Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is the First Ski Area to Open in United States
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort became the first ski area in the United States to open its lift served terrain for the 2011/12 season on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. Wolf Creek Ski Area that’s located in Pagosa Springs, Colo. was second.
LVSSR’s management reports that several hundred guests took advantage of the early opening, including out of state skiers and snowboarders. Chair 3, which served an all-terrain park for skiing and snowboarding, ran on Saturday until 4 p.m. and again on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“It’s very exciting that a ski area in Las Vegas is the first to open for the season,” says Kevin Stickelman, LVSSR’s president. “We’
LVSSR’s opening coincided with special weekend events, including hosting the finish area of the 17.5-mile Mount Charleston Hill Climb 2011 bike race on Saturday and LVSSR’s first-ever Oktoberfest celebration on Sunday. In addition to those skiing and snowboarding, more than two hundred people enjoyed scenic chairlifts rides during the weekend’s festivities.
Stickelman explains that the snowmaking effort for the weekend used about 400,000 gallons of water from the area’s snowmaking pond, which holds 7.5 million gallons of water. Stickelman says that the water used will be 100 percent recovered in the next few weeks and will not impact in-season snowmaking. Unless additional storms move into the area, LVSSR will re-open for the season on Friday, November 25.
“It’s a rare for this region to receive snow so early, so we felt it was important to offer our season pass holders and guests a chance to come together, celebrate and get excited about the season,” says Stickelman.
The public has an opportunity to pick up season passes at discounted prices, a deal that lasts through Oct 31. Detailed information on pre-season pricing is available at www.skilasvegas.com. Information about new lessons at the ski school, as well as about the new ski racing program for children and NASTAR, the National Standard Race grassroots ski race program — all of which launch this season — will be available.
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About Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR) is located approximately one hour from downtown Las Vegas in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Established in 1963, LVSSR offers guests access to 11 trails via three chair lifts and one surface lift. The area features LVSSR’s Ski & Snowboard School, Darkside Terrain Park, a freestyle terrain park for skiers and snowboarders, and off-slope amenities. Powdr Corp., a leading mountain resort company, operates LVSSR in partnership with the USDA Forest Service under a special-use permit. Visitors may access LVSSR from the city via the Ski Vegas Ski Bus, a shuttle service operated with the support of the USDA Forest Service and operated by Triple J Tours (CPCN #2032). For more information, please visit www.skilasvegas.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR), established in 1963, is located roughly 45-minutes from downtown Las Vegas and offers a total of 11 trails serviced by four lifts. For more information, please visit www.skilasvegas.com.