After partaking in the gambling, complimentary drinks, and legendary nightlife of Las Vegas, consider including a few ski days into your vacation. There are several major snow-filled resorts located within an easy driving distance to the Las Vegas strip for a short overnight stay or even a day-trip. As a bonus: No matter what time you return to the city from the slopes, the town will be up waiting for you.
Distance to the Las Vegas Strip: 9 miles
Get up after a long night, and you can get from the Las Vegas strip to the lifts in about 30 minutes. Lee Canyon is the closest ski area to the Las Vegas strip, and while it may not be a huge resort, it will help you satisfy that urge to make a few turns. If you want to ski or snowboard and be back fast, then this is the place to go.
Lee Canyon Resort Info:
Vertical Drop: 860 ft.
Skiable Acres: 40 acres
Address: 6725 Lee Canyon Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89124.
Distance to the Las Vegas Strip: 204 miles
Brian Head is close enough to Las Vegas that you can make it a quick day trip. They have a great kids program and plenty of other winter activities, like the Last Chair Saloon with a wide selection of beers on tap, to keep the non-sliders occupied.
Brian Head Resort Info:
Vertical Drop: 1707 ft.
Skiable Acres: 650 Acres
Address: 329 South Highway 143, Brian Head, Utah, 84719.
Distance to the Las Vegas Strip: 211 MilesLocated in the San Bernardino Mountains just an hour east of Los Angeles, snowboarders will love the two resorts here as there are countless opportunities to grind, slide, jump and whatever else is the new trick of the year. Snow summit resort has a fun family park, and Bear Mountain is a Mecca for snowboarders.
Bear Mountain Resorts Info:
Vertical Drop: 1700 ft.
Skiable Area: 438 Acres
Address: 880 Summit Blvd Big Bear Lake, California, 92315.
Distance to the Las Vegas Strip: 244 miles
Eagle Point is a couple of hours north of Las Vegas, and it offers a shot at some of that Utah dry powder to drop into and ski. Akin to a boutique ski resort, the area has an intimate feel far removed from the gargantuan mega-ski resorts and perfect for a quiet day on the slopes. Eagle Point Ski Area Info:
Vertical Drop: 1,500 ft
Skiable Area: 600 acres
Address: 150 S W Village Circle, Beaver, Utah, 84713.
Distance to the Las Vegas Strip: 312 MilesGet to the top of the gondola and look straight down — pure adrenaline awaits. Sure it is a bit of a drive from Las Vegas, but Mammoth Mountain will satisfy every winter craving you have whether you are on skis or a snowboard.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Info:
Vertical Drop: 3100 ft.
Skiable Area: 3,500 acres
Address: 10001 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes, California, 93546.
Distance to the Las Vegas Strip: 424 Miles
The need to ski or snowboard must be urgent to make the trek all the way to Park City, but you will not be disappointed once you have arrived. Choose from the top-notch Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Ski Area or the Canyons Resort.
Park City Ski Area Info:
Vertical Drop: 3100 ft.
Skiable Area: 3,300 acres
Address: 1345 Lowell Ave, Park City, Utah, 84060.