Winter Activities

When it comes to winter activities, Elko is a true wonderland. Base yourself in town, then venture forth for action and adventure in the snow.

things to do in elko in winter
Alpine fun in Elko

Winter months in the Elko area are usually blanketed with snow. Whether your idea of adventure revolves around the hush of falling snowflakes in a pristine alpine meadow or racing through powder with adrenaline-pumping speed, Northeastern Nevada can fulfill your longings.

Maybe your day calls for a little scenic exploration on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Bring your camera because the scenery around Lamoille Canyon and the Ruby Mountains is Nat Geo-worthy. Or, if you want to get your heart racing, take a helicopter for a day of heli-skiing and wind your way majestically down the Rubies’ multiple 11,000-foot summits. Snowmobiling and snow sledding are another two great ways to explore Elko’s winter wonderland. Fishing is even quite doable in the winter here, with trout in abundance. Choose your speed and Elko is happy to provide the snow!

Playing it Safe

With the challenge of winter recreation come risks to those unfamiliar to our terrain. To ensure safe adventures, please be aware of avalanches, hypothermia and sudden weather changes. Always check with the Nevada Department of Transportation before venturing out.

Explore Things to Do in Winter

Fun, fun and more fun are on the agenda when you visit Elko in the winter. These winter sports range from the heart-pumping to the soul-inspiring and everything in between.

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Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding

Home to the Elko SnoBowl Ski and Bike Park, our region is proud of its seasonal ski hill operated by local volunteers. Located just five minutes from the center of town at 1992 SnoBowl Rd.

winter activity snowmobiling in elko

Some call ‘em “sleds,” while others prefer the term “snowmobile.” However you refer to it, snowmobiling is massively popular around Elko and the Rubies. Rentals available in town.

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Snow Sledding

From SnoBowl Ski Area to Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway and Harrison Pass, Elko is rich in places to take the family out sledding for the day.

Ruby Mountain Heli-Skiing Experience

Elko heli skiing

Get to the chopper! It’s time for downhill skiing adventures you’ll never forget. Push your adrenaline to its absolute limit in a high-altitude helicopter excursion.

elko snowshoeing

There’s nothing slow about cross-country skiing and snowshoeing around Elko and the Rubies. Strap on your favorite mode of winter transport and see the countryside on your own terms.

SnoBowl Ski & Bike Park is a seasonal ski hill and mountain bike trail system operated by the City of Elko with local volunteers. Located only 5 miles outside of town via N 5th Street. Turn left on mile 4 and you are nearly there. 40.908591,-115.853723

Backcountry guides dedicated to giving you the safest most enjoyable experience you will have in the Ruby Mountains.