LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas and snow skiing don’t seem like they belong in the same sentence but those who call this desert city home know differently.
Barely an hour’s drive from Las Vegas, you can be at Lee Canyon on Mt. Charleston in the Spring Mountains. The ski resort started welcoming skiers in 1964 and continues to do so some 60 years later. Now, you will also see snowboarders shreddin’ on the mountain trails.
Over the past 24 hours, a winter storm dropped 7 inches of snow at Lee Canyon bringing the season total to 41 inches. According to Jim Seely, the director of marketing at the resort, more than 1,300 people showed up at the mountain to either ski or snowboard and on Tuesday, there were around 1,200.
Lee Canyon recently opened its Ponderosa Chairlift and Alpenglow Surface Lift. The resort is also offering a midweek special with tickets starting at $19 which includes a $10 resort credit.
Last year, Lee Canyon received enough snow late in the season to stay open until mid-May.
The snow has always drawn people to the surrounding mountains where one can get a taste of winter but it does come with some risks.
Snowfall and low visibility created hazardous road conditions late Monday night causing the closures of Lee and Kyle Canyon roads to non-resident vehicles that weren’t equipped with snow tires or chains.
Clark County Public Works snow plows were deployed early Tuesday to clear the roads in the residential areas where some areas received as much as 6 inches of snow.
Anyone heading into the mountain areas — whether it’s to see the snow, play in it, or do some skiing — is advised to get the road conditions ahead of time. You can do that by calling 5-1-1 or using nvroads.com.