A ski area near Las Vegas, Nevada could get a winter sports makeover and add summer thrill rides and zip lines, under a plan that federal officials have posted for public comment. The ambitious and long-delayed The Lee Canyon plan, to expand Southern Nevada’s only ski resort, was posted Aug. 17 by the US Forest Service and includes $35 million in Lee Canyon upgrades.
The Lee Canyon Ski and Snowboard Resort, NV, aka Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort (LVSSR), was taken over by Utah based POWDR Corp, one of the largest ski area operators in North America, in 2003. It currently has 445 skiable acres, 30 trails and receives, on average, 212″ of annual snowfall.
The plan to create a year-round playground would more than double the ski area, add chairlifts, downhill runs, parking and snow-making, upgrade or replace 50-year old buildings and improve the water system. It also includes summer plans to add bike trails and a “mountain coaster.”
“We’re excited, and we hope everyone else is excited too,” said Jim Seely, marketing and technology director for the resort. “We hope everyone will take a look and give us feedback on how to make Lee Canyon better.”
The Mount Charleston attraction was formerly called the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort and is about 40 miles northwest of the Las Vegas Strip. Pending the outcome of the forest service review, work could start on some of the new downhill mountain bike trails as soon as next summer, with the entire development plan slated to take about 12 years to complete.
“The forest (service) is eager to hear what the public thinks and if there are other considerations to take into account before a final decision is made,” said Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger in a written statement.
At least one outspoken — and litigious — environmental group is already weighing in. The public has 45 days to comment.