Outdoors

Readers’ choice

Illustration by FRANZ SZONY

Best backcountry (no-lift skiing or snowboarding)

1. Mt. Rose backcountry

2. Lake Tahoe

Best spot to smooch under the stars

1. Windy Hill

2. Lake Tahoe

3. Burning Man

Best place to run around naked

1. Burning Man

2. Lake Tahoe

3. At home

Best spot to hike

1. Lake Tahoe

2. Mt. Rose

3. Galena Creek Regional Park
18350 Mt. Rose Highway, 849-2511

Best snowboarding

1. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
2222 Mount Rose Highway, 849-0704

2. Northstar-At-Tahoe
100 Northstar Drive, Truckee, Calif., (530) 562-1010

3. Squaw Valley USA
1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, Calif., (530) 583-6955

Best ski resort

1. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
2222 Mount Rose Highway, 849-0704

2. Northstar-At-Tahoe
100 Northstar Drive, Truckee, Calif., (530) 562-1010

3. Squaw Valley USA
1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, Calif., (530) 583-6955

Best skiing

1. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
2222 Mount Rose Highway, 849-0704

2. Squaw Valley USA
1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, Calif., (530) 583-6955

3. Northstar-At-Tahoe
100 Northstar Drive, Truckee, Calif., (530) 562-1010

Best skate park

1. Idlewild Park
1900 Idlewild Drive, 334-2260, ex. 4005

2. Rattlesnake Mountain Skate Park
Mira Loma Park, 3000 S. McCarran Blvd.

Best public tennis court

1. Plumas Tennis Center
2601 Plumas St., 689-2975

2. Whitaker Park
550 University Terrace, 334-2260, ex. 4005

Best public make-up spot

1. Silver Legacy
407 N. Virginia St., 329-4777

Best public break-up spot

1. Burning Man

Best public basketball court

1. Wingfield Park
First Street and Arlington Avenue, 334-2260, ex. 4005

2. Barbara Bennett Park
400 Island Ave., 334-2260, ex. 4005

Best playground

1. Idlewild Park
1900 Idlewild Drive, 334-2260, ex. 4005

2. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 N. Sierra St., 785-4512

3. Lazy 5 Regional Park
7100 Pyramid Lake Highway, Sparks, 424-1866

Best place to swim

1. Lake Tahoe

2. Truckee River

3. Idlewild Park
1900 Idlewild Drive, 334-2260, ex. 4005

Best place to ride personal watercraft

1. Lake Tahoe

2. Pyramid Lake

3. Donner Lake

Best place for an outdoor tryst

1. Burning Man

1. Black Rock Desert

3. Lake Tahoe

Best picnic spot

1. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 N. Sierra St., 785-4512

2. Lake Tahoe

3. Mayberry Park
121 Woodland Ave., 747-2222

Best mountain biking

1. Northstar-At-Tahoe
100 Northstar Drive, Truckee, Calif., (530) 562-1010

2. Tahoe Flume Trail

3. Tahoe Rim Trail

Best golf course

1. Lakeridge Golf Course
1218 Golf Club Drive, 825-2200

2. Red Hawk Golf Club at Wingfield Springs
6600 N. Wingfield Parkway, Sparks, 626-6000

3. D’Andrea Golf Club
2900 South D’Andrea Parkway, Sparks, 331-6363