Chairlifts transport people to higher elevation; they offer a departure from everyday life, a starting point for adventure, and a fresh perspective. On mornings when an overnight storm leaves Lee Canyon cloaked in a layer of powder more than a foot deep, skiers and snowboarders in Las Vegas do what skiers and snowboarders do everywhere—they line up in front of the chairlift. Crowds build and anticipation mounts, as they wait for the lift operator, or “lift op,” to usher the first passenger aboard. Yet on this particular Sunday morning, something at Lee Canyon was different. The cluster of people around the lift were few. And strangely, nearly inaudible.
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