Three Las Vegas residents and a Californian took the top spots in the Strip Gets Lit Up nighttime snowboard competition and party Feb. 25 at Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort. (At left, Amanda Propst wins in the women's division.)
Amanda Propst, 28, of Las Vegas — the only woman in the competition — took first place in the women’s division. Matt Guntert, 23, of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., took first place in the men’s division, followed by Kenny Bloss, 30, of Las Vegas, in second place and Christian Sparks, 18, of Las Vegas, in third place. (Above, Matt Guntert takes first place in the men's division.)
The mountain was lighted for the nighttime contest with lighting technology developed by Slope Lights, a Las Vegas firm, according to a press release issued by the ski resort. Additionally, the resort developed features for the contest, including a 12-stair handrail with a 10-foot ledge, concrete barricades and a replica of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. The features will remain in the terrain park.
“As we move forward with our expansion, it is a priority for LVSSR to provide high-caliber events that both the athletes and the community can enjoy,” Kevin Stickelman, the ski resort’s president and general manager. “We’ll be providing our local athletes a premier place in which to train so that we can be a part of evolving the talented young men and women who utilize our park.”
The resort, about one hour from downtown Las Vegas, is small by industry standards, with three chair lifts, one surface lift and 11 trails. But a 10-year expansion plan calls for seven new chair lifts and the addition of 39 trails, increasing the resort’s acreage 500 from 70. That effort cleared a hurdle in July 2011, when the U.S Forest Service accepted the resort’s master plan, which will eventually have to undergo environmental impact assessments.