Desert living in Las Vegas has its perks, not the least of which is the live entertainment year-round and snowless roads come January. Yet the opportunity to escape the city for a taste of mountain life can lure even the most dedicated Las Vegan toward higher ground.

Whether you’re a new skier or ready to tackle a black diamond run, you’ll find a ski resort within driving distance of Las Vegas. Head to one of these four ski getaway locations to feel the crisp wind whip your face and the adrenaline rush through your veins, before relaxing back into your luxury Vegas lifestyle.

1. The Resort on Mount Charleston

Location: 39 miles northwest of Las Vegas

Mount Charleston is only about 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, but you’ll find it about 20 degrees cooler. Check into your room at the resort, enjoy a hot chocolate in the lodge, and then change into your ski gear for a fun day on the slopes.

Lee Canyon is just minutes from Mount Charleston Resort. As the 8th tallest peak in Nevada, it boasts ski runs for all skill levels, as well as snowshoeing and sledding opportunities.

2. Brian Head Resort

Location: 201 miles northeast of Las Vegas

The drive to this resort in Utah will take just over three hours, but you’ll be rewarded with a massive tube park and more than a dozen ski trails between Brian Head Peak and Navajo Peak.

If you don’t have your own pair of lucky skis or a favorite snowboard, you can rent all the equipment you need right at the resort. You can also sign up for private lessons to get your bearings before trying the trails by yourself. A separate kids’ camp is available for young skiers and snowboarders.

3. Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort (Lee Canyon)

Location: 49 miles west of Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, also known as Lee Canyon, is just a short drive from Sin City. With single day passes available, it’s easy to cook up some last-minute plans and head out there for the day when you need to unplug.

As well as offering ski and snowboarding runs of various difficulties, Lee Canyon has two race development trails where you can hone your technical skills in a small group learning environment. Other activities at Lee Canyon include snow tubing and snowshoeing.

4. Big Bear Mountain Resort

Location: 215 miles southwest of Las Vegas

Despite its reputation as the land of sunshine, California is also a prime destination for playing in the snow. Situated in the San Bernardino Mountains, this resort consists of two properties: Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.

Enjoy over 200 acres of skiable terrain and 31 unique trails without worrying about getting lost – the resort has its own free mobile app to help you find your way around. There’s also a state-of-the-art snowmaking system, so you’ll always have enough powder to shred.

Enjoy the Skiing Opportunities Around You

If you’re up for a longer road trip in search of an epic ski vacation, other destinations such as Dodge Ridge Ski Resort in California are within a day’s drive. With so many options 3 hours or less from Las Vegas, there’s no reason to embark on an 8-hour adventure to find a good ski run — unless you’ve already checked the others off your list.

All of the resorts near Sin City have trails for every skill level, so go ahead and give skiing a try as a newbie — there will be an instructor waiting to show you the ropes.

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