Mt Rose SKi Proposes $23 Million Expansion

By: Staff
By: Staff

Mt Rose Ski Tahoe has submitted plans to the US Forest Service and Washoe County for major improvements to the resort.Included in the proposal are plans for new terrain, additional lifts, snowmaking improvements, as well as various facility enhancements.

According to their web site, Mt. Rose looks to expand skiing services onto this 99 acre parcel to complement the beginner terrain on the Mt. Rose side of the mountain.

Atoma return lift would be approximately 3500' long and provide a unique ride in that it would cross the Mt. Rose highway to return skiers and snowboarders to the main trails.

The existing Ponderosa & Galena Lifts would be combined into a single high-speed, 5000' long lift which would greatly reduce the time it takes to reach the top of the Galena terrain.

Another lift enhancement is the extension of the Lakeview lift which would involve moving the unload station just over the current top knob. This lengthening of the chair would not only expose skiers and snowboards to vast views of Lake Tahoe, but more readily access the three finger trails that currently feed into the Wild Card return trail.

Other proposed major improvements include a mountaintop restaurant to hold 75-100 guests and a new guest locker building.

Many of the planned improvements would be located on National Forest System lands operated by Mt. Rose under Special Use Permit from the USDA-Forest Service. The resort is presently working with representatives of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to initiate an environmental analysis of the proposed projects in compliance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). As this review process gets under way, there will be a number of opportunities for the public to gain a more in-depth understanding of the proposal and to participate in the review.

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