It sounds a little far-fetched to have skiing in Las Vegas, the entertainment Mecca in the desert, yet the notion actually is very real. It takes less than an hour from the Strip by any car to get to Lee Canyon in Mount Charleston and the white slopes are right there for the taking. Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort is rather small by most measures, but not for very long it seems.
The resort's owners, Tomas & Mack Co. and Powdr Corp. of Park City, Utah, just presented an improvement plan to the U.S. Forest Service, the government entity that has granted them a special-use permit to operate the winter attraction on their land. The permit covers 700 acres in Lee Canyon.
If the plan is approved as proposed, the ski park will see a major transformation, become much bigger that is. Lift # 1 will be kept and it'll get company from eight others in the initial phase. The second stage will add three more of them for a total of 12. These lifts will eventually service 51 trails when everything is completed in about 10 years.
Besides these improvements, the mountain will get a new lodge, much larger parking facilities and extra reservoir space fro snow-making and potential wildfire containment. With all that Las Vegas is putting itself on the map with other great ski destinations in the West. It'll just compliment what the city already has to offer to visitors from home and abroad. Oh and think about this in the winter. Where else can you hurtle down snowy slopes in the morning and then finish the day off with a challenging round of golf in the afternoon.
How far can the condominium and townhouse developers be once they realize that the resort is about to become a mainstream attraction?
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