Reno Tahoe boasts the highest concentration of world-class ski resorts in North America!
Heavy snowfall and majestic mountains make Reno Tahoe the perfect destination for any skier or snowboarder. From ski resorts that focus on lessons for beginners to some of the steepest, most advanced terrain on the West Coast, our region is a historic ski destination. Did you know that our area was the home to the 1960 Winter Olympics? Or, that athletes from our area often bring home Olympic medals each year? David Wise, Stacey Cook and Maddie Bowman are just a few Olympians that call Reno Tahoe home. These are only a few of the Reno Tahoe athletes that made it to Pyeongchang 2018! Discover endless adrenaline and scenic views as you ski or snowboard through the fresh powder, groomed runs and epic terrain.
Combine the region’s snowfall with an average 300 days of sunshine per year, Tahoe skiing and snowboarding is hard to beat. Our surrounding ski resorts offer more than just a typical ski day. With the slopes as close as 25 minutes from downtown Reno, and most within an hour’s drive, you’ll be able to maximize your days and nights, by staying in the city. That means you can fly into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in the morning and quickly make an appearance on a chairlift that same afternoon. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe and Diamond Peak both offer great runs and beautiful scenery – all within minutes of downtown and the airport.
Prefer cross-country skiing? Many area ski resorts offer a variety of trails to keep you entertained during your stay. Never cross the same trail twice, unless you want to.
Skiing, snowboarding, or both? Hitting the Tahoe resorts to ride is a bucket list item for many visitors to our area. Shaun White has practiced for the X-Games here, local pros Jamie Anderson, Hannah Teter and Bryce Bennett also call Reno Tahoe their home, and each of them has a favorite mountain in the area.
As the largest and most developed skiing region in California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is snow sport nirvana. And yes, some years you can ski and snowboard year-round… if you’re up for a hike in the summer months. If you are coming to Lake Tahoe, you’ll be happy to note that with roughly 20 different ski resorts in the region, all with varying terrain, trails and exciting challenges, there is something for riders of every skill level.
Experience the stunning views of Lake Tahoe at resorts like Heavenly and Homewood. Or maybe you are looking for some back county powder runs, then Royal Gorge XC and Granlibakken might be up your alley. You can even take a night ride at some resorts like Boreal, open until 9 p.m.!
From backcountry slopes to halfpipes and parks that are expertly placed against one of the world’s most beautiful settings, there’s really nothing that beats the views or the atmosphere around our area.
Reno Tahoe is a great place to learn how to ski or snowboard. Like we’ve said, the area produces some of the best competitive skiers and snowboarders in the world, but they had to start somewhere! Reno Tahoe ski resorts offer mountain terrain for every level of skier or snowboarder. You’ll find some of the best instructors in our neck of the woods, and you might even get lucky and snag an Olympian or retired Olympic instructor!
Most of our area ski resorts offer both lessons and rentals for newbies ready to hit the mountain. Even expert skiers and snowboarders can learn a little something. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe offers a variety of ski lessons, including ladies’ clinics, kids lessons and even private lessons. Some of the larger resorts in our area, such as Northstar, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows offer group and private lessons for everyone from first-timers to advanced skiers.
Check out full and half-day lesson packages for both adults and children at Tahoe Donner, as well as the Diamond Peak Ski and Snowboard School for a variety of learn to ski and learn to snowboard programs, packages and clinics.
So, what will it be? Are you a downhill junkie ready to take on those black diamond runs, or are you looking for a more laid-back experience on the groomed runs? Browse our ski resorts or cross-country trails and start planning your Tahoe snowboarding or ski trip today.
Reno Tahoe ski resorts are within a short drive from entertainment and nightlife in the Biggest Little City – grab your gear and discover the endless opportunity for a good time! Don’t forget to tag #renotahoe so we can feature you shredding on our site!