Mt. Rose Gains Expansion Approval


New terrain at Mt. Rose, Nevada could be accompanied by a rare two-stage detachable chairlift under a plan signed last week.  Known as Atoma, the expansion would feature 112 acres of beginner terrain across the Mt. Rose Highway from the existing Wizard quad.  The project would include eleven developed ski trails, a skier bridge and new snowmaking.  A dual purpose detachable chairlift would provide both egress from the new terrain and a connection back to the top of Wizard.  Skiers and riders seeking to lap the new trails would unload at an angle station near the highway while others would remain on board.  Capacity of the lift would be 2,000 skiers per hour, providing a low-density beginner experience away from more advanced terrain.  The plan does not specify a chair size, though Mt. Rose’s two existing detachables both feature six place chairs.

Chairlifts with angle stations are quite rare in the United States, in part due to their high cost.  Garaventa CTEC built the first such lift on Vail’s Golden Peak in 1996.  Nearby Breckenridge debuted the Peak 8 SuperConnect in 2002, allowing mid-line loading.  Utah’s Alta Ski Area completed America’s first chairlift angle station with two separate drive systems in 2004 (Alta once planned to build a second such lift but opted instead for a gradual line turn with no loading or unloading.)  Steamboat’s Christie Peak Express followed in 2007 with unloading for beginners at an angled mid-station.  After a 12 year gap, Alpine Meadows and Leitner-Poma completed the Treeline Cirque quad in 2019 featuring an angle station at a cost of $10 million.  If the angle concept ends up proving too expensive for Mt. Rose, the Forest Service authorized installation of one 3,000 foot beginner lift and a separate 1,650 foot connector chair as an alternative.


Mt. Rose has not released a timeline for construction or identified its lift manufacturer partner yet.


9 thoughts on “Mt. Rose Gains Expansion Approval

  1. Snow Boys April 16, 2020 / 9:12 am

    I’m guessing the will partner with Doppelmayr because their last two detaches were built by Garaventa CTEC


  2. Michael Stahler April 16, 2020 / 1:57 pm

    Was part of the plan at some point to incorporate Sky Tavern into Mount Rose? Or at least connect the two?

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  3. jaytrem April 16, 2020 / 3:00 pm

    Gotta figure that’s what Mt Rose was thinking when they tried to block the new Sky Tavern lease.

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    • Michael Stahler April 16, 2020 / 3:31 pm

      Right. That’s what I saw reported either here or on another site. It seemed odd.


  4. Danny Bryant April 16, 2020 / 3:05 pm

    The agreement between the City of Reno and Mt. Rose when the city took over ownership of Sky Tavern is that if the city ever tried to sell the property, Mt. Rose will have first opportunity to take over Sky Tavern. In the mid-2010s, the Reno City Council was pondering whether to sell the property. The city may still try to sell it at some point, so to does make sense for Mt. Rose to be prepared to link the resorts.

    I am not advocating one way or the other, but Mt. Rose did what they had to do since the city was not acting in good faith.


    • jaytrem April 16, 2020 / 4:47 pm

      Mt. Rose was trying to claim the new lease was so long that it was really a sale. Rediculous, but I guess it was worth a shot. There are a lot longer leases out there. So much for Sky Tavern and Mt. Rose being BFFs.


  5. PumpedLogyBear April 16, 2020 / 5:48 pm

    I wonder if they will just make the new lift a 6 pack due to the new lift being the only one being in the new area. But I mean on the bright side, its at least progress in the lift industry, and it’s nice for someone to approve their plans instead of cancelling them like all the other resorts did.


    • powderforever45 April 17, 2020 / 1:56 pm

      I’m guessing a six pack because if sky tavern ever gets incorporated into Mt Rose that will be the main lift in.


  6. Richard Piper December 17, 2020 / 10:52 pm

    Skied Rose yesterday, and new terrain would be

    Fantastic, Mt. Rose could then enjoy going from

    a ski area to a ski resort with lodging to follow.

    Just hope the Two fer Tuesdays will continue,

    along with their affordable passes.

    The future is looking good for Rose!!!⛷⛷⛷!


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