I skiedÂ Mt Rose in Nevada yesterday for the first time this year. For me, it never gets old coming here as I like the small mountain vibe combined with the fun terrain ofÂ The Chutes. You can park on the Reno side of the Sierraâ€™s in the Slide Mountain parking lot and walk to the lifts, barbecue, throw a football with your son, etc,Â a la Arapahoe Basin in Colorado.Â Lift Tickets at Mt. Rose are reasonable for a family and one of the reasons we like to frequent the mountain when we are staying near Reno.
The night before, the mountain received a few inches of fluff to help keep the already hefty snowpack nice and soft. The groomers were fresh all day as it was chilly for Tahoe and perfect for cruising and working on your turn technique. Off piste, coverage was plentiful and was mixed crud/wind buff, which I thought was perfect for me to able to try out my â€œnewâ€Â 2010 K2 Apache Xplorerâ€™s. The skis were great for these conditions. Jumping off piste and jamming on through the chowder and then springing back on-piste to carve and teach the kids was easy on these 124-84-112 all mountain skis (review on the K2 Xplorerâ€™s in another post).
We started off on the Blazing Zephyr 6 pack chair and skied most of the Blues and easy Blackâ€™s. There was a nice variety of groomed versus un-groomed and thereâ€™s wide open terrain so we could easily venture back and forth between the two. Mt. Rose also has some progressional terrain parks so the kids were challenged as much as they wanted to be.
In the afternoon, and after the kids showed some fatigue, we ventured over to the main ski area and front side. Here we hit up the easier runs off of Around-The-World, which has some un-groomed narrow trails, which are labeled as kids parks. In here, the kids are able to pick their way through the trees and score some fresh tracks, yes, even in the afternoon.
Before we shut it down for the day, I was able to head into The Chutes for some legitimate Double Black Diamond and 1,500 vertical feet of skiing fun. They had become a little skied out, but the coverage was ample. Iâ€™m sure earlier in the day it wouldâ€™ve been terrific.
Right before we left to head on up to Mt. Rose, I noticed that one of the screws to the kidâ€™s ski bindings brake was missing. So on the way up the Mt. Rose highway, we stopped inÂ Moutain Top Sports where they had a nice Holiday crowd of customers looking to rent skis and buy necessary equipment. Curtis helped us out after we waited patiently in their small and quaint, busy but organized ski shop. Once it was our turn, Curtis was fully focused on us, which is not always present in a lot of ski shops. Looking for a budget ski area & rental shop, then I can recommend Curtis to help you out and get you outfitted properly.
The 2010-11 ski and snowboard season is off to a great start in Lake Tahoe as it is pretty much throughout the West. Most obstacles are covered and snow is plentiful on most runs and the off piste areas I skied at Mt Rose. This has to be the best start for skiing and snowboarding in recent memory. Get out there!