When thinking of Las Vegas and outdoor activities, the first two that typically come to mind are golf and hanging out at the pool. That makes sense given Sin City’s desert location and year-round warm and sunny weather.
But as crazy as it might sound, Las Vegas has activities for the winter sports buff too, and they involve more than betting on hockey at the sportsbook. There is actually a ski and snowboard resort within driving distance of The Strip, which allows for the winter sports enthusiast to get in some runs during the afternoon before hitting the casinos at night.
The most well-known of the resorts is the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, which is located 35 miles northwest of the city. Also known as Lee Canyon, the Ski and Snowboard Resort is located in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Spring Mountains National Resort Area. The resort typically stays open from November through April, though it has been known to open in October if there is ample early snow.
There are four lifts serving 11 different runs, most of which are of the blue square (intermediate) and black diamond (advanced) persuasion. There is also a freestyle terrain park for skiers and snowboarders, along with country areas open for hiking. There are also instructors available for private teaching sessions for skiers/snowboarders of all skill levels.
Lift tickets at the Las Vegas ski resort range from $30-$40 per day for children and $50-$60 per day for adults. Season passes are $599 for adults and $299 for children and military, though you can purchase these passes for less during offseason promotions. The Las Vegas Ski Resort also has a wide array of rental equipment.
The resort’s proximity to The Strip makes it perfect for a day trip, but if you want to stay on the premises, The Resort on Mt. Charleston is for you. Located right by the resort, Mt. Charleston offers access to hiking trails, a restaurant and a bar and lounge along with rooms and suites equipped with flat-panel televisions and iPod docking stations. The resort also is open to pets with a small deposit and has a combined package that includes rooms, lift tickets, and equipment rentals.
So for those of you who have to shred some powder no matter where you’re at, get your wax on and go!
- Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort
- 6725 Lee Canyon Road
- Las Vegas, NV 89124
- (702) 593-9500 (snow phone); (702) 385-2754 (general information)