RENO, NV - Mount Rose is looking to the future when it comes to making the most of the mountain. The resort is proposing spending $23.5 million on improvements that would make it more appealing to novice skiers and snowboarders.
People like Jason Koo, who admits to being a beginner, is already excited about the possibilities.
"It would be terrific if they expand it," says Koo, who is visiting from Alameda, California.
And the resort wants to expand in a major way. A key part of the proposal it has submitted to the U.S. Forest Service for approval is opening up more terrain.
"One of the things in the proposal is a 99 acre parcel that we want to expand into more beginner terrain across the highway," says Kayla Anderson, public relations and web manager for Mount Rose Ski Tahoe.
It would be called the Atoma Terrain and it would lengthen the popular Around the World run from 2.5 miles to 3.5 miles. But if you're going to extend the grounds across Mt. Rose Highway, you need a way to get skiers and snowboarders to the other side. That's why the resort is also proposing building a ski bridge that would go across the highway, just south of where the resort's main entrance is.
Another key part of the plan: getting rid of the current Ponderosa Lift and Galena Lift and creating one high-speed chair lift.
"Yeah, it's awesome," Hector Ortega says about the idea. This week, he is visiting from San Francisco to do some snowboarding. "Since I'm a beginner, I wouldn't have to struggle like getting down here and then transferring and then getting back on that one. So it would be a lot more convenient if it were just one."
The resort also wants to build a mountaintop resort.
But Mt. Rose officials admit they're still a long way off from making the plan happen. Kayla Anderson stresses that they are still in the very early stages of trying to get approval for the project which, if approved, would take place over the next ten years.
"We still need final review and we plan on meeting with the public and going through some more initial steps before this gets underway," says Anderson.