Ski Resorts in Nevada

Despite expected, pre-conceived notions, skiing in Nevada is not an oxymoron. True, a great portion of the state is sand-covered, calling out to desert rats instead of powderheads, but then there’s Reno, Nevada. A one-hour drive from downtown Reno puts you in the heady, big-steeps of the majestic Sierra Nevada Range and its famed Lake Tahoe skiing area. The two Nevada resorts lining this azure lake are Diamond Peak and Mount Rose, both promising solid terrain and none of the big-scene circus common on the California side of Tahoe. Diamond Peak will give you a pristine view of the surrounding lake region and has a dizzying number of cross-country trails based off the main resort, while Mount Rose offers two true Tahoe gems: narrow, tree-lined runs and a scarcity of other skiers. And don't forget Heavenly Lake Tahoe, which shares all its wintertime riches with California—the resort is evenly split between the Nevada and the Golden State. You can also cut turns at Mount Charleston, 40 north of Vegas, and heli-ski outings can be arranged in the Ruby Mountains just outside Elko. Leave it to the Silver State to trump the odds and offer you some of the best skiing on the West Coast.


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