The airport is considered a mecca for soaring, and many North American and world records have been flown out of Minden in the many gliders that it hosts.
Gliders are usually towed to altitudes of 1000 - 2000 ft over the airport, and they are often able to make out and return flights to the White Mountains, Owens Valley, and Eastern Nevada, often covering distances of over 500 mi (804.7 km).
During the winter months, the famous Sierra mountain wave can carry gliders well over 25000 ft (7620 m), with the Minden record well over 40000 ft (12192 m).
A mid-air collision near the Pine Nuts range between a glider and a small jet at 16000 ft (4876.8 m) has heightened the awareness for all airplanes flying in the area that both types of aircraft need to watch out for each other.
The airport is currently undergoing an expansion plan where glider operations will be moved to the East Side of the airport.
Minden-Tahoe Airport is the base for the "Introduction to Soaring" tutorial mission supplied with Microsoft Flight Simulator X.