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Only a few places in the United States have truly great skiing, and Nevada is one of them. Nevada takes great skiing one step further with world-class ski resorts near thriving, bustling cities brimming with nightlife and countless things to do.

The best skiing in the state - and possibly the United States - is at Lake Tahoe. Many Olympic athletes train on the snowy slopes surrounding the lake, and every year hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Nevada find out just what makes this a top ski destination.

The most famous Tahoe ski resorts are Squaw Valley USA, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and Heavenly Mountain Resort, which straddles the Nevada-California state line. But there are actually 18 ski resorts surrounding the lake, and all within a quick drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

On the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Diamond Peak Ski Resort has runs that feel like they'll end in the lake's shimmering blue water - it's that close to the lake! Few other resorts have the spectacular lake views that Diamond Peak has, and the resort capitalizes on that fact with a monthly full-moon Last Tracks event. During Last Tracks, skiers ride a lift up to the mountaintop lodge just before sunset to enjoy wine and appetizers and then ski down freshly groomed trails as the sun sets over the lake. It is a truly spectacular site to behold.

Nevada's other north shore ski resort is Mt. Rose - Ski Tahoe, the "locals' favorite." Mt. Rose boasts some of the most challenging runs at the lake, the triple-black-diamond Chutes. These near-vertical runs test even the strongest skier and boarder. Besides boasting some of the toughest terrain at the lake, Mt. Rose is dedicated to fun and offers special pricing on event days, such as the '80s Flashback Day, when skiers dress in outrageous clothes from the 1980s; or the celebration of Elvis Presley's birthday, when skiers and employees dress like Elvis and the whole mountain echoes with Elvis' famous saying, "Thank you, thank you very much." And no one does Ladies Day quite like Mt. Rose - male skiers who dress up as women (don't forget the wig and dress!) get a discount.

On the south shore of Tahoe, you'll find the vast Heavenly Mountain Resort, one of the largest ski resorts in North America. What sets it apart from the rest is that it's right in the heart of the action at Lake Tahoe. Its gondola lifts off from the main street of the city of Stateline, where you'll find casinos, hotels, nightclubs, shopping and dining. The area surrounding the gondola is called Heavenly Village, and this is where non-skiers can hang out all day sipping hot chocolate, shopping, and watching the action, and skiers can warm up after a long day on the slopes.

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