Here at Nevada Outdoor School, we scale rugged mountain peaks, explore winding canyons, soak up vast open playa, and play on towering sand dunes. Nevada has a wealth of natural wonders to discover and our staff has taken advantage of opportunities to do so. We have compiled our favorite recreation destinations in Nevada to give you ideas for your next adventure; all destinations can be found on the Nevada Outdoor School website – Destination Recreation page. In the coming months we’ll highlight various destinations around the state, so pack your bags because we’re hitting the road!
With ski resorts firing up their chair lifts and grooming runs, what better location to start with than Mt. Rose Ski Area! Don’t forget your helmet and happy shredding!
Destination: Mt. Rose Ski Area
Adventurer: Andy Hart
Chosen Activity: Skiing through powder
Allure: Mt. Rose Ski Area is actually located on Slide Mountain, just south of the peak Mt. Rose, which is Washoe County's high point. Regardless, Mt. Rose is a great place to ski. There is no big resort at the base which means it is mainly locals and crowds are rarely an issue. Two high-speed six-passenger chairlifts access both the front and backside of the mountain keeping lift lines to a minimum. There are a couple of very nice, long, scenic beginner runs, not a tiny-little cat track or 100 yard long green run like you see at some other mountains; so bring along your non-believer friends and get them hooked. However, don’t let those nice greens fool you, Mt. Rose is home to some of the gnarliest, steepest terrain in Tahoe when you venture into The Chutes! And of course, there is a little of everything in between too. Mt. Rose has the highest base elevation of any resort in the area, 8,260 ft, this means the snow stays in good condition most of the year; you don’t deal with the slushy-muddy soup at the base of some other places. I also like the contrast in scenery between the front and back of the mountain. On the front it is pure Sierra Alpine, one chair lift away you are looking into Washoe Valley and beyond to the high desert and endless basin and range of central Nevada. Lift tickets are reasonably priced, and season passes are a stellar deal if you live close and can go all the time. If you like to ski, visit Mt. Rose and check out one of my favorite places in Nevada.
Other Activities: skiing, snowboarding
Location: Western Nevada on Mt. Rose Hwy – SR 431, 25 miles south-west of Reno
Information: Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe