Snow Reporter's Blog

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! 


04/24/2011 | By Admin

Sierra has picked up an incredible amount of snowfall this season, a womping 749 inches! More snow than we've had in 20 plus seasons, and that's more than 150% of our season average. Thanks to the early and constant snowfall we were able to open with 100 inches of powder, cut our 18ft Superpipe early, create 6 dialed terrain parks with bigger and better features and work and play harder than ever with 38 powder days. This 2010-2011 season has allowed us to shred A LOT, which is why we live, visit, and play here. It's why we LOVE Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort!

This season has been an adventure to say the least. More shoveling and pow turns than I've ever had in my life! As the season is culminating the days of champagne powder and hot toddies have waned morphing into spring snow and beers in West Bowl, even the intensity and passion in the faces of powder hounds have softened into playful content smiles. I look back at the season and I am very thankful. We started the season giving thanks to Mother Nature, and it seems appropriate to wrap it up by doing the same. Drum roll please.....

1. 38 POW DAYS, La Niña, and SNOW!   



2. Athletes

From our PRO athletes, AM team riders, to the tremendously talented shredders in the park, we appreciated your talent and loyalty. Congratulations to Jamie Anderson dominating the global slopestyle circuit and team riders like Scott Hoffman, Julianne Brackett, Maddia Bowman for giving your all in the competition scene.



3. Parks, Events, and Parties!


A big shout out goes to the Park Crew for keeping all six parks and Superpipe primped and primed with 749 inches of snowfall. WOW that alone was an accomplishment, but they weren't done there. The Park Crew used creativity and ingenuity to host a slew of events this year. From the challenge of the Snowboarder Mag One Hit Wonder, to the polished professionalism of the Billabong Flaunt-It...They nailed it.

High fives to all those who helped make amazing events and parties like the Telegrass Festival and Salsa Showdown happen like clockwork. To all those who came out and joined in, without you we wouldn’t have all the  
great memories.



3. The PEOPLE!

You know who you are. From the employees that showed up to work on all 38 pow days, the weekend warriors, the locals, and all  the Sierra Loyalist...THANK YOU for making this season an epic one, we couldn't have done it without you!  

Sayonara 10/11, its been real. See you next year!

03/31/2011 | By Admin


Looking for cheap ski tickets? Well you can't get any more value than this.

Get your Sierra Resort 2011-12 Season Pass now and ride for the rest of this season too. When you buy you're pass you'll be here for great spring skiing and events galore! Don't miss our early season pass prices, they go up after May 31st.



Sierra Unlimited Pass

Adult (23-69) $349

Young Adult (13-22) $249

College (unlimited - proof of 6 credits) $249

Super Senior (70+) $89

Child (5-12) $89

Child (4 & under) FREE

Sierra Value Pass
Valid Sunday - Friday, excluding blackout dates.

Adult $199

Fast Pass Season Pass
Priority lift lines- must have valid ticket or season pass.