Now is the time to learn a new winter sport

January 9, 2017

January is a good time to learn a new winter sport. Abundant snow is blanketing the Sierra Nevada and there are two events during January that are specifically designed to help newbies pick up the skills needed to enjoy downhill skiing, crosscountry skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.

During “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month,” ski areas across the Reno / Tahoe region are offering deals designed to get new skiers and snowboarders on the slopes and to help veterans improve their technique during the winter ski season. Participating resorts include Diamond Peak, Mt. Rose, Tahoe Donner, Northstar California, Boreal, Alpine Meadows / Squaw Valley, and Homewood.

The purpose of Winter Trails is to get people to try snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing at participating ski resorts and parks. There aren’t as many participating locations near Reno as in years past, but don’t let that stop you from learning a new sport and saving money while you are at it. Get more details from “Winter Trails in the Lake Tahoe Region.”

If you would rather just play in the snowy mountains without the formality of learning a new sport, check out “Snow Play Areas in the Lake Tahoe Region” for nearby places to just go have some winter fun.

Be sure to check on the weather forecast and highway conditions before driving up to the snow country. It’s also a good idea to brush up on winter driving knowledge by reading “Reno Area Winter Driving and Snow Removal.”

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