Early winter bodes well for skiers, snow lovers

Winter sports and Northern Nevada casinos go hand in hand for many.

This week’s storms mean earlier openings at many ski resorts, and most casinos are offering or have started specials tied into winter activities sooner than usual, hoping snow enthusiasts will ski by day and play by night.

Lake Tahoe area ski resorts reported inches of snow after the storm that rolled into Northern California beginning this week.

At Royal Gorge, the country’s largest cross country ski resort, 3 inches of snow were recorded by midweek, with more expected.

Generally, casino winter packages involve discounted lift tickets, transportation, rentals and credit or coupons for meals, entertainment and discounts on lodging.

Packages vary between casinos and larger clubs offer different packages, some involving more than one ski resort. Check the different casino and ski and snowboard resort Web sites.

Many casinos, like the Lakeside Inn at Stateline, allow guests to completely customize their ski package, Lakeside President Lon Rusk said.

Most Reno clubs offer free shuttle service from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Many casinos also have winter entertainment lined up: stars like Judy Collins and Neil Sedaka at Harrah’s Tahoe; Carlos Mencia, Debbie Reynolds and Cheech & Chong at the Silver Legacy in Reno.

Holiday events, like “Nutcracker” and special holiday music concerts are scheduled at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

There are more than a dozen world class ski resorts proximate to Reno and Lake Tahoe.

A light snowfall the first weekend of October and the heavier snow earlier this week bear out predictions for a strong winter season.

“We’re ready for an early and strong season,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “A solid start to winter is key to building visitor confidence, and promising early conditions have a snowball effect — pun intended — on the area’s ski resorts, lodging and dining establishments.”

General information for the Lake Tahoe area is available from the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority at (800) 288-2463 or www.BlueLakeTahoe.com; for Reno, the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority is at (800) 367-7366 or www.visitrenotahoe.com.

Major lodging and casino options

Reno

Atlantis Casino
(800) 723-6500
www.atlantiscasino.com

Boomtown Hotel & Casino
(877) 726-6686
www.boomtownreno.com

Circus Circus Casino
(800) 648-5010
www.circuscircusreno.com

Club Cal Neva
(877) 777-7303
www.clubcalneva.com

Eldorado Hotel Casino
(800) 648-5966
www.eldoradoreno.com

Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
(800) 501-2651
www.grandsierraresort.com

Harrah’s Reno Hotel & Casino
(800) 427-7247
www.harrahsreno.com

John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort
(800) 648-1177
www.janugget.com

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
(800) 648-6992
www.peppermillreno.com

 

South Lake Tahoe

Silver Legacy Resort Casino
(800) 687-7733
www.silverlegacy.com
South Lake Tahoe

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
(800) 427-7247
www.harrahslaketahoe.com

Harveys Lake Tahoe
(800) 786-8208
www.harveystahoe.com

Horizon Casino Resort
(800) 648-3322
www.horizoncasino.com

Lakeside Inn and Casino
(800) 624-7980
www.lakesideinn.com

Mont Bleu Resort Casino & Spa
(888) 829-7630
www.montbleuresort.com

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