Snow Reporter's Blog

01/24/2013 | By Leslie
Aloha, Maui Steve!

In 2011-12 Maui Steve went on an incredible adventure in the Maui Ski Bus to visit 104 ski resorts across the U.S. and Canada. As he went along on this journey, he continuously received a TON of grief for leaving out one of the best resorts, Sierra-at-Tahoe! Thanks to all those comments informing Maui Steve of our awesomeness, we received a special visit from the Maui Ski Bus today.

Coolest part about this bus, in my opinion, is that it runs 100% off fermented pineapple juice! So Maui Steve gets to cruise around enjoying the best Mother Nature has to offer without harming her one bit, I love it!

I had the pleasure of chatting with Maui Steve this afternoon to get more insight on this awesome world tour. He shared that he started this journey at the beginning of last season based purely off his own curiosity and appetite for new and challenging terrain. Maui Steve seeks out double black diamonds, preferably shoulders and bumps under the chair line – or as he calls it, “Hollywood Alley.”

Maui Steve found himself stoked on the adventure zone animation around the resort and our very own “Hollywood Alleys,”  especially Dynamite. He found the ultimate cure for his Tahoe hangover at our 360 Smokehouse as he indulged heavily in some delectable Jalapeño fries, what an excellent choice! After getting a handle on his hangover, he shared that he felt right at home with the “rustic, log cabin in the woods feel” of Sierra-at-Tahoe and couldn’t wait to return next season for his upcoming world tour!

To get the full Maui Ski Bus experience, I  went on a short ride to scope out the famous bus. While my mom has told me many times never to get on a bus with strangers, I’ve always been a rebel so I figured, “What the heck?!” The inside of his bus has quite the rustic, log cabin in the woods feel so I can see why he felt so at home at our resort.

The next world tour for the Maui Ski Bus will start in November 2013, right here in Lake Tahoe and we’re thrilled to be on his itinerary this time around! Mahalo Maui Steve, see you next year!

01/04/2013 | By Leslie
The Goggles Don't Lie

This morning I had the pleasure of taking out a pair of brand new ZEAL iON HD Goggles so I could show you the real deal of what's going on around the mountain. Located in the frame of the goggle the Zeal HD Camera Goggle captures 1080p HD quality video and can shoot up to 8 megapixel photos for quick, easy HD imagery without having to take off your gloves. Super rad! On top of that, they also happen to be among the highest quality goggles on the market!

This week, you can join me for a tour of a few of my favorite runs as you catch a glimpse at the fresh cords from your favorite Sierra Resort snow reporter's point of view!



The goggles don't lie...tune in with me every Friday to catch the real deal of what’s going on at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. See you on the mountain!

12/28/2012 | By Leslie
CANucopia at Sierra Resort

Sierra Resort has teamed up with the El Dorado Food Bank to bring a little help to those in need and they came by Sierra-at-Tahoe for the first pick-up this afternoon. Thanks to the generosity of our guests and employees, we donated a 32 gallon container almost filled with cans and non-perishable food items.

You still have time to give back to your community as CANucopia will continue through January 12th. Before you cruise up to the resort next time, empty your cupboards and drop off your canned goods and non-perishable food items in the decorative bins inside the season pass office.

 Our goal is to fill up one more 32 gallon container before the El Dorado Food Bank comes back for another pickup. If we are able to reach our goal, our General Manager (John Rice), has agreed to let all the Wild Mountain kiddos throw tasty pies at his noggin’. If we can fill up two more bins, John Rice will allow customers to drop him in a dunk tank!

Keep the holiday spirit alive and help us give back to a community that gives us all so much.

12/27/2012 | By Leslie
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!

12/23/2012 | By Leslie
No More Dreaming of a White Christmas

For those of you that don’t know this about your Sierra snow reporter, I was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe. My most fond memory growing up here was the massive snow storms that would come through; leaving FEET of fresh pow behind, before Santa and his reindeer set out to deliver all the presents!

The 46” this storm has brought in so far has definitely brightened my spirit. I’ve been spending lots of time wrapping goodies for my loved ones, shredding endless pow lines at Sierra Resort, and I recently spread some holiday cheer around South Lake Tahoe with a little late night Caroling. As Buddy the Elf would say, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”

Late Night Carolling in South Lake Tahoe

Last year was the first time I’ve experienced Santa delivering the goods and finishing all his cookies without any snow to play in. To be blunt….I was NOT happy about it and I’m sure Santa would agree. I’ve spent the last 364 days dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know. Yes, those were the winters where treetops glistened and I was totally one of the children listening to hear sleigh bells in the snow.

Total White Out in West Bowl

I hope I’ve inspired a little holiday cheer in you, but there is no need to dream about a white Christmas this year, it’s a done deal! Thanks Mr. Claus!