Reno is a great little home base if you're looking for some skiing or gambling.
Traveled to the Grand Sierra Resort in winter. It's a fun weekend from the Bay Area, but not as grand as Vegas.
I love Reno! All of my family lives there and there's so much to do! You can go into casinos, find an ice skating rink during the winter, and eat at a bunch of cool places!
Reno is a fantastic little city. My favorite way to travel is via Amtrak over the sierras. Particularly lovely in winter with the snow. Hot August nights is a fun event.