Breaking the ice

Welcome to the 2011 winter guide

When the snow starts to fall, it’s tempting to curl up inside with a big glass of hot cider and watch re-runs of sitcoms or holiday movies, but Northern Nevada’s outdoor playground offers too many opportunities for fun to waste the season staying inside. There’s something magical about setting out into the snow with some sturdy boots and a camera, watching the flakes settle on barren tree branches, and exploring mountainous trails at your leisure. Or if you’re one for action, you can participate in fast-paced winter sports that will get your heart racing.

In this year’s guide, Tim Hauserman sets the record straight on skate skiing, and also gives us the lowdown on the Tahoe Rim Trail’s seasonal events. The Great Basin Outdoor School and the Galena Creek Visitor Center provide kids and adults with classes and excursions to inspire a passion for science. We compiled some great winter apps to stay informed, connected and creative on the go. Check out our list of vehicle maintenance tips to keep yourself safe and your car in good condition during the frigid days. And don’t forget to consult our up-to-date ski resort directory before hitting the slopes.

This guide is intended to help you plan some great trips and adventures with your friends and family, even if you’re on a tight budget. Don’t miss out!

Have a safe and happy winter.

Ashley Hennefer, RN&R special projects editor

Table of contents

Mechanically sound: car maintenance tips for winter, by Sami EdgeNeed for speed: debunking misconceptions about skate skiing, by Tim Hauserman

Ski resort directory

Trail away: a comprehensive guide to the Tahoe Rim Trail, by Tim HausermanStar trekkers: regional organizations get kids excited about science, by Ashley HenneferScreen savers: 10 winter apps for outdoor enthusiasts, by Ashley Hennefer