January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. 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 during the ski season. Ski resorts are offering 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.

Of course, not everyone wants 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.”

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On New Year’s Eve, there will be no problem finding places to celebrate and bring in 2018 in the Reno / Lake Tahoe area.

New Year's fireworks in downtown Reno, Nevada

Happy New Year! Photo © Stan White

New Year’s Eve will feature numerous big parties in Reno and Sparks, in the casinos, nightclubs and just about every other nightlife establishment. Downtown Reno will feature a midnight fireworks show to bring in 2018. I’ve seen this before and it’s a spectacular display. It’s also fun to get down with all the people around the Reno Arch and cheer for a better year to come. Count on it being chilly and be sure to dress for a cold temperatures.

Up at Lake Tahoe, several of the ski resorts will be putting on parties and other events to celebrate the New Year. For example, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe will be having fireworks and a torchlight parade to bring in the New Year. The weather will be similar to the Reno area, possibly even colder. Brrrr! You can also party in the New Year at South Lake Tahoe casinos.

All that celebrating is sure to stimulate an appetite. When you get hungry, there are several choices to where to dine on New Year’s Eve and Day. 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 Monday, December 25, 2017 through Friday, January 12, 2018. That’s three weeks, so it’s a good thing there are plenty activities to keep the kids busy.

There are Winter Break Camps for kids happening all around the Truckee Meadows. These range from organized activities by the recreation departments of both Reno and Sparks to educational fun at UNR and art camps at Arts for All Nevada. Check “Winter Break Camps and Activities in Reno and Sparks” for details.

There are lots of 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.”