A lot of people don’t associate snow with Sin City, but just 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip sits Lee Canyon, which provides you the perfect place to go skiing, snowboarding or tubing during the winter months in Vegas.
Located near Mount Charleston, Lee Canyon was established in 1963 and typically receives an average snowfall of 240 inches each year. The resort now boasts over 30 trails with three lifts, plus dedicated tubing and hiking areas as well. They typically open around Thanksgiving and generally receive enough snow to stay open until Easter. Lee Canyon has proven to be a popular spot for locals, but also for tourists who want to learn how to ski or snowboard while on the winter Vegas vacation. There are packages available that provide you with all the equipment you will need for the day (including safety helmet) as well as your lift ticket. We recommend arriving as close to 9 a.m. as possible in order to really get a full day in, as Lee Canyon typically gets more crowded as people wake up from a wild night on The Strip and make way for the mountain. This is the perfect place for beginners as none of the trails here are very hard or long, but for those seeking a challenge, there are a few trails at the top that will provide that. Snowboarders will especially be in heaven with all the jumps and obstacles set up for them to have fun with towards the bottom of the mountain. But no matter what your skill level may be, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here, as the simple fact that you’re even skiing or snowboarding in Las Vegas is a trip unto itself.
When you need a break, you can grab a bite to eat at Lee Canyon’s Bighorn Grill which is located in the upper level of the lodge and has all traditional fare you’d expect. The Bristlecone Bar is a popular choice for a midday beer break before hitting the trails again. On warmer days, the Chair 4 outdoor grill is open, where you can savor a burger and beer while soaking in some sun on the patio. Be sure to check out Lee Canyon’s website for a listing of special events that take place throughout the season too.
Even though there’s no true “winter” in Las Vegas, spending a day on the slopes at Lee Canyon will absolutely provide the fix you need. So treat yourself to a quick getaway this year and then when you’re done for the day you can safely drive back to The Strip and leave it all behind. That’s the kind of winter magic that only Sin City can deliver.
Lee Canyon Ski & Snowboard Resort
6725 Lee Canyon Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89124
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