Snow Reporter's Blog

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!!!

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!