RENO, Nev. With an abundance of deals and transportation options, Reno-Tahoe is one of the most convenient and cost effective winter escapes. Aptly coined America’s Adventure Place, the region is home to the highest concentration of ski resorts in North America, which, coupled with gaming and a lively entertainment scene, makes this High Sierra ski destination this winter’s hottest ticket.
The Reno-Tahoe International Airport (recently named one of the most efficient airports in North America by the Air Transport Research Society) has more than 160 daily flights from 22 non-stop destinations, including Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Chicago and Atlanta, and 26 one-stop destinations. Guests staying in some of Reno’s larger hotel-casinos can take advantage of free or low-cost airport transportation.
Once here, guests can cash in on lift ticket savings at many of Reno’s hotel-resorts. Circus Circus packages start at $69 per person and include one night’s lodging, one full-day lift ticket to Mount Rose-Ski Tahoe and a $5 food voucher. A three-night package starts at $175 and includes an additional lift ticket to Squaw Valley, Northstar-at-Tahoe or Alpine Meadows. Discounted lift tickets can also be purchased at the bell desk. Daily transportation to and from several ski resorts is also available.
The Peppermill offers “Ready to Go Ski Packages” starting at $69, with lodging upgrades and additional lift tickets available. Guests can customize their own ski package to fit their personal preferences. Eldorado Hotel packages also start at $69.
The Silver Legacy’s Northstar-at-Tahoe Family Ski Package includes two night’s accommodations, one all-day lift ticket per adult, one free lift ticket per child under 12 and one $7 food credit per adult. The Silver Legacy’s Adventure Desk, run by Sierra Adventures, assists guests with snow gear and equipment rentals and books an array of day trips, including dog sledding, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
The Atlantis offers customized packages starting at $59. Guests interested in experiencing the new luxury towers and looking for a good value will appreciate the midweek packages starting at $139 which includes two nights, one lift ticket to Mt. Rose, one ticket to Northstar-at-Tahoe and roundtrip shuttle service.
Guests staying in Reno can also get discounted lift tickets and transportation to and from ski resorts through the TahoeSkiShuttle.com.
Winter travelers choosing to stay closer to the lake can still find great deals and packages. Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe’s ski packages start at $279 per night and include two lift tickets (per night) to Diamond Peak, deluxe accommodations, $5 match coupon in the casino, ski valet, shuttle service within Incline Village and complimentary shuttle to and from ski resorts.
Ski resorts are also stepping up to offer convenient getaways. Alpine Meadows recently partnered with more than 70 properties for its new online vacation center. In addition to packages with numerous larger properties in Reno, Alpine offers lodging getaways with the River Ranch Lodge (a mere three minutes from Alpine’s base lodge), Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City and the new eco-friendly Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, all with complimentary shuttle service to and from the slopes.
Travelers looking to forgo cars and winter driving all together can take advantage of the North Lake Tahoe Express North Lake Tahoe Express. The daily airport shuttle service runs from 3 a.m. to midnight to, and around, North Lake Tahoe and Truckee from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. To make a reservation, call (866) 216-5222.
Ski resorts such as Squaw Valley USA and Northstar-at-Tahoe offer free shuttle service to and from Reno. Shuttle service is available until early April.
Reno-Tahoe, America’s Adventure Place offers visitors a year round, 24-hour destination—a play all day and night atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else. Reno-Tahoe boasts the highest concentration of ski resorts in North America, all surrounded by 30-feet of average snow pack and 22,000 acres of skiable terrain. Reno-Tahoe skiing and back country adventures come complete with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada with the added bonus of unlimited recreation, dining, entertainment and 24-hour Nevada-style gaming excitement.
For more information about Reno-Tahoe, America’s Adventure Place call 800-FOR-RENO (800-367-7366) or visit VisitRenoTahoe.com.