Winter Sports & Activities in the Most Mountainous State in the Lower 48

Mother Nature drops about 30 feet of snow on Lake Tahoe’s mountainous rim each year, more than enough for an elite lineup of winter sports, ranging from world-class skiing and snowboarding to fat biking, tubing, snowmobiling, and beyond. Hit the slopes along Tahoe’s eastern shoreline, known for the Lake Tahoe Basin’s highest base elevations and longest vertical drops, as well as divine wide-angle, blue-water vistas and smooth corduroy runs that seem to plummet right to the lake, including at one of the largest ski resorts in the United States. 

Altogether, Silver State ski resorts in the Tahoe region boast more than 200 runs for beginners, black-diamond seekers, and every skill level in between—plus thousands of acres of backcountry. However, you don’t have to earn any turns to reward yourself with a piece of Lake Tahoe’s classic winter resort lifestyle, with luxury lodging in North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe, both brimming with family-fun-filled winter activities, including cross country skiing, ice skating, snow tubing, and plenty of cozy lakeside fire pits to unwind at after.

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But Tahoe ain’t the only place where you can “snow” your own way. The nightlife and entertainment capital of the planet buzzes just 40 minutes from true alpine skiing delight at Lee Canyon—a fact that virtually redefines the apres-skiing game for good. Nestled in one of the highest-elevation mountain ranges in the Silver State, cruising from the low-lying Las Vegas Valley floor to Mt. Charleston means traveling through seven climate zones in less than 20 miles. Get your powder fix on 24 runs by day, then head back to Sin City for the party of your life, all within the space of a single afternoon.

If it’s a backcountry winter wonderland you’re after, there is no better place than northeastern Nevada’s Ruby Mountains. As one of the best kept secrets in the Silver State (and entire West), this range promises some of Nevada’s best recreation year-round, but really stops the show during winter months. Climb to Lamoille Canyon’s jagged peaks and frozen lakes by snowshoe or snowmobile; then, if you prefer the express lane down, just pick an untouched line and let ‘er rip through some of the driest and fluffiest powder in North America. If you’re looking for a lift, the only chairs you’ll find out here are in helicopters. Book a weekend at Ruby Mountain Heli Skiing—the oldest family-operated heli-ski outfit in the U.S.—and treat yourself to a seriously elevated, only-in-Nevada winter adventure.

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Earning some serious bragging rights by skiing between state lines, or finding your inner Snow White at Chickadee Ridge? We get it—it sounds too good to be true, so share your winter sports adventure proof by tagging #TravelNevada. If we think your shot is just too cool, you may find it featured here.

#FBF to frostier days on the patio ☃️ Luckily we're in for sunny skies this weekend! 
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Today was a great day snowshoeing in the mountains:)
Mama took a job at Lee Canyon this winter and I was lucky enough to be able to get to take her to work with me last week! She got on a snowboard, bent her knees and grabbed her little boot straps without me even telling her. She even got to go back up the lift! I am so so proud of my adventurous little Bee Girl. 🐝💛
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So freaking grateful for this planet we call home + all the creatures that inhabit it...including YOU!
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Feel the wind in your hair and cure your need for speed on our snowmobile track. #TahoeSnowmobiles ❄️
Hope everyone is staying as safe (and sane) as possible right now! ... we went for a walk and met some friendly birds on the skintrack this afternoon 
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Crianças aprendendo a esquiar são uma das coisas mais fofas do mundo e eu posso provar.
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I love the snow. Skiing, cross country particularly, is the best locomotion in the high alpine. You know what's not? Slogging your dumbass up the side of a mountain without snowshoes. 
As much as it hurts my soul I wont be able to enjoy the deep snow back in Tennessee. AT MOST there's like 6 inches. Not nearly as cool as the 3+ feet you get out here in the southwest high country 😔
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Looks like we have good reason to celebrate #miraclemarch at @heavenlyvillagetahoe this weekend - the snow is FINALLY coming!! ❄️🤩 #heavenlyvillage heavenlyvillagetahoe #laketahoe #tahoesouth #skiheavenly  Follow @heavenlyvillagetahoe for more local Tahoe lifestyle.
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