Elevation 4,400 feet
Median Price of a Single-Family Home $215,000 in town, $172,333 in county
Tax on Homes $2,596 per year on a $215,000 home
Main Businesses Gaming, tourism, technology, retail, education, manufacturing and distribution
School Population 51,000 students oLocal Ski Area Mt. Rose: 1,440 vertical feet; 1,000 skiable acres; 400 average annual inches; season pass, $249 during September, $700 otherwise; lift tickets, $48 weekends and holidays; 775-849-0704; skirose.com.
Best Local Event Mt. Rose opens the gate to high-flying speed dummies (no entries may have a pulse) of every shape and size on March 1.
Locals' Favorite Restaurants Bertha Miranda's (775-786-9697) serves authentic family-style Mexican. Reno's fanciest-and priciest-gourmet continental is at Café Soleil (775-828-6444). Chef Elvis at Kokopelli Sushi Bar (775-329-0711) in Circus Circus serves the best raw fish in town.
Locals' Favorite Hangouts Brew Brothers in the Eldorado for microbrews and live music; Deux Gros Nez for a taste of Reno's funky side.
Best Places to Stay The Reno area has more than 20,000 hotel and motel rooms. Ski packages deliver outstanding deals. The Eldorado Hotel Casino's Ride 'n' Glide packages start at $55 per person, including airport and ski resort shuttles, a $10 food credit, a lift ticket and deluxe lodging (800-648-5966; eldoradoreno.com). For more options, contact the Nevada Commission on Tourism (800-638-2328, travelnevada.com).
Information Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority, 800-367-7366; renolaketahoe.com.