Mt. Rose is a ski resort in Tahoe which partially overlaps the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is the only resort in Tahoe to offer panoramic views of Lake Tahoe as well as Nevada’s Truckee Meadows. At an elevation of over 8,000 feet at the base, it’s the highest base resort in Tahoe, with a summit above 9,000 feet. Mt. Rose offers 1,200 acres of skiing over a vertical drop of 1,800 feet. The longest run of the 60 trails is 2.5 miles. In addition to the trails, three terrain parks are open to snowboarders and skiers. The resort is just a twenty-minute drive from Reno, Nevada.
Beginner terrain makes up twenty percent of the trails. Two conveyors take guests up the beginner trails, one of which is specific to children’s lessons. Intermediate trails occupy thirty percent of the park. Fifty percent of the park is open to advanced and expert skiers. The Chutes opened in 2005. This 200-acre area offers some of the steepest vertical drops in the Lake Tahoe area over distances of more than 1,000 feet. Three high-speed chair lifts service the trails within The Chutes. Back Country access is available, although guests should be advised that there is no avalanche control or ski patrol outside the boundaries of the resort. Three terrain parks offer a variety of challenging features. The Badlands includes rails, boxes and snow-made features. Double Down includes mostly snow made features such as tables and jumps. Galena Spines and Pondo Park offer progressively challenging snow features for beginner skiers and snowboarders.
Winter’s Creek Lodge is an on-resort events venue named for the creek that flows through the resort to Lake Washow. Located on Slide Mountain, the lodge overlooks the Washoe Valley. An all-glass façade faces the slopes and provides for expansive views. The lodge may be rented for private events, weddings and parties. A full kitchen is located on site, as well as an 8,000 square foot outdoor deck.
History: Reno and Tahoe residents have been skiing Slide Mountain since the 1930’s, by hiking to the 9,700 foot peak. The Mt. Rose Ski Resort began in 1953 on the east side of Slide Mountain, with a few trails named the Reno Ski Bowl. The site was proudly chosen as an alternate venue for the 1960 Olympics, in the event that Squaw Valley had limited snow. When the Mount Rose Ski Area opened next door in 1964 Reno Ski Bowl changed its name to Slide Mountain Ski Area. The majority of the lifts were installed and trails were expanded during this time. In the 1980’s close to 200 additional acres of trails were cut and several more chair lifts were added. All while the two resorts operated independently of each other. In 1987 the two areas merged, taking the Mt. Rose name, although the trails are located on Slide Mountain. Locals still refer to Mt. Rose’s east bowl as the ‘Slide Side.’
The independently owned resort has been managed by Fritz Buser, the majority shareholder, since 1971. Buser, a Swiss immigrant, arrived in the United States at the end of World War II as a representative for Henke, the ski boot manufacturer. The ambitious entrepreneur worked his way up the company, eventually acquiring principal ownership rights. His ownership of the Mt. Rose Resort came after several successful real estate endeavors, including an investment in a group of ski resorts in Switzerland. In 2016 the 95-year old Buser put the Mt. Rose Ski Resort up for sale, after millions of dollars in upgrades.
Ongoing Programs and Education: Mt. Rose offers a variety of lesson packages. Children’s lessons are available for ages 4-10, while snowboard lessons begin at age 7. One instructor is present for every four children, allowing for individual attention and grouping by age and ability. Group lessons for visitors over the age of 10 are available for beginner and intermediate skiers, as well as 2-hour performance workshops for advanced skiers. Special offerings include private lessons for all ages and multi-lesson packages for children. Team Falcons is a season long development and racing team program for both kids and adults. Ladies Day Clinics are offered free with season passes, have weekly themes and offer guest clinics and video analysis programs. Silver Ski Clinics are specially suited to skiers age 50 and over. Professional instructors and guest speakers lead the all-levels clinics.
22222 Mt Rose Hwy, Reno, NV 89511, website, Phone: 775-849-0704
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