Sierra at Tahoe volunteers remove 2,100 pounds of waste in cleanup |

Sierra at Tahoe volunteers remove 2,100 pounds of waste in cleanup

Sebastian Foltz
Volunteers pick up litter at Sierra at Tahoe's annual garbage pickup day, Saturday, Oct. 10.
Brian Walker / Sierra at Tahoe |

Roughly 400 volunteers took part in Sierra-at-Tahoe’s annual Keep Sierra Clean Day, Saturday, Oct. 10.

“That was a record for us,” ski area communications manager Thea Hardy said. “It was awesome.”

Participants rode the mountain’s Nob Hill chairlift up in the morning and swept the mountain looking for garbage.

Hardy said among the odd pieces of waste one volunteer found a poker chip from Harvey’s with a pattern that was estimated to be at least 30 years old. Someone else found an old ski pass from when the mountain was still called Sierra Ski Ranch.

After weighing trash brought down by volunteers, Sierra Tahoe officials reported an estimated 2,100 pounds of garbage. For the first time in the nine-year history of the event, volunteers went into the West Bowl to retrieve waste. Following the event, participants were treated to live music, a free lunch and free ski wax.

“It’s just to reactivate our community and get people thinking winter,” Hardy said, explaining the timing of the event.

NEW FOR 2016

Among the big changes for the upcoming ski and snowboard season, Sierra-at-Tahoe added a new slope groomer to their existing snowcat fleet.

The new groomer is a Prinoth Bison X and will assist with terrain-park maintenance and other operations. The mountain added two other terrain park snowcats last season.

For the first time, the ski area will also be offering free Wi-Fi starting this winter. Officials with the ski area said they hope to add better cell phone coverage for the 2016-17 winter.

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