Ski

Nevada, which means ‘snow-covered’ in Spanish, has more than 24,000 acres of skiing spread over 15 resorts. The season starts in late November and can stretch through to early May. With more than 33 feet of snow annually across all the resorts, Lake Tahoe is one of the premier ski destinations in the world.

Straddling the California-Nevada border, Heavenly Mountain Resort is the area’s largest resort, offering up an exhilarating mix of lake views and nearly 100 hillside trails accessed from 30 lifts. To top it all off, the area receives almost ten metres of snow each year and 300 days of sunshine. Pure heaven.

With a skiing tradition that stretches back to the 1930s and around 60 per cent of the slopes designated for beginners or intermediates, Mount Rose – the Lake Tahoe region’s highest resort – is a superb place to learn to ski or snowboard. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything for experts to dig their edges into. Black diamond runs on the extreme terrain of Slide Mountain and two terrain parks – Badlands and Double Down – ensure everyone heads home with a rosy glow.

They do things a little differently in Soda Springs. Although there are a couple of terrain parks, this is, in essence, an old-fashioned winter sports resort. It’s largely visited by families, who come to ski, board, snowshoe, sled and tube on the beginner-friendly slopes. Located less than 80 kilometres from Reno, it sits on the pretty Donner Summit in the northern Sierra Nevada and has just two lifts and two tube-tows taking riders up to the (mostly) gentle runs. For something a bit faster, six-to 12-year olds can take a ride on a pint-sized snowmobile.