With Northern California and Nevada already buffeted by several storms, the skiing in the Sierra Nevada's is looking good for the season. Another light storm is expected to bring a white Christmas for 2012, and the closest skiing to Reno's casino resorts, Mt. Rose, has a base of 35 - 70 inches. 80% of the terrain is available via lift, with Northwest Magnum 6, Blazing Zephyr 6 and Ponderosa open. All roads to Reno and Lake Tahoe are currently open with no controls.
If you have never skied, you can learn for as little as $44 at Mt. Rose. If you already ski, you might want to take advantage of some of the very reasonable ski packages at Reno casinos offered right now. Some of the great ski deals start at as low as $75 for a lift ticket and one night stay at casinos in Reno that are as close as 45 minutes from the slopes.
Of course you don't have to ski to enjoy Northern Nevada casinos during the winter season. Although the mountain passes will occasionally require chains, most driving is safe and sane, as the roads are well maintained even during storms. Although Lake Tahoe may require chains near the casinos on rare occasions, I can't ever remember needing them for driving in Reno.
However, most ski packages also offer transportation to and back from the ski resorts for $15. You can ski all day and gamble all night! Enjoy.