Snow Reporter's Blog

12/27/2012 | By Leslie
Snow Reporter’s Guide to the Pow

Nothing makes me happier than a bluebird day and 94 inches of fresh snow, and that’s exactly what I woke up to this morning!  The snow is fantastic and the mountain is open from top-to-bottom!

I’m absolutely a powder hound at heart, and I know a lot of you share that passion with me! I’m writing this blog to share some of my personal tips on powder hunting at Sierra Resort, avoiding “snow snakes” (aka unmarked obstacles), and also, some vital tips on deep powder safety.

Riding in deep, fluffy powder is a feeling we all live for.That weightless freedom is what we’re all seeking out on the hill.

The biggest and best piece of advice I can share is to stay on the marked trails, period. I know it’s tempting to duck into the woods, but even with all the fresh snow we’ve received, there are still early season conditions and tons of “snow snakes” in disguise.

With such a phenomenal blanket of fresh snow, there are tons of fresh tracks to seek out along the 40+ trails of open terrain. This morning I had a blast carving up fresh tracks on Jackrabbit, Chute, and Castle.  These signature Sierra steeps have been groomed a couple times in the last week with a fresh blanket on top, making for smooth turns and big smiles.

Our lifts start spinning at 8:30 a.m. through the New Year, so if you get an early start to your day, definitely check out the Backside of the mountain and then cruise over to West Bowl.  The sun hits both of those areas first, making for stellar conditions and warmer noses to start your day off right.

On the backside, Smokey is one of my personal favorites because it has plenty of powder pillows along the trail and a gorgeous view of the surrounding mountain range. After carving up the backside, take the second lift out (Short Stuff) back up to mid-mountain and cruise over to West Bowl for more powder stashes – I recommend Dogwood, Horsetail, and Bashful if you cruise to that side of the hill in search of fresh tracks.

If your legs need a break after 5 or 6 laps in the fluffy goodness, West Bowl Cantina is a must for a relaxing lunch break. Try the fish taco’s with a couple Corona’s and you will be thanking me later!

After you’ve re-fueled, cruise back over to Grandview and check out the stashes across Castle and Jackrabbit – if you’re skills are up to par for these advanced trails.

If you have some little ones looking to play in all the new snow, I don’t recommend you take them down steeps like Castle or Jackrabbit (unless they are advanced skiers/riders). Instead, spend a day playing in the snow over in Blizzard Mountain. This area is designed specifically for the little ones, with tubing, sledding, snow play, and a bounce house too!

No matter where your Sierra-at-Tahoe adventure needs leads you, it’s always important to ride with a buddy. Plus, let’s face it, sharing the memories of endless fluffy goodness with your loved ones makes the entire experience ten million times better!

Keepin’ your noggin safe is the most important safety tip I can share. I never ride without my helmet and it’s the best insurance you can ever purchase for yourself.  Be sure to freshen up on a few more safety tips on our website before your next powder adventure.

Enjoy the powder, stay safe, and I’ll see you on the mountain!

12/23/2012 | By Leslie
No More Dreaming of a White Christmas

For those of you that don’t know this about your Sierra snow reporter, I was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe. My most fond memory growing up here was the massive snow storms that would come through; leaving FEET of fresh pow behind, before Santa and his reindeer set out to deliver all the presents!

The 46” this storm has brought in so far has definitely brightened my spirit. I’ve been spending lots of time wrapping goodies for my loved ones, shredding endless pow lines at Sierra Resort, and I recently spread some holiday cheer around South Lake Tahoe with a little late night Caroling. As Buddy the Elf would say, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”

Late Night Carolling in South Lake Tahoe

Last year was the first time I’ve experienced Santa delivering the goods and finishing all his cookies without any snow to play in. To be blunt….I was NOT happy about it and I’m sure Santa would agree. I’ve spent the last 364 days dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know. Yes, those were the winters where treetops glistened and I was totally one of the children listening to hear sleigh bells in the snow.

Total White Out in West Bowl

I hope I’ve inspired a little holiday cheer in you, but there is no need to dream about a white Christmas this year, it’s a done deal! Thanks Mr. Claus!

12/22/2012 | By Leslie
The Start of a New Chapter

The Mayan’s missed it, that’s for sure! Obviously, the world didn’t end, so today marks the start of a new chapter, one filled with TONS of fresh pow and a winter season like we’ve never seen before! I had a feeling the world wouldn’t end on the first day of winter, because let’s keep it real….Mother Nature owes us BIG TIME after such a weak winter season in 2011-12.

SNOWMAGEDDEN is here and the storms have officially arrived at Sierra Resort. I woke up to 3-4 inches of snow down in South Lake Tahoe and trekked through the 6-8  inches of freshies to get up to the resort as the snow continued to come down hard. I still made it here in time to deliver your 5 am snow report so you could plan out your day!

NOAA is calling for another 10-14” to fall throughout the day inching us closer to the 200” mark for our season total! I predict that we will even surpass last year’s season total of 233” just in time for Santa’s arrival!

Shout out to everyone that came out to spend what could have been your last afternoon with us at the Last Tap Brew Off. The votes are in so get excited…'ll get to enjoy the delicious taste of 21st  Amendent's "Bitter American" in the Sierra Pub all season long!

Enjoy the newest beer, all the freshies, and keep the snow dances going…clearly it has been working!

12/20/2012 | By Leslie
Party Like There's No To-Maya

My Facebook feed has been blowing up with all these “Mayan Apocalypse” theories as the Mayan Calendar comes to an end tomorrow. I’ve heard it all from the world imploding, to a total zombie outbreak where we all start eating each other’s faces off, and others view the end of the Mayan calendar as simply the end of one era and the start to a new chapter.

I’ll let you know that if the world ends tomorrow, I am 100% okay with it. I’ve already experienced dream-like pow turns through FEET of white & fluffy goodness. I’ve had the BEST job of my life as your snow reporter which has given me the opportunity to shoot some super sick photos (you can follow me on instragram @LeslieAllison33). I’ve already witnessed incredible winters at Sierra Resort including the 2010-11 season where we received over 760 inches of snow fall and I have made some unforgettable on-mountain memories with my family and friends.

If the world is going to end tomorrow, I’ll definitely be going out with a bang! I clock out from what could be my final shift at Sierra-at-Tahoe at 1:30 p.m. and it just so happens that the Last Tap Brew Off starts right at 2:00 p.m. I’ll be spending my final hours tantalizing my taste buds and casting my vote to choose which brew is best as we celebrate the Last Day with the Last Tap! Local micro-brews will go head to head and put their best brew forward to get my vote, so come cast yours alongside me and cheers to the great lives we’ve lived!

If I wake up with a hangover and the taste of beer on my lips Saturday morning, I’ll know the world hasn’t ended and it’s game on for the official start to winter!  If that’s the case, Mother Nature is going to bring us some pretty sweet Christmas presents in the form of 3-5 FEET of snow! Jeeeeezzzzzz tons of snow coming our way! I couldn’t be more excited to see what the world and the Mayans have in store for us!

See you on the mountain To-MAYA!?!?!

12/16/2012 | By Leslie
Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time...Already!

With 41 inches of new snow from the last 5 days of storms, and a season total of 163 inches and counting, we sure do have a lot to be stoked about at Sierra Resort! The mountain and the trees are beautiful and white making everyone on the mountain, including myself, smile uncontrollably!!  

If you ask me, it already feels like Christmas is here! It looks as though even more snow is heading our way before Santa makes his arrival on Christmas Eve!  I guess it’s fair to say we’re pretty excited about it!

If I were you, I would start packing up the car, grab your fellow powder hounds, and change your holiday plans! Once your in-laws see the ridiculous grin on your face from all the powder you were shredding, they will definitely understand!

See you on the mountain!