OK, one day of snow that melted within four hours does not a snowy winter make. But just because we don’t have to shovel it doesn’t mean we can’t play in it. You can still find ways to discover that winter chill that embraces most of the rest of the nation. Here at the top five ways to play in the snow in Las Vegas.
1 Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
A mere 45 minutes northwest of Las Vegas you can don your skis and poles and play in the powder. Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort sports 11 trails serviced by four lifts. And you thought you had to head north to find good powder.
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
Highway 156, Mount Charleston
For snow conditions: 702.593.9500; or for information: 702.385.2754
2 Ice Skating at Lake Las Vegas
Skating isn’t just for colder climates. At Lake Las Vegas, you can glide on the floating stage through Feb. 14. The rink, which holds up to 60 people, is open from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Ice Skating at Lake Las Vegas
Lake Las Vegas
1600 Lake Las Vegas Parkway
3 Minus 5 Ice Experience
Cool off surrounded by 100 percent Canadian ice cooled down to minus five degrees at the frosty Minus 5 Ice Experience at Mandalay Bay and Monte Carlo. The entire place is made of ice, including the walls, seats and even the glasses. Ice carvers swap out the sculptures every six to eight weeks. To go inside, you don insulated jackets, gloves and boots while sipping on vodka cocktails, natch.
Minus 5 Ice Experience
Mandalay Place at Mandalay Bay, 702.740.5800
Monte Carlo, 702-643-7800
4 Red Square
When you want to quench your thirst while experiencing chilly, head over to Red Square at Mandalay Bay, where a giant statue of Lenin stands guard outside the Russian restaurant. Inside, find the sub-zero vault where more than 200 vodkas line up at the frozen ice bar. Of course, you don a Russian army jacket or fur coat to walk inside this setting at negative 10 degrees.
5 Las Vegas Wranglers
Don’t like the idea of visiting snow or ice? How about just watching athletes play on it? The Las Vegas Wranglers professional ice hockey team plays at the Orleans Arena through April 2. The team, part of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the East Coast Hockey League, started playing in 2003 and have found success in the desert.
Las Vegas Wranglers
4500 W. Tropicana Ave.,