I'm a freshman at nevada and live in Argenta hall.
As for skiing, it's pretty damn close to drive anywhere, mainly boreal and squaw and northstar. I'm down to ski with you if i get the free time! I grew up in the tahoe area, so i'm pretty familiar with all of the resorts and am biased... but tahoe skiing is grade a.
For the parties, I usually party every thursday night, friday night, and saturday night hahahaha i can always find parties and they're usually always fun. most house parties do get busted by the cops, but that's college house parties for you haha convenience stores near campus that sell alcohol to underage kids too. I'm also a girl so i don't have to pay to get in to parties, idk about the males of the party scene though. usually at every party i go to there is a skier, so it's pretty fun to chat it up and drink with them.
I can't say much about the academics since i've only been here for almost two semesters, but so far i really like it. yeah, you can get a shitty professor here and there, but go on ratemyprofessor.com and you can figure out who to take and who's easy.