Visit Reno, NV’s Backyard — Every Skier’s Paradise

Katy Shipley | | Featured ArticleFeatured Article
Reno, NV is a unique place where mountains meet “The Biggest Little City”. Image: Reno Tahoe

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Near Lake Tahoe, you’ll find a place called Reno, NV. Known as the “Biggest Little City in the World,” it flourishes with culture, good vibes, and exciting nightlife. Reno offers fun for all who visit, especially those who check out Reno’s backyard.

The Sierra Nevada mountains provide a stunning backdrop for the city skyline and invite outdoor enthusiasts to explore the mountains that surround the largest alpine lake in North America. Fourteen ski resorts dot the landscape and offer world-class terrain, lifts, and lodging. Top it all off with bluebird days, epic scenery, and easy access to mountain terrain, and you have something extraordinary.

Where To Ski

Take your pick of over a dozen ski resorts in the Tahoe region. Image: Reno Tahoe

While you have your pick of nearly a dozen ski resorts in Reno Tahoe, these resorts are all within 45 minutes of downtown Reno, and each offers diverse terrain and unique experiences.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Easily the best bang for your buck for those staying in Reno, Mt. Rose is the closest resort to town, has some of the cheapest lift tickets, and offers a good variety of terrain. With a simple layout and breathtaking lake views, just about anybody could come here and snag a good ski day.


Northstar is well known for its luxury resort experience. In addition to great intermediate terrain and one of the best terrain parks in all of Tahoe, guests can also enjoy fine dining, spa experiences, village shops, and frequent events.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

While Squaw Valley also offers a 5-star resort experience, everyone will agree that it’s the terrain that makes it special. For those looking to shred powder, huck cliffs, and get a little puckered, this is the spot. Scheduling a massage at the spa after a day of deep turns is never a bad idea.

Another resort known for big mountain terrain is Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley’s next-door neighbor, and sister resort. As you enter the resort, granite peaks tower above you on all sides. This place has so many nooks and crannies, you might want to make friends with a local to show you around.

Sugar Bowl

Sugar Bowl is an unsuspecting gem on Donner Summit just 45 minutes away from Reno. It’s where you’ll find the smallest crowds on a powder day, and it’s known for great steeps, short lift lines, and stellar side country. This hidden treasure deserves a visit.

A Place Like No Other

Explore the nearby mountains and see what makes this place so special. Image: Reno Tahoe

There are a few other factors that make Reno Tahoe so unique. Reno’s proximity to the mountains means you can enjoy city life and summit stoke all in one visit, even on the same day! Recreational areas are easy to access and well-maintained, even in the winter. Combine this with 300 days a year of sunshine, and you have the perfect place to play.

For those looking beyond the ski resorts, nearby recreational areas offer great access to Reno’s backyard.  The Tahoe National Forest spans around the lake, and Mt. Rose Wilderness is nearby. Sno-parks can be found in these areas and allow you to park and enjoy winter activities such as sledding, snowshoeing, and backcountry skiing. Mild temperatures and plenty of vitamin D make it easy to enjoy the outdoors. Tahoe is the promised land for all fair-weather skiers and goggle tan enthusiasts.

Come One Come All

Don’t forget to enjoy aprrès in downtown Reno afterward! Image: Reno Tahoe

Whether you are a single traveler, on a family vacation, an expert skier, or just starting out, there’s something for everyone in these mountains. It is so easy to access ski resorts and recreational areas here, it’s almost hard to stay inside for a day. For those looking for an epic outdoor adventure with some downtown flair, Reno Tahoe has it all.

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