Two years ago, deep in the middle of a Las Vegas summer, I took the short ride from downtown Las Vegas up to Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR) and the way up was easy to find - I just kept the car pointed to a big patch of snow. That's correct, in the middle of July I could have done a little bit of skiing - an hour north of the 103 degree sidewalks of Las Vegas.
That day, Kevin Stickelman, LVSSR's general manager told me about the grand things coming for the resort, and now, as the 2012-13 season approaches Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is gearing up to celebrate it's 50 anniversary and the resort will have a big present for skiers and riders - a brand new chairlift. The old double Chair 3 up to Rabbit Peak is being replaced with the new Rabbit Peak Quad that will be ready by mid-December.
"The new chairlift will provide a safer, faster and more energy efficient lift, improving the guest experience, especially for our visitors who are new to skiing or snowboarding," said Stickelman. "The upgrade is one of many in our Master Development Plan, which will ultimately make LVSSR a premier winter outdoor playground for locals and visitors."
The upgrade is part of a larger, multi-million dollar, investment representing the largest single year spend in the resort's history. In addition to the Chair 3 replacement, LVSSR will make numerous improvements as part of the $35 million Master Development Plan that was accepted by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in 2011. Other upgrades that guests can look forward to this season include 14 additional trails, a restaurant remodel, a new guest locker room and a new on-mountain grill, among others.
This winter drive or fly to Las Vegas, and win or lose on the gaming tables, drive or take the shuttle up to Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort where you won't lose out on some great skiing.
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July snow at LVSSR Copyright Mike Doyle