The 5 Best Ski Resorts Near Las Vegas

The 5 Best Ski Resorts Near Las Vegas - UPDATED 2020/21
Jack Taylor
Written by Jack Taylor / Photos by Jack Taylor
Last updated June 29, 2020
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Believe it or not, there’s more to Sin City than just glitzy casinos and kitschy neon lights. Vegas also serves as an excellent starting point for a ski vacation in Nevada, Southern Utah, and California, so to swap the slot machines for snowy slopes here are the five best destinations to choose from!

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Known for

Being the closest mountain resort to Las Vegas with skiing, snowshoeing and tubing all available

Highlights

  • Complimentary coaching sessions for first-time skiers
  • Excellent slope-side amenities at the Hillside Lodge
  • Hike-to terrain offers experienced skiers untouched snow up to 11,289 ft
  • Small lift-served ski area with only 26 trails in total

Closest airports

McCarran Intl. Airport - 55 mi (1 hour drive)

Distance from Downtown Las Vegas - 50 mi (1 hour drive)

Whistler Blackcomb ski terrain
Photo credit: Lee Canyon

Lee Canyon is under an hours’ drive from the Las Vegas Strip, making it an awesome option for a skiing day trip. It’s the smallest resort in this list but still remarkably well-equipped, with a large modern base lodge complete with a ski-in/ski-out bar and grill featuring an open-air heated terrace. Beginners and intermediates will undoubtedly get the most out of this mountain, the Ponderosa Glade being one of the standout trails. Advanced skiers can have a blast too though, thanks to four backcountry gates opening up access to deep powder bowls and steep chutes.

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Known for

Laid-back resort with affordable lift tickets, ski rental, and lodging

Highlights

  • Good quality snow and wonderful mountain scenery
  • Free shuttle buses make getting around the resort easy
  • Far less crowded than other ski resorts in Utah
  • Tiny town with few restaurants and quiet nightlife

Closest airports

McCarran Intl. Airport - 208 mi (3 hour drive)

Distance from Downtown Las Vegas - 201 mi (3 hour drive)

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Brian Head Resort

Largely overlooked by skiers who focus on the bigger Utah ski destinations, Brian Head is a wonderfully laid-back resort with an impressive 360 in of average annual snowfall. If you’re seeking quiet slopes this place is for you, and with 71 trails across 650 ac there’s plenty to ski. Lunchtime is best spent at the Last Chair Saloon, where you can enjoy a view of the mountainside with some traditional pub grub and a glass of their signature pale ale. Don’t miss out on a guided snowmobile tour into Dixie National Forest if you fancy a day off the skis! Just a little over 3 hours from Las Vegas, Brian Head is the best destination for experiencing Utah’s famously dry powder.

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Known for

Top-notch terrain parks make it a hit with freestyle skiers and snowboarders

Highlights

  • Home to Southern California’s only Superpipe!
  • Take on the 2 mi Geronimo trail for a double black diamond leg burner
  • The lift pass covers you to ski at nearby Snow Summit too
  • Not the best mountain for traditional downhill skiers or families

Closest airports

Ontario Intl. Airport - 60 mi (1.5 hour drive)
Los Angeles Intl. Airport - 117 mi (2 hour drive)

Distance from Downtown Las Vegas - 215 mi (3.5 hour drive)

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Winter Wonderland at Bear Mountain

Head across the border to California and you’ll find a resort that’s geared up for skiers and boarders looking to get their adrenaline fix. Bear Mountain is absolutely covered with freestyle features, ranging from gentle banks and small rails for beginners all the way up to big air kickers and a superpipe for skilled tricksters. Drop by Geronimo’s Outpost at the bottom of Chair 8 for a quick bite, or head down to the base area for a flame-grilled burger at BBQ in the Park. And once you’re done for the day, grab a drink and join the revelers on the sundeck at Laybacks Bar!

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Known for

A family-friendly resort with plenty of cruisey blue runs, plus regular night skiing too

Highlights

  • Laidback terrain perfect for honing your skills
  • Extensive snowmaking operation keeps trails open
  • Excellent mountaintop eateries
  • Only 10% of trails are suitable for beginners

Closest airports

Ontario Intl. Airport - 60 mi (1.5 hour drive)
Los Angeles Intl. Airport - 119 mi (2.5 hour drive)

Distance from Downtown Las Vegas - 214 mi (3.5 hour drive)

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Lodging at Snow Summit

The sister resort of Bear Mountain, Snow Summit makes up part of the Big Bear Mountain Resort and is definitely the more family-orientated ski area of the two. It features a children’s learning area where kids as young as 4 years old can practice skiing safely, plus the Grizzly Ridge Tube Park is a place where everyone can have fun together no matter their skiing ability. When hunger strikes you have two mountaintop restaurants to choose from, Skyline Taphouse and Hog on the Rocks, both serving tasty BBQ fare with stunning alpine views. Hotels, condos, and cabins are all within walking distance of the lifts here so you can really get the most out of your ski vacation.

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Known for

Offering three distinct ski areas for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers

Highlights

  • Variety of terrain caters well for groups of mixed ability skiers
  • Plenty of accommodation options in nearby Wrightwood
  • Kids will love the tubing and sledding at Yeti’s Snow Parks
  • Lacks really steep trails for expert skiers

Closest airports

Ontario Intl. Airport - 42 mi (45 minute drive)
Los Angeles Intl. Airport - 96 mi (1.5 hour drive)

Distance from Downtown Las Vegas - 225 mi (3.5 hour drive)

Whistler Blackcomb ski terrain
Photo credit: Mountain High

Mountain High is one of the oldest mountain resorts in the United States. People have been skiing here since the 1920s, when the only option was to hike up! With three ski areas you can pick whichever is best suited to your ability; North Resort for beginners, East Resort for intermediates, and West Resort for more advanced terrain. Our top pick for on-mountain dining has to be the Grand View Bistro, quickly reached by riding the Mountain High Express chairlift. Just a few miles down the road in sleepy Wrightwood you’ll find cosy mountain cabins and luxury chalets to rent, along with straightforward rooms at affordable motels and inns.

The 5 Best Ski Resorts Near Las Vegas
Lee Canyon
Brian Head Resort
Bear Mountain
Snow Summit
Mountain High
Lee Canyon