The winter season is here in full force, but there’s no reason to let cold weather keep you indoors. Here in Reno, there are plenty of fun outdoor activities that will get your blood pumping and also deliver a much-needed dose of fresh air. From skiing and ice-skating to snowshoeing and sledding, the Reno region offers a well-rounded roster of cool outdoor action.
Hit the slopes
Among the many benefits of being situated right next to Lake Tahoe is the fact that Reno residents and visitors have quick and easy access to a long list of ski resorts that attract guests from around the globe. Within 90 minutes or less, you can be flying down world-class slopes and catching awe-inspiring views of Lake Tahoe. According to the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, there are 15 ski resorts in the Reno-Tahoe region, so find the one that suits you and your ability level or explore them all throughout the winter season. In addition, there’s no need to own your own skis or snowboard — equipment can be rented from most resorts or from a variety of sports shops around town.
Grab a sled
Take sledding and tubing to new heights at an array of snow play sites scattered throughout the Reno-Tahoe region. You’ll find stellar slopes set aside specifically for the joys of snow tubing and sledding, such as the smooth, groomed hills of North Tahoe Regional Park, where you can even rent a sled for the day. Another popular place for sledding and snow play is Tahoe Meadows, located just past the summit of Mt. Rose on Mt. Rose Highway. Simply park on the shoulder of the highway, grab your sled, and enjoy a full day of downhill fun.
When baseball season ends, the Reno Aces Ballpark begins gearing up for a different kind of action — the winter whimsy of ice skating. In partnership with the City of Reno, the Reno Aces have set up the Downtown Reno Ice Rink at Aces Ballpark, which is located right in front of the baseball stadium and Freight House District at 250 Evans Ave. Skate rentals at the rink are $3 per person, and admission is $8 for teens and adults, $6 for children, and $6 for seniors ages 55 and older. However, students can show their school ID for a free skate rental on Thursday, and anyone who donates three canned food items will receive a free skate rental on Sundays.
Snowshoe with views
Much like hiking during warm-weather months, snowshoeing is a sport that allows folks to get out and explore the beauty of nature without the need for any specialized skills. Simply strap on a pair of snowshoes and grab a pair of poles — equipment can be rented at resorts and sports shops throughout Reno-Tahoe — and hit the snowy trails. For a snowshoe trek complete with stunning views of Lake Tahoe, head up Mt. Rose Highway to Tahoe Meadows. Located at an elevation of 8,550 feet, this wide-open area offers snowshoe loops that vary in length and range in difficulty from easy to moderate.