Mount Rose Nevada (US)

Ski Resort Review, Information and Guide

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Mount Rose
Mountain Summary:

Base: 7,900 ft

2408 m
Summit: 9,700 ft

2957 m
Vertical: 1,800 ft

549 m
Ski area: 1,200+ acres

486 hectares
Trails: 60+
Longest Run: 2.5 mi

4 km
Terrain parks: 2
Annual Snowfall: 350"

889 cm
Night Skiing: no


Lifts: 8
Six Pack Chairs: 2
Quad Chairs: 2
Triple Chairs: 2
Magic Carpets: 2


Beginner: 20%
Intermediate: 30%
Advanced: 40%
Expert: 10%

Daily Report:

Summer Operations



Resort Services:

  • ski rental
  • ski instruction
  • food
  • ski shop

Trail Map:

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Mount Rose
Tahoe North Shore
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Mount Rose Description:

Of the ski resorts surrounding Lake Tahoe, Mount Rose is closest to the Reno airport and thus a favorite destination for air travelers who have a tight time schedule. It's only 22 minutes from Reno airport and 30 minutes from downtown Reno making it a convenient stop for those doing business in Reno. Mount Rose is also a favorite of the expert skiers who love it's endless death defying double black diamond chutes.

The resort facilities are simple but functional. It is a skier's destination without the emphasis on shopping, spas and condos. Go to Mount Rose to ski and let Reno provide everything else. Mount Rose boasts the highest base elevation at Tahoe (7,900ft) and with 350 inches of annual snowfall (average), it has earned its reputation as a skiers destination.

Fans of Elvis should visit on the second Saturday of January for Elvis Day.

View of Lake Tahoe

Views of Lake Tahoe are abundant

Mount Rose has many grand views of Lake Tahoe, a delight while stopping to catch one's breath. Rose is not a large resort by destination resort standards but its endless paths for those who ski off-trail and the variety of terrain will keep the curious busy for days.

Mount Rose has two mountain base lodges, each with their own parking: one appropriately named "Main Lodge" and the smaller secondary base with its own parking area on the other side, Winter's Creek Lodge. Note that equipment rentals and ski instruction are only available at the Main Lodge.

Mountain Terrain:
View of Mount Rose and chutes

View of Mount Rose runs and chutes. There are a large number of options for dropping in on the chutes. It is advised that one follow a marked entrance.

Mount Rose is a complete mountain with runs for all skill levels. From the summit it has a fantastic view of Lake Tahoe, in fact one of the best. The far right side of the trail map will lead you to the beginner runs, the left, the blues, and the vast section in the middle is for the advanced and expert skiers. The chutes are for only the most advanced. Please assess your skill level carefully as these chutes are steep (up to 55 degrees!), long and unforgiving.

Beginners and Intermediates:

Although Mount Rose is known for its intimidating advanced terrain, twenty percent is ranked beginner. At the Main Lodge base area you can find the run "Show Off" and the conveyor lift "Magic" suited for children and first timers. Also available from the Main Lodge base area the lift "Wizard" leading to the lift "Galena", both of which are dedicated to beginners. These lists serve beginner runs exclusively so there is no way to end up in trouble.

Intermediate skiers must be careful to choose their lifts and routes carefully and follow marked blue runs to avoid the advanced terrain. Intermediate skiers will find the blue runs to be well marked and groomed.

Ponderosa Green Beginner Run

Beginner run: "Ponderosa"

Beginner Run - Around the World

Kids park and beginner run: "Around the World"

Beginner Run - Around the World

Kids park and beginner run: "Around the World"

"Around the World" is the longest of the beginners runs and is a joy to ski. Kids will love the extra props set about the park.

Steeps and Chutes:

This is where Mount Rose excels. It has some of the steepest and most challenging chutes of any ski resort. Two hundred acres of chutes, 1,500 feet of vertical with over 1,000 of those feet sustaining a slope greater than 40 degrees. Some have long rock lined routes sure to intimidate even the most advanced skiers. Be careful as there is no room for error. If it scares you, don't do it. (I had to in order to get these photos!)

Mount Rose: Entrance to Jackpot chutes

Chute entrances are marked: "Jackpot Chutes"

Mount Rose: Jackpot Chutes

Double Diamond Run: "Jackpot Chutes"

Mount Rose: Entrance to Yellow Jacket chutes

Chute entrance: "Yellow Jacket Chutes"

Mount Rose: Yellow Jacket Chutes

Double Diamond Run: "Yellow Jacket Chutes"

Mount Rose: Yellow Jacket Chutes - looking up

Double Diamond Run: Looking up "Yellow Jacket Chutes" gives one the perspective on how steep the chutes are and how long they are, all the while maintaining their steep pitch.

Try "El Cap" if "Jackpot" or "Yellow Jacket" chutes weren't enough.


Mount Rose mogul run: Mineshaft

Run: "Mineshaft" - shown above is one of the many black diamond mogul runs on the right side of the trail map.

Terrain Parks:

They have some rails and jumps but its not enough to make Mount Rose a destination for those seeking a terrain park. There are two terrain parks:

  • Badlands: medium and large features
  • Double Down

Mount Rose: Badlands Terrain Park

"Badlands" terrain park, accessible from "Blazing Zephyr" lift.

Mount Rose: Terrain Park
Village, Town & Shopping:

Go to Reno, it's only twenty minutes away. Lake Tahoe is lined with small towns all around the perimeter of the lake with a plethora of places to shop.

The base of Rose has a lodge to support basic needs only.


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