Yes, it’s true. Granted, it’s not the Vail or Aspen Colorado variety, but Las Vegas usually receives a good sprinkling of the white fluffy stuff each year, showing it off on the nearby snow-capped Charleston Peaks.
In the last couple of months, snow has made a rare appearance, sprinkling its way down to the Las Vegas valley floor for days, snarling traffic for hours for some, and providing a new photo op for others. And for one day the local schools were even closed.
The only developed ski facility in Southern Nevada is the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort in Las Vegas, which lies in the Spring Mountain National Recreations Area, located about 45 minutes from downtown Las Vegas. Skiers can ski all day and then either stay there at the Charleston Hotel and Resort, or the Mount Charleston Lodge, or just choose to head back to Las Vegas to take in a Las Vegas show or try their luck on the gaming tables and slots.
In addition to its café and bar, the 8,300-foot-level recreation area base boasts a sports shop, equipment rentals, and instruction for skiers and snowboarders. The ski area offers two double chair lifts and many ski trails from the top of the lifts at nearly 9,400 feet. Compared to many ski venues, the price for lift tickets is a steal of a bargain: All day lift tickets are $50; for senior citizen and children the cost is $30.
For an added adventure treat, Las Vegas Carriages provides a horse-drawn sled ride through the pines in the crisp winter air. The rides load up from behind the Mount Charleston Lodge on weekends and last about 20 minutes. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children (702-596-6715).