Since 1948, the volunteer-based program has taught over 100,000 kids to ski and snowboard. Former World Cup ski racer Tamara McKinney and Reno’s first Olympic Gold Medalist, half-pipe skier David Wise, both learned to ski at Sky Tavern.
Located on the Mt. Rose Highway less than 30 minutes from downtown Reno, the non-profit 501(c)(3) offers adaptive programs, junior instructor training, racing, and a family atmosphere. More recently, Sky Tavern has also become a year-round destination for mountain biking, summer camps, and the popular summer music series.
Sky Tavern was awarded Bronze Certification by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) at the annual USSA Club Excellence Conference in May of 2016. While Gold and Silver Certifications are reserved for those elite clubs directly training US Ski Team athletes, USSA awarded this certification because of Sky Tavern’s programing, attention to coaches and instructor education, facilities and success in introduction to snow sports and competition, as well as for being such a strong volunteer staffed community asset year round.
Sky Tavern is best known for its volunteer-staffed Junior Ski Program that operates on winter weekends with the assistance of parents who help for two to three hours.
Sky Tavern boasts a rich and colorful history. It has included appearances by many movie stars, prominent sports celebrities, and noted contributors to U.S. ski history.
With orientation for the upcoming winter at Sky Tavern beginning on November 15th, now is the time to register if you haven’t already! Orientation is where the uninitiated learn how the program works, members sign up for their volunteer positions, and participants make new connections and friends.
Sky Tavern is looking for kids to star in a commercial.
Help usher in winter and head up to Sky Tavern for our Pray for Snow Party on Friday, December 2. The festivities will begin at 6pm and the movie will show at 7:30pm