Snow Reporter's Blog

11/07/2012 | By Leslie
Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and Dodge - Q&A Wednesday with Dodgeball Tournament Competitors

To kick-off the early season energy, Sierra-at-Tahoe is re-vamping the annual Pray for Snow party and bringing you back to your childhood days with the Sierra Snowball Fight – a Dodgeball Tournament! This Thursday at Brothers Bar & Grill, be ready to DODGE, DUCK, DIP, DIVE AND DODGE as your team competes to be the champions of the inaugural Sierra Dodgeball Tournament!

Whether you are competing in the tournament or watching the games go down, you can enjoy contests, giveaways, food & drink specials, and live music all night long as we celebrate the snowfall and pray for more!

Sierra season pass holders are getting hooked up with free appetizers and 2 free drinks from 6:00-7:00pm so come early and be ready for another awesome Sierra-at-Tahoe celebration!

Coveted Trophy for the Champions

Are you curious about the teams competing for the title?! Don’t worry, your favorite snow reporter is officially back on the scene and I’m bringing you the inside scoop on 2 of the 12 teams to watch out for this Thursday night.

By the way, there are still 4 spots left and it’s FREE to enter the tournament! Round up your strongest & fastest friends (5 people per team) and get yourselves signed up for all the action. Call our Events Manager, Katie Hunter, at (530)543-3139 to sign up!

Team 1 - South Shore Posse

This team includes 5 men from the On Course Events crew. These are the guys who brought you free concerts on the beach all summer long with Live at Lakeview, as well as the USASA Snowboard comps & rail jams every winter! Basically, these are the guys who make it all happen on the South Shore….hence the team name, South Shore Posse!

I had a brief Q&A session with the South Shore Posse’s team captain, Rob Giustina, who says, “We’re stoked to represent the South Shore!”

Q: Can you give me a hint about the uniforms you’ll be rockin’ tomorrow night?!

A: All I can share is there will be a lot of highlighters involved in the making of our uniforms!

Q: What training has the South Shore Posse been doing to prepare?

A: Extra safety meetings before each practice battle. You can never be too safe on the dodgeball court.

Q: What is your team’s secret weapon?

A: Joey P. He’s small, nimble, and quick! Definitely a difficult target to hit!

Q: What is your team’s mantra?

A: Go glow or don’t go!

Team 2 - LTTV Rooftop Shuffle

The second team comes from our local TV station at Lake Tahoe Television. They’ve put all filming on hold to train vigorously night and day! Well, not really but they do spend a lot of time training on the rooftop of their house on Venice Ave. Their training ground has becoming the inspiration for their team name, LTTV Rooftop Shuffle.

I had a brief Q&A session with the team captain and Director of Sales at LTTV, Mike Peron. Check out what I discovered about the LTTV Rooftop Shuffle team…

Q: Can you give me a hint about the uniforms you’ll be rockin’ tomorrow night?!

A:They will involve capes, fur, sweat bands, & neon colors! Get ready!

Q: What training has the LTTV Rooftop Shuffle team doing to prepare?

A: Squats, lunges, & of course, plenty of 12 oz curls on the rooftop. There may have also been some wrenches involved.

Q: What is your team’s secret weapon?

A: Reed Dickert, previously a major league pitcher, is ready to knock all the other teams out of the tournament.

Q: What is your team’s mantra?

A: If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!

Join your Sierra Family, reconnect with powder hounds you haven’t seen since the last snowfall, and practice your 5 D's.... It's gonna be a good night!

10/17/2012 | By Steve
Ski, Stay and Soar: Q&A Wednesday with Pilot Claudio Bellotto

At Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort we are proud to offer a truly unique ski and snowboard experience. We're also proud to offer a one-of-a-kind lodging package that takes ski and stay packages to another level. 

What am I talking about exactly? This season Sierra Resort is proud to partner with Forest Suites, Inn by the Lake, and Reno-Tahoe Helicopter. The ultimate Tahoe package gets you two days of skiing/riding at Sierra Resort, a two night stay, and two twenty minute helicopter rides (yes, helicopter rides!!!) for ONLY $265 per person. See exactly what you skied from the air or tour around Lake Tahoe. 

 

Claudio Bellotto is the founder of Reno Tahoe Helicopters and took a few minutes to talk to us about his helicopter operation, celebrities, and what makes flying above "big blue" and the surrounding mountains so special. 

 

The Italian himself, Claudio Bellotto

 

How long have you been flying helicopters? 

 

I've been flying for a total of 12 years and 7 of those years have been in the Lake Tahoe region.  

 

What is your favorite flight in the Lake Tahoe area? 

 

I love the Waterfall Tour. It's a breathtaking tour. It includes great views of Emerald Bay, Eagle Falls, Cascade Falls, Fallen Leaf and Echo Lake. Plus, it finishes up with a great view of Horsetail Falls. It is beautiful! 

 

What kind of helicopters do you have? 

 

We have a Robinson R44 and newly acquired Bell 206 Long Ranger L 4 which is specifically designed for high altitude operation. They are two great helicopters. 

 

Who has been your most famous client? 

 

Larry Page, one of the founders of Google took a tour. I think he is pretty famous (laughs).

 

Any good helicopter jokes? 

 

Yes, I have two. We joke around here that helicopters don't fly, they beat the air into submission (laughs). The other one is, Reno-Tahoe Helicopter company policy is to keep the number of take offs and landings equal (more laughs).

 

Waterfall Tour Teaser from Reno-Tahoe Helicopters on Vimeo.

Winter or summer rides? 

They are both great but, winter scenery is more dramatic. The winter view is so clear and offers such a unforgettable view of the Sierra Nevada mountains. 

 

In one sentence why would you tell someone to take a ride? 

 

Flying in a helicopter is unforgettable, it gives you a perspective of the lake and its surroundings that you've never seen before, even if you've lived here your whole life. It's truly a magical experience. 

 

...It is a magical experience (Claudio said so) that you won't want to miss. Book your Ski, Stay, and Soar package today! 

10/01/2012 | By Steve
Sierra Resort Earns Recognition from TransWorld SNOWboarding

Over the past twelve years TransWorld SNOWboarding has been polling thier readers and ranking the best overall resorts, parks and pipes in North America. In 2013 TransWorld SNOWboarding ranked Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort among the Top Ten Overall Resorts, Terrain Parks and received the editor’s pick for Best Value. It's the third year in a row Sierra has been recognized as a Top Ten Overall Resort and for the fifth time recognized for its terrain parks. 

The Resort Poll ranks mountains based on mountain features such as parks and pipe, terrain, and other areas including vibe, snowfall, lodging, value, and food. Each year TransWorld readers are polled to rank their three favorite resorts based on their overall experience.

#6 Overall, #5 Terrain Parks, #3 in Value

The 2013 Resort Poll ranked Sierra Resort as the sixth best overall mountain in North America and fifth best park. Sierra Resort not only offers innovative terrain parks, but also a 2,000 acre mountain receiving 480 inches of snowfall annually, giving guests access to a powder paradise and variety of terrain for all abilities.

Sierra Resort was recognized as the fifth best terrain park in the nation, earned by scoring high in specific categories like jump and rail design, grooming, variety of features, overall vibe, and park challenge.

Nov. 2012 TransWorld SNOWboarding Resort Poll 

Sierra Resort General Manager, John Rice, also known as the OG of snowboarding commented “Sierra is honored that TransWorld’s readers would consider us one of the top resorts in the country. Our commitment to quality parks starts with our staff and, in return, benefits our world-class athletes and faithful riders who call Sierra home. Year after year we are privileged to be among the top resorts and the recognition makes all the hard work worthwhile.” 

Although we're stoked on the results we are commited to bringing you better parks and a better mountain this season. If you haven't bought your season pass yet do so TODAY! We'll see you on the slopes.

09/28/2012 | By Steve
Happy National Drink Beer Day

Not only is today National Drink Beer Day. It's also Friday which means there is only two days left to buy your 2012-13 Season Pass at the lowest price. Grab your season pass today at the best price possible! 

$359 Unlimited Adult - No restrictions, no blackout days. Unlimited fun, fresh snow and terrain parks.
$259 Unlimited Young Adult/ College - No more missed powder days! 
$99 Unlimited Super Senior/ Child - An Unlimited pass for one Benjamin! 
$219 - Value Pass- Tahoe's Best Value.

Grab your Season Pass today. Click HERE! See you on the slopes. 

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!