(Las Vegas, NV)- Don’t break out the snow gear just yet. Unseasonably warm temperatures are forcing the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort to postpone their opening.
LVSSR had a target opening date of Friday, November 28, but lack of snowfall and a lack of freezing temperatures on the mountain put a wrench in those plans. Pushing back the opening date is nothing new for the resort, which is used to rolling with Las Vegas’ warm temperatures. Jim Seely, LVSSR marketing director, says they still expect 180 days of fun in the season.
“It may be a little bit of a superstition, but in the past, a late season typically means a great season in terms of snowfall,” said Seely. “In the past we have opened a few weeks into December and we still got a full season. The bread and butter of our business doesn’t really happen until December into January.”
As for making snow on the mountain, that too is on hold.
“We have 10 million gallon reclamation reservoir when the snow melts in the spring and summer time, so we do make snow, but it’s still about freezing temperatures. We need about 72 hours of freezing temperatures so that we can lay a good foundation. We haven’t had that yet,” explained Seely.
Hope could be on the horizon. A storm system is expected to move through on Sunday night into Monday, bringing rain and colder temperatures.
Once the resort does open for business, snow lovers will be able to experience the new “Bluebird” quad quad lift that replaced Chair 2 as well as an improved tubing area.