Grand Sierra Resort & Casino: Land-Locked Cruise Ship

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Grand Sierra Resort & Casino: Land-Locked Cruise Ship

A day on the slopes followed by an evening at the slots. Snowshoeing by day, golfing by night. It’s possible at Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, located just a few miles east of downtown Reno, Nevada. This elegant resort is the largest casino in northern Nevada, and offers pretty much everything you could possibly need for your ski vacation.

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Located within 45 minutes of about 18 ski resorts, the Grand Sierra is a great home base for your ski trip. Twenty-five minutes away is Mt. Rose, Tahoe’s highest base resort, which offers a wide range of terrains perfect for all skill levels. Diamond Peak features 655 skiable acres, 30 runs and a terrain park, while Squaw Valley offers over 2,800 vertical feet of skiing and boarding bliss. Head to Heavenly for a truly unique experience as you blaze through fresh powder atop slopes overlooking the glimmering Lake Tahoe. Or venture to Kirkwood for some of the area’s most diverse and challenging terrain, not to mention the deepest, driest and most plentiful snow around.

The possibilities are endless and all easily accessible from the Grand Sierra. In fact, you can even catch a free shuttle that will whisk you away to your skiing and boarding adventure, and then back to the hotel for even more excitement.

Diplomat Suite

Diplomat Suite

Grand Sierra features elite accommodations with its 2,000 newly renovated rooms, equipped with contemporary, stylish designs, HD TVs, lavish bedding and updated bathrooms. The resort’s 150 upscale suites offer guests a luxurious escape and a relaxing place to rest their heads. But the revamped rooms are just the beginning of what you will find at this impressive resort.

Grand King Room

Grand King Room

Head downstairs, where the party never ends. It’s here you will discover why Grand Sierra has unofficially been dubbed a cruise ship on land. The resort features 10 restaurants, 11 lounges, a 50-lane bowling center and a two-theater movie theater. If you’re bringing the whole family, check out Fun Quest, a massive arcade with two laser tag centers, one of which is called Battlefield as it is based on what the military goes through while training. Talk about a challenge.

Grand Sierra Resort newly remodeled casino floor

Grand Sierra Resort newly remodeled casino floor

Shop at a variety of boutique stores and purchase mementos of your visit, followed by a stop at the newly renovated $2.5-million spa where you can nurse your soar muscles after a long day on the slopes. In the lobby, take a gamble at the 100,000-square-foot casino, or catch a show on the largest performance stage in the world (a whopping one acre). If you are a golf enthusiast, you will love a visit to the golf shop, where you can golf any course in the world virtually, allowing you to travel the globe without ever leaving the resort.

Outside, you will find a large driving range, where you can hit balls over a lake and try to sink holes on islands floating on the water. If you are more an extreme sports type, you can take a dive from the resort’s bungee jump or zoom around one of three go-kart tracks. And while it seems this resort has it all, there is more on the way. In the coming months, Grand Sierra will open a 25,000-square-foot nightclub with an indoor pool, only solidifying its position as an all-inclusive getaway.

Grand Sierra Resort front entrance.

Grand Sierra Resort front entrance.

So if you want a ski vacation that goes beyond the slopes, Grand Sierra is the place to stay. For more information on room rates and the latest deals, check out Grand Sierra Resort’s website (www.grandsierraresort.com) as they offer some of the best—and most affordable—ski packages around.

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−By Vanessa Day

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