Hitting the Slopes Around Las Vegas

Things to Do — By thmeeks on November 30, 2011 at 6:00 am

Las Vegas may be in the middle of the desert, but you can include skiing or snowboarding in your Vegas vacation. If you’re driving, make a detour on your way to or from Las Vegas to a snowier place. Or you can wait until you hit town and take a short trip to the slopes. Here are some options to include snow in your Las Vegas trip:

Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort is a small resort just outside of Las Vegas–it’s only about an hour’s drive from the Strip. They offer equipment rentals, eleven trails, and a bar and café. Two resorts are on Mount Charleston in neighboring Kyle Canyon, if you don’t feel like driving all the way back into town.

Brian Head, Utah, is a three-hour drive from Las Vegas, northeast of Las Vegas. A short detour off Interstate 15 will take you through beautiful Southern Utah scenery before you reach the Brian Head Resort area and its 65 ski trails. Equipment rentals are offered, and for an overnight stay, you’ll find plenty of lodging,

Big Bear, California, just outside Los Angeles, offers two resorts: Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. One lift ticket gets you access to both. Over 55 runs and 26 lifts are available. You’ll find all the standard ski area options: rentals, lessons, lodging, and restaurants.

You can also fly out of Las Vegas for a short trip to other Western United States locations—like Tahoe or Salt Lake City—to get closer to deeper snow bases and resorts with more runs.

The best part is that along with your time on the slopes, you can enjoy sunny Las Vegas. Golf, anyone?

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