There are still 30-56 inches of snow at Lee Canyon, according to the current conditions report, and managers are hoping that a system moving through this week will add a little love to Southern Nevada’s winter sports resort. If the snow isn’t incentive enough to make the one-hour drive, maybe contributing to a good cause is. From now through the resort’s scheduled closing date, locals can get lift tickets at a discounted price, part of which will be donated to Truckee, Califonia-based High Fives Foundation, a nonprofit that helps injured athletes get back into the game.
Lift tickets are normally $69, but since February 24 Lee Canyon has been offering them to locals for $25 on Fridays, dubbed “feel-good Fridays” because $5 of the ticket fee goes to High Fives. For the last weekend of the season, March 31-April 2, the promotion will be extended to Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
So far, Feel-good Fridays have raised $8,910 for High Fives, according to Lee Canyon marketing director Jim Seely. The resort’s parent company, Powdr, frequently teams up with the charity founded by competitive skier Roy Tuscany after he was temporarily paralyzed from the waist down in an accident on the slopes, dashing his dream of going pro.
“Lee Canyon supports the High Fives Foundation because the work they do in helping injured athletes return to their favorite mountain sport is truly inspiring,” Seely says. “We hope local skiers and snowboarders will join us to help this amazing organization.”
Lift tickets are for sale on Lee Canyon’s website or at the lodge on site. Equipment rental is extra, and free coaching is always available from instructors who roam the bunny hills looking to help beginner and intermediate skiers.