Construction of the mountain bike park is set to begin June 1
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Four to eight inches of fresh snowfall is expected tonight as Lee Canyon prepares for one last big weekend of skiing before the season closes.
The winter season ends on Sunday. Two of the resort’s three lifts are open and running today, and there’s still a 26-inch base, according to leecanyonlv.com. Use the link to check the conditions before you go.
The resort offers day passes for $25 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with $5 from every ticket sold going to the High Fives Foundation, an organization that helps people return to outdoor physical activity after injuries that have changed their life. A similar event in March raised more than $2,000 for the foundation, according to a Facebook post by Lee Canyon. Lee Canyon refers to these events as “Feel Good Weekenders”. Parking is an additional $10.
“Our community came together and made this season a milestone. People came out in record numbers to support the Chris Ruby Memorial Cup, benefiting the Nevada Donor Network. Total fundraising for the High Fives Foundation exceeded $70,000 this year. We feel lucky to have a community that values giving back,” said Jim Seely, Chief Marketing Officer of Lee Canyon.
Ride Local Card members get in for free this week – the second free week of the year for cardholders.
The weekend caps the second extended winter season for Lee Canyon. Spring skiing came to the mountain for the first time last year. The season ran through Sunday, April 4 last year, and the mountain received six inches of fresh snow the week before the season ended.
And when the snow clears and summer rolls around, work will begin on a mountain bike park that Lee Canyon announced in late January. Construction is expected to begin June 1, weather permitting, according to Lee Canyon general manager Dan Hooper.
Hooper told 8 News Now that the first trails will be a ‘blue’ trail and a ‘black’ trail – the difficulty levels used for the mountain bike trails follow the ski trail rating model, easiest being designated as “green” trails, blue for intermediate and black for advanced. He said the 2.2 mile green trail will open later as it is twice as long as the other trails.
The blue trail will be a dug out trail, with banked turns going down the mountain.
A map of plans for phase 1 of the project shows that the first trails will be near the lifts, with plans for more trails planned in the coming years on another part of the mountain, where they will be near the popular Bristlecone trail , even crossing the trail in a few places.
Lee Canyon closes out the winter season with a “poker race” on Friday and a pond-skimming and costume contest on Sunday.
- Chairlift and Resort Poker Run: Starting at noon, skiers and snowboarders can pick up five cards at five different locations on the mountain. At 4 p.m., players will present their hands at the Bristlecone Bar inside the Hillside Lodge for a chance to win.
- Pond Skimming and Costume Contest: Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to wear costumes on Sundays. On Sunday afternoon, the annual Lee Canyon Pond Skimming Contest takes place, marking the last day of the ski season. Winners walk away with prizes. At 3 p.m. at the Bristlecone Bar, Lee Canyon will award prizes for the best costumes.
Lee Canyon expects its spring season to begin April 22; hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Activities will include scenic chairlift rides, food and drink, and the start of disc golf.