RENO, Nev. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says it plans to authorize a special use permit to allow the Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe resort near Reno to expand.
The agency's proposal would allow the resort to use 112 acres of Forest Service lands for a new chairlift and 11 ski runs.
Plans call for construction of a skier bridge across the Mount Rose Highway to connect the current ski area on the south side of the highway to the new ski terrain on the north side of the highway.
Sierra Club spokesman David von Seggern says the terrain being eyed for the expansion was part of the Forest Service's 1994 acquisition of 3,700 acres of private land on the slopes of Mount Rose.
He says the acquisition was designed to block a proposed ski resort and condominium development, and his organization is dismayed to learn of the new proposal to expand a ski area into the acquired lands.