This season was my first back on the slopes after several years. With record snowfall in the Sierra Nevada mountains, I couldn’t have picked a better time.
Mt. Rose is a very neat mountain with some interesting history involving an entrepreneur by the name of Fritz Buser, who grew up in the mountains of Switzerland, on a family farm, who later delved into different business ventures, beginning in sales (something I can relate to) and who has been the main shareholder since 1971.
In the 1930s there was a ski school called Tyrol, that was started by one Wayne Paulson, and shortly after, the Sky Tavern lodge was established and continues to operate in the same location on Mt. Rose Highway. Back then skiers had to hike up to the 9,700′ peak of “Slide Mountain” which I can say from experience would have taken up to several hours. You can find more history about the Mountain here at Mt. Rose History.
Having personally come late in the season, I can’t give an extremely accurate account of what it’s normally like to attend during the busiest part of the season, but I can tell you that it is a very nice park, with runs from very beginner, to very expert (the kind that say “enter at your own risk”) For my first season back I chose to do the same “Blue” run multiple times, since I am still getting back into the swing of things. The “easiest way down” from the Zephyr lift is to take an immediate left turn cut which leads to the infamous “Around the world” and to the “Blue” trails that offer some very fast runs while allowing the intermediate skier/border the ability to hone his or her skills. But if you are looking for more expert trails, then Mt Rose – Ski Tahoe has some of the best skiing in the world.
Riding the lift at Mount Rose, overlooking Reno, NV.