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Las Vegas Ski Bowl beats Loveland and A Basin to the punch on opening day

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Loveland is open.....
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Holy Cow !

Not being someone much attracted to slots, casinos, shows, shopping and all you can eat buffets, I actually have a reason to step outside the vegas airport.

It's no mountain to make a trip to, but if sucked into Vegas on some "guy" trip; I know have something to do while they blow their paychecks.

www.skilasvegas.com/winter/index.html
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$20.00 lift tickets, all season!
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Technically, Loveland was still first by four hours. Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort opened at noon PT today. http://tr.im/AWn1
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Originally Posted by skicougar View Post


Holy Cow !

Not being someone much attracted to slots, casinos, shows, shopping and all you can eat buffets, I actually have a reason to step outside the vegas airport.

It's no mountain to make a trip to, but if sucked into Vegas on some "guy" trip; I know have something to do while they blow their paychecks.

www.skilasvegas.com/winter/index.html

Oct 7, 2009

Hi SkiCougar:

Couldn't agree more with everything you said.  I had an interesting experience several years back, when a well to do friend invited me to go with him to Las Vegas.  Since he was a "high roller" with a multi-million dollar line or credit with the casino, we had first class accommodations in the penthouse of the Mirage Hotel.  Being meet at the airport by a limousine, treated to the best restaurants and shows, flying over the Grand Canyon and the Hover Dam on a private plane got stale pretty fast.  After a few days of this, my proletarian soul couldn't take anymore.  I checked the yellow pages in hopes of finding a local ski area.  To my surprise, Las Vegas Ski Resort!!!  Rented a car for the day (the car rental was the most expensive part of the trip, 75 or 95 dollars if I recall correctly for a Toyota Camry with the car rental counter in the lobby of the hotel) and drove to the ski area.  When you make the turn off of US 95 to get to the ski area, you are thinking, there can't be a ski area within hundreds of miles, since you are still in the middle of the desert.  Well after 15 (?) miles of going gradually up hill, you finally spot an area full of ponderosa pines, instead of dirt, rocks, gravel and shrubs.  The area is small but interesting, with narrow trails following the fall line.  At 900 vertical feet with a dozen trails, I wouldn't make a special trip, but did I have a huge grin on my face at the end of the day.  Just remember to bring your own equipment since their rental gear (boots and skis) suck big time. 

Think snow,

CP
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That's funny,  because I will actually be in one of the penthouses at the Mirage tomorrow.  I wonder if my wife would get suspicious if I brought skis?   Anyone going to Barret Jackson?
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That's funny,  because I will actually be in one of the penthouses at the Mirage tomorrow.  I wonder if my wife would get suspicious if I brought skis?   Anyone going to Barret Jackson?
 

Bring 'em !

Tell the wife the choice is hers, you can spend a whole day up there and $20 for a lift ticket and she can have the other $180 for shopping you planned to lose in the casinos, or you can sit in the casinos and inhale drinks and blow the whole $200 yourself. i'm thinking she can find a shoe shop somewhere.

(and yes, i do not speak to mrs. skicougar like this w/out an "i'm just kidding" at the ready).
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Up the ante... tell her you're planning to ogle the cocktail waitresses.
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   Anyone going to Barret Jackson?

I'm there every year wearing my Ferrari painter's cap..

SOLD IT, SOLD IT, SOLD IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wow!  I had no idea they had a ski resort in Las Vegas!  Beats sitting in the Casino!
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"SkiFox", now there's you're skicougar ; but i'm not giving my name up.
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Thanks for this thread. I had no idea this place existed. Now i wont be so quick to turn down the vegas offers.
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Is this what used to be called Lee Canyon? If so, we had a pro race there back when I was racing the Puegeot West Tour in the 80's. I remember it wasn't very big, but it was enough for a 2 bump course.
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That's kinda what I thought.
Way to go Vegas!

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Holy Cow !

Not being someone much attracted to slots, casinos, shows, shopping and all you can eat buffets, I actually have a reason to step outside the vegas airport.

It's no mountain to make a trip to, but if sucked into Vegas on some "guy" trip; I know have something to do while they blow their paychecks.

www.skilasvegas.com/winter/index.html
Twintip posted a TR on SkiDiva a couple years ago from Vegas.
Here are some of her pics

The ski school lodge deck:


The main lodge:


View of the Blackjack Run (the run cut short by an avalanche) and Chair #2:


Ski Las Vegas, Baby!

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Is this what used to be called Lee Canyon? If so, we had a pro race there back when I was racing the Puegeot West Tour in the 80's. I remember it wasn't very big, but it was enough for a 2 bump course.
Yep, it's Lee Canyon.  I was there in springtime over a year ago while out in Vegas for a conference.  Since I have a low tolerance for Vegas casinos and other antics, I checked the snow conditions and they just had 2 feet of snow, so I brought my skis and boots.  The looks I got at the Vegas airport while rolling my ski bag along were certainly interesting.  The cabby who picked me up at the airport said, "What is THAT?" as he loaded my skis in the car.....apparently he'd never seen a ski bag before.  I drove up to the ski area 2 days in a row to be greeted by fresh snow and ponderosa pines....a really nice change from the desert.  It was 80 degrees in Vegas; in the 40's up there.  I had a ball.  It's nothing big or really special, but pretty, with some interesting runs and worth it if you're stuck in Vegas and want to get out of town...the drive is easy and scenic once you head up the mountain.
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