Pros: Fun, friendly, great ski vibe, great storytelling in the rental shack
Cons: Well, it ain't Alta by any stretch...
Glad to see I'm not the only Bear who's been to SnoBowl!
If you groove on a small-town, family-friendly, laid-back vibe that's everything skiing used to be back in the day, then you'll groove on SnoBowl. There are all kinds of little kids just learning how to turn, miners and cowboys in their jeans and rear-entry boots, guides from the local heli-ski operation doing laps on an off-day... you can even drop in on the Willow Classic if you're up for a race. Bring your pickup truck and a BBQ so that you can join the tailgate party. There's 800 feet of vertical, and some days the skiing is even pretty good!
Everybody at SnoBowl is a volunteer who's there because they love skiing. The mountain manager used to be on the ski team with Billy Kidd, Jimmy Huega, and a list of luminaries from the sport's storied past... talk about a guy who can tell a story! The place operates on a shoestring, with donations from all over town. Somehow it's stayed open for the past 25 years, generating smiles for generations of Elko kids.
This place is an experience, and is one not to be missed.
Open weekends and holidays during its (short) ski season... call 775-777-7707 if you're going to be in town to confirm the lifts are running.