snowshoe and the terrain park on Upper Main by February 8th. The intermediate park on Upper Main quickly became a fan favorite and was the venue for the 5th Annual Ralston Cup Snowskate event and GNU’s Grom Games!

GNU's Grom Games - March 17, 2012

One month later, winter was finally in full effect and Park Crew revealed our signature terrain park on Upper Bashful! The stoke level in West Bowl was immediately raised up a few notches and everyone was loving all the large features!

Opening Day of Bashful Terrain Park - Sierra Rider Danny Rein Photo: MezWorks2012

As if the large jumps and rails placed on Upper Bashful wasn’t enough to get us all pumped, Park Crew added a few sick rail features and the signature Sierra stair set to Lower Bashful at the end of March. This addition was a huge hit, especially with the Billabong girls as they all threw down for the Billabong Flaunt It Finals on April 1st on Upper & Lower Bashful!

By mid-March Park Crew was maintaining 5 killer terrain parks with a large variety of features across the mountain for your jumping and jibbing pleasure!

Not to mention, this year we built a terrain park for all of our younglings and padawans to play in as well! Thanks to a collaboration between Sierra-at-Tahoe, Burton Snowboards, and LucasFilm, Yoda’s Riglet Park has introduced tons of little groms into the world of snowboarding, using the ways of the force! If you haven’t already checked it out, make sure you stop by before the season ends. It is out of this world!

The Park Crew worked some serious magic for our number one girl, Jamie Anderson for her spring photo shoot on Bashful. Here's a little sneak peak of the action going down right now...

It amazes me that in a year with unusually low snowfall, our Park Crew was still able to deliver amazing features, smooth landings, and pristine jumps! Major props to every single member of the Park Crew...thank you for keeping our terrain park standards high and giving us another killer season!!