Snow Reporter's Blog

12/20/2012 | By Leslie
Party Like There's No To-Maya

My Facebook feed has been blowing up with all these “Mayan Apocalypse” theories as the Mayan Calendar comes to an end tomorrow. I’ve heard it all from the world imploding, to a total zombie outbreak where we all start eating each other’s faces off, and others view the end of the Mayan calendar as simply the end of one era and the start to a new chapter.

I’ll let you know that if the world ends tomorrow, I am 100% okay with it. I’ve already experienced dream-like pow turns through FEET of white & fluffy goodness. I’ve had the BEST job of my life as your snow reporter which has given me the opportunity to shoot some super sick photos (you can follow me on instragram @LeslieAllison33). I’ve already witnessed incredible winters at Sierra Resort including the 2010-11 season where we received over 760 inches of snow fall and I have made some unforgettable on-mountain memories with my family and friends.

If the world is going to end tomorrow, I’ll definitely be going out with a bang! I clock out from what could be my final shift at Sierra-at-Tahoe at 1:30 p.m. and it just so happens that the Last Tap Brew Off starts right at 2:00 p.m. I’ll be spending my final hours tantalizing my taste buds and casting my vote to choose which brew is best as we celebrate the Last Day with the Last Tap! Local micro-brews will go head to head and put their best brew forward to get my vote, so come cast yours alongside me and cheers to the great lives we’ve lived!

If I wake up with a hangover and the taste of beer on my lips Saturday morning, I’ll know the world hasn’t ended and it’s game on for the official start to winter!  If that’s the case, Mother Nature is going to bring us some pretty sweet Christmas presents in the form of 3-5 FEET of snow! Jeeeeezzzzzz tons of snow coming our way! I couldn’t be more excited to see what the world and the Mayans have in store for us!

See you on the mountain To-MAYA!?!?!

12/16/2012 | By Leslie
Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time...Already!

With 41 inches of new snow from the last 5 days of storms, and a season total of 163 inches and counting, we sure do have a lot to be stoked about at Sierra Resort! The mountain and the trees are beautiful and white making everyone on the mountain, including myself, smile uncontrollably!!  

If you ask me, it already feels like Christmas is here! It looks as though even more snow is heading our way before Santa makes his arrival on Christmas Eve!  I guess it’s fair to say we’re pretty excited about it!

If I were you, I would start packing up the car, grab your fellow powder hounds, and change your holiday plans! Once your in-laws see the ridiculous grin on your face from all the powder you were shredding, they will definitely understand!

See you on the mountain!

12/12/2012 | By Leslie
Q&A Wednesday: With Sierra Resort’s New Snow Reporter

I’m thrilled to return for my second season as your Chief Snow Reporter at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort! As much as I enjoy the 5 a.m. starts with the first chair lunch breaks, I am stoked to be able to sleep in a few more days a week thanks to our new Snow Reporter, Zach Parkison!

Some of you may have heard a country twang on the snow phone lately, and I’m sure you are wondering who is delivering these mountain condition reports. Lucky for you, I’m here to help you get to know the newest addition to our team with a special snow reporter edition of Q&A Wednesday with the Twang of Tahoe! (L=Leslie;  Z=Zach)

L: You just moved to South Lake Tahoe a few short weeks ago, where are you originally from?

Z:Riceville, Tennessee. Also known by the locals as “Rice Vegas.”

L: That’s funny, you know Tahoe is often referred to as “Mini Vegas” because of all the casino shenanigans that take place so often. Why do the locals call your hometown Rice Vegas? Is it one big party just like Las Vegas?!

Z: No, there’s not much to do in Riceville. There’s only one gas station and a dollar general store, no stop lights or anything. I guess we call it that to make it sound like its more fun than it really is!

L: From personal experience, I know that it takes a unique personality type and extreme love for the snow to be a snow reporter. What do you love most about the snow?

Z:Well, I’m an adrenaline junkie and I love the freedom of Snowboarding!

L: Describe your personality in three words.

Z: Sarcastic, laid-back, and friendly. (I fact checked these with a few co-workers just to make sure haha)

L: As a snow reporter, you have a lot of ski bums and park rats relying on you to deliver accurate mountain condition reports. What is it that makes you a snow reporter they can trust?

Z: I’m not out here to learn how to ride, I’ve been riding for 8 years now and I am experienced enough to know what I’m talking about. Plus I’m out there on the mountain everyday so I can tell ya’ll what’s happening out there.

L: You have such a fun and quirky personality that fits in great with the crazy crew up here at Sierra Resort. What’s something about you that people wouldn’t expect but you would like to share?

Z: I like to randomly quote funny movies and commercials for no good reason. “Francisco, that’s fun to say!” Sometimes I even answer the phone like Elf, “Buddy the elf, what’s your favorite color!”

Welcome to the Sierra Family, Zach! I hope you enjoy snow reporting as much as I do!

12/08/2012 | By Leslie
The Main Stash

If you’re a park rat and you ride at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort then you already know our park crew is always setting fresh features to keep you stoked!

They’ve done a stellar job so far this season keeping Broadway in prime condition and the park on Snowshoe is still lookin’ good! The news in terrain parks today is the new spot I like to call the Main Stash.

Park crew tucked a few medium, natural features in between Upper and Lower Main, just above Corkscrew. If you haven’t cruised through the Main Stash yet, you’ll thank me once you get a chance to!



11/30/2012 | By Leslie
Birthday Wishes Do Come True

Stormy days on the mountain make me as giddy as a kid in a candy store! I guess that’s why I chose the life as a snow reporter at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. As if the storm total of 19 inches wasn’t enough to be stoked on, it just so happens to be my 25th birthday today. Every year my birthday wish is always the same; all I ask for is enough snow from Mother Nature to allow me take a few turns at my favorite resort. For my quarter century celebration, Mother Nature delivered the goods in a BIG way, making me one happy birthday girl!

Puking Snow as I head up to the top of Grandview

Stormy days aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but if you ask me it’s one of the best ways to enjoy the mountain! On my first chair this morning, I became mesmerized as I watched the snow fall super hard! When I got to the top of the lift, I was completely covered in snow and even though you can’t see it through my sparkly face-mask I had a giant smile plastered on my face!

Birthday Boarding at My Favorite Resort!

I was overwhelmed with excitement and anticipation for all this season has to offer. There is truly nothing like the joys that come from the memories made when you are riding around the mountain with your friends and family. NOAA’s forecasters are still calling for a lot more snow to come so get your snow dance on this weekend and remember this is only the beginning to a spectacular season!!!