Grab your skis and snowboards and head to Lee Canyon where you will find a fresh blanket fresh blanket of snow. Who’s ready to go up?
Lee Canyon welcomed skiers and snowboarders Friday morning with around five inches of new snow – how perfect is that? The resort’s daily winter hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Lee Canyon Ski and Snowboard Resort, officially Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, is located in Lee Canyon, 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The base lodge is situated at the base of Lee Peak with an elevation of 11,289 feet to the north of Mount Charleston, the eighth highest peak in Nevada at 11,916 feet. The resort can be reached via US 95 to Nevada State Route 156.
Lots of people find it fun to ski and ride during the day and return to the glitz and glamour for night life. My friends and I have gone there on many occasions for a half-day. The Resort averages over 300 days of sunshine and 240 inches of annual snowfall and offers 195 acres of lift served terrain as well as 250 acres of hike-to terrain. Terrain Park also offers a variety of features including table-top jumps and assorted rails. Guest can also visit the Big Horn Grill or Bristlecone Bar for dining and beverage options.
Since the early 1930s, Las Vegas locals and visitors alike have enjoyed the snow on wind protected, north-facing slopes. In the 1940s the Las Vegas Ski Club operated a short rope tow and a warming hut.
The Lee Canyon Ski Area was created in 1964, when the Forest Service issued a Special Use Permit in order to provide winter recreation options in Southern Nevada. During the 1960s, the Las Vegas gaming industry was booming, and winter sports enthusiasts were pleased to find a high alpine environment in the middle of the desert, only one hour away from the Las Vegas Strip. A T-Bar was installed, the A-Frame Chalet was completed, and in 1968 the first chairlift, Chair One, was installed to access higher elevations along with a rope tow on the beginner hill. The main lodge building was completed in February, 1970.
In 1980, Chair Two replaced the T-Bar and the runs were improved for better skiing conditions. In 1982, the beginner slope received Chair Three, replacing the rope tow. In 1987 snowmaking came to Lee Canyon, providing 60% coverage on the main trails. Snowboarding was not allowed until the late 80’s. 1988 saw outdoor lighting to brighten the slopes for the first time, bringing night skiing to the area.
Lee Canyon Ski Area officially became Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort in 1995, just one year after I made my first trek up there. During the 1990s snowboarding forever changed the LVSSR with a freestyle terrain park, half pipe and local competitions.
Big changes occurred in November 2003 when Powdr Corporation, based in Park City, Utah acquired LVSSR. Among the improvements Powdr implemented at LVSSR were improved snowmaking, rental equipment, a Magic Carpet surface lift, expanded terrain park, and improved terrain on the beginner slope.
In 2005 a triple chairlift was installed to replace the yellow double chairlift, Chair One. Further improvements were made to the snowmaking system. The future of LVSSR was submitted to the Forest Service in a new Master Plan proposal.
Lee Canyon’s 2018-19 winter season is expected to run through April 2019, weather permitting.
For information on the opening of additional amenities, and pricing for season passes, lift tickets, and tubing go to https://www.leecanyonlv.com and I’ll see you on the slopes!
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