Snow Reporter's Blog

11/14/2013 | By Leslie
Sierra Snowball Fight: A Dodgeball Tournament

Sierra Resort passholders and friends came together at Steamers Bar and Grill to grab winter by the balls and celebrate the upcoming 2013-14 season. Along with a dodgeball tournament the night was full of laughter, live music, and good times.

Big thank  you to all of our event sponsors and partners who helped make this great night happen: Steamers Bar and Grill, Ike & Martin, DJ Mo Funk, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Tahoe Blue Vodka, Rome Snowboards, Powder House, Shoreline of Tahoe, and Beach Hut Deli.

11/12/2013 | By Leslie
Ditch Those Pre-season Blues

Despite the colder temps and vigorous snow dancing, Jack Frost has yet to make his official entrance for the season. This has caused a pandemic to spread rapidly and many of us have caught it… the pre-season blues, the winter itch, an insatiable craving for fresh pow; whatever you want to call it, winter is on the brain! While the cure for pre-season blues is still in the R&D phases, I’ve gathered a few tips from all the seasoned pros here at Sierra that will provide some temporary relief and prepare you for a snow-filled season ahead!

1) Get your gear in check
There’s nothing worse than being unprepared for the first day of the season. Don’t be that guy/girl, scrambling for your other glove and hastily trying to apply a fresh coat of wax to your skis while all your friends are snagging that coveted first chair of the season.

Pull those boards/skis out from the back of the closet and show them a little love. I prefer to take my board into the pros at one of the many Powderhouse locations in South Lake for a full tune up this time of year.  While you’re at it, unpack all of your winter gear – from base layers, to goggles, outerwear, and gloves; make sure it’s all in good shape and treat yourself to some fresh digs if you can spring it. Wouldn’t hurt to get your Sierra Season Pass on lock as well! FYI, our Season Pass Office is open Monday-Friday to get you set up.

2) Go Outside
Check a couple more hikes off your list or get your adrenaline pumping with a few mountain bike laps before we fall into winter. Life is always better outside, so get out there and enjoy it!

If the cold temps (or your desk job) are keeping you indoors, you’ll have to use a little creativity to get blood pumping, but your quads will thank you the first time you slash up a fresh pow line. Our General Manager, John Rice, recommends wall sits and cookies to get those quads burning at the office.


3) Prep for the first big storm
The two smartest things you can do to prep for winter is tune up your snow blower and purchase some new snow tires before the first big storm hits. If you don’t own a snow blower, I suggest making some baked goods for your closest neighbor who does! A little baked love (or a 6 pack) can go a long way in this little mountain town!

4) Practice sacred rituals
Skiers and snowboarders tend to be very superstitious with all sorts of wild rituals to entice the snow gods. Breakin’ it down with your best snow dance, beltin’ out your loudest snow calls, and washing your car are all great ways help inspire the snow gods to bring in the goods!

5) Gather and celebrate
When you come together with good friends and family who share your passion for snow, all your worries quickly melt away. Add in some rockin’ live music, killer food and drink specials, and a dodgeball tournament and you’ve got one heck of a pre-season party! Join us at Steamers this Thursday as we gather and celebrate the lifestyle that unites us all. The party starts at 7pm with passholder appreciation from 6-7. See you on the court this Thursday!

10/21/2013 | By Steve
A Plaza, Lots of Parties, and Powder: Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort Preps for winter

Do you feel it? It’s that time of year. The anticipation is building; trees continue to lose their leaves, weekends are filled with football, everyone has a pumpkin spice latte, and our personal favorite SNOW! 

Winter is around the corner, and while you’ve been enjoying summer we’ve been busy and hard at work. Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort has a ton of new surprises for the upcoming 2013-14 season. One of those includes a new plaza at the base area. We’ve invested $5 million into a new facility that will transform the current skier services area into a mecca for gathering and services that improve your overall experience. What’s that mean? It means 9,000 square feet of new indoor space with retail options, a demo center, and a new restaurant. We will also have a HUGE deck giving you new fire pits, lounge chairs, concerts, and an overall enhanced après atmosphere. Party? Yes please. 

Along with a new plaza we’re giving Unlimited Passholders the ultimate value with the Powder Alliance. What’s the Powder Alliance? It’s a ticket to the ultimate road trip and access to the best mountains west of the Mississippi. Get three free days at eleven other resorts; enjoy pow-stashes from Utah to Washington. Visit www.sierraattahoe.com/powderalliance for more info.

Oh, and that reminds me. If you haven’t bought your 2013-14 Season Pass yet, get on it! The Unlimited Pass is ONLY $389. Youwon’t regret it. Come join us for another amazing season of powder filled, award winning terrain park, snow-sliding fun at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. Do those snow dances and we'll see you on the mountain!

02/03/2013 | By Leslie
Steppin' Up My Game!

This weekend I discovered that Women’s Camp and professional instruction is not just for beginners. I’ve been riding for 15 years and feel confident getting down any terrain from the greens to double black diamond and I quickly discovered that there was still plenty for me to learn.

With about a baker’s dozen of lovely ladies in the camp, I felt relieved to be surrounded by other female skiers and riders looking to step up their game. The first day of this two-day camp was filled with a heavy focus on technique and a little bit of freestyle fun! We analyzed the movements each woman was making as we carved down the mountain. Our instructor Kirsty explained the proper techniques with diagrams in the snow and really helped us to understand how each of us could improve our carving techniques.

The slightest adjustments to how you flex into a turn can make a huge difference in your riding and I noticed it right away. After practicing the new techniques Kirsty shared with us, I immediately felt more control in my turns and could maintain my speed with more confidence and finesse!

Beyond improving my riding, I also enjoyed spending the day with some super fun ladies (Bridgette, Patrice, and our instructor Kirsty.) It was helpful to watch these other ladies learn the same new techniques and have them there to talk it all out with.  

Today I went out for a few laps with some of the skiers to get a feel for how their weekend was going. They started off the day by watching some of the footage filmed on Saturday to see how good they looked, and check out what they needed to work on today.

This group focused heavy on technique and posture throughout West Bowl. Their instructor, Lauren, talked them through a turn in slow motion to help each movement really sink in.

 

 

If you missed out on this round of Women’s Camp, don’t fret – we’ve got another one coming up on March 9 & 10. I highly recommend joining the group for a super fun day on the slopes and come step up your own game!!

01/24/2013 | By Leslie
Aloha, Maui Steve!

In 2011-12 Maui Steve went on an incredible adventure in the Maui Ski Bus to visit 104 ski resorts across the U.S. and Canada. As he went along on this journey, he continuously received a TON of grief for leaving out one of the best resorts, Sierra-at-Tahoe! Thanks to all those comments informing Maui Steve of our awesomeness, we received a special visit from the Maui Ski Bus today.

Coolest part about this bus, in my opinion, is that it runs 100% off fermented pineapple juice! So Maui Steve gets to cruise around enjoying the best Mother Nature has to offer without harming her one bit, I love it!

I had the pleasure of chatting with Maui Steve this afternoon to get more insight on this awesome world tour. He shared that he started this journey at the beginning of last season based purely off his own curiosity and appetite for new and challenging terrain. Maui Steve seeks out double black diamonds, preferably shoulders and bumps under the chair line – or as he calls it, “Hollywood Alley.”

Maui Steve found himself stoked on the adventure zone animation around the resort and our very own “Hollywood Alleys,”  especially Dynamite. He found the ultimate cure for his Tahoe hangover at our 360 Smokehouse as he indulged heavily in some delectable Jalapeño fries, what an excellent choice! After getting a handle on his hangover, he shared that he felt right at home with the “rustic, log cabin in the woods feel” of Sierra-at-Tahoe and couldn’t wait to return next season for his upcoming world tour!

To get the full Maui Ski Bus experience, I  went on a short ride to scope out the famous bus. While my mom has told me many times never to get on a bus with strangers, I’ve always been a rebel so I figured, “What the heck?!” The inside of his bus has quite the rustic, log cabin in the woods feel so I can see why he felt so at home at our resort.

The next world tour for the Maui Ski Bus will start in November 2013, right here in Lake Tahoe and we’re thrilled to be on his itinerary this time around! Mahalo Maui Steve, see you next year!