The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, located off State Hwy 156, Indian Springs, NV, celebrated its winter opening November 26. Better known as Lee Canyon, it is in the Spring Mountains National Recreation area, part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Mount Charleston is the highest mountain in this range, with a height of 11,918 feet. The resort, which has a base lodge elevation of 8,150 feet, operates under a special use permit from the US Forest Service.
At noon Sunday, Nov 28, there was a one foot snow base, thanks to the two inches of new snow received as of 7 a.m. The temperature was 15 (F) degrees.
Reservations are recommended. Book online, or call the main Ski Vegas city office at 702-645-2754 Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The city office is located inside The Village at Centennial Hills, 7501 Tule Springs Rd #110, off I-95 and Durango. Lift ticket offices are also at the base lodge area, which opens daily at 8:45 a.m.
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort has three chairlifts and one surface lift run daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The lifts serve all eleven trails and Darkside Terrain Park, a freestyle terrain park for skiers and snowboarders. Users of the freestyle terrain park need to read and agree to the rules of use. Beginners to experts are welcome, and the Resort wants everyone safe. The resort offers equipment rental – even parkas!
The Big Horn Café is located at the base lodge and serves hot and cold drinks, soup, chili, salad, burgers, sandwiches and snacks. There’s a comfortable dining room to relax in, or enjoy the food on the deck. The Bristlecone Bar is a full-service bar. Both are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Sports Shop, which also operates daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., carries basic sports gear, including sunglasses, ski helmets, mittens, and logo items. Even if you don’t ski, it is worth the drive. A T-Shirt urging one to Ski Las Vegas is more unique than the dice shirts offered around town.
Go to their website for ski conditions, rates, lesson information, and a fantastic photo gallery.
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
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