Cooler temps allow Lee Canyon to open one trail ahead of schedule


Snow is falling across the country, even in some cities that don’t normally see snow, such as New Orleans and Houston. 

Lee Canyon resort took advantage of some of the colder temps and kicked off the new season one day earlier by opening up one trail for the new season. 

Snowmaking machines and cooler temps helped make all of that happen. 

“I kind of like to think about it as the theme song to Cheers; “everybody knows your name,” said Parker Hunt, snowboarder.

According to Hunt, the tight-knit community keeps snowboarder him coming back to the slopes year after year.

“I started to make friends with the mountain family around here, and I’ve been up here ever since. It’s great to come up here and reunite with all my snow buddies.”

Fresh snow on sunny a day gives this snowboarder his first taste of the fresh season at Lee Canyon.

“It’s very special because this place is surrounded by desert, so it’s kind of like an island in the sky.”

A cold snap earlier this week was the resort’s chance to turn the mountain white, so 20 snow guns pumped out enough powder over 108 straight hours so that “rabbit peak” could open.

“The guns were cranking out around 600 gallons per minute or so.” 

Marketing Director for Lee Canyon, Jim Seely says a strong base of about 12 inches was formed, making the trail ready for visitors.  According to Seely, a few more cold days is all that’s needed to bring get the snow guns back in action. 

“We’re looking to get everything open and have fun, and obviously we’re preparing for the winter break which is a lot of fun out there, and maybe we’ll see Santa skiing downhill,” Seely said.

“Being from Vegas, I always like to find this place like as a great escape,” Hunt said. “I kind of just wait for the days, the dog days of summer to get over, for this to happen.”

Since there is only limited terrain available at Lee Canyon, visitors have to buy a ticket. A ticket right now is just $29.

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