Originally Posted by skicougar
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
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.