The Reno-Tahoe area is like no other, especially when it comes to outdoor sports and activities. Golfing and skiing are both hugely popular, and when there’s a decent snowpack, skiing often continues well into warmer weather.
This makes it possible to ski-and-tee in the same season – or if you’re feeling adventurous, even in the same day.
Ready to take the challenge?
Here’s how you can make a morning run on the slopes and an afternoon on the green, capped off by an evening winding down at one of the area’s premier pubs or breweries.
Step 1: Start on the slopes
When Old Man Winter overstays his welcome, it can be annoying to commuters – but thrilling for the skiers and snowboarders who aren’t ready to retire their equipment for the year. Many resorts push back their closing dates and run ski and lift pass discounts for late season skiing, so be sure to check their websites before heading up for final run dates and deals. These Tahoe spots will typically extend their ski seasons, making an ideal start to a ski-and-tee day.
Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows. Spring skiing often lasts late at this award-winning resort, and they offer the Tahoe Super Pass which includes free access for the closing spring season when you purchase early bird season passes. Bonus: they’re also home to one of the best golf courses around and the world-class Village at Squaw, so if you time it just right, you can accomplish the ski-and-tee all in one place.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. Mt. Rose ski area lets skiers and snowboarders purchase their season tickets for 2017-18 early, and ski through their extended spring season when the weather is right. The resort is open Thursdays-Sundays through May 29. Recent conditions have allowed the resort to have six-month ski seasons.
Step 2: Get to the green
The golf courses at Lake Tahoe are legendary, and internationally recognized as some of the best on the planet, with greens providing sweeping views of the lake. While snow remains on the summit of the mountains and allows for late-season skiing, the golf courses at lake-level begin thawing earlier, and typically begin opening in mid-May.
Incline Village Golf Courses. The Championship Course and Mountain Course at Incline usually opens in May, and the driving range opens even sooner. The two options give golfers of various levels the chance to tee off on classically-designed courses from both Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr.
Edgewood Tahoe. Since 1968, this “challenging yet fair” course has been voted as one of the best in the world by Golf Digest Magazine. Home of the annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, this course is suitable for all skill levels, played along one of the most picturesque backdrops imaginable.
Step 3: Wind down with dinner and drinks
Pulled off your own ski-and-tee feat? Congratulations! Time to relax with a well-deserved drink and dinner. From pubs to breweries to upscale eateries, the Tahoe area has pretty much anything you could hope for when it comes to post-adventure relaxing.
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company. This Tahoe City brewpub features indoor and outdoor seating, a full bar and a classic American pub fare menu – not to mention the beer. They create their own brews, with choices ranging from sours to stouts. Their family-friendly atmosphere and large screen TVs make it a low-key choice for relaxing with family friends after a day spent adventuring.
Brooks’ Bar & Deck. Known as one of the best post-play restaurants in the area – and selected as one of the “best 19th Holes in America” – this Edgewood Tahoe watering hole is like a refined sports bar, with dramatically vaulted ceilings, an expansive deck facing Tahoe’s majesty, and plenty of flat screen TVs, local brews and cocktails to enjoy. With offerings from chicken wings to burgers to blackened salmon, the menu has something for everyone, including desserts.