To provide outdoor education, recreation, sports training, and competitions accessible to all.

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Sky Tavern has been making snow!

Sky Tavern is in the test phase of snowmaking. This is a huge step and all because of your support and donations. Snowmaking is not inexpensive and donations have gone a long way to making certain the first phase is going to be built next summer.
Now it is up to the community to get the rest of the mountain covered. We are doing this!

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Sky Tavern is 501(c)3 nonprofit Nevada Corporation

Sky Tavern Snowmaking Goal

Snowmaking Goal Post

Your donations installed two new carpet lifts , 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 that because of area foundations and community fundraising by you, Sky Tavern is well on its way to Phase 1 snowmaking. We have been running test equipment from TechnoAlpin to make certain the engineering is sound. It works! We are making snow from a hose in a creek! Come up most cold nights and see it happen.

No Disappointments
Cancelling days, and starting the programs as late as March 1st has happened 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 by donating any amount today. We still have a way to go but are getting very close!

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.

Challenge Met! We wish to thank the entire community and all our donors who helped met this challenge, as of December 2022 Sky Tavern has been making snow, HOOT!

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Congratulations @mrdavidwise on your Silver medal! We are so excited and happy for you.
"A silver medal for the man from the silver state!" - Cheryl B. 👏Thank you for giving back to your home mountain!
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USA Today Feb 16 Beijing
David Wise overcame adversity to compete in freestyle skiing halfpipe at 2022 Winter Olympics,
Rachel AxonUSA TODAY

Over 100,000 youth have learned to ski and snowboard at Sky Tavern and that includes local Olympic Freestyle SuperPipe Skier, David Wise. Being a direct beneficiary of the junior ski program David has been a huge supporter of the growth and expansion of the program, particularly supporting improvements that will help to extend the season longer.

Join us in supporting a good cause. Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Thank you for your support.

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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.