Snow Reporter’s Guide to the Pow


Nothing makes me happier than a bluebird day and 94 inches of fresh snow, and that’s exactly what I woke up to this morning!  The snow is fantastic and the mountain is open from top-to-bottom!

I’m absolutely a powder hound at heart, and I know a lot of you share that passion with me! I’m writing this blog to share some of my personal tips on powder hunting at Sierra Resort, avoiding “snow snakes” (aka unmarked obstacles), and also, some vital tips on deep powder safety.

Riding in deep, fluffy powder is a feeling we all live for.That weightless freedom is what we’re all seeking out on the hill.

The biggest and best piece of advice I can share is to stay on the marked trails, period. I know it’s tempting to duck into the woods, but even with all the fresh snow we’ve received, there are still early season conditions and tons of “snow snakes” in disguise.

With such a phenomenal blanket of fresh snow, there are tons of fresh tracks to seek out along the 40+ trails of open terrain. This morning I had a blast carving up fresh tracks on Jackrabbit, Chute, and Castle.  These signature Sierra steeps have been groomed a couple times in the last week with a fresh blanket on top, making for smooth turns and big smiles.

Our lifts start spinning at 8:30 a.m. through the New Year, so if you get an early start to your day, definitely check out the Backside of the mountain and then cruise over to West Bowl.  The sun hits both of those areas first, making for stellar conditions and warmer noses to start your day off right.

On the backside, Smokey is one of my personal favorites because it has plenty of powder pillows along the trail and a gorgeous view of the surrounding mountain range. After carving up the backside, take the second lift out (Short Stuff) back up to mid-mountain and cruise over to West Bowl for more powder stashes – I recommend Dogwood, Horsetail, and Bashful if you cruise to that side of the hill in search of fresh tracks.

If your legs need a break after 5 or 6 laps in the fluffy goodness, West Bowl Cantina is a must for a relaxing lunch break. Try the fish taco’s with a couple Corona’s and you will be thanking me later!

After you’ve re-fueled, cruise back over to Grandview and check out the stashes across Castle and Jackrabbit – if you’re skills are up to par for these advanced trails.

If you have some little ones looking to play in all the new snow, I don’t recommend you take them down steeps like Castle or Jackrabbit (unless they are advanced skiers/riders). Instead, spend a day playing in the snow over in Blizzard Mountain. This area is designed specifically for the little ones, with tubing, sledding, snow play, and a bounce house too!

No matter where your Sierra-at-Tahoe adventure needs leads you, it’s always important to ride with a buddy. Plus, let’s face it, sharing the memories of endless fluffy goodness with your loved ones makes the entire experience ten million times better!

Keepin’ your noggin safe is the most important safety tip I can share. I never ride without my helmet and it’s the best insurance you can ever purchase for yourself.  Be sure to freshen up on a few more safety tips on our website before your next powder adventure.

Enjoy the powder, stay safe, and I’ll see you on the mountain!