Snow Reporter's Blog

12/16/2011 | By Steve
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort Introduces The Burton Star Wars Experience

The force is strong at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort this winter. Partnering with Burton Snowboards and Lucasfilm, Sierra Resort will open the first ever Burton Star Wars Experience. An experience that utilizes iconic Star Wars themes and cutting edge snowboard technology to teach children age’s three to six how to snowboard.

“Sierra Resort, Star Wars, and Burton are filling a void for youth in snow sports and at the same time building on our legendary Learn To Ride program. There is nothing like it in the world,” says John Rice, General Manager at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.

A program for three to six year old snowboarders the Burton Star Wars Experience will utilize the latest technology from Burton called the Riglet Reel. The Riglet Reel is a specially designed reel that attaches to the nose of youth snowboards and allows coaches to tow kids around allowing them to quickly learn how to balance, move, and control their boards. 

As if the new technology wasn’t enough Sierra and Burton teamed up with Star Wars to make the kids snowboarding experience something truly out of this world. Starting inside at the Padawan Center kids - or younglings - can practice balance training, refuel with hot chocolate and prepare for a galactic experience. After their first Jedi training session kids will head outside to Yoda’s Riglet Park. Inside Yoda’s Riglet Park the galaxy really comes to life with three themed interactive drop-in nodes, each teaching kids the fundamentals of snowboarding. Each node will also have custom-made chainsaw carvings of Star Wars favorites Yoda, R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Jar Jar Binks, Anakin Skywalker, Ewoks and others.

Not three to six years old? Don’t worry we’ve put a little piece of Star Wars in one of our award winning Adventure Zones. The infamous Bear Cave has been taken over by the Wampa from the Ice Planet Hoth and can be enjoyed by all.

In addition, Sierra Resort and Burton worked together to build the majority of Yoda’s Riglet Park using recycled materials. World-renowned wood carver Bob King shaped each Star Wars character from reclaimed wood while recycled hazard trees milled into boards were used to build each of the learning nodes. Even the foundation support beams were made from recycled scrap metal and old lift tower tubes.

The experience is truly out of this world. Come check it out and may the force be with you. 

12/14/2011 | By Steve
Ready to Ride! Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort Opens for 2011-12 Season

Get ready to ski/ride this weekend! Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is opening for the 2011-12 season this Saturday, December 17, 2011 with limited terrain. The Easy Rider Express will start turning at 9 a.m. giving guests access to half of Broadway. Broadway is a green run and will have a jib and rail park to the skiers right of Easy Rider Express chairlift with small to medium features. Adults and young adults can ski or ride this weekend for only $30 while kids can ski or ride for $10.

Continue those snow dances and keep your eyes on the impending storms and winter weather that is on it's way with Tahoe Weather Discussion. See you on the mountain!

11/23/2011 | By Leslie
Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from your Sierra Family! We hope you all enjoy a day filled with family, friends, football, and of course - tons of Turkey and Stuffing! Maybe you prefer toast and popcorn like Charlie Brown & friends!

No matter what delicious dishes you cook up for your Thanksgiving Dinner – eat a ton of it and make sure to work it off with a snow dance after!!

11/14/2011 | By Leslie
La Niña, Where Are You?!

On behalf of the Sierra-at-Tahoe family, I want to thank everyone who made it out to this year’s Pray for Snow bash hosted at Opal Nightclub! Even with the amazing turnout, Mother Nature is still taking her sweet time to deliver the snowfall we danced all night for!

Once the party heated up, our Blizzard Mountain Mascot, Ralston led the crowd through the “La Niña” contest including Sierra Resort Trivia, La Dolce & Chicle, and Snow or No Snow! We gave away some cool prizes including a season pass, a brand new ROME Snowboard, new snow gear, and tons of local gift certificates!

Ralston was busy all night making sure everyone had a great time at the party by snapping photos with the kids and handing out sweet prizes!

My favorite part of the contest was the “Dolce & Chicle” contest – it was hilarious to see everyone’s face covered in whipped cream as they struggled to blow a bubble with the gum they had to find! Everyone loves watching people get a little messy!

Another awesome Pray for Snow Party in the books, but it doesn’t seem to be enough! Keep doing your snow calls and dances so Mother Nature will bring the lovely lady "La Niña" back soon!!

11/09/2011 | By Leslie
Praying For Snow at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

My first week as the new Snow Reporter at Sierra Resort was filled with more fun than I expected! I will be spending my winter on the mountain and in a small office filled with a LOT of personality and laughter!

This week, a few of my coworkers (Steve Hemphill & Eric Rhodes) discovered their hidden hula hooping talent, and now they just won't quit! Steve is on a mission to beat the world record for hula hooping....will this "snow dance" inspire Mother Nature to deliver another 763 inches of snow fall just like last season? I sure hope so!!!

I'm gonna leave the hula hooping snow dances to the experts, but I will be doing my own snow dance this Thursday November 10th at our annual Pray For Snow Party at Opal Nightclub inside Montbleu Casino. Hope to see you all there, be prepared to show off your best moves!

For more information on the BEST pre-season party on the South Shore, click HERE!!!