Fresh snow draws massive crowds to Lee Canyon

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A foot-and-a-half of snow was dropped upon the mountain hosing Lee Canyon Ski Resort over the Christmas weekend bringing out massive crowds.

“It’s good-looking man, it’s beautiful,” said Soren Peterson.  “There was so much powder today.”

Skiers and snowboarders alike took advantage of the 18 inches of fresh snow.

“It’s all powder today, so when you fall, it doesn’t hurt, Peterson said.  “It’s like falling in a blanket of clouds; it’s awesome.”

The powerful storm that dropped the fresh powder even brought out the pros.

Jade Douglass, a competitive skier, said he was for the enjoyment of being on the runs.  Plus, I also like to go fast, so I like that too,” he said.

After the clouds cleared, Lee Canyon said it saw a capacity crowd of about 2,000 people pack the runs and terrain park.  Monday mimicked that same story.

The storm brought enough snow to go around, essentially allowing the entire resort to open to accommodate the crowds.

“I think we have only 1 or 2 runs that aren’t open as of this morning, and it’s because of this great snowfall,” said Jim Seely, Lee Canyon Marketing Director.

Seely thinks the snow will continue to draw crowds through the weekend.

“The locals, the season pass holders, they watch the weather pretty closely so when there are some great snowfall and conditions like this, it’s too difficult to stay away,” Seely said.

Due to the big crowds that are expected, it is recommended that attendees of the resort reserve their spots on the slopes.

Ski staff also recommends getting a head start on when you’d like to come because traffic going up the mountain has been pretty bad.  Over the weekend, the roads had to be shut down for several hours due to heavy backups.

The U.S. Forest Service and the Nevada Highway Patrol have several officers stationed on Highways 156 and Highway 157 to help deal with heavy traffic.

On Monday, heavy traffic caused some intermittent closures near the ski resort.

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