With Lake Tahoe in its backyard and 18 world-class ski resorts within 90 minutes of its airport, Reno, Nevada is the ultimate gateway to a skier’s paradise. Whether you’re looking for urban casinos or for a home base with access to a variety of skiing options, Reno is the place for you this winter!
The city of Reno sees an average of only 23.5 inches of snowfall a year, making it hard to believe that it’s a skier’s destination. However, its accessibility to a variety of world-class resorts (which receive upwards of 40 feet of snow a year) and an array of other outdoor and indoor activities within the city itself make this “Biggest Little City in the World” such a favorable choice for your winter vacation.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is the closest option to Reno to satisfy your shredding needs and offer 1,200 acres of terrain and more than 60 trails. If you’re looking for something on the bigger side, head 90 minutes southwest to Heavenly Resort in southern Lake Tahoe. Catering to every experience level and boasting 4,800 acres of terrain, Heavenly is the highest and largest resort in Lake Tahoe. Other resorts to explore include Alpine Meadows, Boreal Mountain Resort, the family friendly Diamond Peak, the rustic and old school Donner Ski Ranch, Homewood, Sugar Bowl, Kirkwood and Sierra-at-Tahoe. Experience some of the most technologically advanced lifts and snow equipment at Squaw or enjoy the ultimate ski village at Northstar-at-Heavenly. Whatever type of resort you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it just a short drive from Reno.
If you don’t happen to ski or snowboard but still want to explore this winter wonderland, then there is a multitude of other options. Many resorts in and around Reno and Lake Tahoe offer sledding and tubing hills that are sure to be fun for the whole family. Boreal Mountain Resort on Donner Summit, Granlibakken near Tahoe City, Hansen’s Resort in South Lake Tahoe, Kingvale Tubing and Sledding Center or Kirkwood Family Tubing park are just a few of the many options. Sleigh rides, ice skating, snowmobiling and dog sledding are also great ways to actively explore these beautiful regions.
When you get back to Reno after a long day of skiing or riding, treat yourself to one of the 1,200 different culinary
options waiting for you in the city. It won’t come as a big surprise to learn that casinos are ranked as the No. 1 attraction in Reno. More than 60 gaming locations inhabit this city of 200,000.