Following a record-setting season that extended until Memorial Day, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe invested over $2 million in capital improvements this summer that will significantly enhance the guest experience during the 2017-18 season and beyond.
Located 25 minutes from Reno, Mt. Rose received more than 770 inches of snow last season. That shattered the old resort mark of 600 inches in 1994-95. The ski resort has recorded 500 or more inches five times in its history.
One of the resort’s major projects includes a first-of-its-kind enclosed dual conveyor lift that will offer beginners and children access to Mt. Rose’s learning terrain and protection from the elements. Additional projects include expanded snowmaking and snow grooming capabilities, and facility upgrades at the Winters Creek Lodge base area.
This MAGIC, a modern, dual conveyor surface lift, was designed to enhance the experience for first-timers. Located in the Show-Off beginner area near the Main Lodge, the new lift will replace the Flying Jenny surface lift and double the uphill capacity with a new two belt system. This lift is the first of its kind in North America.
“The new conveyor lift is extremely important to Mt. Rose because it is the preferred method for beginners and children to have a positive first experience on snow,” said Mike Pierce, director of marketing at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. “This lift will provide a more enjoyable experience, particularly during stormy conditions, and will allow our team to offer more consistent operation of this key learning area since the lift is fully enclosed.”
Over the past several years, Mt. Rose has made significant investments in its snowmaking capabilities, which has allowed the resort to open early. Mt. Rose is scheduled to open this season on October 27, weather and conditions permitting. Its aspiration is to be the first resort to open in Lake Tahoe, with the goal of providing yet another season with six months of winter turns.
This year, the resort is adding additional snowmaking at the top of the Blazing Zephyr 6 lift, enabling snowmaking on the “Return to Rose” trail. The increased capacity will allow the Slide Bowl side of the mountain to open earlier, giving skiers and riders access to more of the mountain much earlier in the season. In addition, fixed Pole Cat snow machines will be installed in the Enchanted Forest Area, just above the Wizard loading station, and on the Lower Lakeview trail to enhance early season snow coverage and terrain access.
Focused on providing high quality snow surfaces doesn’t end with snowmaking. A new winch cat will join the resort’s grooming fleet this winter. This cable-assisted snow groomer is essential for steeper terrain and improves efficiency when laying down fresh corduroy on trails such as Bonanza, Silver Dollar, Northwest and Waterfall.
Resort guests will also enjoy a fresh look at the Winters Creek Lodge and will notice facility improvements at the skier services building including new siding and trim.
Mt Rose boasts Lake Tahoe’s highest base elevation at 8,260 feet and the resort’s 1,200 acres feature an ample variety of runs ideal for every level of skier and snowboarder. The Chutes offer 1,500 vertical feet of north/east facing extreme terrain with some of the longest continuous vertical in North America (40 to 55 degree runs for over 1000’).
For skiers and riders, season pass options range from $249-$549 through September.
For more information about Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, visit www.skirose.com.