Packed Slopes on Presidents' Day Weekend

RENO, NV - A special occasion brought the Fortenberry family from the Bay Area to Mt. Rose.

"The fact that it's his birthday adds on to everything. We do this every year around this time," says Paul and Lelannee Fortenberry.

The Fortenberrys were joined by thousands of others on the slopes this afternoon. With winter winding down, this was a big weekend for the ski resort.

"A lot of people have been coming up and it's nice to see it pick up like this over our last big holiday weekend," says Mt. Rose PR/Web manager Kayla Anderson.

Numbers are believed to be up at Mt. Rose from Presidents' Day weekend last year.

One reason for the increased attendance could be the increased snow levels. Mt. Rose got four to six inches earlier this week and is expecting a 40% chance of more Monday.

"This last storm that we had is nice, light snow and it's real forgiving, so it's good skiing," says Peter Gilbert.

"Well this is like the most snow out right now than it's been this season, so we had to come get it before it melts," says snowboarder Corey Dial.

It isn't just out of towners taking advantage of the good conditions.

"There are a lot of California license plates, a lot of people up from the Bay area coming up this weekend, but now that the chutes opened, we opened a couple of our chute gates last Friday, i'm seeing more locals too," says Anderson.

They hope the locals and visitors like the Fortenberry's will make President's Day as busy as it was this weekend.

Log on to to find out how you can get a $49 lift ticket for Monday at Mt. Rose.

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