When we asked what made your knees weak in Vegas, not one of you said anything about ripping down a black diamond on the slopes outside the city. So, we're going to take that to mean that skiing has yet to make it on most people's radar of things to do in Sin City. But, believe it or not, the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort has been in operation for more than 50 years. And, opening day for the 2013-2014 season is today.
Slopes opened at 9 a.m. and, though you wonít get to trample anyone, you can still save up to 25% by purchasing your lift tickets, lessons, and rentals via its newly launched online sales office, skilasvegas.com. Locals can also access special savings.
While many players clubs detail how much money spent equals a certain reward, they will often leave their table play more ambiguous. For example, while Total Rewards specifically details that $1 spent on dining equals 1 reward credit their explanation for how to earn rewards by playing blackjack or other table games isnít so specific.
The article, focusing on the addition of more retail to The Strip, briefly made the following aside:
Long in love with each other. And, with Palace Station.
This week, the off-Strip hotel-casino welcomed back frequent guests, Edna and Harold Owings, as the twosome celebrated their 82nd anniversary. Together since 1931, and with the T-shirts to prove it, the couple are still stuck on each other, and on Las Vegas. They've been visiting since the 40s and have settled into becoming Palace Station regulars for many a year now. In fact, they were just here to celebrate Edna's 101st birthday last month.
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The week after Thanksgiving (more casually known as next week), Vegas will toast the 80th anniversary of the end of prohibition on December 5 or Repeal Day. We have a lot of made-up holidays in this country that we use as excuses to drink (like Valentine's Day for us single folks), but this is one that actually makes sense, and itís a damn fine excuse to hit up your local bar and suck down a few handcrafted cocktails.
In honor of days that are beer again, Golden Gate has officially dubbed its nameless casino bar, Bar Prohibition! We don't know about you, but we take the exclamation mark as a challenge. Hereís a rundown of what else is happening around town. Be sure to check back as weíll update the listing as more events.
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Large it's not, but unexpected it is.
Aliante's new spa, Re:lax, may not be a destination (ok, it's definitely not a destination), but it shouldn't be discounted, either. A weekend tour had this writer trading ho hum expectations for pleasantly surprised sentiments.
While small in size, it was apparent that care was taken with the spa's overall feel. Culled from a portion of the hotel tower, it doesn't seem as if you're in a space that used to be part of a hotel tower. A feeling that this writer has, unfortunately, experienced in other Vegas spas where the aesthetic is so
cheap poor that it's hard to get past it.
Football season is slowly heading to a close. Pro football has just a few weeks before the playoffs begin. The playoffs make for great football-watching, but since only half of the teams remain, choices for bettors are limited.
The regular college football season ends even sooner and bowl games take over. Sure, there are way too many bowl games for the casual fan, but the gambler has less than 40 games spread over a month and a half left to bet on. College football games are spread too thin for many people to be able to bet and watch more than a game or two.
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There's already one on Las Vegas Boulevard, but far from the action. However, if Chili's gets its way, its new locale could be center Strip.
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As part of MGM's self-declared "Grand Renovation," we've seen the launch of Hakkasan as well as the closure of Tabu Ultra Lounge. That closure left the door open for what has become one of this writer's new favorite spots. And, not for the reasons I had initially thought.
A 24-hour bar, lounge and gaming room, Whiskey Down -- which opened in late August -- really drew me in with its wide-open concept more than its marquee attraction. A big change from the walled off Tabu lounge, Whiskey Down gives patrons a feeling of being a part of the casino floor. The space features lounge seating as well as video poker machines and six blackjack tables. (Interested gamblers should note that, on most of my visits, the table minimum for blackjack was $100 or more.)
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During its original ten year run, the swashbuckling performance served as one of the greatest examples of the cityís family friendly era. Its more recent rendition, full of scantily-clad women and poorly crafted jokes, could be viewed cynically as a representation of the party pits and 6:5 blackjack payouts that many Strip casinos are now known for. With one of Vegasí most iconic attractions no longer in action, we thought it an appropriate time to check up on the remaining free Las Vegas Strip shows.
Perfecting skill and winning casino games isnít easy. In fact, perfection is impossible since the casino has a built-in advantage in every game. At best, we want to play games with a small house advantage and an easy strategy to learn in order to maximize how long we play. Playing longer improves chances of hitting a hot streak or a jackpot. Here are a few resources we use for honing our gaming skills:
vpFREE: vpFREE2.com is a great site for video poker players or people interested in learning how to play. vpFree2 lists how much optimal returns are for different video poker games as well as which casinos have those games. They also detail exactly where you can locate the games on the gaming floor. The information is updated every few months so it may not be 100% accurate, but itís pretty darn good.
The new Disney Store at Fashion Show Mall delivered mouse fans some Las Vegas-exclusive merchandise back in September for its debut. A showgirl Minnie fluffed up her feathers for $24.95, but in plush form rather than the rumored Vinylmation Disney fans had hoped for.
A few weeks after
constantly pestering opening, cast members had informed us a Vegas-exclusive Vinylmation was no longer expected anytime soon. Then, boom! The Fashion Show store hit us with their latest only in Vegas stock.