Snow Reporter's Blog

01/25/2012 | By Leslie
A Snowboarders’/Skiers' Paradise

Everyone was super stoked when West Bowl Chair Lift started spinning yesterday morning, even the Sierra employees couldn’t contain their excitement!

West Bowl has been my favorite place in the world since I started riding at Sierra over 13 years ago, so I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was yesterday when I got the call that it was finally opening!! Just like all my fellow winter worshippers, I literally could not wait to go carve up the 3-4 feet of untouched snow!!

While taking my first turn down Beaver, I became so giddy like a little kid that I had to stop for a moment to truly take it all in! As the snow-covered tree tops sparkled in the sunshine and I caught a glimpse of the clouds hanging low on Mt Pyramid – I was reminded that this truly is a snowboarders’/skiers' paradise!

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend that you blaze your own trail through this paradise I know and love as soon as you get the chance! Just remember, when venturing into the trees, obstacles do exist! If this season is your first opportunity to carve through West Bowl… out, you just might fall in love!

01/14/2012 | By Steve
Winter on the Way? We think so!

There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. Tahoe Weather Discussion is calling for a shift in weather patterns around January 16. A BIG shift! Will winter finally come out of hiatus and grace us with its presence? Only time will tell. 

Either way here at Sierra we want to recognize those doing everything they can to keep the mountain open. If you think we've been sitting back and waiting for it to snow you are incorrect. 


Our snowmakers literally have been working around the clock and when weather permits blowing snow. We do not have millions of dollars in snowmaking equipment or the latest and greatest but we are making magic with the guns that we do have. Also, we'd like to tip our hats to those on the park staff. Each day guests have the option of more than a dozen jibs and rails along with a jump!  


While we've been optimistic throughout the winter it is fair to say that we are ecstatic about the storm that is on it's way. Our lifts are ready to spin and when we get that large dump we'll be ready to go. Our lifts are wind-protected so on those stormy days when the pow is fresh, you can ride Sierra, our parking is right in front of the mountain so you are on the lift quickly, and our burgers are $10.95 AND that comes with the fries and soda! 


Winter Dreaming! Rider: Jordan Nield Photo: Terren Gomez


See you on the Mountain! 

12/31/2011 | By Steve
Happy New Year!

Wow. What a year! On this exact date a year ago there was over 300 inches of snow on the ground and it would continue to fall throughout the spring. When all was said and done we’d enjoyed 40+ powder days (6” or more constitutes as a powder day for those of you who are wondering where we get that number) and 763” of snow throughout the winter.

Fast-forward to today and it is a far different story. We are rocking an 18” base and working around the clock to open as much terrain for our guests as possible.  What a difference a year makes huh?

After a few hot laps today it dawned on me. Although the waist deep powder days are magical and 63 feet of snow is nice that’s not what it is about and nothing exemplifies this like the season thus far.

18” may not be a whole lot but I’ll tell you what it’s enough to put a smile on your face and realize just how lucky we are.  After all, isn’t skiing or riding about having a good time, enjoying the crisp mountain air, taking in the amazing Sierra mountains, laughing with your friends and having a “soda” or two? I sure think so. If you don’t believe me come try it out for yourself.

Cheers to the year that was and another amazing one that is to come. See you on the mountain. 


Team rider Robby Franco ringing in the new year in style.

12/22/2011 | By Steve
Celebrate the Holidays at Sierra

Come celebrate the holidays with Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. Sierra has teamed up with Timmy, Santa's official 2011 spokesperson, and are stoked to announce the first ever Broadway Holiday Bash! The Holiday Bash will include a DJ, ornament decorating, karaoke, tacky sweaters and more.

Hope to see you here. Happy Holidays

12/16/2011 | By Steve
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort Introduces The Burton Star Wars Experience

The force is strong at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort this winter. Partnering with Burton Snowboards and Lucasfilm, Sierra Resort will open the first ever Burton Star Wars Experience. An experience that utilizes iconic Star Wars themes and cutting edge snowboard technology to teach children age’s three to six how to snowboard.

“Sierra Resort, Star Wars, and Burton are filling a void for youth in snow sports and at the same time building on our legendary Learn To Ride program. There is nothing like it in the world,” says John Rice, General Manager at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.

A program for three to six year old snowboarders the Burton Star Wars Experience will utilize the latest technology from Burton called the Riglet Reel. The Riglet Reel is a specially designed reel that attaches to the nose of youth snowboards and allows coaches to tow kids around allowing them to quickly learn how to balance, move, and control their boards. 

As if the new technology wasn’t enough Sierra and Burton teamed up with Star Wars to make the kids snowboarding experience something truly out of this world. Starting inside at the Padawan Center kids - or younglings - can practice balance training, refuel with hot chocolate and prepare for a galactic experience. After their first Jedi training session kids will head outside to Yoda’s Riglet Park. Inside Yoda’s Riglet Park the galaxy really comes to life with three themed interactive drop-in nodes, each teaching kids the fundamentals of snowboarding. Each node will also have custom-made chainsaw carvings of Star Wars favorites Yoda, R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Jar Jar Binks, Anakin Skywalker, Ewoks and others.

Not three to six years old? Don’t worry we’ve put a little piece of Star Wars in one of our award winning Adventure Zones. The infamous Bear Cave has been taken over by the Wampa from the Ice Planet Hoth and can be enjoyed by all.

In addition, Sierra Resort and Burton worked together to build the majority of Yoda’s Riglet Park using recycled materials. World-renowned wood carver Bob King shaped each Star Wars character from reclaimed wood while recycled hazard trees milled into boards were used to build each of the learning nodes. Even the foundation support beams were made from recycled scrap metal and old lift tower tubes.

The experience is truly out of this world. Come check it out and may the force be with you.