A Ski area in the heart of the Nevada Desert.
Skiing in Nevada
Deep in the heart of the Nevada desert is a small and unique community ski area that resides in perhaps the most improbable town in the American West. Elko Snobowl is a true “One chair wonder” that offers a laid back and friendly ski experience to it’s locals and any ski traveler savvy enough to know of its existence.
Snobowl has one slow speed double chairlift with 99 chairs that take skiers from a base altitude of approximately 6,300ft to a summit of about 7,000ft for a vertical rise of 700. The bowl covers roughly 60 acres and has 10 trails. Have of the trails are rated beginner, and the other half are intermediate or above. Typically 3 trails are groomed and the rest are off-piste runs.
Tickets and passes can be purchased on site at the day lodge for $20 for Adults and $15 for kids. Rental equipment can also be checked out for $20 for the day. Tickets and season passes can also be purchased at the local chamber of commerce. No charge for parking, or the ski shuttle. No season pass alliances here.
Google Maps shows 3 different locations for Elko Snobowl for some reason, and 2 are obviously false. Make sure you look for the “Snobowl Ski & Bike Park. It’s a winding unpaved road that’s often muddy and snowy, so bring your AWD. The ski road can be found by driving North of 5th street from town, and for those not wanting to drive all the way, a ski shuttle runs from where the pavement stops on 5th.
Elko Snobowl has a small lodge building at it’s base area that sells hot food, cold drinks and has seating. This lodge building also sells lift tickets and has ski and snowboard rental facilities. One rope tow serves a beginner slope as well as tubing and sledding area. Parking is plentiful and always free.
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Being in the desert, Elko does not have consistent snowfall, and even in Winter they get plenty of sunshine. It is estimated that Snobowl receives about 60 inches of snow per season plus snow making.
Snobowl has roughly a 700 vertical foot drop from the top of the chairlift to the bottom. Their are usually three groomed pistes, one to skiers left and two to skier’s right of the chair that all conjoin towards the bottom. 10 total trails are present, including off-piste and beginner area.
Ski season is fleeting in Elko, with the lift usually opening in early to mid-January and sometimes shuttering as soon as mid-late February. On a good season Snobowl can make it into March, but never further.
A small Day Lodge is present at the base area which has a few offerings for hot food snacks and drinks, plus rental facilities and ticket sales. Ski/snowboard lessons are available and a rope tow services a small snow tubing park.
True to it’s name, Snobowl is just that, one big wide open bowl filled with dry desert snow. Photo by Snow Life LLC
Wind can shape much of Snobowl’s rim making off-piste runs a little tricky, but the bowl is usually hazard free and groomed. Photo by Snow Life LLC
Elko has one slow speed two person chairlift that is operated by a diesel generator. Photo by Snow Life LLC
Elko Day lodge
Snobowl has a small day lodge with food, drinks, rentals and is a good place to warm up. Photo by Snow Life LLC
Elko Snobowl has one small piste groomer that lays down some sweet desert corduroy on either side of the chairlift. Photo by Snow Life LLC
Keep an eye out for painted rock signs on your way up, that will help guide you to the Snobowl. Photo by Snow Life LLC
Location and Hours
Listed below is the address and normal Winter operating schedule for Mount Baker Ski Area in Deming, Washington.
1992 Snowbowl Rd, Elko, NV. 89801
Winter Schedule: Weekends from January-March
Winter Hours: Weekends 9am-3pm