Elko Snobowl

A Ski area in the heart of the Nevada Desert.

 

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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. 

Community Ski Area

Founded in 1992 with a rope tow, and upgraded with their first chairlift in 1998, Elko Snobowl is a small community run “not for profit” ski area in Northeastern Nevada. Snobowl is open on weekends and holidays when conditions permit from usually January through February or March. In the Summer, the lift is fired up again for downhill biking in the bowl. Sledding, tubing and snow play are also popular here, and full certified ski patrol are on site to watch over the slopes.

Elko Snobowl trailmap
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Lift TIckets

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.

Transportation

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.

Amenities

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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Annual Snowfall

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.

Vertical Drop

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.

Season length

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. 

AMenities

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.

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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

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