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 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.
Serving as an instructor is the most valuable position for participating parents. And we can teach any parent how to instruct! Come give it a try, you might surprise yourself with how much you enjoy it.
The eight-week Junior Ski Program for 2017 is tentatively scheduled to get underway on January 14th, but this start date is weather and snow dependent and it could occur earlier or later in the winter.