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Winter Activities

The fun doesn't stop when colder weather rolls in, it just begins!

hit the slopes

If you are one to hit the slopes, Carson City is the perfect winter destination with its close proximity to Lake Tahoe and world class resorts without the driving hassles.

Location also makes Carson City an affordable alternative to lakeside lodging.

Traditionally, balmy winter days afford visitors the option of hanging out around town and seeing the sights, or whisking up to one of the lake’s premier resorts at the drop of a hat. Heavenly at Lake Tahoe’s south shore is just a short drive away, as is Mt. Rose to the north. Most skiing, including world class cross-country skiing, is also close to downtown Carson City.


All the major resorts offer ski and snowboard rentals and lessons, as does Blue Zone Sports in south Carson City and if you're looking to rent bikes, you'll find rentals at Bike Smith, Bike Habitat and Bike Carson shops.

All around Lake Tahoe there are options to snow-mobile, snow-shoe, tube and more. See for more information on other winter sports.


Carson City Parks & Rec is guiding 2023 snowshoe hikes around the area this winter. Book ASAP as there is limited space and tickets and required in advance. 

 Date Location Meet Time Cost
Friday, January 6thFull Moon Snowshoe at Hope Valley4:00pm $30
Saturday, January 21stSkunk Harbor10:00am $30
Thursday, January 26thSunset Snowshoe at Spooner Lake4:00pm$20
Saturday, February 4thGrass Lake10:00am$30 
Tuesday, February 14thValentine's Snowshoe at Hope Valley3:30pm $30 
Thursday, February 23rdSpooner Lake8:30am$20 
Saturday, March 4thMarlette Lake Trail10:00am $30
Monday, March 13thSunset Snowshoe at Chickadee Ridge5:00pm$30

All trip locations and dates are subject to change due to weather and snow conditions. Snowshoes are available and included in registration. Transportation is included. All trips will meet at the Carson City MAC (1860 Russell Way). You can choose to drive yourself if preferred. 

Register at

Not a skier?

hit the museums or the trails

Our museums and stunning trails make Carson City a playground for all ages throughout the winter.

Our weather, in comparison to Tahoe, is warmer and our snow doesn't stick around, leaving our award-winning trails to be used all year. Hike, bike, run, chase waterfalls or explore, there is sure to be something for everyone indoors and out. 

If none of those options are for you then we suggest hitting the Carson Hot Springs Resort to warm up and relax in the acclaimed 2nd purest water in the world!

Discover the Wonder of Winter in Carson City