Snow Reporter's Blog

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!

12/22/2012 | By Leslie
The Start of a New Chapter

The Mayan’s missed it, that’s for sure! Obviously, the world didn’t end, so today marks the start of a new chapter, one filled with TONS of fresh pow and a winter season like we’ve never seen before! I had a feeling the world wouldn’t end on the first day of winter, because let’s keep it real….Mother Nature owes us BIG TIME after such a weak winter season in 2011-12.

SNOWMAGEDDEN is here and the storms have officially arrived at Sierra Resort. I woke up to 3-4 inches of snow down in South Lake Tahoe and trekked through the 6-8  inches of freshies to get up to the resort as the snow continued to come down hard. I still made it here in time to deliver your 5 am snow report so you could plan out your day!

NOAA is calling for another 10-14” to fall throughout the day inching us closer to the 200” mark for our season total! I predict that we will even surpass last year’s season total of 233” just in time for Santa’s arrival!

Shout out to everyone that came out to spend what could have been your last afternoon with us at the Last Tap Brew Off. The votes are in so get excited…'ll get to enjoy the delicious taste of 21st  Amendent's "Bitter American" in the Sierra Pub all season long!

Enjoy the newest beer, all the freshies, and keep the snow dances going…clearly it has been working!

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!