Snow Reporter's Blog

02/28/2012 | By Leslie
10 Things I LOVE About Fresh POW!

There are countless reasons to love fresh pow! Beyond the obvious AWESOME factor, I'm going to share my top ten reasons with my fellow powder hounds!

1.       Snow Days

Growing up in Lake Tahoe, more specifically Christmas Valley, there was nothing I looked forward to more than waking up to see FEET of fresh pow outside! Pair that with an announcement that all schools will be closed, and you’ve got a town full of STOKED kids playin in the snow!

2.       Champagne Face Shots

Let’s face it, nothing makes you smile like getting a splashed in the face with a ton of champagne powder! If that’s going down all day, take some time to thank the snow gods because you’ve hit the fresh pow jackpot!

3.       Freedom

On powder days, those who aren’t ready in time for first chair will be left behind.  As much fun as it is to share your day on the slopes with family and friends, most times the freedom of choosing your own path through the fresh pow is the only way to go!

4.       Ear-to-Ear Grins

Powder days are always a blast, from 1st chair all the way through to last call in the Pub. At the end of a long powder day, my cheeks are always super sore from the ridiculous smile that’s been plastered on my face ALL DAY – if that doesn’t happen to you, you’re doing something wrong!

5.       Feeling Weightless

Carving down a mountain covered with tons of light n’ fluffy, powdery goodness gives you the feeling of being weightless, just like you’re floating on a cloud. As far as I’m concerned, this is exactly what heaven is like.

6.       Powder Pockets

Something about the way the snow piles up on the tree-tops, makes days like this feel like a dream. The powder pockets that form around the mountain are just like bits of hidden treasure for fellow powder hounds to seek out!

7.       Sledding

When you’re looking to have a fun day in the snow with your little ones, sledding is absolutely the way to go! With fresh pow all around, it’s impossible not to have a blast!

8.       So Fresh & So Clean!

I have always loved how clean everything looks right after a snow storm in Lake Tahoe. The trees sparkle as powder pockets build up on them, the ground glistens with tons of pretty white snow covering it, and even the cars shine a little brighter as they haul around some of that fresh powdery goodness!

9.       Snowball Fights

I don’t know a single person that doesn’t LOVE a good snowball fight! Personally, I enjoy the element of surprise when initiating snowball fights, but you have to be prepared for the backlash!  If you‘re serious about a snowball fight then I highly recommend that you build a couple forts for protection, prepare a big pile of snowballs, and get ready for some FUN!

10.   Pow Beards

Last, but definitely not least, the true sign a of a man having a great day in some fresh pow…..the Pow Beard! Take your trusty snow reporter’s word for it - the ladies love a good pow beard – especially when you’re sporting it with an ear-to-ear grin!

Join me this week as I continue to count the ways that I love fresh pow! NOAA and the Sierra Weather Discussion are projecting this storm system to bring in another two to three FEET of fresh powdery goodness by tomorrow afternoon!!!

02/16/2012 | By Leslie
First Tracks Lead to Gold

It’s no surprise to me that snowboarding has become one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. The rapid progression of this sport and the many youngsters pushing it to new heights inspired me to look into how young these icons were when they entered the world of snowboarding.

Sierra’s professional snowboarder, Hannah Teter, found her love for snowboarding after strapping in at age 8. Teter, now 25 years old, has already earned an impressive medal collection including her Olympic gold (2006) and silver (2010), in addition to her X Games medals, one gold, one silver, and a pair of bronzes and counting!


One of Sierra’s top skiiers, Maddie Bowman, first put on a pair of skis at the age of 4 and quickly climbed to the top of countless podiums. At the young age of 17, Bowman has already earned first at Dew Tour, scored a Winter X Games silver medal in Women’s Ski Superpipe, and she continues to pursue her 2012 dominating campaign!


Three time X Games gold medalist, Jamie Anderson, started snowboarding at the age of 9 as a part of the Sierra-at-Tahoe Team. She quickly made a big mark in the snowboarding world as she became the youngest X Games gold medalist at the age of 15. After dominating yet again at the 2012 Roxy Snow Pro, Anderson jumped up into the World No. 1 position in the TTR Slopestyle Tour Rankings and is now tied with Kelly Clark for the 8th TTR Overall Tour Rankings!

All of these riders have one important thing in common – they started the sport young giving each of them years of experience as a competitive edge. On average, it only took these athletes 6-10 years to go from first tracks to top of the podium.

Up to this point the industry has taught kids as young as 5 or 6 to ride. However, Sierra is changing the game with its commitment to learning, by teaching 3-6 year olds the fun and art of snowboarding in Yoda’s Riglet Park! 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!

With kids now able to start out as young as 3 years old, many of them could reach podium status before they hit double digits or even become teenagers. There’s no telling where this sport can go, but one thing is clear – the force is strong at Sierra as more younglings and padawans enter the mountain each day!

02/14/2012 | By Leslie
Happy Valentine's Day!!

Happy Valentine’s Day fellow powder hounds!

As the snow reporter for Sierra-at-Tahoe, I’m happy to let you all know that I’ve got a very dreamy date to meet up with this morning. My date makes me the happiest girl in the world, just like I’m floating on a cloud! So who is this mystery date, you ask???

Well, you may have heard of him…..First name -  FRESH, last name -  POWDER!!!

10" of fresh pow under Grandview Express Chair Lift on 2/13/12

You're welcome to join me on my date with Mr. Pow!! Catch first tracks before the crowds show up by jumpin on Easy Rider & West Bowl at 8:30am for the early load - pass holders ONLY!

Hope everyone enjoys the 14" of new snow on this beautiful bluebird day!

02/09/2012 | By Leslie
The Sweet Life of A Snow Reporter

As the chief snow reporter for Sierra-at-Tahoe, my lifestyle is quite different than most. My work day begins not-so-bright and VERY EARLY at 5am. People are constantly asking me, “How can you get up so early and still sound so excited to be at work every day?” Well, before joining the Sierra Family, I never considered myself to be a morning person at all; those of you who know me well can vouch for me!! However, the many perks of this job make each day totally exciting and worth waking up for!

Upon arriving at the Resort, I found myself mesmerized by the beauty of this area as the clouds hung low around the mountain tops and the full moon peeked out from behind the snow covered trees. Lucky for all of you, I took a break from piecing together the giant puzzle known as the snow report to go snap a photo so I could share this magical moment.

After a few hours of reporting the excellent surface conditions, miles of fresh corduroy, and the debut of a brand new terrain park on Upper Main, I couldn’t wait to go check it all out for myself! This brings me to the number one perk of working at Sierra Resort, first chair is only a few steps away!

When you start your day off in the dark, you can imagine how exciting it is to catch that first glimpse of the sun at the top of Grandview Express – it was just the inspiration I needed to write this blog!

As a South Lake Tahoe Local, I've become quite jaded when it comes to good snow conditions. Thanks to the North-facing slopes of the mountain, the hard work of our grooming crew, and the 77 inches of snow we've received so far this season - surface conditions have remained excellent! Coming from a spoiled local - that says a lot! Carving down fresh corduroy like this every day makes it pretty hard not to completely love working at this resort!

Even though I have to start my day far before the crack-of-dawn, I get to spend my time in a beautiful paradise known as Sierra-at-Tahoe….well that truly is “livin’ the dream!” Hope all of you make your way up here at some point this season to join me in this sweet life in the snow!

01/31/2012 | By Leslie
Three Talented Ladies, Three X Games Medals!!!

In order to get the inside scoop for all of you, I spent my weekend riding and watching the Winter X Games here at Sierra Resort! I know, it’s a tough job…but someone’s gotta do it!

There was a great vibe around the resort this past weekend while everyone was rooting for the Sierra Resort professional athletes as they competed in the 2012 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. The ladies definitely represented for their home mountain and all three scored a spot on the podium!

Jamie Anderson continued to push the limits of Women’s snowboarding this season, as she took home gold in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle, making her a three time X Games gold medalist! (2007,2008, 2012) Check out the link below for the flawless run that earned her a 95.33 - the highest score in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle history! Killing it!!!!

Maddie Bowman has also been killing it this season, already earning first place at Dew Tour and second at the North Face Park and Pipe in 2012. In only her second X Games appearance, Bowman took home silver in Women’s Ski Superpipe! This girl has tons to be smiling about as she continues her dominating 2012 competition campaign!

Finally, X Games veteran Hannah Teter stood on the podium with a bronze in Women’s Snowboard Superpipe. Teter adds to her already impressive list of snowboard accomplishments, including Olympic gold medal and bronze medals.

From all of us here at Sierra Resort, CONGRATS LADIES!!! Way to represent for your home mountain!!!

The memory of Sarah Burke will live on in the way you all continue to push the limits of women’s skiing and snowboarding!!