Four skier and snowboarders by Lee Canyon Welcome to Las Vegas sign

4 Outdoor Winter Experiences in Southern Nevada

When you transform your surroundings via travel, it transforms your life. Make time for travel in 2022. Travel + Resolutions = ‘Travelutions.’ We’re embarking on a new year – 365 days and new travel inspirations. The world is a big place and we have so many different ways to enjoy it. We’ve lined up four experiences in the Silver State filled with sparkling winter adventure to map out within the Las Vegas Territory. Some of the best experiences happen after a short trek off the beaten path of popularity, and beyond the Nevada neon.

Shred it up at Lee Canyon

Hit the slopes. Northern Nevada has the big daddy runs, but a quick 52 miles from The Strip you will find a winter wonderland. Lee Canyon is located at 8,600 feet in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area with 1,919 vertical feet of hiking routes, 24 serviced snow trails and three lifts perfect for a day trip to take in some fresh mountain air. Skiing and snowboarding typically is available until mother nature says Spring, sometime in March. Not into winter sports, check out Foxtail play area or just explore the mountain during a beautiful and peaceful winter drive.

Tip: Order rental gear and tickets online. Always check nvroads.com before heading up the mountain and be prepared with the right vehicle gear.

Snowboarder at Lee Canyon

Beers Cheers in the Las Vegas Arts District

The Las Vegas arts district is nestled in between the Strip and vintage Vegas’ Fremont Street. This area is fastly becoming a laid back nightlife destination with restaurants, cocktail lounges, wine bars and beers. The recently named Brewery Row area houses more than 10 establishments embracing the craft beer movement. Las Vegas Brews Cruise is the perfect outing for beer lovers to enjoy winter beer sips along the arts district’s growing brewery row. There are private group and general craft beverage experiences with a tour counselor that provides a historical insight into beer in Nevada along the way. Bottoms up!

Tours and info: book here.

Brews Cruise beer tasting stop at HUDL wait a flight of beer in the photo.

Chasing Balloons in Mesquite

Look up and take-in the dreamy view of brightly colored balloons floating in the skies above Mesquite. This picturesque town in Virgin River Valley 82 miles north of Las Vegas will host the 2022 Hot Air Balloon Festival January 28-30. The weekend includes culinary and entertainment festivities for the whole family. Each day at dawn, the march of  balloons into the air begins. In the evening, there’s a balloon glow where you can walk among the colorful displays and talk to the pilot and crew members.  In between the balloon fun, Mesquite has golfing galore, spas and plenty of outdoor adventure.

Event info: Visit Mesquite

Mesquite Balloon Festival with 6 hot air balloons floating on a sunny with a mountain backdrop

Flying into the Valley of Fire

See Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest state park, VIP style with a helicopter tour that whisks you from neon to nature through Southern Nevada terrain and iconic views of the Grand Canyon. This flight has it all. Ancient volcano. Sunset. Champagne. Strip at night.

The experience begins with a flyover of the Hoover Dam and The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. This arched bridge spans the Colorado River between the states of Arizona and Nevada. The flight continues with views of an extinct volcano and popular hiking spot, Fortification Hill, along with 30 miles of the Grand Canyon West. The tour then zips along Lake Mead for a pre-sunset landing at Valley of Fire with its red sandstone formed from shifting sand dunes 150 million years ago. Soak up the breathtaking views, photo opportunities and enjoy a champagne toast before soaring into the sunsetting skyline of the Las Vegas Strip.

Book: 5 Star Helicopter Tours.

5 Star Helicopters Valley of Fire

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