Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort not ready to fold ‘em

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 24, 2010 2:45 pm

Like a night in Sin City that just keeps going and going, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort has extended its ski season once again through Sunday, May 2. Earlier this spring, the Nevada resort extended the final date to April 18, then again to April 25. Kicking off 2009-10 operations seven weeks early on Oct. 7, the ski area has enjoyed its longest season in its 47-year history.

El Nino years are apparently a good bet for Vegas. On Saturday, the area reported a record late-season snow base of 58 inches, much deeper than the average closing-week base of 24 inches. As of Saturday, the total annual snowfall for the area stood at 216.5 inches, well above the annual average of 120 inches.

The snow has prompted plenty of skiers and boarders to leave the tables on the Vegas Strip and take the 45-minute drive up to the ski area. The skier-visit numbers for the season are up 28 percent compared to last season.

Three chairlifts and one surface lift service 860 vertical feet of terrain at the resort. The base lodge is perched at an elevation of 8,510 feet, higher than the base of a resort such as Mammoth Mountain that sits at 7,953 feet.

(Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort)