When you think about all the activities you could possibly do in Las Vegas, spending a day at a ski resort, isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Imagine lounging poolside at one of the Strip hotels, and then in under an hour's drive you're skiing or snowboarding down a double diamond hill in Lee Canyon. Alas, that's Vegas in all it's diversity.
With an average annual snowfall of 161 inches and over 300 days of sunshine, these aren't the worst conditions you could pick for a ski resort. Lee Canyon is located in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and opens early December to April for the winter season.
Lee Canyon is perfect for all ages, and makes a great family outing. Just bundle up the kids up and head over for an afternoon of fun in the snow. It's really the ideal getaway for anyone seeking a snow fix in the desert.
- Base Area: 8,510 feet
- Summit: 11,289 feet
- # of Trails: 27
- Total Terrain: 445 acres
There are four different lifts that lead to 27 trails as high as 11,289 feet at the Summit. A handle tow is found in the tubing area.
- Sherwood: Intermediate, Advanced, Triple Chair
- Bluebird: Intermediate, Advanced, Quad Chair
- Rabbit Peak: Beginner, Quad Chair
- Tubing Area: Handle Tow
Programs & Amenities
Book seasons passes early for the best rates, or just pay as you go. Enjoy a wide selection of runs for every skill set, or head to the Terrain park for an exciting freestyle adventure. A nice perk for Skye Canyon community homeowners is VIP parking, available on a first come, first serve basis.
The Mountaineers & Freeriders programs offer multi-week sessions that include a season pass and caters to ages 3-6. This offer is a great way to instill a love for the sport at an early age, but in a safe and supervised environment. All age private and group lessons, and a Snow Kids program are also available. For those who are more serious, a Race Development program is in place from youth to 19+.
Not big on skiing or snowboarding, there's something for everyone at Lee Canyon.
Hop in a tube and whip down the snow lanes to your heart's content. When you get to the bottom, there's no long climb back up to the top, the handle tow is waiting to pull you back up. The only restriction, riders must be at least 36 inches tall.
The Foxtail Winter Snowplay
All ages will have fun in this area set aside for good old fashioned, hillside snow-play. Grab a sled, tear down the hill and warm up afterwards with a hot cocoa.
Bring your own snowshoes, or rent them and hike the trails located at the Old Mill Picnic Area.
During the summer, Lee Canyon transforms into a mountain playground. The chairlift keeps running, providing stunning views of the Canyon and surrounding area. Go hiking or mountain biking on the Bristlecone Loop Trail, play Disc Golf at the highest course in Vegas, or try your hand at the Archery Arena. You can also hone your snowboarding skills at the OneWheel Experience. Put on some protective gear and take a guided tour through the skills course. A must for any boardsport aficionado.
Worked Up an Appetite?
Bristlecone Bar and Bighorn Grill are both located in the main lodge for an early breakfast, or a cold brew after a day on the slopes.
Get more information about rates and conditions at the Lee Canyon website. Photo credit also goes to Leecanyonlv.com.
By Leslie Hoke
Las Vegas Homes By Leslie
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