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Lack of snow closes Mt. Charleston sledding

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Mt. Charleston has closed its designated sledding area in Lee Canyon until snow levels reach 12 inches.

The bizarre warm, dry winter weather melted most of last month's snowfall, leaving patches of dirt showing.

"The current condition is very hazardous for sledding," said Gar Abbas, Acting Area Manager for the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. "Exposed rocks and roots, combined with occasional icy patches, pose extreme danger to our visitors," Abbas continued.

Aside from being dangerous, sledding in areas with less than a foot of snow on the ground can permanently damage plants and soil.

Visitors can still visit the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area for other activities.

The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort makes its own snow and is open for business.

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