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Embrace the Chill. 4 Winter Activities if downhill skiing scares the bejeesus out of you.

We 100% get it. Hurling yourself downhill on two sticks or strapped to a wooden board doesn't sound fun to everyone... but it doesn't mean you're left without winter options in Reno.

There are plenty of alternative ways to enjoy the great outdoors during the colder months. Here are 4 exciting activities that don't involve skiing, offering a diverse range of options to make the most of Reno Tahoe's winter beauty this year.

feeding chickadees at tahoe meadows while snowshoeing

1. Snowshoeing Adventures: Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to explore winter landscapes at a slower pace. Whether you're trekking through snowy forests or ascending gentle hills, this low-impact activity provides an excellent cardiovascular workout while allowing you to immerse yourself in the tranquility of a winter wonderland. No technical skills are involved and you have the freedom to really explore, no trails needed!

We love strapping on the snowshoes for one of a kind adventures up at Chickadee Ridge and Tahoe Meadows. It's a great place to get stellar views of Lake Tahoe AND feed those cute little birds. Make sure that you drive slow as you navigate Mt Rose Highway in this area as there are LOTS of people parking and recreating!

insulated hiking boots in the snow for exploring Donner Peak

2. Winter Hiking Trails: Discover the beauty of winter by exploring hiking trails that transform into snowy wonderlands. Bundle up in layers, grab your boots, and hit the trails. Many parks and nature reserves offer winter hiking options, providing a serene escape for nature lovers. It's worth investing in insulated hiking boots for winter hikes (which double up well for using with snowshoes). One of our favorite pieces of gear to bring JUST IN CASE are our "traction control" like micro spikes (think "chains" for your hiking boots in case it's icey)! We always pair with wool socks and make sure our boots are treated with spray on DWR to prevent wet feet.

3. Ice Skating Excitement: Glide gracefully across frozen lakes or hit the local ice rink for a fun-filled day of ice skating. It's a great activity for all ages and skill levels, offering a perfect blend of exercise and enjoyment. You can rent ice skates at GSR's ice rink or Reno Ice during an hour long session.

Sledding at Tahoe Meadows

4. Sledding: We can guarantee, you've never laughed so hard in your life. Embrace your inner child by grabbing a sled and heading to the nearest hill. Whether you're zooming down a designated sledding slope or making your own path in a snowy park, sledding guarantees laughter and adrenaline-pumping fun. Pro Tip: Bring a thermos of hot cocoa to warm up when you get back to the car. And it's always worth bringing a change of clothes JUST IN CASE you get wet!

This winter, step outside your comfort zone and try something new. If you prepare with proper layers and snacks, you'll find there are a diverse array of activities that extend beyond skiing. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, there's something for everyone to enjoy in the great outdoors during the colder months. Embrace the chill, bundle up, and create lasting memories as you discover the magic of winter beyond the slopes.


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