Some people still have a hard time believing there’s a ski and snowboard destination in Las Vegas.
And it’s a pretty good one, too.
Rebranded this year to Lee Canyon, named so for the canyon on which it is perched on, Las Vegas’s only ski resort often reports more than 300 inches of snow per year, This might be a season where it surpasses that average.
As of this writing, there’s a 66” base, which is on track with many of its sister resorts in Colorado. And it’s only January.
Lee Canyon is owned by Powder Corp., a ski resort conglomerate that owns a number of similarly-sized mountains around the West. It recently owned Park City Mountain Resort, but let the lease lapse and lost it to bigger rival Vail Resorts, Inc.
Nevertheless, Powder has been adding on Lee Canyon over the last couple of years, creating new runs, upgrading facilities and replacing outdated chairlifts.
Smaller resorts like Lee Canyon are ultimately the best places for families to enjoy learning to ski and snowboard. They offer easier terrain, more attentive instructors, and best of all, more affordable lesson.
However, Lee Canyon also has a pretty well-respected backcountry scene. There are several areas open to hiking just beyond the ropes to challenge even the most expert powder-hounds throughout the west.
This season Lee Canyon has built a 1.2-mile Nordic trail for short snowshoe hikes through the dense Ponderosa Pines that blanket the mountain. If it can be done in the snow, Lee Canyon wants you to do it.
The expansive sun deck makes for an ideal place to spend a cool sunny afternoon post-ski. The Big Horn Grill and Chair 4 offer an array of great eats and the beer, well, beer after a day on the slopes is always good.
For those not wanting to get the kids on a board or skis just yet, there’s always the tubing hill. Who doesn’t enjoy that?
For local companies or families, there’s also a yurt at the Lee Canyon base that can be reserved for private parties. The Snow Cabana offers warmth, couches, Ski-in/ski-out access, and cable television. What’s not to love?
It’s a unique experience to leave the warm Las Vegas Valley and in an hour, be amongst an often extreme winter environment.
The Spring Mountains are stunning this time of year, and Lee Canyon offers families the most enjoyable way to experience them.