Las Vegas is famous for its warm weather, sexy pool parties and packed beach clubs. The city gives fun in the sun a whole new meaning. But unbeknownst to many, there’s a lot more to Vegas than blazing heat and wild ragers. Las Vegas is much more versatile than most people think, and the weather is too. In fact, the city is not only cold during the winter, but sometimes even experiences snow.
Just last month, I was in the area after a big storm, and was in awe of my surroundings. The typically dry and brown desert was decorated with snow covered mountains and the view was so inviting that I couldn’t look away. As I found myself enamored with the scenery, I knew it was only a matter of time before I made my way towards the fresh powder that was located just a short drive outside of the city.
On a sunny Saturday morning, we packed the truck with snowboarding gear and headed about an hour north towards Mt. Charleston. The conditions were too good to pass up, and we were ready for a beautiful day on the slopes. The roads were clear, the sky was bright blue and the snow was plentiful. It was about to be a great day at Lee Canyon ski resort.
If you’re interested in exploring the greater Las Vegas area, and love the mountains, you can learn more below about the popular Lee Canyon ski resort which is located in Spring Mountain National Recreation Area and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
About Lee Canyon Ski Resort
Lee Canyon is open seven days a week from 9am – 4pm. The elevation is approximately 8,510 ft. and the summit is 11,289 ft. The resort has three ski lifts (Sherwood @ 9,310 ft., Bluebird @ 9,370 ft. and Rabbit Peak @ 8,510 ft.) and 24 trails.
Pricing varies, but full price tickets are $70. We bought our weekend lift tickets in advance and got them for $61 online. Military discount tickets are $39, and I was told the discount covers the whole party.
In the winter, parking is $5 unless you have a Lee Canyon season pass which is $20. Parking can get extremely busy right around 9 am so I suggest getting there earlier rather than later.
Other Activities in the Area
There are other winter activities on the mountain including tubing, snowshoeing and sledding.