Snow Reporter's Blog

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!!!

11/21/2012 | By Leslie
Thankful for Opening Day

The 2012-13 winter season is off to a killer start thanks to the 66 inches of snow Mother Nature has dropped at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort! The mountain didn’t receive this much snow until February 7th last season, so we have a lot to be thankful for!

The day you've all been anxiously awaiting is finally here! Start tuning up your boards and skis for a Thanksgiving Opening Day at Sierra Resort. With lift tickets discounted to just $35, you’ll definitely want to join us for a few turns before you stuff your face with Turkey and all the fixin's!

Rock Garden and Easy Rider will start turning at 9:00am, along with Slider and Wild Mountain’s Magic Carpet. Broadway will have a small terrain park for you to get your park legs back under you and snow play will be available for just $20 from 10:00-4:00pm.

Early season conditions exist but we hope to open more terrain soon, stay tuned to our website and facebook  for all the updates!

Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble, Gobble!

11/07/2012 | By Leslie
Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and Dodge - Q&A Wednesday with Dodgeball Tournament Competitors

To kick-off the early season energy, Sierra-at-Tahoe is re-vamping the annual Pray for Snow party and bringing you back to your childhood days with the Sierra Snowball Fight – a Dodgeball Tournament! This Thursday at Brothers Bar & Grill, be ready to DODGE, DUCK, DIP, DIVE AND DODGE as your team competes to be the champions of the inaugural Sierra Dodgeball Tournament!

Whether you are competing in the tournament or watching the games go down, you can enjoy contests, giveaways, food & drink specials, and live music all night long as we celebrate the snowfall and pray for more!

Sierra season pass holders are getting hooked up with free appetizers and 2 free drinks from 6:00-7:00pm so come early and be ready for another awesome Sierra-at-Tahoe celebration!

Coveted Trophy for the Champions

Are you curious about the teams competing for the title?! Don’t worry, your favorite snow reporter is officially back on the scene and I’m bringing you the inside scoop on 2 of the 12 teams to watch out for this Thursday night.

By the way, there are still 4 spots left and it’s FREE to enter the tournament! Round up your strongest & fastest friends (5 people per team) and get yourselves signed up for all the action. Call our Events Manager, Katie Hunter, at (530)543-3139 to sign up!

Team 1 - South Shore Posse

This team includes 5 men from the On Course Events crew. These are the guys who brought you free concerts on the beach all summer long with Live at Lakeview, as well as the USASA Snowboard comps & rail jams every winter! Basically, these are the guys who make it all happen on the South Shore….hence the team name, South Shore Posse!

I had a brief Q&A session with the South Shore Posse’s team captain, Rob Giustina, who says, “We’re stoked to represent the South Shore!”

Q: Can you give me a hint about the uniforms you’ll be rockin’ tomorrow night?!

A: All I can share is there will be a lot of highlighters involved in the making of our uniforms!

Q: What training has the South Shore Posse been doing to prepare?

A: Extra safety meetings before each practice battle. You can never be too safe on the dodgeball court.

Q: What is your team’s secret weapon?

A: Joey P. He’s small, nimble, and quick! Definitely a difficult target to hit!

Q: What is your team’s mantra?

A: Go glow or don’t go!

Team 2 - LTTV Rooftop Shuffle

The second team comes from our local TV station at Lake Tahoe Television. They’ve put all filming on hold to train vigorously night and day! Well, not really but they do spend a lot of time training on the rooftop of their house on Venice Ave. Their training ground has becoming the inspiration for their team name, LTTV Rooftop Shuffle.

I had a brief Q&A session with the team captain and Director of Sales at LTTV, Mike Peron. Check out what I discovered about the LTTV Rooftop Shuffle team…

Q: Can you give me a hint about the uniforms you’ll be rockin’ tomorrow night?!

A:They will involve capes, fur, sweat bands, & neon colors! Get ready!

Q: What training has the LTTV Rooftop Shuffle team doing to prepare?

A: Squats, lunges, & of course, plenty of 12 oz curls on the rooftop. There may have also been some wrenches involved.

Q: What is your team’s secret weapon?

A: Reed Dickert, previously a major league pitcher, is ready to knock all the other teams out of the tournament.

Q: What is your team’s mantra?

A: If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!

Join your Sierra Family, reconnect with powder hounds you haven’t seen since the last snowfall, and practice your 5 D's.... It's gonna be a good night!

10/17/2012 | By Steve
Ski, Stay and Soar: Q&A Wednesday with Pilot Claudio Bellotto

At Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort we are proud to offer a truly unique ski and snowboard experience. We're also proud to offer a one-of-a-kind lodging package that takes ski and stay packages to another level. 

What am I talking about exactly? This season Sierra Resort is proud to partner with Forest Suites, Inn by the Lake, and Reno-Tahoe Helicopter. The ultimate Tahoe package gets you two days of skiing/riding at Sierra Resort, a two night stay, and two twenty minute helicopter rides (yes, helicopter rides!!!) for ONLY $265 per person. See exactly what you skied from the air or tour around Lake Tahoe. 

 

Claudio Bellotto is the founder of Reno Tahoe Helicopters and took a few minutes to talk to us about his helicopter operation, celebrities, and what makes flying above "big blue" and the surrounding mountains so special. 

 

The Italian himself, Claudio Bellotto

 

How long have you been flying helicopters? 

 

I've been flying for a total of 12 years and 7 of those years have been in the Lake Tahoe region.  

 

What is your favorite flight in the Lake Tahoe area? 

 

I love the Waterfall Tour. It's a breathtaking tour. It includes great views of Emerald Bay, Eagle Falls, Cascade Falls, Fallen Leaf and Echo Lake. Plus, it finishes up with a great view of Horsetail Falls. It is beautiful! 

 

What kind of helicopters do you have? 

 

We have a Robinson R44 and newly acquired Bell 206 Long Ranger L 4 which is specifically designed for high altitude operation. They are two great helicopters. 

 

Who has been your most famous client? 

 

Larry Page, one of the founders of Google took a tour. I think he is pretty famous (laughs).

 

Any good helicopter jokes? 

 

Yes, I have two. We joke around here that helicopters don't fly, they beat the air into submission (laughs). The other one is, Reno-Tahoe Helicopter company policy is to keep the number of take offs and landings equal (more laughs).

 

Waterfall Tour Teaser from Reno-Tahoe Helicopters on Vimeo.

Winter or summer rides? 

They are both great but, winter scenery is more dramatic. The winter view is so clear and offers such a unforgettable view of the Sierra Nevada mountains. 

 

In one sentence why would you tell someone to take a ride? 

 

Flying in a helicopter is unforgettable, it gives you a perspective of the lake and its surroundings that you've never seen before, even if you've lived here your whole life. It's truly a magical experience. 

 

...It is a magical experience (Claudio said so) that you won't want to miss. Book your Ski, Stay, and Soar package today! 

10/01/2012 | By Steve
Sierra Resort Earns Recognition from TransWorld SNOWboarding

Over the past twelve years TransWorld SNOWboarding has been polling thier readers and ranking the best overall resorts, parks and pipes in North America. In 2013 TransWorld SNOWboarding ranked Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort among the Top Ten Overall Resorts, Terrain Parks and received the editor’s pick for Best Value. It's the third year in a row Sierra has been recognized as a Top Ten Overall Resort and for the fifth time recognized for its terrain parks. 

The Resort Poll ranks mountains based on mountain features such as parks and pipe, terrain, and other areas including vibe, snowfall, lodging, value, and food. Each year TransWorld readers are polled to rank their three favorite resorts based on their overall experience.

#6 Overall, #5 Terrain Parks, #3 in Value

The 2013 Resort Poll ranked Sierra Resort as the sixth best overall mountain in North America and fifth best park. Sierra Resort not only offers innovative terrain parks, but also a 2,000 acre mountain receiving 480 inches of snowfall annually, giving guests access to a powder paradise and variety of terrain for all abilities.

Sierra Resort was recognized as the fifth best terrain park in the nation, earned by scoring high in specific categories like jump and rail design, grooming, variety of features, overall vibe, and park challenge.

Nov. 2012 TransWorld SNOWboarding Resort Poll 

Sierra Resort General Manager, John Rice, also known as the OG of snowboarding 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. Year after year we are privileged to be among the top resorts and the recognition makes all the hard work worthwhile.” 

Although we're stoked on the results we are commited to bringing you better parks and a better mountain this season. If you haven't bought your season pass yet do so TODAY! We'll see you on the slopes.