Just because you live in Vegas doesn’t mean you have to miss out on snow. Mt Charleston is not that far away. There’s tons of snow up there and it’s only a forty five minute drive from Las Vegas. At the top of Mt. Charleston is a ski resort.
If you are not sure where to go sledding near Vegas, I suggest packing up your sled and heading towards Mt. Charleston lodge. Drive until there is enough snow to sled on. These pictures are near the Kyle canyon campground just a few minutes from the Mt. Charleston lodge.
Summer activities on Mt. Charleston
VOTED THE NO. 1 COURSE IN LAS VEGAS, with the first hole located at 9,300’ in elevation, this course works its way through some of the resort’s most spectacular terrain, that’s part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States outside of Alaska. Guests can hike or ride the chairlift to the 1st tee at the top of Chair 1. Price: $17 for adults and $12 for children twelve and under, include the rental of one driver, one putter and a chair lift ticket.
SCENIC CHAIR LIFT RIDES
A ride to the top of Chair 1 at 8,000 ft. includes breathtaking views of Lee Canyon’s cathedral-like limestone cliffs, acres of ponderosa pine and aspen trees and plant and animal life that’s unique to Mt. Charleston. Prices: Adult chair lift tickets are $10, children twelve and under are $5.
The Bighorn Grill is located on the upper level of the Las Vegas skit resort lodge, and offers selections include grilled items, custom burgers, and hand tossed salads. The neighboring Bristlecone Bar serves premium draft beers, bottle beers, wines and cocktails. Visitors enjoy the pristine views surrounding the 5,000 sq. ft. patio and can also play a variety of lawn games like Giant Jenga and Cornhole (bean bag toss), among others.
There are 51 miles of trails throughout the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (Mt. Charleston). Starting next to LVSSR the 6.2-mile Bristlecone Trail lets hikers meander through White Fir and Quaking Aspen, then climb exposed slopes to an ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. After passing the junction with the Bonanza Trail, hikers descend into a canyon next to the trailhead near McWilliams Campground. The Bristlecone Trail is the perfect trail for hikers of all ages and ability levels. This pet friendly trail is a locals’ favorite.
High altitude training helps athletes gain endurance and build muscle. In fact, since 1968, 95 percent of all medalists at the world championships and the Olympic Games have either lived or trained at altitude (Runners World). At LVSSR, you’ll find many of Las Vegas’ top pro- and amateur athletes running or power hiking up the mountain for a great summer workout.