Snow Reporter's Blog

09/05/2012 | By Steve
What's New for 2012-13 at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

Football is underway, the colors are starting to change, the days are getting shorter, and the smell of fireplaces are starting to fill the evening air. Fall is on the way which means only one thing. Winter is right around the corner. With the 2012-13 season less than one hundred days away we are excited to tell you about some new developments at the resort this season. Kids, ages three to six, can learn to snowboard through the world’s only Burton Star Wars Experience, while experts can enjoy Sierra Resort’s new backcountry cat tours that take skilled skiers and riders straight to the steep and deep without the hike. The ultimate Lake Tahoe winter lodging package includes luxurious accommodations, two lift tickets, and two scenic helicopter rides. Sierra Resort season passholders also get the added value and the option of riding free at multiple mountains around the country. 

Play in a Powder Playground at Sierra Resort this Season

Burton Star Wars Experience  

Who doesn't love Star Wars?!? This season the Force is strong at Sierra Resort for Younglings and Padawans in Yoda's Riglet Park at the Wild Mountain Children's Center. The Burton Star Wars Experience uses the beloved intergalactic saga to help children ages three to six make their first snowboard turns using Burton's innovative Riglet Reel Technology. This singular on-mountain experience filled with visuals from the Star Wars galaxy, combines Burton's industry-leading technology with Jedi Master Yoda's teaching methods. Younglings and Padawans will learn using the ways of the Force through interactive drop-in nodes showcasing custom-made wood carvings of R2-D2, C-3P0, Chewbacca and more. It's outta this galaxy... literally! 

Huckleberry Cat Tours: Access Raw Backcountry Terrain with Less Hassle

Sierra Resort’s new backcountry cat tours take skilled skiers and riders straight to the top of Huckleberry Canyon, allowing backcountry enthusiasts to save energy for those deep powder turns, by-passing the hike to the gates.

Huckleberry Canyon offers cliff drops, cornice drops, rock chutes, open bowls, gladed runs and powder pillows to those ready to unlock the extreme. Each snowcat tour will include a guide who will educate riders on backcountry safety, teach them how to properly use avalanche equipment (shovel, probe, avalanche beacon, and backpack will be provided), and a lunch.

Grab your friends then grab some powder. It's going to be awesome. 

Ski, Stay, and Soar: Experience Lake Tahoe Like Never Before Starting at Just $265

Helicopters, luxurious accommodations and skiing all in one package?!? Yup, you heard right.   

Experience Lake Tahoe like never before with the all new Ski, Stay, and Soar Package. Go from Tahoe’s best gladed tree runs at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort to soaring above Lake Tahoe with Reno Tahoe Helicopters and sleeping in the luxurious Inn by the Lake, all in the same day. 

The ultimate Tahoe package starts at just $265 per person and includes a two night stay, two lift tickets to Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, and two twenty-minute helicopter rides operated by Reno Tahoe Helicopters. The scenic helicopter rides will take passengers on a breathtaking scenic route over Sierra Resort, Desolation Wilderness or Emerald Bay. Ski one day then soar the next, or do it all in one day and see exactly what you skied. It is the best way to experience Lake Tahoe in the winter.

You Are Now Free to Ski About the Country

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort passholders now have the added benefit of skiing and riding for free at multiple mountains around the country. Unlimited Season Passholders can ski or ride free for ten days, non-holiday, at Mt. High in Southern California and Stevens Pass in Washington. All passholders get the opportunity to ski Monarch Mountain in Colorado for free any three days this season. If that wasn’t enough all passholders get 50% off tickets at China Peak Sunday-Friday, non-holiday all season long.

So pull out that dusty road-map, stock up on ramen, and start planning the ultimate powder road trip this winter. 

... If you haven't already grab your Season Pass TODAY and we'll see you on the mountain soon enough. Do your snow dance! 

07/13/2012 | By Steve
Jamie Anderson Wins ESPN ESPY

Huge shout-out to Jamie Anderson who added another award to her trophy case last night. The South Lake Tahoe local won the ESPY for Best Female Action Sports Athlete. In the 2011-12 season Anderson won almost every event she entered. Some of those included Winter X Games Aspen and Winter X Games Tignes in Women’s Slopestyle. Jamie also defended her title in the Burton Global Open Series and the TTR World Snowboard Tour. 

Jamie Anderson with her ESPY (photo: @jme_anderson)

Way to go Jamie. You deserve it. 

04/21/2012 | By Leslie
Sierra's Crew LOVES to Shred Just as Much as You!!

Disneyland might be known as the “happiest place on Earth” to visit, but in my opinion, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is absolutely the happiest place on Earth to work & ski/ride! You know we like to keep it real, so you will find that to be true with every visit to Sierra! This mountain is operated by people who love to ski and snowboard right here at Sierra, and you can always catch our crew carving up the slopes! In fact, one of the best perks of working at Sierra is catching first chair each morning.

From Snowboard Rentals to Human Resources, to Events and Park Crew, you’ll even see our General Manager, John Rice, catching a few turns on his snowboard quite often! Everyone that works here has a passion for this mountain and that’s truly what makes the atmosphere so great and it's a big part of why we are the locals choice resort!

Buggy & Jimmy from Snowboard Rentals soakin’ up the sun with a few Grandview Laps

Brian Crane catching a powder day ride break after handing out paychecks in Human Resources

Race Department's Christina Griffith hosting a photo shoot for Gatorade’s next ad

Ski School’s finest: Matt, Sandy, & Mark “Hoffmeister”

Taking a break from selling you gear at Sierra Mtn. Sports to shred down Lower Main

Katie Hunter, Sierra’s Events & Promotions Manager, quenching her thirst

Jordan Nield “working” hard – Classic Park Crew

As your trusty Snow Reporter, I know the importance of “quality control” so I ride every day!

As my final blog of this season, I’d like to thank all of you for tuning in to my awesome adventures and I want to give a big shout out to everyone in my Sierra Family! Thank you for making my first season as a Snow Reporter absolutely spectacular! I look forward to another amazing season next year!

Until then….stay stoked!

04/20/2012 | By Leslie
Spotted At Sierra

As the season winds down and the temperatures start to get warmer, our guests’ quirkiness starts to shine a little brighter! Yesterday I took my usual ride break around 9am to discover just how silly people were starting to get out on the hill! In keeping up with my snow reporting duties, I was snapping photos all around the resort when I noticed a few guests that really stood out…

Spotted at Sierra….the Cookie Monster and his friend Mr. Hot Dog were enjoying a fabulous day of spring riding at Sierra Resort!

As many of you know, this is our final weekend for the 2011-12 season and I hope to see even more outrageous costumes out on the hill! Especially on our final day of the season, Customer Appreciation Day on Monday April 23rd! This celebratory day has become widely known by the locals as “Pirate Day” so you can expect a day of $20 lift tickets, sunshine, and plenty of pirates all around the resort!

Get your crazy costumes ready, and keep your eyes peeled for your trusty snow reporter on the slopes and you could be the star of my next blog!!

04/19/2012 | By Leslie
Sierra's Magicians AKA Park Crew

Sierra Resort and its signature terrain parks have continuously been rated in the top ten by TransWorld SNOWboarding! The 2012-13 TransWorld SNOWboarding Resort Poll is live; take a quick survey and get entered to win a brand new snowboard! It's quick, it's easy, and is a chance to share the love you have for Sierra and its hard working Park Crew!

As we prepare to say sayonara to another season at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, I’d like to stop and reflect on the crazy awesome year that we’ve had!

We received 326 inches of snow this season, 40% less than our average annual snowfall…and 40% of all that snow came in the last month!! This was definitely a year filled with many challenges for resorts all across the globe. However, Sierra rose to the occasion and I’m proud to be a part of a team that truly delivered and did the very best we could with what we had.

In a season with no December snowfall to speak of, our Park Crew still delivered a killer terrain park on Broadway from day one! Who would have ever guessed that this terrain park would become the main venue on the mountain?! We pulled off numerous unforgettable events on Broadway terrain park including: Volcom PB & Rail Jam,  Gatorade Free Flow Tour, Snowboarder Mag’s Superpass, Vans & Pro Tec High Standard, and the 6th Annual Buckle Up Big Air! Whew! Broadway was also the venue for many USASA competitions, which were both planned in advance and pulled off last minute when other mountains were unable to host the events.

Volcom PB & Rail Jam - January 7th, 2012

Gatorade Free Flow Tour - February 4th & 5th, 2012 - NV Images

Snowboarder Magazine Superpass - February 12, 2012 - Photo:Kyle McCoy

Vans & Pro Tec High Standard - March 24, 2012

6th Annual Buckle Up Big Air - April 14th - Photo: Shaunte Dittmar Photography

Sierra was the FIRST Tahoe Resort committed to terrain parks, so it’s always very important to us that we deliver the goods for all our loyal fans! The Park Crew at Sierra is dedicated to delivering park features that are consistent, high quality, and progressive. From small tables to large booters, on-the-ground boxes to urban stair sets - Sierra's Park Crew builds and maintains each feature with a love for the sport and a commitment to providing annually ranked park features.

Park Crew Puttin' In Work

After Mother Nature delivered 3 feet of snow in January, Park Crew worked their magic to debut the boardercross course on Upper Snowshoe and the terrain park on Upper Main by February 8th. The intermediate park on Upper Main quickly became a fan favorite and was the venue for the 5th Annual Ralston Cup Snowskate event and GNU’s Grom Games!

GNU's Grom Games - March 17, 2012

One month later, winter was finally in full effect and Park Crew revealed our signature terrain park on Upper Bashful! The stoke level in West Bowl was immediately raised up a few notches and everyone was loving all the large features!

Opening Day of Bashful Terrain Park - Sierra Rider Danny Rein Photo: MezWorks2012

As if the large jumps and rails placed on Upper Bashful wasn’t enough to get us all pumped, Park Crew added a few sick rail features and the signature Sierra stair set to Lower Bashful at the end of March. This addition was a huge hit, especially with the Billabong girls as they all threw down for the Billabong Flaunt It Finals on April 1st on Upper & Lower Bashful!

By mid-March Park Crew was maintaining 5 killer terrain parks with a large variety of features across the mountain for your jumping and jibbing pleasure!

Not to mention, this year we built a terrain park for all of our younglings and padawans to play in as well! Thanks to a collaboration between Sierra-at-Tahoe, Burton Snowboards, and LucasFilm, Yoda’s Riglet Park has introduced tons of little groms into the world of snowboarding, using the ways of the force! If you haven’t already checked it out, make sure you stop by before the season ends. It is out of this world!

The Park Crew worked some serious magic for our number one girl, Jamie Anderson for her spring photo shoot on Bashful. Here's a little sneak peak of the action going down right now...

It amazes me that in a year with unusually low snowfall, our Park Crew was still able to deliver amazing features, smooth landings, and pristine jumps! Major props to every single member of the Park Crew...thank you for keeping our terrain park standards high and giving us another killer season!!