After being the first Lake Tahoe-area ski resort to open for the 2017-18 season, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe will now be the first resort to open for the season.
Located in Nevada near Lake Tahoe, Mt. Rose announced today that it will begin daily operations Tuesday for the 2017-18 season.
Mt. Rose will offer access to one beginner ski trail accessed by the Wizard chairlift, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. The resort will continue to open additional terrain as weather and conditions permit.
Starting Tuesday (Nov. 7), lift tickets will be available for $59 for guests, ages 16-over, and $29 for children ages 15-under.
The recent weekend storm, that was predicted to drop 1-2 feet of snow in the Tahoe region, never materialized for the area ski resorts. Mt. Rose got 3-4 inches of new snow on the weekend. However, the resort’s snowmaking operations are now underway as temperatures allow.
“Thanks to this past weekend’s winter weather and the return of cold overnight temperatures, our snowmaking team has been able to make snow at every opportunity,” said Mike Pierce, director of marketing for Mt. Rose. “At 8,260’, Mt. Rose benefits from the Lake Tahoe area’s highest base area elevation, meaning that we’re able to make snow from top to bottom. As conditions permit, we’ll continue to make snow, and hope to open even more terrain for our guests to enjoy very soon.”
No other Lake Tahoe or California resort has opened this season. Mt Rose welcomed skiers and snowboarders October 27 and ran one lift the following day as well – then shut down and awaited a break in the weather. It was the third year in a row that Mt. Rose was the first Tahoe resort to open.
Following last season’s six-month winter season with record-setting snow totals, Mt. Rose will aim for that goal again this year. Mt. Rose received more than 770 inches of snow for the 2016-17 season. That shattered the old Mt. Rose mark of 600 inches in 1994-95. The ski resort has recorded 500 or more inches five times in its history.
A year ago, instead of closing in April, the huge amount of snow allowed Mt. Rose to extend the season more than a month. The resort offered one final weekend of skiing and snowboarding before closing for the season on Memorial Day. Mt. Rose finished strong with more than 13 feet of snow still stacked up on its slopes.
“It was a record season in a big way,” Pierce said. “The season just wouldn’t quit. The conditions were phenomenal. For the second year in a row, that marked another six-month ski season and is a testament to our tagline, 8,260 feet – Where the Snow Is.’”
Starting Tuesday, the Lodgepole Café and Timbers Bar will be open daily in the Main Lodge. Equipment rentals and ski lessons will not be offered until more terrain is opened. However, guests will be able to pick up season leases and purchase season passes.
For more information about resort services, conditions or to purchase a lift ticket or season pass, visitwww.skirose.com.