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Ski Las Vegas: incredible 1-2 week ski vacation.

A December 1997 trip to Las Vegas by Wasatch

Quote: Las Vegas, world class skiing, exceptional scenery in nearby National Parks, and easy to save money.

Ski Las Vegas: incredible 1-2 week ski vacation.

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Overview

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This review is now very outdated. See the review "Christmas Ski Week and Las Vegas" for current info. With the closure of Elk Meadows ski resort, this isn’t quite the trip it used to be, although most skiers from Las Vegas prefer Brian Head to Elk Meadows, so maybe I’m misjudging it, but here is how Ski Las Vegas works today.Day 1: Fly to Las Vegas. Enjoy yourself.Day 2: Going skiing, we would fuel up at one of the casino buffet breakfasts, usually at Circus Circus. Then we headed north on I-15. At Parowan, we left I-15 to take the road some 4,000 ft up the mountains to Brian Head Ski Resort. This drive takes 3-4 hours. We plan to arrive about 1pm, when the red...Read More

Elk Meadows

Hotel

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Elk Meadows resort is now closed to the public to turn it into a private gated ski/golf community. You can't ski or sleep here anymore, but you can in a few years for about $2,000,000 and up.

So forget the rest of these comments. They no longer apply to anything you can do today.

Mid-week rates for a condo just steps from the lift are an incredible bargain. On-the-mountain dinning is limited to one reasonably priced restaurant.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

Elk Meadows
(Closed) Elk Meadows Ski Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada

Quality Inn Beaver

Hotel | "Quality Inn"

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Fine Quality Inn. Very nice rooms. Exceptional winter rates. Nice pool/jacuzzi accessible without going outside.

Far back from the highway with an A&W Rootbeer across the street.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

Quality Inn Beaver
781 West 1800 South
Beaver 84713
(435) 438-5426

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Older-style motel with large, comfortable rooms. Low winter rates. Large pool and a jacuzzi across the parking lot. A bargain. Small gym. Restaurant across the proking lot, which was never open when we were there. Several fast food joints across the street. Cafes not far.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

Best Western Paradise Inn
1451 North 300 West
Las Vegas, Nevada
(435) 438-2455

Best Western Main Street Inn

Hotel | "Best Western Butch Cassidy Inn"

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Old-style, early motel in pleasant brick buildings. Some rooms are very small. Very comfortable rooms. Good winter rates. Close to restaurants, but in Beaver, nothing is ever far away.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

Best Western Main Street Inn
1000 N MAIN ST
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
1-702-3823455

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Hotel | "Flamingo Las Vegas"

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Our faverite place on The Strip. Nice, large, and quiet rooms. Nice pool area and gardens in back. Small casino doesn't overwhelm. Easy acess to the street (some Strip hotels require two blocks of walking from the elevator to the front door). But if you are pinching pennies, stay off the Strip.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3555 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702-733-3111

Quality Inn Key Largo Casino

Hotel | "Quality Inn Key Largo Resort"

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Halfway between the airport and the Strip, this smaller casino/motel has nice large rooms that are surprisingly quiet considering how close it is the airport. Airplane noise is almost nonexistant.

In a city where all hotels have good rates, this one stands out for value and for low cost.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

Quality Inn Key Largo Casino
377 E FLAMINGO RD
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702-733-7777

Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

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Hotel | "Las Vegas Hilton"

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I was not as favorably impressed on our second visit to the LV Hilton as I was the first time. I think the key difference was that when we stayed here in 2005, the room had a double set of drapes which did a top rate job keeping light out of the room. In 2006, there was only one pair of drapes—which leaked a lot of light at the top of the window. Had they fit tightly, the room would have been very dark.  Aside from that, the Hilton is a fine hotel, although very large. Rooms are quiet, and by Vegas standards, on the spacious side. The furniture, including the bed, is remarkably comfortable. A nice touch, especially if you ever saw one of those TV shows on how dirty hotel rooms are, is that t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2006

Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 732-5111

Ponderosa Cafe

Restaurant

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Under the orignal owners, this was one of the west's classic cafes. Spotty recond under subsequent owners, but the last time we ate there (owener #4), it was pretty good.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

Ponderosa Cafe
Main Street
Las Vegas, Nevada

Arshel's Cafe

Restaurant

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It's clean. Food is decent. It doesn't excite.

This is typical western cafe cuisine-- fried meat, potatoes, and lots of gravy. Hits the spot after skiing, but haute cuisine it ain't.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

Arshel's Cafe
N Main Street
Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Hilton Buffet

Restaurant | "The Buffen - LV Hilton"

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The Buffet at the LV Hilton might be worth $8, but at $19, it is a bummer. There were a couple gooddishes—baked ham, deep fried shrimp which were surprisingly crisp for any buffet, and the peel it yourselfshrimp. On the other hand, the accompanying cocktail sauce was bland. Fried wontons weren’t great, butthey weren’t bad either. As for the rest, it was bland across the board. Things that should have hadvariations in texture were a uniform degree of mush. Flavors were almost absent from dish after dish. Byall means, stay away from the tough, tasteless so-called "Prime Rib"—a bad cut of beef badly cooked in byany book.Beer or wine was included in the pri...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 6, 2006

Las Vegas Hilton Buffet
3000 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702-732-5111

Brian Head

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Attraction | "Brian Head Ski Area"

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Brian Head’s 50 ski runs and six lifts are on two mountains. Navajo is mostly beginner, withtwo short intermediate stretches. Brian Head has short two beginner runs. A free shuttle busconnects the two mountains. There are two terrain parks. Although the base can accommodate2,000 people, Brian Head is primarily a weekend playground for Las Vegas. During the week, itis empty and cheap, with $40 lift tickets.Because the resort sits high up in the mountains, at 9,600 to 11,307 feet, ski conditions are superbduring a long ski season. Brian Head averages 400 inches of snow a year.Note that winter access by road is on UT Route 143 only from north of the resort vi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2005

Brian Head
329 South Highway 143
Brian Head, Utah 84719
(435) 677-2035