How to Safely Navigate the Outdoors this Winter

How to Safely Navigate the Outdoors this Winter

Iconic Winter Destination Prioritizes Health and Safety for Visitors and Residents

The Reno-Tahoe Territory is a premier winter travel destination known widely for its world-class ski and snowsport resorts and amenities. This season, the destination is eager to welcome those visitors who are comfortable to come experience its lesser known winter activities in the safest and most responsible way possible. The Reno-Tahoe Territory encourages those who are ready for travel to experience the spirited winter wonderland where safety and distancing can be prioritized. Just some of the ideas for safe and responsible winter recreation across the Territory are:

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North Lake Tahoe

  • Lake Tahoe’s hidden gem, Diamond Peak Ski Resort, is a welcoming community-owned ski resort with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. Diamond Peak Ski Resort has updated operating procedures, ensuring social distancing, cashless transactions, reduced skier volume and encouraging ticket pre-purchasing and dining reservations.
  • Resort guests at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino are invited to enjoy guided hikes and family-friendly outdoor activities like pinecone hunts and “Paint and Sip in the Pines” art classes.

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Tahoe South

  • The Heavenly Village Outdoor Ice Rink offers a romantic or family non-skiing activity outdoors and perfectly distanced.
  • Lake Tahoe Adventures is committed to ensuring proper distance while offering a close-to-nature experience with snowmobile tours featuring contactless operations, monitored capacity and enhanced cleaning.


  • 1,200 acres of amazing social distancing can be enjoyed at Rose Ski Tahoe, Lake Tahoe’s highest elevation resort located approximately 25 minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The resort is urging guests to participate in health and safety guidelines including face coverings, physical distance, contactless payments, capacity limitation and increased sanitation measures.
  • Located off Nevada State Route 431 and near Mount Rose Meadows, Chickadee Ridge is one of the region’s most beautiful snowshoe hikes and with expansive views of Lake Tahoe. This is a great adventure for the whole family with abundant sled hills and eager Chickadee birds willing to eat seed right from hikers’ hands.

Virginia City

  • The historic mountain town of Virginia City celebrates the holidays all December long with Christmas on the Comstock. The series of outdoor activities, including fireworks, shopping giveaway and more – are all designed to warm the heart and soul with a traditional Christmas feeling.
  • Self-guided audio tours of historic sites in Virginia City are available 365 days a year. The immersive and self-guided experience offers history buffs an ideal opportunity to rest tired ski legs and dig deep into the boomtown’s rich mining history.

Carson City

  • Situated at a lower elevation, visitors to the historic capital of Carson City can hit the hiking trails year-round, inclusive of waterfalls, rivers and wildlife. There’s a variety of secluded and scenic options that skirt the Eastern Sierra.
  • The capital city’s rich history can be experienced along the Kit Carson Trail, a path through Carson City’s Historic District that features nearly 50 landmarks including 1800s-era Victorian-style homes, museums and churches. The new markers on the stop tell Carson City’s colorful, storied history.

Carson Valley

  • The wildlife viewing in Carson Valley is spectacular in the winter months where outdoor and socially distanced wildlife tours reveal birds of prey, wild horses, turtles, lynx and other amazing wildlife.
  • Drop a line in Topaz Lake where the fishing season opens Jan. 1 until Sept. 30. Known as the desert gem, Topaz Lake is a remote and crowd-free fishing destination with breathtaking views of the Eastern Sierra.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the state of Nevada has issued a Travel Advisory and recommends travelers and visitors to review the advisory and CDC guidelines before visiting. Nevada continues to take strong mitigation measures to protect travelers and residents alike and requires that face masks be worn inside and outside when within 6 feet of other groups. For additional Northern Nevada travel information, visit Travel Nevada’s Know Before You Go page.

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