12 December 2016
Nevada Winter Activities for Non-Skiers

When you think about Nevada in the winter, you probably think about skiing and snowboarding, and with good reason. There are some wonderful slopes in the state. Still, these winter sports are not for everybody. Luckily, there are plenty of other fun winter activities across Nevada for those who would prefer alternatives.

Ice Skating

Nevada offers plenty of places to go ice skating. The Downtown Reno Ice Rink at Aces Ballpark1 offers public skating as well as accommodations for birthday parties, field trips, etc. Arlington Square Ice Rink2 in Carson City (across from the Carson Nugget) offers after-school specials, family promotions, and tent rentals for parties. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas3 features an ice rink that is open until midnight, along with regularly scheduled snow showers. There’s even a fire pit for patrons to enjoy.

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko4, which celebrates ranching and the rural West, has been around for more than 30 years. It was started in 1985 by a handful of Nevada folklorists, and has grown into a six-day extravaganza, taking place from January 30 to February 2 this winter. The event is described by its promoters as “a pilgrimage destination for thousands of ranch-folk and others who love the West and come to learn and experience art that grows from a connection to the rhythms of earth and sky.”

Photo Shoot Spectacular at the Nevada Northern Railway

Each year, during the first two weekends of February, the Nevada Northern Railway in Ely hosts a “photo shoot spectacular,” giving you the chance to photograph railroading as it was a century or more ago.5

“If you think that Steam Locomotive 93 looks good on an 85-degree day in August, wait till you see it on a frosty February day,” the Railway website says. “Billowing white clouds of steam plus plumes of black and gray smoke towering above the canyons and valleys.”

Polar Bear Swim at North Lake Tahoe

The more adventurous may enjoy checking out SnowFest6 at North Lake Tahoe, which takes place March 3-12 just across the border in California. You can take a polar bear swim at Gar Woods Grill & Pier on March 5. SnowFest has plenty of other fun activities, including parties, a Snow Queen coronation, a Wine event, a Rib festival, a dog sled event, a parade, bowling, bingo, a “Bar Game Olympics,” and much more.

Snowshoe Cocktail Races

For something different, check out the Snowshoe Cocktail Races7 at the Beacon Bar & Grill at Camp Richardson Resort in South Tahoe just across the state line. There are events in January, February, and March. You can compete with others, trying to carry a tray of drinks while walking in snowshoes, or you can simply have fun watching others try. Prizes are awarded to those who are the fastest and the cleanest at the finish line. Participants must navigate an obstacle course.

This is just a small sampling of winter activities throughout Nevada that don’t require you to hit the slopes. Whether you’re looking for something to do with friends, with the kids, or on a romantic getaway with your significant other, there are plenty of enjoyable things to do even in the coldest months.


1. http://renotahoe.about.com/od/wintersports/fl/Downtown-Reno-Ice-Rink-at-Aces-Ballpark.htm

2. http://www.carson.org/government/departments-g-z/parks-recreation-open-space/arlington-square-ice-rink

3.  https://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ice-rink

4.  http://www.nationalcowboypoetrygathering.org

5.  http://nnry.com/pages/photoshoot.php

6.  http://www.tahoesnowfestival.com/

7. http://tahoesouth.com/events/snowshoe-cocktail-races-at-the-beacon-bar-grill-at-camp-richardson-resort/all/


The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Nevada State Bank, a division of ZB, N.A.


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