Desert Companion
 
Subscribe now
Current Issue
SEPTEMBER 2014
Click the cover to read the complete digital edition
Features
Ones to Watch

Departments
All things to all people
Dining
Editor's Note
End Note
Essay
Fiction
Notes and letters
Profile
Q + A
Sports
Take 5
the guide
upcoming events
Take 5
Sep. 22, 7:30p. Doctors attribute the recent increase in chronic sleeplessness to the 24-hour media saturations of the Internet age, but the...   
Sep. 23, 7p. Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from the shelves of bookstores, libraries and schools. This year’s...   
Sep. 24, 7:30p. The Atlantic trade, including the slave trade, linked Africa and the Americas for more than four centuries, engendering dramatic...   
  0

Mountain do

A guide to keeping things slopacetic on Mt. Charleston, whether you’re a bunny or a downhill dominator

Mc GhiesBefore you go: Stock up on warm stuff at locally owned McGhie’s. They also sell skis and snowboards, if you’re ready for the commitment. 4035 S. Fort Apache, 252-8077; McGhie’s East 19 S. Stephanie St., 800-3636

Still just a casual rider? You can rent all necessary equipment and basic outerwear at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. Definitely purchase your lift ticket and reserve your rentals in advance. You can save as much as 35 percent. skilasvegas.com

Traveling with an entourage? Reserve the ski-in-ski-out party yurt for a worth-every-penny $300 catering minimum. It can hold up to 20 and is outfitted with a big-screen TV. 385-9950

 

Sandwich7:30 a.m.

On the weekend, you can nosh a coveted cronut at Lulu’s Bread & Breakfast, but they offer plenty of fuel options on weekdays, too, including stuffed French toast, green chile-topped breakfast burritos and fresh-brewed coffee. But, since you’re heading up to over 8,000 feet, drink plenty of water, too. 6720 Sky Pointe Dr., 437-5858

 

Chair left9 a.m.

First chair is at 9 a.m. Don’t start later than 10:30 a.m. if you want prime powder. The 21-and-over start the day at the resort’s Bristlecone Bar with longtime bartender Ernie and a Bomb (a shot of Fireball inside the resort’s signature Bristlecone lager). On Sundays, make it a Bloody Mary and get fancy at the DIY garnish bar.

 

9:30 a.m.

Hop Chair 2 straight to Snake, a regulars’ favorite, or clock yourself on the resort’s free Nastar course. If you prefer snowboarding, the Strip Terrain Park is packed with jumps and jibs, including some beginner and progressive options. There’s even a dry mini-ramp if you happen to have your skateboard handy.

Beginners, don’t fret! Seek out a blue-jacketed coach on Rabbit Peak to ensure smooth cruising. The coaching service is complimentary. When you’re ready to move up the mountain, seek out Bimbo and Marcel’s Glade, two easy-to-love trails for beginners to intermediates, but with 30 trails, there’s plenty of terrain to explore.
 

Lunchtime

Adults-only climb up the spiral staircase to Chair 4, the resort’s open-air watering hole, where you can kick back in a refurbished lift chair and enjoy grilled fare. The younger set can stay on the mountain and grab a hot dog from Bighorn Dogs.
 

4 p.m.

Last chair!

 

5 p.m.

No ski day is complete without après–ski pleasantries. Down the hill, make it to Leticia’s before 6 p.m. to sip half-off margaritas and nosh $2.50 nachitos, shrimp cocktails and more. If you miss happy hour, flash your lift ticket receipt and receive 15 percent off. 7585 Norman Rockwell Lane, 445-7722

 

8 p.m.

Every athlete deserves a good rubdown, and Best Foot Spa will deliver from the tip of your beanie to the bottom of your boots. It’s open until midnight, but call ahead to reserve your spot. 4124 S. Rainbow Blvd., 534-8676

 

Extra special perfect day: Jan. 8. The resort celebrates Elvis’s birthday with an Elvis Run, so bring your warmest white jumpsuit.


Comments





























































 

Norm
Norm
Play the desert companion video

DC Scene
Recent Posts
9/19/14  
The Great Basin -- it's such a great basin!
9/19/14  
Three questions with Gangsterland author Tod Goldberg
9/18/14  
Prepare to be prepared
{more posts...}


Archives
Archives

Newstand Locations
Pick up your Desert Companion today at one of these Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf or Jamba Juice locations.
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf LAKE MEAD & TENAYA
7291 W Lake Mead
Directions


PALMS CASINO
4321 W Flamingo Rd
Directions


UNLV
4550 W Maryland Pkwy Suite A
Directions


CARNIVALE
3377 Las Vegas Blvd
The Venetian Food Court
Directions


THE LAKES
9091 W Sahara Ave
Directions


THE DISTRICT
2220 Village Walk Dr Suite 140
Directions


MIRACLE MILE
3663 Las Vegas Blvd S Suite 45
Directions


CANYON POINT
10834 W Charleston Blvd Suite 200
Directions


TOWN CENTER
3645 S Town Center Dr Suite 101
Directions


PATRICK
6115 S Rainbow Blvd Suite 101
Directions


PALAZZO
3265 Las Vegas Blvd, Suite 1600
Directions


TOWN SQUARE
6599 Las Vegas Blvd, South #P-8149
Directions


BRIDGE
3377 Las Vegas Blvd
The Venetian
Directions


BOULDER CITY
Boulder Dam Credit Union
530 Avenue G
Boulder City NV
Directions

Jumba Juice

PEBBLE
1500 N. Green Valley Pkwy Suite 240
Directions


SAHARA & EASTERN
2675 S. Eastern Ave Suite 400
Directions


MCCARRAN MARKETPLACE
5905 S Eastern Ave Suite 108
Directions
NORTH MESA PLAZA
1829 W. Craig Road Unit 3
Directions


CANNERY CORNER
2546 E. Craig Road Suite 135
Directions


WESTLAND FAIR
1121 S. Decatur Blvd
Directions



Also available at Clark County and Henderson libraries.
Emerald City Smoothie

ST GEORGE
2376 East Red Cliffs Drive #502
St. George, UT 84790
Directions


Desert Companion