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A ski resort in Las Vegas, Travel Photo Mondays

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Can you believe there’s a ski resort in Las Vegas? Travel Photo Mondays

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A ski resort in Las Vegas, Travel Photo Mondays

A ski resort in Las Vegas, Travel Photo Mondays

Yes it is hard to believe in the desert area around Las Vegas there are actually mountain ranges where it does snow enough to have a local ski resort. Just about forty-five minutes outside of downtown Las Vegas, and rising above the desert floor with miles of cacti and Joshua trees are the Spring Mountains National Recreation and the Humbolt-Toyaibe National Forest areas. The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort is a catchy name that’s easy to remember and the ski resort base, at the 8,510 foot level, gets enough snow to operate all the trails around the ski resort. In early winter, snow making machines make it possible to have the resort running smoothly for the entire winter season.

During the summer time, the cool mountain air and gorgeous vistas make this entire area a very attractive place to hike and even take one of the lifts up to the top and enjoy the endless views from the peak. Hiking back downhill from the lifts are an easy alternative to hiking through the property, although the hiking rails are all open for the public to enjoy and explore on their own.

 

Las Vegas Spring Mountain desert flats area

Las Vegas Spring Mountain desert flats area

The drive up

The drive going through the desert and entering the mountain range is stunning – gorgeous morning light colorfully blankets the vegetation on the valley floor. The mountain ranges in the background are dressed up in cool shades of blue to dark purple. The views of the craggy peaks of Spring Mountain are dramatic with their exposed granite and cracked facades against thousands of sculptured Joshua trees and other small cacti dotting the landscape, magnificent views, don’t you think?

 

Drive up from Hwy 95 to Spring Mountain National Forest

Drive up from Hwy 95 to Spring Mountain National Forest

It’s a gorgeous day up at Spring Mountain National Park

 

Welcome to Spring Mountain National Forest

Welcome to Spring Mountain National Forest

Park Entrance

Towards the entrance of the park in the grassy lower elevations, you can find wild horses roaming around the pasture area. I was lucky to find a few wild horses grazing in this green pasture area with the ski resort in the background. A beautiful caramel and white striped horse is busily chewing away at this one area of green grass with no worries about visitors in the area, including the crazy guy (me) trying frame a picture of the horse with the ski resort in the background.

 

Wild horses at Spring Mountain entrance

Wild horses at Spring Mountain entrance

 

 

 

Bristle cone peaks at Spring Mountain National Park

Bristle cone peaks at Spring Mountain National Park

 

 

My guide drives me around and points out some of the key landmarks in the area : Bristle Cone Mountains, the overlook areas and around the ski resort base camp which is empty (open summer times during the weekend only). It’s quiet and a nice summer day (around 75 degrees). We take a nice short walk around the property grounds including an open spot under the pines and aspen trees where weddings are held during the summer timeframe (it’s a nice natural alternative to the typical Vegas glitz down below). We continue the hike through areas where a popular sport of Frisbee golf is all the rage, and Frisbee hoops are placed through the various sections and trails around the resort. The resort is hosting many types of summer outdoor activities including: bike touring, hikes, Frisbee golf competitions and summer music concerts (check the website below for a list of current events and activities)

 

A shot from above to Las Vegas Ski and Snowmobile resort

A shot from above to Las Vegas Ski and Snowmobile resort

 

I sit on one of the stationary lift chairs used for seating and imagine how cool this area must be during wintertime and probably not so crazy, considering the four chair lifts that make up the entire resort. I’m sure it’s a unique experience outside of the Las Vegas experience – in fact over 30 percent of visitors come to the resort from out-of-state so they can experience something unique for a Las Vegas trip.

 

Cool gondola chair resting areas

Cool gondola chair resting areas

 

Welcome to Las Vegas – ski resort that is!

 

Photo op with the Welcome Las Vegas sign

Photo op with the Welcome Las Vegas sign

 

There are extensive plans to increase the resort up to 50 trails and 10 lifts in their master development plan, but today the resort is very comfortable and a family friendly destination. To find out more details about the resort, snow conditions and other activities, check out their website here.

 

A scenic tour back to from Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort

A scenic tour back to from Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the tour of the Las Vegas Ski and Snowmobile resort for Travel Photo Mondays, please visit the other bloggers linking up to the site below.

 

For more articles on Las Vegas, check these out:

Las Vegas night scenes

Cool places to visit in Downtown Vegas

Night tour of the Neon Museum

A stay at the Monte Carlo Hotel in Las Vegas

A Grand Canyon helicopter tour from Las Vegas

 

Disclosure: Thanks to the Las Vegas Ski and Snowmobile Resort for the ride and tour of the area and National Parks, all opinions and thoughts are my own and I had a fantastic time visiting the area.

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24 Responses to A ski resort in Las Vegas, Travel Photo Mondays

  1. Suzanne Fluhr September 4, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    As far as I’m concerned, the best thing about Las Vegas, is everything around it. We’ve used it as a jumping off point (i.e. airport) for drives to the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. Beautiful.

  2. alison September 4, 2014 at 3:25 am #

    Now this is a side to Las Vegas that I would be happy to embrace : )

  3. Suzanne Stavert September 3, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    I had no idea! What a lovely place! Thank you for the virtual tour!

  4. Sue Reddel September 2, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Wow! What a terrific secret find. Not everything that is in Las Vegas should stay there. Great photos make the story even better.Thanks for letting the cat out of the bag Noel.

  5. Carole Terwilliger Meyers September 2, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    I did not know about this ski resort. I think it must be a well-guarded secret. Thanks for letting it out!

  6. Rachel@safari254 September 1, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    Lovely photos, an awesome addition to the other attractions in Las Vegas …

  7. Jesh StG September 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    Vegas and skiing does seem an aximoron – every time we pass by there it’s super hot – but what Las Vegas wants, she gets so it seems like!

  8. Kay Dougherty September 1, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    Too funny – if there’s a chance to make something that probably really belongs elsewhere (see Tower, Eiffel) then Vegas is the place to look for it! I’d like to see it covered in snow too. Interesting to know about!

  9. Michele Peterson September 1, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    I had no idea there was a Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort…Vegas truly seems to have everything! I love that photo of the wild horse..it’s so peaceful and quite a switch from the busy neon signs you posted recently.

  10. The Gypsynesters September 1, 2014 at 3:05 am #

    Didn’t know about this, thanks. A few years ago we skied at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley just out side of Tucson. Skied all day then drove down to an 80 degree sunny day down below.

  11. Corinne September 1, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    Noel, I love your desert photos! The sun highlighting the cactus needles is spectacular.

  12. Betts Wuebker August 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    Another great reason to venture beyond the Strip! I am fascinated by the gondola chairs. They’ve got an “abandoned” vibe that is compelling.

  13. Muza-chan August 31, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    Beautiful…

  14. Michelle | Lights Camera Travel August 31, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    Wow Nevada has so much to offer away from the strip!

  15. santafetraveler August 31, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    I didn’t know there was skiing in Las Vegas, Would love to see it with snow on the ground.

  16. Rajlakshmi August 31, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    I actually didn’t know it snowed near Vegas. Gorgeous place… Loved the picture with horse.

  17. Bron August 31, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    I love these pics, just beautiful scenery. Thanks for sharing them. Bron

  18. Brittany @ Paws for Beer August 31, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    I had no idea that there was a ski resort near Las Vegas. Looks like a beautiful spot!

  19. Dennis Kopp August 31, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    Noel, I have to admit that I did not know anything about a ski resort in Las Vegas and it actually sounds quite absurd. But looking at your summertime photos, this strange sounding place does in fact appear as a perfect place for hiking. And the fact that it is actually meant for skiing makes it even more interesting, especially with those curious features as the gondola chair resting area in the middle of the desert landscape… 🙂

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