Best in snow

Welcome to the 2015 winter guide

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It started snowing last Thursday as I drove home from my first day at the Reno News & Review, and I thought to myself that the upcoming year is shaping up to be pretty awesome. I landed a job I’ve been dreaming of for years now, and winter has arrived—bringing along snow for the first time in what feels like eons. The ski resorts are open and employing thousands of people, many of them at new higher wages. The Nevada Division of Transportation announced earlier this month that construction on I-580 has been halted until spring. That’s a relief. What else? The Nevada caucuses are just two months away. Yep, 2016 is looking like a good year.

But I digress. You’re here for the RN&R winter guide. I spent my first day here reading through the submissions for this year’s guide. I really enjoyed them, and I think you will too.

We’ve put together a diversity of winter reading for you, starting with a story about how the wrong ski boots can be more harmful than you may think. You can learn more about the Alpenglow Mountain Festival, Winter Edition, which is set to take place in late February. Mark Maynard takes us inside the Moment Skis factory to see how a philosophy of fine craftsmanship sets this local ski maker apart from the competition, and we’ve wrapped things up with a look at an unusual winter sport, SCUBA diving in Lake Tahoe.

As usual, you’ll find our ski and cross-country ski resort directory included for your reference. Also, take a look at the list we’ve compiled of upcoming events.

I wish you all an excellent holiday season. I’ll look forward to bringing you more RN&R guides as we head into the new year.

Happy reading,

Jeri Chadwell-Singley

RN&R Special Projects Editor