Snow Reporter's Blog

10/06/2011 | By Steve
Deja Vu?

La Nina is back and she is not messing around. She already dropped 16" of snow at the summit and it is still coming down! Will we top last year's record of 763" and 40 powder days? Only time will tell! If this week's storms are a reflection of the winter to come, be sure to have your season pass in hand for when the lifts start spinning. Stay stoked!  

10/03/2011 | By Steve
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort Receives Recognition as One of Nation's Top Resorts

We don't like to brag or anything but we can't begin to tell you how stoked we are to be recognized by TransWorld SNOWboarding in their 2012 Resort Poll. We like to think we have a pretty good mountain, great parks, amazing value, awesome snow, and an unbeliveable vibe, TransWorld seems to think the same. Year after year we strive to be one of the best and it's an honor to be recognized by an awesome publication like TransWorld

Resort Poll Coverage

The Resort Poll ranks mountains based on mountain features such as parks and pipe, terrain, and other areas such as vibe, snowfall, lodging, food, and etcetera.

“Every year we ask our readers to rank the best three resorts they rode at in the last year, judging everything from jumps to grooming to rail variety. TransWorld readers have voted Sierra-at-Tahoe into the Resort Poll Top 10 year after year. Our readers love the parks and powder, and the resort consistently ranks in Top 10 Vibe. You know the vibe is good just by the popularity of the Sierra-at-Tahoe hoodies—their riders are loyal.” said TransWorld Editor-in-Chief Annie Fast.

The rankings speak to the commitment by Sierra to creating and maintaining innovative freestyle terrain that appeals to an ever-growing demographic of skiers and snowboarders.   

Designed, built, and maintained throughout the season by Snow Park Technology (SPT) trained operators, who are the lead innovators in the industry, the freestyle terrain at Sierra offers an experience that caters to the young and old, first-time jibbers and seasoned park riders, families and college students alike.

Sierra Resort was recognized among the Top 10 Best Parks in the nation, earned by scoring high in specific categories like jump and rail design, grooming, variety of features, overall vibe, and park challenge. Sierra also landed in the top ten for the following categories: 

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The cumulative rankings for Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort are:

  • #7 Overall Resort
  • # 10 Best Park
  • #9 Best Pipe
  • #2 Best Value
  • #6 Best Vibe
  • #9 Best Snow

Sierra Resort General Manager, John Rice commented “Sierra is honored that TransWorld’s readers would consider us one of the top resorts in the country. Our commitment to quality parks starts with our staff and, in return, benefits our world-class athletes and faithful riders who call Sierra home. To be recognized as one of the best makes it all worthwhile.”

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is proud to be among TransWorld SNOWboarding’s top resorts year after year, after year. 

So where do we go from here? Up! We are stoked to build on our success and continue to commit ourselves to building the best mountain and parks in the Nation. Make sure to pick up a copy of the mag or visit for all things snowboarding.  

09/20/2011 | By Steve
Sierra-at-Tahoe 2011-12 "Improvements"

BREAKING NEWS: Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort makes 4 bazillion dollars worth of improvements to its mountain, base area, and terrain parks. Check it out.


09/07/2011 | By Steve
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort Saves a Marmot

Ever wonder what happens at Sierra Resort in the summer? Well besides preparing for the upcoming season... some Sierra employees are busy rescuing wild animals, delivering them to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, and helping them get back to their original homes.

08/29/2011 | By Steve
What's New in 2011-12

I'm sure you already know this but I'm pretty sure Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is the coolest place on earth. As if it wasn't good enough already, adding to the world-class experience this season, Sierra™Resort will introduce Huckleberry Cat Tours, The Burton Riglet Park, new additions to Blizzard Mountain, and more value which keeps Sierra Resort the most affordable mountain in Lake Tahoe. An average yearly snowfall of 480 inches, wind-protected slopes, incredible tree skiing, extreme backcountry terrain, laid-back vibe, and family-friendly atmosphere make Sierra Resort the resort to visit in Lake Tahoe. Check out the list of new awesome things at Sierra below...

Huckleberry Cat Tours: Access Raw Backcountry Terrain with Less Hassle

Sierra Resort’s new backcountry cat tours take expert skiers and riders straight to the edge of Huckleberry Canyon, allowing backcountry enthusiasts to save energy, and 30-40 minutes, for those deep powder turns, by-passing the one and a half mile hike out to the gates.

Huckleberry Canyon offers cliff drops, cornice drops, rock chutes, open bowls, gladed runs and powder pillows to those ready to unlock the extreme.

The tours are appropriate for expert skiers and snowboarders seeking a thrilling backcountry experience and will run on select days throughout the season (weather and conditions permitting) from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Along with cat rides, each tour will include a Professional Ski Instructor of America certified Ski and Snowboard instructor that will guide and educate riders on backcountry safety, teach them how to properly use avalanche equipment (shovel, probe, avalanche beacon, and backpack will be provided), and a lunch for $79.The Sierra snowcat can hold up to seven people or can be rented out for private tours by groups of five or more. A valid season pass or lift ticket is also required.

Burton Riglet Park

In partnership with industry leader Burton Snowboards Sierra Resort’s new Burton Riglet Park is a mini snowboard park designed to introduce kids as young as three years old to the sport of snowboarding. Sierra Resort is proud to be the only resort on the west coast with a Burton Riglet Park and program that gives young children the opportunity to experience snowboarding.

Adding to the revolutionary Learn to Ride program, introduced at Sierra Resort in 2000, and the Burton Progression Park, Sierra will utilize Burton's Riglet Reel technology. A specially designed attachment is secured to the nose of youth snowboards and allows instructors to tow kids onto features and around obstacles, introducing them to the sensation of sliding on snow and snowboarding.

Endless Family Fun: Blizzard Mountain

Take the all-new Blizzard Mountain Snowcat from the base of the mountain straight to the Blizzard Mountain entrance. Revamped and relocated in 2010-11, the snow play and tubing area features two rope tow accessible tubing lanes, an expanded snow play area, a bounce house, snack bar, fire pits, picnic tables and sledding.

Blizzard Mountain has amenities for people of all ages and sizes to enjoy, including young children just starting to explore the outdoors in wintertime. It is the perfect place for little (and big) ones to explore the winter outdoors at their own pace while offering fun for the entire family at the same time.

The Place to Learn: New Ski School Director

Gentle beginner terrain easily accessible from the base area, world class instructors, and a new Ski School Director, Robert “Booie” Alward, make Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort the place to learn to ski or snowboard in Lake Tahoe. Alward comes to Sierra Resort from Loon Mountain where he acted as the Snowsports Director and before that was the Ski School Director at Vail Mountain.

Sierra Resort is home to Easy Street offering 11 acres of sculpted Smart Terrain™ that helps improve the learning curve for beginners. The gently banked turns and shaped features naturally guide skiers and snowboarders into turns and stops so that they are able to learn the fundamentals of skiing and riding more quickly. Two dedicated conveyor lifts make it a breeze to get up the hill, so beginners can focus on coming back down.

With a top-notch staff and laid-back atmosphere Sierra Resort is the perfect place to learn.

Ski or Ride for only $51 a day with the 3-Pak

Ski or Ride for just $51/day with a 3-Pak!Take advantage of Lake Tahoe’s best beginner terrain and incredible tree-skiing along with award-winning terrain parks and South Shore’s Only Superpipe for just $51/day when you purchase a 3-Pak of lift tickets before December 16, 2011. Three-Pak tickets are valid any day of the 2011-12 winter season with absolutely no blackout dates and do not need to be used consecutively. It’s the ultimate value. After December 16, it is still a great value at only $54/day, which results in a savings of approximately $20 a day.


Don't miss out on any of this season's action and make sure to pick up your 2011-12 season pass today and pray for snow!