Snow Reporter's Blog

01/31/2014 | By Leslie

16” of fresh snow at Sierra!! When the tree tops are covered in pillows of powdery goodness, the clouds start to clear and beautiful bluebird skies stretch out above the mountain tops. These are the days we live for!!  With breathtaking views in every direction, I’ve concluded that I must be living in a dream.

I was lucky enough to spend my morning chasing fresh tracks with a snowboarding legend, our GM, and some really great friends!! Seriously, I have to be living in a dream world! I am far too spoiled for this to be real life! Here’s a glimpse into this beautiful dream known as the Snow Reporter's Life!


01/30/2014 | By Leslie
It's Snowing at Sierra!

I couldn’t be more excited to see snow falling from the sky! I’ve already received a dozen excited texts that read something like, “Sweet! You get to do your job! Report that snow, girl!” Stoked to know that all of my friends know what is truly important to me in life… SNOW!

I couldn’t sleep much last night because I kept waking up with high hopes of seeing snow outside my window. Around 2:00 am the storm finally turned to snow and it’s been dumping since! I had to take my usual 9:00 am ride break to make sure it was as much fun as it looked (after stopping by the repair shop for a quick wax, of course). Don’t be jealous, it’s quality control people!!

Screams of joy filled the slopes as happy shredders carved up the 3-6” of fresh snow! Lower Main and Aspen were my favorite runs of the day - complete with free refills, face shots, surprisingly smooth lines, and an excellent pitch that will keep you moving through the pow!

Even though Grandview and West Bowl did not spin today, the snow has been piling up all day and I’m really looking forward to when they reopen (possibly tomorrow!) Keep up the snow dances and I’ll see you on the mountain!

01/29/2014 | By Leslie
Change is in the Air

Tomorrow (January 30th) something very rare will happen, apart from getting our first big snow storm of 2014, we will have the second New Moon in the same month, which is known as a Black Moon. The Black Moon is said to appear much bigger in the sky, but hopefully we won’t even be able to see it through the storm clouds! This omen for change will arrive just as the storm door opens, so be patient....the snow will come! Even the moon is alligning to ensure it dumps!

The snow levels are expected to start pretty high up at 8500+ feet, but forecasts are calling for temps to drop late this evening, and then the snow levels should drop down to lake level pretty quick. With our base located along the crest, sitting just above 6800, we’re expecting a good foot or two of snow to pile up over the next couple days.

To make sure we get the most out of this snow storm, I’ve put together some of my personal snow day superstitions. You hear it all the time, get your snow dance on, belt out a snow call and wash your car, but there’s more that you could be doing to inspire the snow gods to dump copious amounts of pow on our mountains…

  1. Make Plans! The most fail-proof way to guarantee snow is to make big plans for vacation, or plan a big outdoor picnic. The more activities you plan that would be hindered by a winter storm, the more snow Mother Nature will deliver!
  2. Stack those Benjamins – eerr well Abraham’s! Just when you thought pennies were useless, they actually help to bring the pow! If you stack them high on every window sill, it will inspire Ullr deliver the goods. Every penny is said to bring in one inch so stack ‘em high and pray for snow!
  3. Turn Your PJs All Around! By rocking your PJ’s inside out and backwards tonight, it will let the snow gods know that you’re ready to party, in the snow! Sport two different colored socks if you feel like taking this to the extreme!
  4. Get All Your Homework/Chores Done! Alright, so this last one isn’t a superstition but it’s a great tip. When you wake up in the morning with tons of fresh snow and no work lined up, you’ll be free to shred all day long. You’re welcome ;)

I’ve been taking part in most of these rituals since early childhood, so join me in doing all that we can to inspire the snow gods! Don’t stop dancing and stay tuned to our web cams to see the snow pile up!

01/24/2014 | By Leslie
Broadway Laps with Park Crew

After a surprise dusting of fresh snow, I got to spend this morning lapping the new features on Broadway with the park crew that works hard to keep it lookin' fresh everyday! Features are getting changed out at least 3-4 times a week, so make sure you cruise through each time you hit the slopes.

Filming with the Zeal HD Goggles every Friday has become one of my favorite weekly tasks. Not only are the lenses top-of-the-line, but the footage comes out simply incredible! You can see exactly why I love these goggles to much, by winning a pair of your own - but you better act fast because there are only two more days left to enter! All you have to do is follow @ZealOptics and @Sierra_at_Tahoe on Instagram and then tag #Gogglesdontlie to all your shred pics. You will then be entered to win a pair of Zeal HD Goggles and we'll even throw in a couple of Sierra-at-Tahoe Lift Tickets. For more info, click here.

Can't wait to see all your shred pics!

01/11/2014 | By Leslie
It's Snow Joke!

Snow way, there's actually white flakes falling from the sky!? It's snow joke! With a fresh blanket across the mountains, my home-away-from-home is looking much more like the winter wonderland I know and love. The snow is coming down a little heavy and wet, but this is the perfect recipe to build up our base so we're ready for the real deal once it hits! Keep those snow dances going and stay tuned to our website for updates on mountain conditions as the snow continues to fall!