Oth­cials uraina sasety As sdi­ina starts At Lee Canyon

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NEVADA - By Rachel Crosby Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal

The Lee Canyon bunny hill opened Fri­day, but if you’re think­ing about hop­ping up to Mount Charleston this week­end, of­fi­cials ask that you do so safely.

That means park­ing re­spon­si­bly, dress­ing ac­cord­ingly and trav­el­ing with a full tank, since there is no gas on the moun­tain.

Snow fell steadily the last two days, leav­ing a fresh layer of pow­der for novice skiers at the Lee Canyon bunny hill, lo­cated at the western end of state Route 156. The Lee Canyon ski area is of­fi­cially known as the Las Ve­gas Ski & Snow­board Re­sort.

The clouds are ex­pected to clear Fri­day night, which will leave clear, dry con­di­tions on the moun­tain this week­end. A high of 45 is fore­cast for Satur­day and Sun­day with lows of 24 and 25 de­grees, re­spec­tively.

“Over­all the weather should be fairly nice,” Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Alex Boothe said.

The ski area also an­nounced late Fri­day that Blue­bird, its long­est ski lift, which ser­vices in­ter­me­di­ate runs, is slated to open Satur­day. So lo­cal agen­cies are ex­pect­ing a busy week­end for moun­tain traf­fic.

Some­times hu­man er­ror can worsen those traf­fic con­di­tions, Ne­vada High­way Pa­trol trooper Travia Smaka said.

“Ev­ery­body wants to go up and en­joy the moun­tain. That’s un­der­stand­able,” Smaka said. “But if you go up in a ve­hi­cle that’s not prop­erly equipped, then you be­come a haz­ard.”

Smaka said two-wheel-drive cars with­out chains can slip and slide even on flat sur­faces if there’s ice. And be­cause two-lane roads are the only road­ways that weave through the moun­tains, any traf­fic crashes or mishaps can quickly cause a bot­tle­neck.

Il­le­gally parked cars can ex­ac­er­bate the prob­lem. Troop­ers will be out and about, is­su­ing ci­ta­tions.

Lee Canyon’s ad­vanced ski runs are ex­pected to open be­fore the Christ­mas week­end. Tub­ing be­gins Dec. 15.

If you plan on sledding in Lee Mead­ows and other play ar­eas, of­fi­cials ask that you only sled in ar­eas with less than a foot of snow, avoid rocks and trees, don’t lit­ter and stay off pri­vate prop­erty.

Con­tact Rachel Crosby at [email protected] re­viewjour­nal.com or 702-477-3801. Fol­low @rachelacrosby on Twit­ter.

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