Reno in Dec?
October 19, 2009 12:20 PM   Subscribe

what to do in/around Reno, in early Dec.?

some friends and I are travelling for business to Reno, NV the second weekend in December and are looking for fun activities. Brothels and gambling aren't of interest to us, and none of us have any (real) skiing abilities... we'll be staying in Reno, but will have a car...
posted by youchirren to Travel & Transportation around Reno, NV (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Rent some snowshoes and head up Mt. Rose highway to Truckee Meadows. You need no skiing skills; if you can walk, you can snowshoe. At Truckee Meadows, you can go for a short walk or a several-hour trek. Also, there's no fee. There's an REI in Reno that will rent snowshoes (and poles), but you may be able to find them cheaper somewhere else.

Virginia City is a neat old town, too. The road goes through the mountains and is windy, so you'll want to check road conditions first. The businesses there are pretty touristy or are casinos, but the town itself is an old silver camp that's neat to see. The cemetery is great as well.

In Sparks, there's a huge new mall that has a gigantic Sheel's sporting goods store. If the weather is bad and you need to kill some time, that would be a good place to do it.
posted by mudpuppie at 1:07 PM on October 19, 2009

If lack of skiing/snowboarding abilities is just a function of little experience rather than interest, there are little ski fields not too far from Reno on the US 80 (Boreal, Sugar Bowl, etc). About 40 miles from Reno. Generally cheaper than header over to Lake Tahoe proper, and perfect if you want to try skiing/boarding but want to be able to bail out if its not your thing. Some of them also have tubing/sled hills. Boreal has a night ski option.

Other thoughts:
- Sitting in the hot tubs at the top of Squaw Valley while it is snowing

- Taking the Heavenly flyer zip line ride over the heavenly resort (apparently the longest zip line ride in the lower 48 states)

- Plenty of places that do snow-mobiling

- Hire some snow shows and just walk up into many of the resorts

- Dog sledding near South lake Tahoe (a few companies do that)
posted by inflatablekiwi at 1:19 PM on October 19, 2009

All add and correct (with respect) mudpuppies recommendations.

It's called Tahoe Meadows and it's just on the other side of where the Mt Rose ski resort is and its a great place to snowshoe/x-country ski. Heres a broader map. But stop just after the summit. It's pretty obvious.

You can rent shoes and poles at Reno Mountain Sports on Moana Lane cheaply and sometimes even the night before as long as they get returned the next day.

If you go there, head more or less west towards the lake. There's a fantastic view of Tahoe from there - one of the best in all of the Sierras.
posted by elendil71 at 5:06 PM on October 19, 2009

Have dinner at Adele's in Carson City.
posted by X4ster at 8:17 PM on October 19, 2009

Even if you don't ski, you can try something fun like snow tubing at the various resorts around Tahoe. It's a ton of fun, but make sure you wear ski pants. Damp jeans + snow = brrrrrrr.

Try hot springs resorts. I've been to several but the most unique is in Sierraville off 80. Note it's clothing optional. Others closer to Reno are also fine, but not in as unique a setting.

Drive out to the playa just outside of Gerlach. It's eerie and moonlike in its setting, and yes, it's where Burning Man is held during the summer.

Note that a lot of these recommendations above are not for Reno itself, but within driving distance of Reno.
posted by HeyAllie at 9:50 PM on October 19, 2009

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