January is “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.” Some ski areas around Reno / Lake Tahoe are offering deals designed to get new skiers and snowboarders on the slopes and to help veterans improve their technique. You can find a variety of discounts on lessons, lift tickets, rentals and more, giving you incentives to try a new sport.

Not every ski area officially participates in Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, but even those that don’t have pretty good beginner packages for first-timers on the slopes. Check out “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” for some of the available offerings.

Some people don’t really want to slide down a mountain on skis or a snowboard. Learn more about just plain fun in the snow and perhaps some sledding or tubing from “Snow Play Areas in the Lake Tahoe Region.”


The big parties and fireworks are back this New Year’s Eve as we bring in 2023.

New Year's fireworks in downtown Reno, Nevada

Happy New Year! Photo © Stan White

Get out and enjoy the parties and fireworks associated with a traditional New Year’s Eve, the kind we had before the pandemic. There will be fireworks in downtown Reno, celebrations at the casinos and activities at ski resorts and casinos around Lake Tahoe.

You can also eat out on New Year’s Eve 2023, with several casinos and restaurants serving up tasty dishes as part of their celebrations. Learn where the eating is good at “New Year’s Eve Dining Around Reno and Sparks.”

Winter break for the Washoe County School District is December 26, 2022 to January 6, 2023. There are plenty of things to do.

For example, there are organized activities by the recreation departments of both Reno and Sparks and camps at The Discovery Museum. Check “Winter Break Camps and Activities in Reno and Sparks” for details.

Here are some other things to do as well…

If you plan on going up to the mountains, carry your chains and be prepared for winter driving conditions. Before heading out, make sure your car is in good shape and check highway conditions and the weather forecast. If it gets really snowy, be sure to read and heed the information in “Reno Area Winter Driving and Snow Removal.”