In the Reno area, guests can find top quality ski resorts like Mt. Rose and Diamond Peak. Mt. Rose has the highest base elevation in the North Lake Tahoe area and some of the steepest chutes around. With skiing, tubing, and snowboarding in great terrain parks, the ski area just 25 miles from Reno is an excellent ski and ride destination.
The Mount Rose Ski and Snowboard School helps instill a lifelong love of snow sports for everyone from first-timers to seasoned pros. Their professional staff offers daily classes for all ages and private lessons for ages 11 and over. Lessons and rentals can be purchased all in one stop on the lower level of the main lodge. It’s a great way to spend a day and will guarantee a more enriched experience on the mountain.
An excellent array of skill levels are represented on the mountain, including 20 percent for beginners, 30 percent for intermediates, 40 percent for advanced, and 10 percent expert rated. Even if guests are a little rusty or have never before stepped foot on a mountain, there is plenty of interesting runs and challenging terrain. However, the design of the slopes largely caters to intermediate and somewhat advanced levels. Be sure to study the trail map and know exactly what you can handle before venturing out to areas like The Chutes.
The entire area is chock full of great shops, restaurants, and things to do. Stop for a breakfast or lunch at one of the dozens of diners, restaurants, or home-style eateries in the area. Shops sell delicious home-baked goods, candies, souvenirs, sporting goods, clothing and sundries. The “Biggest Little City in the World” has great casinos, bars, and entertainment. The North Lake Tahoe / Reno region doesn't just offer casino and adult entertainment; there are a variety of other winter sports like snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating and more available for families and kids in the area.
Nightlife can be anything from quiet après-ski in front of a crackling fireplace to clubs with live music, dancing, and international cocktails. Casinos are open whenever guests are ready to gamble, and a variety of live entertainment in the area make North Lake Tahoe a great place to enjoy the snow during the day and be entertained at night. Guests may choose to stay in Reno and take the shuttle to the resort during the day for skiing and riding. Convenience and simplicity are part of what make a vacation here so desirable.
For guests seeking up to 400 inches of annual snowfall, tree skiing, chutes, bowls, pipes, terrain parks, and everything from bunny slopes to grit your teeth and fly grades, this is an excellent ski area. Mt. Rose offers a 1,800-foot vertical drop, one of the biggest in the area.
The mountain offers two terrain parks, including the DoubleDown and the Badlands Progression parks, located on the Slide Bowl. The features range in difficulty and include tabletops, boxes, rails, poles, and massive jumps. The mountain also offers magic moguls, dual spines, and a smaller progression park for new riders and freestyle skiers. Find DoubleDown near the Blazing Zephyr 6 lift and the Badlands near Bruce’s Trail.
Snowshoeing and snow tubing are big activities in North Lake Tahoe. Ice skating, snowmobiling, snowboard competitions, ski races and other snow sports events are also hot tickets in this area. With so many resorts and villages where guests can ski, ride, shop, eat and enjoy a variety of entertainment, there’s almost so much to do staying a week isn’t even nearly long enough.
North Lake Tahoe and Reno are known for fun and nighttime adventure. From night skiing to après ski, visitors will find something to do at almost any hour. Pubs, taverns, ski and sports bars and complete bar and grill restaurants are everywhere in the area, and there are also upscale wine bars and fine dining as well as country inn restaurants and bars. On mountain, the Winters Creek Lodge is at the base of Slide Bowl and has great food and drinks for a mid-morning or afternoon break. The Lodgepole Cafe, located in the main lodge, offers hamburgers, soups, and other great options for dining. Or check out Higher Grounds for coffee and Timbers for more of an après ski spirit.