Ski resorts highlights plans to make resort safer - 8 News NOW

Ski resorts highlights plans to make resort safer

Posted: Updated:

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas valley is currently in the thick of extreme heat, but up on Mt. Charleston, managers at the ski and snowboard resort are already thinking ahead to the cold.

They are planning big improvements to make things safer for winter visitors, especially kids. The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort opens for summer Friday but these plans are already in the works.

There have been serious, even deadly sledding accidents in recent years. Now, the resort is trying to build a tubing hill to make things safer.

Even in the summer, the beauty of Lee Canyon is not lost on avid skiers Cheryl and Rad Druen. They have always loved coming to this part of Mt. Charleston but for years, they hoped the ski resort would make changes

"The chairlifts were so close, they would come down and really, you have to keep skiers away from each other. You have got to give them a lot of room; otherwise, everyone is running into each other," Cheryl Druen said.

Already, the resort has moved one chairlift and it has graded the loading area to make things level.

"It just makes it more accessible, wider, safer, flatter -- flatter is safer when you're on snow," Druen said.

Plus, it is adding another faster, four-person chairlift, which will be up and running by winter.

"This new lift gets people up the hill quicker. It has a higher capacity. It carries more people up the hill, at any given hour," general manager for LVSSR Kevin Stickelman said.

The resort is also trying to add a tubing hill. It is a sport visitors often attempt on their own, in unsafe conditions.

"The last few years unfortunately, there have been some accidents, some of them fairly significant," Stickelman said.

Both the resort and skiers, say the upgrades will help protect visitors of all ages.

"It gives people a safe place to go. We have the tubes. We know the equipment is safe. We have a lift that pulls them up hill so they're not walking. There is a lot of benefit to it," Stickelman said.

“They've done tremendous improvements throughout the trail. Each year it gets better and better," Rad Druen said.

These skiers can't wait to come back in winter, when temperatures finally fall.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLAS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.