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.”

Mother Nature has already given us a nice covering of snow this season. Tahoe area ski resorts are up and running and there is plenty of snow on the slopes for good, old fashioned snow play. Whatever your passion – sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, snowman building, etc. – there is plenty of the white stuff for a great family outing.

The good news is that many of the best Nevada snow play areas are free. A couple to consider are close to Reno – Galena Creek Visitor Center and Recreation Area and Tahoe Meadows. However, if you venture over to the California side, a SNO-PARK permit will be required if you use any of the snow play areas maintained by CalTrans.

If you want something with more amenities and are willing to pay, consider the snow play, tubing and sledding parks maintained by many of the ski resorts. For a rundown of snow play opportunities, refer to “Snow Play Areas in the Lake Tahoe Region.”