Snow Reporter's Blog

04/10/2012 | By Leslie
Sierra Extends the 2011-12 Season!!!

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort currently has a base depth of 42-90" and a season total of 276". Miracle March is to thank for over 10 feet of this season's snow, and so far April has brought us another 22”. There's no doubt about it, skiing and riding conditions are absolutely spectacular!!

Thanks to Mother Nature’s late season generosity, Sierra will be extending the 2011-12 season and will remain open with full operations everyday through Sunday, April 22 for your spring-time enjoyment!That means there is still plenty of time left to cruise up here and experience the good life that is spring at Sierra!

Don't miss out on Customer Appreciation Day on Monday, April 23, when we will be open w/ limited operations, and all ticket proceeds will benefit the community.



Another snow storm is on the horizon and forecasters are calling for a few more feet of fresh POW by this weekend! Check out our Weather Blog and make plans to join us for the late-season fun! Remember, if you buy a 2012-13 Keepin' It Real Season Pass, you can use it to ski/ride the rest of this season too.

Stay tuned, as your trusty snow reporter will be keepin’ all of you updated daily on snow totals, lift status, and mountain conditions throughout the rest of the season! See you on the mountain!

04/07/2012 | By Leslie
Sierra Season Pass Holder Perks

Having a Sierra-at-Tahoe Season Pass is like being a VIP member to one of the hottest local spots in town, and it’s definitely something to brag about! We love our season pass holders so much at Sierra that we are constantly hooking them up with sweet discounts and even early loads on select powder days.

Do you want to start reaping the benefits of being a season pass holder?! Great news! You can snag a 2012-13 KEEPIN’ IT REAL SEASON PASS for a sweet deal! For just $249 for adults, you can set yourself up with UNRESTRICTED access to the mountain seven days a week, all season long, with absolutely no restrictions the entire season. BEST OF ALL – you can ski/ride the rest of this season FREE with your purchase and start enjoying all the perks that come along with being a Sierra season pass holder. Don't miss out, this amazing deal ends May 15th.

Keepin' It Real Means:

  • Sierra-at-Tahoe is managed by people who love to live and ski locally.
    No missing out! Your Keepin' It Real pass will never have a blackout day on a powder day!
  • We love our passholders and show it often by offering Early Loads on select powder days through the season.
  • Sierra's wind protected lifts and trails make Sierra-at-Tahoe your best bet on stormy days.
  • Our hard-working crews know every minute on the hill counts and makes it their mission to open on time.
  • Our passholders get hooked up with 20% discounts on food, new gear and rentals with My Sierra Rewards!
  • Sierra Resort is the closest major resort to Northern California (ensuring you less driving and more skiing/riding).
  • Sierra's blessed with natural snow from heaven, not hoses.
  • A family of four can ski and ride for the same price as ONE unrestricted pass at other resorts.

Grab your pass today and you can enjoy the good life that is Spring at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort! To make this deal even better – we will be open with FULL OPERATIONS through Sunday April 22!

04/03/2012 | By Leslie
A Glimpse Into The Background

So you spent all day carving up the mountain at Sierra with your friends and you all had such an awesome time that you’re planning to come back again the very next day! When you arrive the next day with your posse in tow, you are greeted by the smiling faces of the Sierra staff (pretty typical) and of course, miles of FRESH corduroy. Sounds like the start to another perfect day, right?! But how did this happen so quickly?

Many of us take those seamless cords for granted, as it seems like they magically reappeared just in time for you to carve up the slopes again. If you had a strong belief in the corduroy fairy, brace yourself because I’m here to inform you that she does not actually exist. The mountain continues to look fresh every day thanks to our talented grooming crew, who works hard all through the night!

As your trusty snow reporter, I went behind the scenes on a Snow Cat tour so I could bring you the inside scoop of the not-so-glamorous world of grooming and snow-making – AKA the backbone of our resort! Just before 6am, I was swooped up by one of our grooming machines to begin the ride of a lifetime.

I was excited to discover that I would travel this sweet journey in one of the industry’s most impressive snow-moving machines – The Beast. This aptly named, high-tech Snow cat is built to be the very best at moving snow and laying down fresh corduroy! Sierra has two Beasts in its grooming fleet of 11 snow cats. Each Beast has a 500 horsepower engine allowing them to cover 9.5 acres of ground per hour. Talk about power!

Coolest part about this fleet is how green it actually is – all of the cats run off biodiesel that we make from used vegetable oil straight from our kitchens! The more sweet potato fries and hot wings you eat for lunch, the more cat food our fleet will have – so be sure to do your part in between Grandview laps!

As I climbed up into the Beast, I immediately gained a HUGE appreciation for the pure skill and talent that it takes to operate these massive machines. We started the tour by heading up Sugar and Spice, and even though I feel like I could navigate across this mountain with my eyes closed – I felt a little disoriented heading up the trail instead of carving down it. My tour guide, Clancy, informed me that carving down the mountain on skis or a snowboard pushes snow downward, so they generally start the grooming process by going up the mountain to push all the snow back up.

I know you love the steeps at Sierra including Castle, Clipper, Lower Main, and Upper Powderhorn as much as I do, and to keep those trails lookin’ pristine groomers using a special technique called wenching. Basically, that means one end of a cable is secured to a tree while the other end is attached to the snow cat.

As I watched one of the groomers make his way down Lower Main with a Wench, I was both scared for the man in the cat and excited to be watching something so amazing! Talk about a high level of skill and bravery – Major props!! The cable connected to the tree is the only thing preventing the cat from plummeting straight down Lower Main – oh man what a wild ride that would be!

Around 6:30 am, the Beast climbed up the steep slope of Hemlock just like it was no big deal. This monstrous machine took us to the summit just in time for a beautiful rosy red sunrise over Lake Tahoe.

On a clear night, you can see the lights all the way down in El Dorado Hills to the West, the lights of Lake Tahoe to the east, and occasionally the crew even catches a glimpse of the Kirkwood groomers’ headlights. When the Kirkwood grooming fleet is spotted, a fun game of flash light tag will usually follow! It’s awesome to know that they are having a blast while keeping the mountain fresh for the rest of us to have a good time!

Don’t make the mistake of assuming it’s only the hard work of the groomers that keep the mountain looking fresh. The groomers wouldn’t be able to do their job without the hard work of the mechanics who keep all the machines up and running properly. Our snow making crew is also a large part in keeping the mountain fresh and maintained, especially with this season’s less-than-average snowfall.

Next time you’re carving up the mountain at Sierra, I hope you appreciate and admire all the hard work and countless hours every person on our team puts in to ensure your experience at Sierra is nothing less than SPECTACULAR!!

04/01/2012 | By Leslie
April Fools POW POW!!

The joke is on you if you missed out on the 18” of light n' fluffy deliciousness today! April Fools Day conditions were absolutely amazing, no joke!

We kicked off the day by hooking up all of our season pass holders with early access to all the untouched goods. Since I take my job as a snow reporter very seriously, you know I was in line by 7:50 with all the stoked out pass holders!

The snow was so amazing that I actually reported all the snow conditions on Lake Tahoe TV today straight from the mountain, in between pow turns! These two little ones were especially excited to spend their morning in a foot and a half of fresh pow!

Throughout the day, you could hear loud screams of joy and laughter as my fellow powder hounds raced through the stealth powder stashes along 40 trails of unbeatable terrain! It’s no surprise to me when I hear these joyous screams….it’s likely to occur because their day is going a little something like this!

The terrain park crew had their work cut out for them this morning! The 18” of fresh pow buried the course set up on Bashful for the Billabong Flaunt It Finals (which was rescheduled for today). As the park crew began digging out from under all the snow, the sun came out of the clouds and set up the Billabong Girls with a perfect day to “Flaunt It!”

With such amazing pow to shred, it’s important to educate yourself on powder safety tips! I know the off piste skiing and riding is oh so tempting right now, so if you choose to go into the trees – just make sure to always ride with a buddy and keep them in your sights at ALL TIMES as you carve up the pow!

Buddy up, stay safe, and have a BLAST in 18” of fresh POW!!

03/30/2012 | By Leslie
Spotted At Sierra

Earlier this week, Sierra had the pleasure of hosting the world-famous “Roaming Gnome” from Travelocity!

I was lucky enough to be his host for the day, and I made sure he experienced all the amazing things Sierra has to offer! We started the tour at the coolest new park on the mountain, “Yoda’s Riglet Park!” While the Roaming Gnome was intimidated by the large storm troopers at first, he decided to help them watch over all the younglings and padawans as they learn to snowboard using the ways of the force!

Then, of course, he was greeted by Chewbacca with a loud, “Gnoooooooooooommmmmmeeee.” After these two shared a few tips on growing their large beards, it was time to show off our amazing mountain!

The Roaming Gnome cruised down Sugar & Spice like a pro on our way over to West Bowl. We had to stop for a photo opp as the Gnome pointed out the seamless corduroy that Sierra is so well known for!

We ran into some trouble while trying to go through the lift line at the bottom of West Bowl. It seems that it’s difficult to scan a lift ticket when it’s attached to your head. Thankfully, this nice chap figured it out!

The Roaming Gnome kept boasting about his park skills so I took him to our advanced signature terrain park on Bashful so he could throw down and prove himself. Once he saw the LARGE jumps in the park, he became a little bashful, but stomped it like a pro!

While you’re at Sierra – it’s vital to the experience that you check out the breath-taking views of the lake and surrounding mountains from the roof-top of the 360 smokehouse. The Roaming Gnome became a little frightened by the sight of the storm rolling in so we moved on to the après portion of the day!

The après scene might just be the Roaming Gnome’s favorite part of the day, but he may have enjoyed the perks of the Pub Club just a little too much!

Overall, the Travelocity Roaming Gnome had a smashing good time at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort!! We look forward to his return!!