LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Even though it’s a winter wonderland, Lee Canyon is urging the public to heed Gov. Steve Sisolak’s stay-at-home directive.
“Despite the recent snowfall, people should not be traveling to Lee Canyon for outdoor recreation of any kind,” the resort said in a news release.
The release noted employees are not monitoring snowpack, as they are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lee Canyon said staying home will also help local first responder teams.
“Along with its partners, the US Forest Service, Lee Canyon urges people to #StayHomeForNevada. Those who want to spend time outdoors should do so close to home and only in places where social distancing can be practiced.”
This announcement came after a recent winter storm brought another foot of snow to the Spring Mountain’s higher peaks.
Campgrounds, day-use areas and visitors’ centers are closed in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
Normally, the ski resort would stay open until Easter weekend, or longer, with a healthy snowpack – to give kids and families on spring break a last hurrah on the mountain. But Lee Canyon closed their gates in mid-March with their last report of 101 inches for the season. It’s more than that now with the recent storms.
Kyle Canyon received around eight inches of new snow at 6,900 feet. Rainbow Canyon which sits near the 4,400 foot level is reporting four inches of fresh snow.
Weather advisories for the Spring and Sheep Mountains were canceled early Thursday morning and there are no weather advisories in place Friday.
With the “Stay at Home” order, roads may not be plowed as regularly by NDOT, so expect slippery roads and winter weather travel through the higher elevations.