Did you know that Las Vegas offers world class skiing and snowboarding just a beautiful 45 minute drive north of the strip? As I made the turn towards the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort my car’s temperature gauge began to drop. By the time I parked at the entrance of the resort my thermometer read a chilly 13 degrees!
The Vegas valley may be a gorgeous 68 degrees today, but in Lee Canyon I found myself surrounded by beautiful white snow. Even though the temps remained in the 20s, it was beautifully comfortable in the sun, and once I got snowboarding, I even found myself quite warm.
For $50 on the weekdays, and $60 on weekends you can purchase a lift ticket and take advantage of some of the best skiing offered in the western states. It doesn’t matter if you are local to Las Vegas or traveling here to visit, the resort offers lessons for all ages (3.5 and up) and equipment rentals for all your needs. (Skis, Snowboards, Helmets, Clothing)
Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard resort was the FIRST snow resort to open it’s runs for the season (this year on October 8, 2011), and is often among the last to shut down. This past December the resort even boasted the highest snow bases of over 5o inches. In fact in the month of December 2011 more snow fell in Southern Nevada then anywhere in the north!
Surprised? I was too. In fact I was among many locals who thought that when the temperatures hit upwards on 90 degrees in the Valley that there must not be snow in the mountains. But I learned that even the temperature difference between Kyle Canyon (Mt. Charleston) and Lee Canyon can be drastic.
For my day at the resort I decided to try snowboarding. It has been 12 YEARS since I have last strapped into a board. Let’s just say, while my instructor Ray was AWESOME, snowboarding is NOT like riding a bike.
I spent most of my time on my tush in the snow, but I had a smile on my face the whole time! (well, okay ALMOST the whole time!) I also never left the beginners slope, but I can tell you I had a fun day. I can honestly say you will see me up there again. Next time I will be on skis, and plan on seeing more than just the beginners slope! Plus it was a great way to get a creative workout in!
Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort has wonderful programs for children. Ski programs for kids start at age 3.5-12 years of age. They also have great events for adults and children throughout the season.
- The Strip Gets Lit Up -February 25 (evening)
- Air & Street (Jump and Rail) – March 10, 2012
- Spring Fling (Boarder X, Poker Run) – March 31
As if that wasn’t enough Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort wants to give every student in Las Vegas a chance to experience a snow day! Student Snow Day is something the resort has put together that allows students to”explore, experience, and educate”!
THE COURSE INCLUDES:
- Winter first aid and cold weather safety Instruction
- Introduction class about winter environment of the Spring Mountains
- Skier & Snowboarder safety Education
- Daily lift ticket
- Ski or Snowboard equipment and helmet rental
- Two hour Ski or Snowboard lesson
Course Cost: $30.00 per student Complementary chaperone Lift tickets are provided on a ratio of one chaperone per every 12 students. Additional chaperones can purchase tickets for $30.00 each. There is a minimum of 12 students required to participate in this day. Feel free to email me (**) if you would like me to send you the document to bring to your children’s school. Homeschool students are also welcome!
(**) For more information about the Student Snow Day Contact: Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort 7501 Tule Spring Road, Unit 110 Las Vegas, NV 89131 EMAIL: email@example.com LVSSR Contact phone: 702-645-2754
- Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard resort has big plans for the future. Over the next several years they will be growing and expanding their already amazing offerings.
- Lift tickets may seem pricy at $50-$60 a pop, but it is actually quite similar to other ski places. Not to mention Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard resort offers many amenities and long lines are rarely seen.
- Please make sure your child has a helmet while skiing or snowboarding. Those heads are precious. Helmets are available to rent at the resort. During the month of January Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard resort handed out over 200 free helmets to local kids. I imagine they will be doing a similar program in 2013.
- Lockers are available for rent, and I recommending bringing your own lunch/snacks as there isn’t much in the way of food offered at this time. (This will change with the expansion.)
- When parking outside the resort make sure your car is within the white line. I was a little past it when I pulled up and was told that if I couldn’t pull up further I would be issued a $400 ticket! YIKES, but happy they told me!
- If you are a beginner, please consider taking a lesson. This will go a long way to not only preventing injuries, but also making sure you have an enjoyable experience!
Thank you to Forte Creative Media and Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard resort for allowing me to come up and enjoy the day checking out the resort.
Disclosure: I was treated to a VIP day of snowboarding and rentals at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard resort, but no monetary compensation was given. All thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and my own.
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