Things to do in Mt. Charleston & Lee Canyon This Winter
January 3, 2019
There’s no denying that Las Vegas is known for its casinos, nightlife, and urban living. But the city is also close to amazing skiing, snowboarding, and other adventurous winter sports. Snow season is upon us, so let’s look at some of the best things to do in Mount Charleston, which is only about an hour away from your home at The Ogden.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing and snowboarding are what Mount Charleston and Lee Canyon are known for, and for good reason. If you’re ready to shred, secure a season pass to snowboard or ski for months. Not sure if you’re ready to commit? The Local Pass locks in $39 lift tickets any day of the season, so you can visit when you want. Plus, there are plenty of classes for kids or coaching for adults. There’s no reason you can’t try your hand at a new snowsport this winter.
Snow tubing is fun for the whole family, even if you don’t know your way around a pair of skis. At Lee Canyon, you can enjoy sliding down the super steep lanes for an hour and a half for only $25-$30. The tubing hill isn’t quite open yet, but keep checking back for some winter fun.
A few years ago, Lee Canyon started offering snowshoeing excursions for their guests. Although it’s not open quite yet, there are sure to be a few snowshoeing activities on Mount Charleston and Lee Canyon’s calendar. Bristlecone Loop is a great snowshoe route for first-timers looking to enjoy the Mt. Charleston snow.
There is even plenty to do around Mount Charleston for those that aren’t as athletically-inclined. Resorts like the Mount Charleston Lodge and The Retreat on Charleston Peak are the perfect places to cozy up with a hot chocolate and a good book. Some of the best times up in the mountains are spent huddled around a fire warming up cold toes after a day of fun.
There are over 60 miles of maintained trails throughout the Mount Charleston area and they range from beginner to advanced. For example, Sawmill Trailhead is an easy 2.6 miles, while the Mount Charleston National Recreation Trail/South Loop is one of the most difficult at 8.5 miles on a steep incline. This trail is closed during the winter months, but come back to enjoy it in the springtime, once the Mt. Charleston snow has melted! No matter what trail you pick, you’re sure to see some of Las Vegas’ most breathtaking natural beauty. Just make sure to pack plenty of water for your whole gang.
Know Before You Go
Lee and Kyle Canyons are very popular during the snowy months and can bring more than 25,000 cars to the area, depending on the season’s condition. Because of this, the Mount Charleston Winter Alliance encourages guests to plan ahead when visiting. GoMtCharleston.com has information on snow and road conditions, weather updates, and safety tips. Make sure to check this information before you head up to the mountains to keep yourself and others safe.
In addition, the Nevada Department of Transportation has parking restrictions to ensure public safety and emergency access. Make sure to bring plenty of warm clothes in case you have to park further away and walk to all the fun. If you want to avoid the rush and are properly equipped, you can also check out Lovell Canyon, Trout Canyon, or the Potosi Mountain area. These are less trafficked, but the roads aren’t maintained, so prepare accordingly.
Lee Canyon and Mount Charleston are just two of the many attractions near Las Vegas and they make the perfect winter road trip escape. Whether you’re going for the weekend to enjoy a few days in the Mt. Charleston snow or are just headed out on a day trip, these are the adventures that draw so many people into living in Las Vegas.