Sky Tavern Jr. Ski Program - America's Oldest and Largest Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Learn To Ski & Snowboard Program

For over 70 years the community has made Sky Tavern happen through their efforts and love of the sport. Sky Tavern is a CO-OP staffed by you! All the adults contribute a few hours a weekend as the staff of a ski area for kids. Kids learn to ski and ride, adults have fun too!

We are a training area, so you will not find tourists here.

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$1,000,000 Grant For Snowmaking

The E.L. Wiegand Foundation has awarded Sky Tavern a $1,000,000 challenge grant for snowmaking.
Now it is up to the community to match it to make this happen for kids!

Your donations installed two new carpet lifts for last winter, which was a part of being selected as the ski area doing the most to grow the sport nationwide. Now Sky Tavern is pleased to announce the E.L. Wiegand Foundation has awarded Sky Tavern a $1 million challange grant. Sky Tavern's task is to raise the remaining $1.4 million to install snowmaking. Click below to donate so Sky Tavern keeps kids on snow.

No Disappointments Cancelling days, and starting the programs as late as March 1st have happen more frequently. Snowmaking is a tool that can give a reliable opening and coverage. Now that the independent nonprofit has a 50-year lease and 100% responsibility for the area, it is time to move forward. As a 501c3 nonprofit Sky Tavern receives no funds from any public entity including the City of Reno. Kids need your help. Please contribute to matching this generous grant by donating any amount today. The engineers are working on a final design but HKD Snowmakers published findings that say the process will work. Snowmaking will change skiing and riding at Sky Tavern for the better.

News Channel 2 - Dec 8 2021 Sky Tavern Grant Video Sky Tavern has announced that they have received a $1 million dollar grant that will go towards installing snowmaking equipment and transform the non-profit ski resort into a modern ski operation. The grant came from a partnership with the E. L. Wiegand Foundation and the resort hopes that it will help accommodate the region's growing demand from snow and ski enthusiasts. Sky Tavern, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is the home of the award-winning Reno Junior Ski Program founded by Marce Herz in 1948. Since its' inception, more than 100,000 children have learned to ski or snowboard.

This is Reno - Sky Tavern 1 Million Challenge Grant Sponsored Artical Sky Tavern is excited to announce it has secured a challenge grant from the foundation for $1 million toinstall snowmaking equipment that will help transform the 73-year-old non-profit ski resort into a modern ski operation that can accommodate the region's growing demand from snow enthusiasts.

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Sky Tavern Snowmaking Goal

Sky Tavern Snowmaking Goal


Sky Tavern boasts a rich and colorful history, one that includes appearances by many Hollywood movie stars, prominent sports celebrities, and some of the most noted contributors to U.S. ski history. In the years after World War II and during the early 1950s, Sky Tavern basked in the spotlight as a chic, intimate resort patronized by some of the most famous personalities of the day. Contemporary celebrities like actors Rita Hayworth, Ingrid Bergman, Robert Stack, Gary Cooper, baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and others all found the Tavern experience exhilarating.

The Sky Tavern's on-going Junior Ski Program was first established in 1948 when local skier and schoolteacher, Marce Herz, approached the original owners Keston and Carlisle Ramsey with the idea of reducing lift prices for schoolchildren and teaching them how to ski.

Herz, who went on to win the Nevada state ski championship in combined slalom and downhill in 1950, fervently believed that sports were good for everyone, but especially for children. Herz wanted to offer school kids the thrill and excitement of sliding down a mountain. Starting with six students, the innovative ski program Herz initiated has taught tens of thousands of children for over seven decades.

In 1991 the City of Reno decided that it could no longer run the Sky Tavern Ski Program. A group of dedicated parents came together and formed the current non-profit orginazation that not only manages the program but maintains the Sky Tavern Area all year round to which benifits thousands of kids and families today.

Keston & Carlisle Ramsey

Marce Herz & Keston Ramsey

Sky Tavern Lodge

Sky Tavern Lodge

The Early Years

The Winter

Sky Tavern The Winter

The ultimate goal of Sky Tavern is to get kids and families outside together, learning, sharing and enjoying a sport for life.

The Summer

Sky Tavern The Summer

In addition to the development of Sky Tavern cycling infrastructure, we are focused on our connector trail to the Tamarack Lake Connector (TLT) from the Sky Tavern base area.

The Lodge

Sky Tavern The Lodge

Located on the Mt. Rose Highway, 30 minutes from Reno is the oldest non-profit ski and snowboard training facility in America. Rich with history and charm, since 1948, the lodge is fully functional and able to provide the most memerable experiences.

The Mission

Sky Tavern is a nonprofit regional center providing exceptional summer and winter outdoor sports training, recreation, competitions and events, accessible to all.

The Vision

Sky Tavern is a community asset that promotes a child's growth & success through exposure to outdoor sports and recreation, no matter the personal challenges.

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