Snow Reporter's Blog

04/13/2012 | By Leslie
Wrapping Up Sierra's Spring Fiesta

It’s not over ‘til the fat lady sings....this storm has already brought in 42” of snow at Sierra and we are loving it! Conditions are spectacular, and they just keep getting better as we get ready to wrap up Sierra’s Spring Fiesta with another early load for season pass holders, a few killer signature events, and tons of fresh POW to play in!

Pass Holder Perk Alert

Set your alarms and plan on getting up here early, because once again we’re hooking up all Sierra Season Pass holders with early access to all the untouched goods. West Bowl Express and Easy Rider will spin at 8am Saturday morning EXCLUSIVELY for season pass holders, so grab your snorkel and get ready to dive into plenty of untouched powder!

6th Annual Buckle Up Big Air

On Saturday, April 14th the 6th Annual Buckle Up Big Air slopestyle event goes down on Broadway. This event is very near and dear to our hearts at Sierra, as it’s held each year in loving memory of Sierra team rider Greg Smith, to spread seat belt safety awareness to ours and your local youth with a fun day of snow culture.  

An $1,800 cash purse is up for grabs for open divisions with prizes and swag for amateur divisions. Registration will be in the Aspen Cafe at 7:15 am with practice at starting at 8:30 am and the competition/rider's meeting is at 10:30! All competitors will need to have a season pass or lift ticket. Discount competitor tickets will be available for $35, spectator tickets for $53. Join us for this signature event as we say sayonara to the season!

5th Annual Salsa Showdown

Lined up for Sunday, we have the 5th Annual Salsa showdown, hosted by your trusty snow reporter at the Baja Grill in West Bowl! Pull out your famous salsa recipe to compete for a chance to win a 2012-13 Sierra Season Pass. To compete in the Salsa Contest, bring 2 cups of your home made salsa to West Bowl by 10:00 am to be entered into the Showdown!

A brand new PBR Snowboard will be given away along with some other sweet prizes and swag! Enjoy live mariachi music, taco eating contests, and pinata bashing while kicking back in the sunshine at the baja grill to see who is crowned Salsa King, or Queen!

3rd Annual Sippin at Sierra

While you’re up here on Sunday, join us on the roof top deck of the Aspen Cafe at 1pm to get your fill of frothy ales and fine wines at Sierra Resort's 3rd annual Sippin' at Sierra Beer and Wine Festival. Enjoy wine, seasonal brews & food tastings from a variety of fine wineries and eateries while enjoying the musical stylings of local Jazz bands.

It’s only $15 to take part in this sweet event, and of course you must be atleast 21 years old!

This weekend is going to be one to remember, and trust me.....you do not want to miss out on all the fun! Cruise on over to Sierraattahoe.com and check out our events calendar to get more information and I’ll see you on the slopes this weekend!

04/10/2012 | By Leslie
Sierra Extends the 2011-12 Season!!!

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort currently has a base depth of 42-90" and a season total of 276". Miracle March is to thank for over 10 feet of this season's snow, and so far April has brought us another 22”. There's no doubt about it, skiing and riding conditions are absolutely spectacular!!

Thanks to Mother Nature’s late season generosity, Sierra will be extending the 2011-12 season and will remain open with full operations everyday through Sunday, April 22 for your spring-time enjoyment!That means there is still plenty of time left to cruise up here and experience the good life that is spring at Sierra!

Don't miss out on Customer Appreciation Day on Monday, April 23, when we will be open w/ limited operations, and all ticket proceeds will benefit the community.

 

 

Another snow storm is on the horizon and forecasters are calling for a few more feet of fresh POW by this weekend! Check out our Weather Blog and make plans to join us for the late-season fun! Remember, if you buy a 2012-13 Keepin' It Real Season Pass, you can use it to ski/ride the rest of this season too.

Stay tuned, as your trusty snow reporter will be keepin’ all of you updated daily on snow totals, lift status, and mountain conditions throughout the rest of the season! See you on the mountain!

04/07/2012 | By Leslie
Sierra Season Pass Holder Perks

Having a Sierra-at-Tahoe Season Pass is like being a VIP member to one of the hottest local spots in town, and it’s definitely something to brag about! We love our season pass holders so much at Sierra that we are constantly hooking them up with sweet discounts and even early loads on select powder days.

Do you want to start reaping the benefits of being a season pass holder?! Great news! You can snag a 2012-13 KEEPIN’ IT REAL SEASON PASS for a sweet deal! For just $249 for adults, you can set yourself up with UNRESTRICTED access to the mountain seven days a week, all season long, with absolutely no restrictions the entire season. BEST OF ALL – you can ski/ride the rest of this season FREE with your purchase and start enjoying all the perks that come along with being a Sierra season pass holder. Don't miss out, this amazing deal ends May 15th.

Keepin' It Real Means:

  • Sierra-at-Tahoe is managed by people who love to live and ski locally.
    No missing out! Your Keepin' It Real pass will never have a blackout day on a powder day!
  • We love our passholders and show it often by offering Early Loads on select powder days through the season.
  • Sierra's wind protected lifts and trails make Sierra-at-Tahoe your best bet on stormy days.
  • Our hard-working crews know every minute on the hill counts and makes it their mission to open on time.
  • Our passholders get hooked up with 20% discounts on food, new gear and rentals with My Sierra Rewards!
  • Sierra Resort is the closest major resort to Northern California (ensuring you less driving and more skiing/riding).
  • Sierra's blessed with natural snow from heaven, not hoses.
  • A family of four can ski and ride for the same price as ONE unrestricted pass at other resorts.

Grab your pass today and you can enjoy the good life that is Spring at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort! To make this deal even better – we will be open with FULL OPERATIONS through Sunday April 22!

04/03/2012 | By Leslie
A Glimpse Into The Background

So you spent all day carving up the mountain at Sierra with your friends and you all had such an awesome time that you’re planning to come back again the very next day! When you arrive the next day with your posse in tow, you are greeted by the smiling faces of the Sierra staff (pretty typical) and of course, miles of FRESH corduroy. Sounds like the start to another perfect day, right?! But how did this happen so quickly?

Many of us take those seamless cords for granted, as it seems like they magically reappeared just in time for you to carve up the slopes again. If you had a strong belief in the corduroy fairy, brace yourself because I’m here to inform you that she does not actually exist. The mountain continues to look fresh every day thanks to our talented grooming crew, who works hard all through the night!

As your trusty snow reporter, I went behind the scenes on a Snow Cat tour so I could bring you the inside scoop of the not-so-glamorous world of grooming and snow-making – AKA the backbone of our resort! Just before 6am, I was swooped up by one of our grooming machines to begin the ride of a lifetime.

I was excited to discover that I would travel this sweet journey in one of the industry’s most impressive snow-moving machines – The Beast. This aptly named, high-tech Snow cat is built to be the very best at moving snow and laying down fresh corduroy! Sierra has two Beasts in its grooming fleet of 11 snow cats. Each Beast has a 500 horsepower engine allowing them to cover 9.5 acres of ground per hour. Talk about power!

Coolest part about this fleet is how green it actually is – all of the cats run off biodiesel that we make from used vegetable oil straight from our kitchens! The more sweet potato fries and hot wings you eat for lunch, the more cat food our fleet will have – so be sure to do your part in between Grandview laps!

As I climbed up into the Beast, I immediately gained a HUGE appreciation for the pure skill and talent that it takes to operate these massive machines. We started the tour by heading up Sugar and Spice, and even though I feel like I could navigate across this mountain with my eyes closed – I felt a little disoriented heading up the trail instead of carving down it. My tour guide, Clancy, informed me that carving down the mountain on skis or a snowboard pushes snow downward, so they generally start the grooming process by going up the mountain to push all the snow back up.

I know you love the steeps at Sierra including Castle, Clipper, Lower Main, and Upper Powderhorn as much as I do, and to keep those trails lookin’ pristine groomers using a special technique called wenching. Basically, that means one end of a cable is secured to a tree while the other end is attached to the snow cat.

As I watched one of the groomers make his way down Lower Main with a Wench, I was both scared for the man in the cat and excited to be watching something so amazing! Talk about a high level of skill and bravery – Major props!! The cable connected to the tree is the only thing preventing the cat from plummeting straight down Lower Main – oh man what a wild ride that would be!

Around 6:30 am, the Beast climbed up the steep slope of Hemlock just like it was no big deal. This monstrous machine took us to the summit just in time for a beautiful rosy red sunrise over Lake Tahoe.

On a clear night, you can see the lights all the way down in El Dorado Hills to the West, the lights of Lake Tahoe to the east, and occasionally the crew even catches a glimpse of the Kirkwood groomers’ headlights. When the Kirkwood grooming fleet is spotted, a fun game of flash light tag will usually follow! It’s awesome to know that they are having a blast while keeping the mountain fresh for the rest of us to have a good time!

Don’t make the mistake of assuming it’s only the hard work of the groomers that keep the mountain looking fresh. The groomers wouldn’t be able to do their job without the hard work of the mechanics who keep all the machines up and running properly. Our snow making crew is also a large part in keeping the mountain fresh and maintained, especially with this season’s less-than-average snowfall.

Next time you’re carving up the mountain at Sierra, I hope you appreciate and admire all the hard work and countless hours every person on our team puts in to ensure your experience at Sierra is nothing less than SPECTACULAR!!

04/01/2012 | By Leslie
April Fools POW POW!!

The joke is on you if you missed out on the 18” of light n' fluffy deliciousness today! April Fools Day conditions were absolutely amazing, no joke!

We kicked off the day by hooking up all of our season pass holders with early access to all the untouched goods. Since I take my job as a snow reporter very seriously, you know I was in line by 7:50 with all the stoked out pass holders!

The snow was so amazing that I actually reported all the snow conditions on Lake Tahoe TV today straight from the mountain, in between pow turns! These two little ones were especially excited to spend their morning in a foot and a half of fresh pow!

Throughout the day, you could hear loud screams of joy and laughter as my fellow powder hounds raced through the stealth powder stashes along 40 trails of unbeatable terrain! It’s no surprise to me when I hear these joyous screams….it’s likely to occur because their day is going a little something like this!

The terrain park crew had their work cut out for them this morning! The 18” of fresh pow buried the course set up on Bashful for the Billabong Flaunt It Finals (which was rescheduled for today). As the park crew began digging out from under all the snow, the sun came out of the clouds and set up the Billabong Girls with a perfect day to “Flaunt It!”

With such amazing pow to shred, it’s important to educate yourself on powder safety tips! I know the off piste skiing and riding is oh so tempting right now, so if you choose to go into the trees – just make sure to always ride with a buddy and keep them in your sights at ALL TIMES as you carve up the pow!

Buddy up, stay safe, and have a BLAST in 18” of fresh POW!!