Proposed $23.5M Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe facelift includes bridge over Highway 431 |

Proposed $23.5M Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe facelift includes bridge over Highway 431

This low-res image included in the press release shows the proposed bridge over the Mt. Rose Highway.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is proposing a major renovation that includes a skier bridge across the main highway leading up to Lake Tahoe, officials announced Friday.

Included in the proposal to the U.S. Forest Service and Washoe County are plans for new terrain, additional lifts, snowmaking improvements and various facility enhancements, according to a Friday press release, all part of $23.5 million effort that would take abut 10 years to complete.

According to the release, the resort located about 10 minutes north of Incline Village would expand skiing and snowboarding services onto the adjacent 99-acre Atoma parcel, located on the north side of State Highway 431.

“This open, mosaic-glade style skiing would make for a unique lower level snow experience combining open runs with pods of trees intermixed throughout the new area,” according to the resort. “…The run from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the Atoma area would become one of the longest low level trails in the Lake Tahoe area … at almost 3.5 miles.”

According to the proposal, the long run – dubbed the “Around-the-World experience” – would transition trails through trees within the resort’s Galena terrain and include a skier bridge over the Mt. Rose Highway, near the entrance to the main lodge, that would connect existing trails to the new Atoma terrain.

Along with the bridge are proposed new lifts, highlighted by the Atoma return lift, an approximately 3,500-foot-long ride that would cross the Mt. Rose Highway to return skiers and snowboarders to the main trails.

The existing Ponderosa and Galena lifts would combine into a single high-speed, 5,000-foot lift, according to the resort, and the Lakeview lift also would be expanded.

Also planned are a mountaintop restaurant with 270-degree views from Lake Tahoe to Virginia Peak, and a new guest locker building.

Additional changes include the expansion of the main lodge to include a remodeled and larger Rosebuds Children’s center, plus a new First Aid facility. A new Mountain Operations Center at the Slide Bowl would replace the current shop near the main lodge. Snowmaking improvements are also in the plan and include the construction of a one-acre pond to increase storage capacity near the existing tank above the Galena terrain.

According to the press release, the resort is working with representatives of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to initiate an environmental analysis of the proposal, in compliance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.

Phone calls to officials with Mt. Rose and the U.S. Forest Service were not immediately returned for this story.

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