Grab your snow skis and boards and head to Las Vegas. Yep, you read that right. The Entertainment and Sports Capital of the World is within driving distance to some of the best slopes in the United States, including one that’s only a 40-minute drive from the Strip.
Distance: 40 minute drive from Las Vegas
Las Vegas’ hometown ski resort, which locals still refer to as the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, Lee Canyon has a base elevation of more than 8,500 feet on Mt. Charleston. Its close proximity to Las Vegas means you can hang out on the slopes or at the lodge for a day and return home before the sun sets. Lee Canyon has slopes for everyone ranging from beginner to double black diamond – but most are in the intermediate range -spreading out over 195 skiable acres. Not a skier or snowboarder? Check out Lee Canyon’s tubing and snowshoeing. Locals from Las Vegas can take advantage of Lee Canyon’s “The Ride Local Card” for discounted day passes. Equipment rentals are available when reserved in advance plus private and group lessons can be secured online. When you’re ready to refuel after a day on the mountain, head to the Hillside Lodge with a heated terrace, patio areas and table service at the Bighorn Grill and Bristlecone. Or you can grab-and-go at the Brewin Burro.
Distance: three-hour drive from Las Vegas
Families have enjoyed winter sports at Brian Head for more than 50 years. With more than 70 runs and eight chair lifts on 650 acres over two mountains, Brian Head Resort has a peak elevation of 11,000 feet, making it the highest ski resort in Utah with awe-inspiring views of the desert’s red rock formations. Known among Las Vegas skiers as the gold standard for ski resorts in the area, Brian Head’s Navajo Mountain has the most beginner and intermediate trails boasting names like The Strip and Maryland Parkway. If that’s too tame, try out Giant Steps for more advanced skiers. Equipment rental locations are available at both Navajo and Giant Steps Lodges.
Distance: three-and-a-half hour drive from Las Vegas
Head to California for the Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, which make up the Big Bear Mountain Resort in the San Bernardino mountains. Bear Mountain is a single big terrain park where snowboarders will love the jumps and the only super-pipe in Southern California while Snow Summit is better suited for downhill skiing. The park has a base elevation of 7,000 feet and a peak elevation of 8,200 feet. It has 27 trails serviced by 11 lifts and 5 moving carpets. At the base of the park, beginner runs are serviced by multiple moving carpets and two lifts. Snow Summit also features the Grizzly Ridge Tube Park with two 300-foot tubing lanes and its own moving carpet to get you back to the top.
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