Ski resorts near Reno, Nevada, are plentiful, nestled within the peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. During the winter, they become a ski and snowboard paradise. In the summer, they offer trails for hiking and biking. Their comfortable proximity to the beauty of Lake Tahoe and the bustle of Reno make them some of the most popular year-round resorts in the world.
Mt. Rose Ski Area
Mt. Rose Ski Area Image: Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe (flickr)
Located conveniently within a half an hour from Reno International Airport, Mt. Rose Ski Area is one of the most popular ski resorts near Reno. Offering 1,200 snow-covered acres within 10 minutes of Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, the north and east facing slopes of the Mt. Rose Ski Area are situated on the only mountain that provides views over Lake Tahoe and the city of Reno. For convenience, Mt. Rose offers a daily shuttle service from many Reno Hotels, and reservations are recommended due to popularity.
Perhaps the most challenging of Mt. Rose’s 1,800 feet of skiing and snowboarding runs are the Mt. Rose Chutes, boasting some of North America’s steepest and longest inbound slopes. These corridors offer 1,500-foot runs of excellent powder, with some places reaching up to a 50-degree drop. These extraordinarily challenging yet very popular chutes are reserved for expert skiers only. In addition, Mt. Rose is currently working on a $23 million improvement plan to enhance their facility over the next decade.
Additional amenities at Mt. Rose include the Winter’s Creek Lodge and the 431 Sports and Apparel Shop. Mt. Rose also offers a plethora of dining options for hungry athletes and visitors, including Senor Barasca’s Mexican restaurant inside the main lodge. Ultimate season pass holders save 25% off all food at Mt. Rose.
Northstar at Tahoe
Northstar at Tahoe Corey Rich
Northstar is another one of the many ski resorts near Reno, located in North Lake Tahoe. In addition to providing plenty of amenities for expert skiers and snowboarders, Northstar also offers one of the best snowboard schools for beginners. Sponsored by Burton Snowboards, Burton Snowboard Academy at Northstar offers customized lessons for all levels of skill using their unique terrain-based teaching methods. Northstar offers plenty to the more experienced, as well, including world-class runs, blood-pumping tree skiing, and a 22-foot super pipe designed by Shaun White. Lodging at Northstar is plentiful, as well. The Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe, located halfway up the mountain, is one of the area’s premier hotels.
Dining options are plentiful at Northstar, most notably at the Village at Northstar. Restaurants serve a wide variety of food, including sushi, pizza, French hot dogs, and burritos. Visitors to the Village can wet their whistles with a chocolate martini or simply a hot coffee. Dine at several mid-mountain lodge restaurants, or grab a hot dog at the summit. Finally, every guest at Northstar gets a complimentary s’more at the end of each day.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort
Diamond Peak Ski Resort *~Dawn~* (flickr)
Boasting 30 runs and 655 acres of tree skiing, Diamond Run Ski Resort is located at Incline Village in the state of Nevada, along the northern end of Lake Tahoe. Incline Village is often the first choice for a quieter, more affordable Tahoe ski vacation. While Diamond Peak boasts a vertical drop of 1,840 feet, it is especially popular with families. The resort offers a Burton Learn to Ride snowboard center, a child care program for those too young to hit the slopes, and a Cross Country and Snowshoe Center. There is a sports shop in the village, as well as a lodge located mid-mountain.
Top image: Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe (flickr)