Quick: Name three things that first come to mind when you think of Las Vegas. Fine art, snow skiing and driving a professional race car probably didn’t even make your Top 100. That’s what makes the following activities such rare treats, though remaining uniquely Vegas-like in their execution. Sure, the casinos, restaurants, spas and nightclubs in Sin City are all beyond comparison, but for the more cultured or adventurous, give the following a try. — Marco Medrano

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA)

3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 693-7811
(888) 987-6667

Nestled in the opulent world that is the Bellagio Resort and Casino, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) catapults you away from the incessant din of casino life into a privileged world of stunning visuals and near soundlessness — in other words, bliss. Working in partnership with some of the finest museums and foundations in the world, the BGFA is easily Las Vegas’ premier cultural destination and a must-see, if only to get a brief respite from the joyous noise that surely awaits. Gallery and Gallery Store hours: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with last admission sold at 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with last admission sold at 6:30 p.m. Includes holidays. Call or check Web site for updated exhibits, special hours and unique tours.

Skiing and Snowboarding on Mount Charleston

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (Lee Canyon at Mount Charleston)
Highway 156, Mount Charleston, NV 89124
(702) 645–275 (Las Vegas Office)
(702) 385-2754 (resort)
(702) 593-9500 (snow report hotline)

If your only idea of outdoor fun in Las Vegas is a dusty round of desert golf, well, hold on to your ski cap, friend, and trek over to Mount Charleston, Sin City’s winter wonderland destination, a mere 30-minute car ride away. Boasting temperatures more than 20 degrees colder than Las Vegas, Mount Charleston is truly family- and pet-friendly and has amazing activities, none more festive than tackling some of the most challenging slopes this side of Aspen or an unforgettable sleigh ride. Don’t forget to pack your favorite warm scarf on your next trip to Las Vegas. That even sounds funny, doesn’t it? Scheduled ski slope hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. Be sure to check its Web site daily for live web-cam, weather conditions and special scheduling updates.

Driving race cars at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS)

7000 Las Vegas Boulevard North
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(800) 644-4444

Though the irony isn’t lost on anyone, even as you’re inching along in bumper-to-bumper traffic on The Strip, just a short ride just outside of Las Vegas you’ll find one of the coolest experiences you’re likely to have behind the wheel of a car in your life, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Yes — you behind the wheel! With more than a dozen separate venues — everything from go-karts to NASCAR — any fantasy on wheels can be fulfilled and then some. Sales office hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call sales office or check Web site for multiple venue schedules and special event hours — there’s many fun events going on at LVMS.