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Sky Tavern


A future model for ski resorts
Nestled in the Sierra Nevada’s north of Lake Tahoe, Sky Tavern is not yet an international name compared to the famous resorts of the area. However it boasts a unique operating system unlike many other ski resorts.

Sky Tavern’s on-going Junior Ski Program was first established in 1948. Local skier and schoolteacher, Marce Herz, approached the owners with the idea of reducing lift prices for schoolchildren and teaching them how to ski for free. Herz fervently believed that sports were good for everyone, but especially for children. She wanted to offer school kids the thrill and excitement of sliding down a mountain.

In 1968 the resort was acquired by the City of Reno. The City reserved the land for sole purpose of children learning snow sports. In 1991 the City of Remo handed over the responsibilities of maintaining the resort facilities and running the program to the dedicated volunteer parents and local people. The group established a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit Organisation a continued the good work of the resort had started.

Now in 2016 the resort is stronger than ever. Parents are able to sign up their children for learn to ski and snowboard programs for a small fee but lift tickets are free of charge. This means parents can easily join their children on the mountain.

Throughout the years the resort has attracte some of the most famous persons to the destination including actors Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Robert Stack and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. The first American woman to win the overall FIS Alpine World Cup title Tamara McKinney and inagural mens freestyle halfpipe Olympic Gold Medalist David Wise are also former students of the program.

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