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Reno NV a ski town?

post #1 of 17
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We're moving west for at lest art of the year and Reno NV looks interesting. Can Reno be considered a ski town? I know the mountains are close but what is the weather like in Reno in the winter? Are there some warm days in the winter where you could play golf or tennis if you did not want to ski? Do they have a spring mud season? Is Lake Tahoe the place to go for water sports or are the smaller lakes better for fishing or day sailing? Any thoughts and opinions are appreciated.
post #2 of 17

Reno

World class skiing is about 45 min. from Reno. That's Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose (yes, I consider Mt. Rose world class since the chutes have been opened after years of negotiating with the forest service) and others. You definitely want to have a 4WD as all the ski areas are in California except Mt. Rose and they require chains on 2WD if it snows at all. Usually you can get to Mt. Rose with just snow tires on a 2WD. As for Reno itself, classy people are like the quail; there's a lot of them around but you never know where you'll find them. Trashy people are like the sage brush; they're everywhere. Personally, I would rather live in Reno than either Truckee or Lake Tahoe. They think they're so eclectic they make me want to pewk. The climate and weather in Reno are about as good all around as you can find. The winters are mild (with the exception of a couple of years ago when we had the snow storm from hell that kept us buried all winter). It's not unusual for there to be golfing weather in the winter here. Also, if you live in the north part of Reno, there are NO mosquitoes. It does get hot in the summer. We just had a spell when it was 106 deg., 108 deg. and 106 deg. Those three days the relative humidity was 5%! When it's 90 deg. here and the rel. hum. is around 10 or 15 %, it almost feels chilly but I can't imagine living here without air conditioning. Reno is not a restaurant town or a classy town but, if you like to ski, golf, fish, hike and hunt, we got it baby.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by Powderdog View Post
As for Reno itself, classy people are like the quail; there's a lot of them around but you never know where you'll find them. Trashy people are like the sage brush; they're everywhere.
thats one thing i picked up there and in south lake too, probably gets that from the casinos.

going from reno to tahoe is like nite and day. reno is a desert town, but not quite as hot and tahoe is almost the pacific northwest by comparison. i'd check it out before moving. it's not bad, but its nothing i see anyone bragging about; although i guess if i had lake tahoe 30 miles from me; i could make due.
post #4 of 17

Reno is sweet

I'd love to live in Reno one day... I work in gaming, and it offers exactly that to me AND sweet mountains to boot. I do agree with the scummy people everywhere thing, I've been up there to work and hit the slopes and I still wouldn't walk around Reno at night alone. But all in all, it may be where I go after I leave Vegas (or if I ever leave Vegas haha). Beats the pants off my old hood, MASH (mid-atlantic ski hell)!

Oh, and I disagree somewhat with Powderdog, I have found some sweet dining experiences in Reno/Sparks... but you have a point, it's not a restaurant oasis...

Famous Murphy's on Virginia has the best seafood pan roast in the history of the world!! That is for sure! :
post #5 of 17
I don't have high regards for Nevada as a state. Even though the state and the region has so much else to offer, everything is all about gambling. From the second the plane lands at the airport, slot machines just stare you right in the face (and my children's). I love the Rockies and the desert (and I even like gambling - but gotta be careful) but never gave it a thought to move to Nevada ever. It definitely isn't a place suitable to raise a family. Now, if you're kids free, things can be different.
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I don't have high regards for Nevada as a state.
i dont either and to this day, i havent been outside the vegas airport enroute to tahoe; but it is usually the only way from Houston to Tahoe; but if you drive to northwest reno or down to mammoth; its pretty scenic; although i dont know how much of that is nevada and not the edge of california. and, without gambling; i'd hate to think of how little the ski areas would have grown and how much harder it would be to get to them. so, there's a plus and minus.
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I don't have high regards for Nevada as a state. Even though the state and the region has so much else to offer, everything is all about gambling. From the second the plane lands at the airport, slot machines just stare you right in the face (and my children's). I love the Rockies and the desert (and I even like gambling - but gotta be careful) but never gave it a thought to move to Nevada ever. It definitely isn't a place suitable to raise a family. Now, if you're kids free, things can be different.
When you live in the state you really don't think about the gambling much. Most people who live in LV rarely go to the strip and I am sure Reno is the same with the downtown.

I love what Nevada represents. You have the freedom to do almost whatever you want, it is up to you to decide if you want to participate. The state treats you like an adult.

I have family from the Reno area and the western/southern/southwestern suburbs feel very active to me. I think you can have a pretty nice life in Reno that involves a lot of skiing, mountain biking, whatever you want. The only downside is the cost of housing has crept up quite a bit over the last ten years.
post #8 of 17
Let me just restate that I do think the state has much to offer, that includes nature, skiing, great hikes, etc. etc. When we were there, we did explore a bit outside of the strip, especially in the natural areas nearby. I have to say it was very impressive.

With that said, while we found these other places worth visiting, there were next to no mention of them in any of the tourism and promotional materials. In addition, when enroute the neighboring destination and states, we came across town after town, village after village and exit after exit of casinos.

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When you live in the state you really don't think about the gambling much. Most people who live in LV rarely go to the strip and I am sure Reno is the same with the downtown.
Actually, that doesn't surprise me at all. Let's use NYC as an example. Afterall, most natives in NYC hardly ever frequent Broadway shows. When a local walks under the Empire State Building he rarely thinks about situating underneath a national landmark. And, when I grew up in the inner city facing the worse of crime, I really didn't always think about crime being that daunting (until I became the victim, again).

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I love what Nevada represents. You have the freedom to do almost whatever you want, it is up to you to decide if you want to participate. The state treats you like an adult.
Well, that depends on how one looks at things. I am glad you're so mature about it and sees/makes the best of an environment. But, not everyone (especially children) is that way.

While it's nice to offer freedom to its ppl, I also think that it's the government's job to protect the families and children. Exposing gambling and promoting it in every corner (and disregarding all the associated crime) just doesn't strike me as the right thing to do.

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I think you can have a pretty nice life in Reno that involves a lot of skiing, mountain biking, whatever you want.
No one is disputing that, especially living as an adult.
post #9 of 17
Chanwmr,
You seem like a very nice and caring person. I can assure you that the Children in Nevada are ok. My father grew up in Nevada in a town with gambling and prostitution, he turned out just fine. We have friends and family raising children in Nevada and they are, for the most part, healthy and strong and smart. I grew up spending summers in the town my father grew up in and loved it.
The only downside to raising children in either LV or Reno is the neighborhoods can be hit or miss. There are a lot of transients in both cities and if you end up in a neighborhood, or school boundary, with plenty of apartments a large percent of the children in the school change from year to year. Many transients are also less educated which also impacts the school. No offense intended to the transient populations of LV and Reno, especially the children, God bless them.
If SteveTurner moves he needs to look hard at the neighborhoods and chose one that is stable, it will make a big difference.

Steve you may want to look at the Minden/Gardnerville area in the Carson Valley. It is only 45 minutes from Kirkwood and you also have easy access to Heavenly.
http://www.carsonvalleynv.org/
http://www.visitcarsonvalley.org/
post #10 of 17
Nevada sucks. Nobody should move here.
post #11 of 17
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Nevada sucks. Nobody should move here.
Yes. I'm with the fantasy beast, Chupacabra. Nobody else move here, it really sucks. I hate all this activity and the social scene. And the mountains. And being within a drive of Utah, Mammoth, or half of Colorado. All these things suck, too. So stay away!
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by chanwmr View Post
While it's nice to offer freedom to its ppl, I also think that it's the government's job to protect the families and children. Exposing gambling and promoting it in every corner (and disregarding all the associated crime) just doesn't strike me as the right thing to do.
I lived in upstate NY for 2 years in the Finger Lakes Region, and sure, that area is not Nevada, nor our gaming, and it is gorgeous and offers plenty of outdoor activity. But it does lack the economic opportunity, outside of Rochy, Syracuse, and a few other places. I don't remember the local government or the state government of NY "protecting families and children up there" any more or less than they do here or back in Pittsburgh where I have also lived. I guess the definition of "protecting" is important, because when I lived in the Finger Lakes, I saw kids drinking, smoking dope, drunk driving, and getting pregnant much more often than I saw while I lived in Pittsburgh or here (per capita, i'm sure). But that'd probably be attributed to the lack of nighttime activities up there, rather than the existence of "government protection". Parents protect children and their families, not the government.

I guess all i'm trying to say is that trouble pops up anywhere and everywhere. It can be the wooded beauty of upstate NY, the rugged landscape of Northern or Southern Nevada, or the bustling cities that dot our country. God Bless our Country and all that it offers!
post #13 of 17
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But it does lack the economic opportunity, outside of Rochy, Syracuse, and a few other places.
Seems you've been away for a while. You wouldn't believe the layoffs at Carrier, Kodak, Xerox, Bausch & Lomb, Lockheed Martin, etc. The economy in Syracuse and Rochester is pretty dismal these days.
post #14 of 17
Yeah, 5 years. Not that it was great 5 years ago, either... I lived in Corning. Not exactly a booming metropolis, either. HAHA
post #15 of 17
Yeah, I have to agree with the upstate economic situation. Except for a few locales, this part of the state is not exactly a happening scene for jobs. Rochester and Syracuse are just the same. I lost my job about 3-4 years ago and I was out for nearly 2 years until I found something comparable in pay. Ski instruction, although fun and rewarding, just didn't cut it.

Fortunately for those of us living here in suburb and rural NY, it is quite doable for a family to living off one middle class income. All it takes is some tightening of the belt. Frankly, we didn't have to give up much and certainly didn't miss out much (besides the pay check)

About the hangout scenes in NY that someone has mentioned, it all has to do with how a child occupies him/herself on a regular basis. Most kids we know are involved in at least one sport/activity which keeps them busy all the time. There just aren't enough nights in a week to do what these kids want to do -- nevermind hanging out with their buddies. Sure, there is no night scene here to speak of but having nothing worth while to do as a minor is never the case. Unsupervised loitering is more of an exception than the rule.

Alright, enough about Upstate NY, this thread is really about Nevada.
post #16 of 17
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Reno is not a restaurant town or a classy town but, if you like to ski, golf, fish, hike and hunt, we got it baby.
My experience is that most tourists towns are relatively well segregated with the outsiders in the hotels doing whatever is there to be done and the locals live relatively "normal" lives away from the resort area. New New Yorkers don't go to every play, and folks in Orlando go for years without visiting a theme park. I think it''s the same for most locals and the casinos. Unless they cover up the Targets with slots I doubt if we'll see many gamblers outside of the airport. Living in a ski resort also has a down side so I was thinking the west - southwest side of Reno was close to skiing in the winter and sailing on the lake in summer and golf about 9 months of the year. Then all the pedestrian things like grocery and clothes shopping would be available in the suburbs of Reno.
Another contender was Park City with the thought of living near the mountain but have the mainstream shopping out on the interstate and at least some sailing on Jordanalle lake.
post #17 of 17
And Reno has the best cops. I saw them on Reno 911.
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