Destination: Nevada

While Nevada is one of just three states in the West that doesn’t have an extensive groomed snowmobile trail system, parts of the state are very active in promoting snowmobiling in their respective areas.  Those areas promote an abundance of snow and wide open country that does attract those snowmobilers looking to get away from the crowds.  Nevada—or at least part of it—has long been famous for winter sports, particularly around Lake Tahoe. However, there is plenty of snowfall across other parts of the state, especially in the mountains that are spread across the northern sections. According to the government, Nevada is the most mountainous state in the country, with more than 300 individual mountain ranges and 42 named summits over 11,000 feet.  Snows are wet, dense and deep as they enter Nevada (Nevada is Spanish for snow-laden or snow-covered in Spanish) on the Sierra Nevada side around Lake Tahoe, but dry out as they cross the state.  There is a handful of riding areas in Nevada, from the far west around Lake Tahoe to the eastern part of the state near Elko in the Ruby Mountains as well as nearby Mountain City. North of Winnemucca are the Santa Rosa Mountains where you can sled at the higher elevations. You can ride south of Elko, near Ely. Between Reno and Ely is the Toiyabe Range, near Austin, where there is also some snowmobiling.  Elko is one of the areas that most actively promotes snowmobiling in its part of the state. Lake Tahoe does as well, although alpine skiing is still king there.

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