Tahoe transplant Danny Davis warming up in the Northstar pipe. Photo: Chris Wellhausen

Tahoe transplant Danny Davis warming up in the Northstar pipe. Photo: Chris Wellhausen

University of Nevada
Reno, Nevada

Reno? Like the show Reno 911? Weird! But seriously, this place rests in the cradle of Tahoe with some fifteen resorts just a short drive from “The Biggest Little City In The World.” UNR has top notch Journalism, Engineering, Business and Nursing programs aside from hosting one of the last and most respected School of Mines (i.e. geology, mining) in the country. The Reno-Tahoe basin has a burgeoning outdoor community, but it can be a mini-Vegas if you want it to be-gambling, strippers, washed up music acts, weird tourists…all that junk. But that’s just a small sliver of the city. The place has a nice, small town charm and the casino scene is easily avoidable. And with a buffet of resorts just minutes from downtown, you have your choice of some of the country’s best parks. Snowpark Technologies (SPT) got their start here at Northstar and you can even trace some of the very first halfpipes to the Donner Ranch area. Hell, West Coast snowboarding in many ways was conceived here in Tahoe.

Nearest resort(s): Mt. Rose (26 miles), Northstar-at-Tahoe (36 miles), Diamond Peak (36 miles), Alpine Meadows (45 miles), Squaw Valley (44 miles), Boreal (42 miles), Sugar Bowl (43 miles), Donner Ski Ranch (43 miles), Kingvale (47 miles), Heavenly (62 miles), Sierra-at-Tahoe (78 miles), Kirkwood (81 miles).

Website: unr.edu

Snowboard club/team: n/a