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Grab your skis and snowboards: Lee Canyon is officially open for winter season

Lee Canyon is full of fresh snow on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, after a storm the previous day. (Photo courtesy Lee Canyon)

It’s the day snow lovers wait for all year long.

Lee Canyon welcomed skiers and snowboarders Friday morning for its winter season.

With about five inches of new snow on the mountain, the timing was perfect.

Ron Persely moved to Las Vegas two months ago and couldn’t wait to head up the mountain to experience some winter weather.

“I wanted to get back into it,” said Ron Persely.

The 67-year-old said he hadn’t skied in twenty years and had no idea how much he would remember.

“It's so much fun and the air is so clear and crisp,” explained Persely.

Persely hired ski instructor Nick Castellano to give him a helping hand.

“He's doing great getting the cobwebs off,” explained Nick Castellano.

Castellano was excited to see so much fresh powder on the mountain.

He said the snow covered mountain reminded him of his home state of Pennsylvania.

“This is my first two hours in the snow, so I'm really hyped about it,” he continued.

Lee Canyon Marketing Director Jim Seely said the Bunny Hill is open to skiers and snowboarders.

More hills will open in the future.

“People are coming up, having fun for pre-season. So, just working out the kinks in their legs and getting ready for the season,” explained Jim Seely.

However, fresh powder on the mountain brings just one problem.

Some drivers head up the hill to play in the snow and don’t know how to park once they get there.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Solon Davenport had already handed out a handful of tickets by lunch time.

“These are citations that were issued out for illegally stopped or parked vehicles. Either by parking in a no-parking zone or parked in the roadway,” explained Trooper Solon Davenport.

Davenport said it’s all about safety. He wants to make sure the roadways are cleared in case of an emergency.

He said it’s imperative that emergency vehicles can easily get through the area, without any problems.

A citation will set you back about $200.

Sometimes, the punishment is even worse.

“Ultimately, if they don't move their vehicle, it will be towed,” said Davenport.

As for Persely, he’s already feeling more graceful on the hill.

“I didn't know if I was going to do it, but I'm confident now,” noted Persely.

As his skis carried him down the hill, a rush of memories came back to him.

“20 years ago I used to do double black diamonds,” he said with a smile.

The resort’s daily winter hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lee Canyon’s 2018-19 winter season is expected to run through April 2019, weather permitting.

For information on the opening of additional amenities, and pricing for season passes, lift tickets, and tubing, click here.

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