Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort open for business
Most visitors to Las Vegas do not think of skiing but the winter season at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort at Lee Canyon is in full swing and runs through April 2015. As a matter of fact Las Vegas and the surrounding area offer a host of outdoor and adventure activities. The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort is a 45-minute drive from Las Vegas. The resort is located in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Situated in a granite canyon in the Spring Mountain range, the resort provides three double chairlifts servicing 10 runs.
Though the mountain is small and the runs short by Western standards, the skiing is solid intermediate. Of the 24 named runs, 11 are blue, 12 are black (mostly short), and there is one short green. Base elevation of 8,510 feet notwithstanding, snow conditions are usually dependable only during January. Because of its southerly location and the proximity of the hot, arid desert, there is a lot of thawing and refreezing in Lee Canyon, and hence, frequently icy skiing conditions. If the snow is good, a day at Lee Canyon is a great outing. If the mountain is icy, do something else.
Snowmaking equipment allows the resort to operate from Thanksgiving to Easter. There is no lodging on site and only a modest coffee shop and lounge. Parking is quite a hike from the base facility.
More information about the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort:
Skis can be rented at the ski area. For information on lift tickets or snow conditions, call the ski-area office at 702-385-2754 or see the website of the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. Enjoy a real-time view of the resort through their webcam.
Interested in other outdoor activities in Las Vegas and the surrounding area? Check out Bob Sehlinger’s Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas.
Photo credits: By Forest & Kim Starr [CC-BY-3.0],via Wikimedia Commons