Las Vegas ski area enjoys longest season |

Las Vegas ski area enjoys longest season

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas is known for a lot of things, but seldom for skiing.

Yet El Nino storms that delivered bountiful snowfall has a Las Vegas-area ski resort staying open late in the season.

The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, 30 miles west of the city, has a 60-inch snowpack that’s nearly three times deeper than normal.

The 860-foot ski area is enjoying its longest season, since Oct. 7, and says it will stay open another week. Traffic on the slopes is up 28 percent.

More than 216 inches of snow fell at the resort this winter, nearly double the average.

The snow could be going fast, however. Las Vegas was expected to stay sunny and warm with highs into the 80s for the first half of this week.

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