Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort

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This page last updated on 04/13/2017
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Directions: From US 95 northwest of Las Vegas, take SR 156 southwest for 17.25 miles into Lee Canyon until the road ends at a parking area beyond the entrance to the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort (Fig. 01). Distance is about 35 miles from Las Vegas.
Description: Initially know as the Lee Canyon Ski Area and now named the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort (LVSSR), it is still known to locals as Lee Canyon. It is located in the middle of the Nevada in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The base lodge is situated at the base of Lee Peak (seen in the top of Fig. 03) with an elevation of 11,289 feet to the north of Mount Charleston, the eighth highest peak in Nevada at 11,916 feet. Only about 35 miles from the city, it is 6,000 feet higher than Las Vegas. To give you and idea of what his mountain area is like, the temperature on my visit today was 109 degrees in the city and only 84 degrees when we reached the Base Area at 8,510 feet (Fig. 02). In the early 1930's, Las Vegas locals and visitors alike have enjoyed the snow on wind protected, north-facing slopes. In the 1940's the Las Vegas Ski Club operated a short rope tow and a warming hut. Over the years, throughout the 70's and 80's additional chair lifts were installed. Lee Canyon Ski Area officially became Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort in 1995 when it was purchased by the Powdr Corporation. Over time they many many improvements and in 2003 they improved snow-making, rental equipment, a Magic Carpet surface lift, expanded terrain park, and improved terrain on the beginner slope. In 2005 a triple chairlift was installed to replace the yellow double chairlift, Chair One.

07/01/2016 Trip NotesJust six days later, Bob Croke, Ron Ziance and I returned to the Lee Canyon ski resort for another ride up the mountain on the chair lift. Today it was even cooler that the week before; it was 68 degrees at the top of the lift. Here are the pictures (Figs 01A thru 01E)  I took on today's visit.
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06/26/2016 Trip Notes: As it was predicted to be 109 degrees in Las Vegas, my friend Jim Herring and I decided to ascend upon the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort in the Spring Mountains. From the Base Camp seen in (Fig. 02), we paid $12 for a lift ticket to the top (9,310 feet) of the Sherwood Lift and slowly made our accent to the top (Fig. 04). Here was our approach to the platform at top of the lift (Fig. 05). From here we hiked south up a trail behind the platform to a wash-like ravine (Fig. 06) that actually had some signs of water. The arrow labeled "A" in (Fig. 03) shows were we climbed. Unfortunately, most of the water flowed beneath all the rocks and debris in the ravine. Other than a butterfly (Fig. 08), the only other evidence of  'color' was this plant (Fig. 09). (notes con't below)
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Trip Notes Continued: After climbing down from here we walked a little west behind the platform. This provided up with a more scenic views (Fig. 10) and view of their man-made pond (Fig. 11). Just before getting back on the lift for the ride down I captured this last view to the right of the lift (Fig. 12). This was the view we had on the ride down (Fig. 13). This last picture was of the newest chair lift called Top of Bluebird (Fig. 14). At 9,37 feet, it is actually 60 higher than the one we rode. The map in (Fig. 15) give you an idea of the layout of the mountain.
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