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.


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.

I look so lil’
With colder temps and blue skies the #icefishing out here is looking good. Thanks arleigh_c for sharing this photo with us. #visitelynevada #familyfun #nvroadtrip #mountainlife #mountaintown #fishing #getoutside #greatoutdoors #howtonevada #photooftheday #
Stoke on the summit! Yesterdays adventure was unbelievably good, best dang snow and some decent views 😍 8 hours later I was happy to get my boots off 😂🗻❤ #earnyourturns #powderwhore #dfmi #howtonevada #betherad #keepitwild #tahoebackcountry #staylocal
Skied this 💎 yesterday with a really fun crew and only lost a little bit of money along the way 🎲💸 thanks Nevada. Fired up to finally ski this classic!! 📷: herefishiefishie #rubymountains #fiftyclassics #travelnevada #rollthedice #comehappyleavebroke
We have some of the biggest untouched country in the lower 48. I love this state.

Photo credit goes to the talented codydoucette

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#FBF to frostier days on the patio ☃️ Luckily we're in for sunny skies this weekend! 
📷: carmilya
Powder turns with my peeps. Gotta love Nevada and mtroseskitahoe for all the logic and powder turns! 
Keep up the good work Mt. Rose! 
bojanaifbbpro #mtrose #theshowmustgoon #ski #powderday #deeppowder #masks #faceshots #firstinclass #dfmi
The latest snow storm gave us up to 6” of new snow in the North Lake Tahoe region. It looks like there might be chance we’ll get even more throughout the week 🙌 #TahoeNorth 📷 squawalpine
Nothin' wrong with some sunny ☀ spring laps in the park.⁣
#regram @jennerrrrs - picture taken [02.28.20]
kctahoe knows the key ingredients to having this much fun:⁠
✅Lots of new snow⁠
✅A solid girl gang to make turns with⁠
✅Kickass skis ⁠
What would you add to this list?⁠