Tahoe Ski Resort Celebrates Historic Early Opening
Mount Rose is one of the lesser known ski resorts in Tahoe. It doesn’t have the giant Vail village or 4-star hotels, but it does currently have something that none of its giant Tahoe competitors don’t have – snow!
The ski resort has a brand new arsenal ofÂ 17 new snowmaking towers, which they used to blanket their slopes with man-made snow and open for season ticket holders on October 19-20. It was the earliest opening in the mountain’s history.
This past weekend, the Wizard chairlift and three beginner trails were open to season pass-holders. The resort plans to officially open to all skiers on October 26.
The resort’s $2 million offseason investment in equipment is already paying off, allowing its most loyal pass holders to enjoy a rare mid-October ski down the slopes of the east-Tahoe mountain. The runs are limited to the top of the mountain, where recent cold temperatures have allowed around-the-clock snowmaking, but the resort hopes to open from the top to the bottom as soon as possible.
“We have the highest base elevation in the region at 8,260 feet and that has allowed us to make some snow pretty early in the season,” says Amory Harris, a spokesperson for the resort. “We spent around $2 million on improvements this summer. That included heavily updated equipment.”
Mt. Rose is the resort to open the earliest in the Tahoe Region. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Northstar are scheduled to turn on the lifts on November 16, depending on the weather patterns of the upcoming month.
In addition to its 360-degree views, Mount Rose is the most popular mountain to Reno residents who don’t want to trek to the other side of the Sierra Nevada to ski. Unfortunately, it still comes with a Tahoe price tag, with day ticket prices tickling $135.