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Winter Family Fun at Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort

Less than an hour north of our sun-drenched city is Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR), a magical winter oasis that sits amid the Ponderosa pine and Aspen trees in Lee Canyon on Mt. Charleston. For more than 50 years, parents and children have enjoyed winter days skiing and snowboarding at LVSSR. With a multi-million-dollar expansion plan underway, LVSSR has added two new quad chair lifts, made upgrades to its base area and added new winter amenities.

Last year, LVSSR unveiled its snow tubing area, that’s a great option for non-skiing and snowboarding families who want to enjoy a fun yet safe snow play area. Offering two lanes of snow sliding exciting and a special lift that transports tubers uphill after a thrilling ride, snow tubing is available on weekends and holiday periods throughout the winter season. Parents can also host private events, like a child’s birthday party, on non-holiday weekdays.

Also new is Bluebird, a quad chair lift that replaced the 32 year-old Chair Two. The addition of this lift means shorter lift lines as this quad has twice the capacity and speed as it predecessor.

Families who are curious about learning to ski or snowboard or who want to tune up their skills, LVSSR is the perfect place to do both. As one of the only resorts in the United States to offer complimentary coaching services, LVSSR’s seasoned professionals are on hand to offer quick refreshers on skills like turning and stopping. Coaches are available on Rabbit Peak to work with guests (guests must have a season pass or daily lift ticket), and those who would like a more in-depth learning experience can book private lessons.

For first-time skiers or snowboarders, LVSSR also offers ski/snowboarding clothing rentals as well as gear rentals, including high performance skis and snowboards. For a savings on lift tickets, families can purchase lift tickets online at www.skilasvegas.com.

Whether a child has big dreams of being an Olympian or he or she just wants more consistent instruction, LVSSR offers youth ski and snowboarding programs. LVSSR’s Mountaineers Program caters to skiers who 3 to 6 years old and its Freeride Program is for both snowboarders and skiers ages 7 to 14. Both programs emphasize fun, safety, and skill development.

Whether your family is a group of seasoned snow veterans or you’re looking to introduce your kids to the magic of skiing or snowboarding, LVSSR truly has something for everyone. For more information, to buy lift tickets or to book a program session visit www.skilasvegas.com or call 702‑385‑2754.