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Nevada Skis

Las Vegas may be in the heart of the Mojave Desert, but the basin and range topography typical throughout the state offers opportunities for great winter outdoor experiences – after all, Nevada doesn’t mean “snow covered” for nothing. Look to the west from the Las Vegas strip, and you will see a white-capped mountain that often remains snow covered through June.  Just a little over an hour drive, Lee Canyon offers winter enthusiasts quick access to reasonable snow conditions.  However Mt. Charleston’s resort is only one of five Nevada ski resorts.  Pop up to Lake Tahoe to ski on the Nevada side of the lake for outstanding winter sport (15 resorts between California and Nevada!)  The lake and surrounding mountains offer some of the best snow in the west and a double fist full of resorts from which to choose, each with their own personality.

Most people are familiar with Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort that straddles a 10,000-foot mountain dividing Nevada ski heavenly Nevada from California.  The resort has over 100 trails and 34-miles of groomed lanes on 5,000-skiable acres that can drop 1,600-feet or let you feel like you are meandering down with your granny.  With 29 lifts, and more than 3,500-feet of vertical rise as well as multiple terrain parks along the way, it is easy to see why Heavenly has such broad-based name recognition. While the California side is larger with more slopes, many prefer the Nevada side because it is said to be quieter, gets more snow and can be accessed from downtown Heavenly Village with a gondola ride up the mountain. And the view is spectacular.

Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort

3860 Saddle Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (map it)

Phone: (775) 586-7000
Toll Free: 800-HEAVENLY

picture-37Diamond Peak Resort along Tahoe’s north shore, is  a Nevada locals favorite as well as one of the oldest resorts in the area, up and running before Incline Village was built.  Perfect for families and groups, the 30 runs within the resort are designed so that all 655-acres of groomed slopes meet in front of the lodge.  That way families can let their kids safely head off on their own without the fear of getting lost.  While much smaller than Heavenly, the 8,540-foot mountain seems to hover above the lake, making skiers and snowboarders feel as if they might plummet directly into the crystal blue water.  Follow the resort on Twitter @DiamondPeak for updates on snow conditions as well as the chance to win ski passes and other prizes.  In addition to Diamond Peak’s daily programs they are offering lesson packages for just $29 to learn to ski or ride during January 11-15th and March 8-12. This package includes an hour and 45-minute group lesson, equipment and beginner lift ticket. Learn to Ski and Burton Ride Week is available for ages 7 and up; lessons start at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. For ages 4-7 group lessons are $70.

Diamond Peak

1210 Ski Way in Incline Village, Nevada (map it)

775-832-1177

50% off ski and snowboard rental with airline boarding pass

free shuttle from Incline Village and along the North Shore

In the 1930s, skiers hiked up the 9,700-foot peak of Slide Mountain, then skied down the old logging roads to the Sky Tavern lodge.  In essence, Nevada’s highest base resort, Mt. Rose, remains the same, a back-country, locals favorite that they don’t make a point of sharing with outsiders.  The winds blow up the mountain in a way that drops an annual 400-inches of snow each winter.  The glass and beam Winter Creek Lodge, opened in December, 2009 is perfect for relaxing after any of the 43 trails that top out at 9,700-feet.

Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe

22222 Mt. Rose Highway
Incline Village, Nevada (map it)

800-Ski-Rose

Book online for lower prices.

Heli-ski the magnificent backcountry of Elko’s Ruby Mountains within the wild, untouched powder of eastern Nevada. Also near Elko, Snobowl is one of the state’s newest resorts and is as uncrowded as they come. In 1998, the volunteer-run resort added a rope tow and a double chair lift.  With only a 700-foot vertical slope, sledders, cross-country skiers and beginning to moderate downhill snowboarders and skiers have great fun.  No lift ticket is required to use the tow rope, so this budget-friendly destination is a huge family favorite. (map it)

Images provided by www.goyamedia.info.

Related places:
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    Heavenly Ski Resort
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    Diamond Peak Ski Resort
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  3. C
    Mt Rose-Ski Tahoe
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  4. D
    Elko Snow Bowl
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