Sky Tavern Progress Development

Plans for the Future

Sky Tavern’s vision is to serve the Truckee Meadows community for years to come! Our goals include significant capital projects that will improve our winter and summer programming:

  • A snowmaking system, so that we have a guaranteed opening date and have more "hill time" for kids and families.

  • Slope lighting, so that we can provide early evening programming and training, including high school and UNR teams.

  • Replace the last orginal 1967 lift with a modern carpet lift so kids can progress faster.

  • Expanded instructor and training programs, so that we can increase the number of kids and families we serve.

  • More year-round outdoor programs and events, because all the Truckee Meadows needs to enjoy this community asset.

Snowmaking and lighting will entail a range of related capital improvements, including a new shop building, a line extension from NV Energy and a sewer connection. The estimated cost for these improvements is approximately $2.5 million and encompasses fees for specialized consultants and permits. We are hoping to have the first phases of the improvements done in time for the winter season in 2020. The answer to more time on the slopes for kids is found in technology that exists.

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Description of Snowmaking Project

In order to provide continued programming to benefit area youth, Sky Tavern needs the ability to make snow. As our climate has changed over the last 20 years, the snowfall has become increasingly erratic; our complete dependence on Mother Nature’s generosity has impacted our operations. In 2019, the snow began falling in mid-January and Sky Tavern received more than 300 inches. This let Sky Tavern do more days than ever before. For 2018, however, we didn’t receive any snow until March, making for a late opening and disappointing kids is not something Sky Tavern does.

With substantial pro bono assistance from engineers, hydrologists and consultants who are Sky supporters, we have developed a cost-effective and environmentally-sensitive solution to meet Sky’s snowmaking needs. We plan to enhance the collection of snowmelt and rain coming off “the hill,” and channelize it into Grass Lake which will be expanded and deepened.

The new Grass Lake will become the on-site reservoir for approximately 15,000,000 gallons of water that will be used to make snow starting in late December. By essentially recirculating the precipitation we receive, turning snowmelt and rain into snow and then recapturing it in the spring and summer, we will conserve more than 80% of our water resources. This self-sufficiency will mitigate impacts to the Galena watershed, will spare public water resources, and will have no adverse effects to the hill.


Sky Tavern Since 1948!

Kids are meant to be outside!

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 & winter outdoor sports training, competitions, recreation & 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.