The carful of kids will try any ski resort once but I’ve found only a couple that become our family favorites. The ones that we return to year-after-year because we like the skiing and the overall atmosphere. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is one of those.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
Mt. Rose is usually the first ski resort to open every year thanks to its 8,260 base elevation, the highest base in Lake Tahoe. It offers a lot a value for families and I especially like the skiing areas for kids.
Main Lodge. It also features a large deck out back facing most of the runs along with a cafeteria, coffee shop, bar and retail shop.
Visit the Winters Creek Lodge, a couple of miles down Hwy. 431 (Mt Rose Highway) for the double-black diamond runs. The Slide Bowl, The Chutes, an expert only area, is accessible through the Blazing Zephyr-6 and the Chuter lifts that originate at the Winters Creek Lodge.
Mt Rose Mountain By-the-Numbers
2017 Lift Tickets
|Ages||At the Resort|
|6 to 15||$75|
|Base Elevation: 8,260ft.||Summit Elevation: 9,700ft.|
|Vertical Drop: 1,800ft.||Skiable Acres: 1,200|
|Type of Terrain||Percentage of Runs|
|Total Named Runs:||60|
2 high speed 6-pack, 2 high-speed quads, 2 triples, 2 surface lifts
The carful of kids love the proximity of Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe since it’s minutes from Incline Village. From Downtown Reno, Mt. Rose is 25 miles. From the Reno/Tahoe International Airport, it’s 22 miles. It’s even quicker to get to Incline Village in north Lake Tahoe at 11 miles.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Skiing for Kids
My only complain about the Lake Tahoe skiing is the limited amount of green runs for families. So many resorts forget about the family skiers and the carful of kids we bring to ski. I get it, we aren’t glamorous with our endless needs. We are slow and clog up the lift lines; sometimes our kids are whiny.
Mt. Rose offers a lot of green runs for kids. And I love they offer an area just for kids to kid, not a green run that doubles as a slow zone.
I’ve been to some BIG name resorts that offer a couple of greens for families. One long one that they have to have for skiers to get off the mountain and a slow zone where several blue or black runs converge. Not the best environment for kids.
Mt. Rose moved their old Ponderosa Lift and renamed it the Wizard lift. They took a single run named the Enchanted Forest and expanded it into a whole new area especially for families.
The Enchanted Forest offers green runs in a separate area that’s not tacked on to the bottom of a blue or black run. The Wizard is not a pass-thorough lift taking you to the top of the mountain either. It’s the gateway to magical Enchanted Forest that’s perfect for kids and the parents that ski with them.
You have the option of skiing down runs like Magic Potion, Dragon’s Tail or Spellbound. Even on the busiest of school holidays you feel alone in the world discovering an enchanted land that might be harboring a woodland sprite or dare we say, Harry?
I love it. The carful of kids are crazy excited and don’t leave the Enchanted Forest all day. Then they head there the next day. They would still be there if it wasn’t for the ringing of the school bell.
Mt. Rose–Getting Kids on the Snow
Your kids not ready for independent skiing or snowboarding? Mt. Rose specializes in getting kids on the snow with their lesson packages.
The Mt. Rose Rosebuds program is for skiers 4 to 10 and snowboarders 7 to 10 that includes a two-hour lesson, rental equipment plus a helmet and a beginner lift ticket. With the online discount, it’s $115 or $125 at the resort.
If your kids are a little older (11+), Mt. Rose offers a first-timer package with a two-hour lesson, rental equipment with a helmet and a beginner lift ticket for $125 with a $10 online discount. There is a next step package for skiers that have skied before that includes a lesson, rental equipment and a beginner lift ticket for $125 with a $10 online discount.
For the littlest skiers, the Little Mule Magic Carpet Lift offers a fenced off area just for ski school. For the older skiers and snow boarders, use the Flying Jenny or the Show Off area that’s open to all.
I have had kids in the Rosebud program for years. The Flying Jenny (the Magic Carpet Lift) gets a Christmas card from me, I spend so much time on her with my kids.
What I like about Mt. Rose’s Rosebud program:
- low kid-to-instructor ratio
- the indoor area to drop off your kids
- the instructors fit the kids with equipment for you
What’s next for Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
According the Mt. Rose Marketing Director, Mike Pierce, they aren’t done expanding. They have plans for a new lift and a skier bridge over the Mt. Rose Highway (Nevada Highway 431) to be completed in the next three years.
This new area will expand the green skiing at Mt. Rose even more. I don’t know about your kids but my kids would put on head-to-toe white snow gear just to blend in so they would never have to leave.
Besides the new lift and runs, Mt. Rose also plans to renovate the Main Lodge and expand the Rosebud children’s center. I hope they include a fire pit since they are one of the few ski resorts not to have one.
I recommend Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, a favorite resort of the carful of kids for years, for your next family ski trip.
More Tahoe Fun
Tahoe City, on the western shore of Lake Tahoe, offers families lots of winter fun.
Know before you go:
- Arrive early for the best parking and fewer lines during school holidays and breaks.
- You can purchase tickets on consolidators, like Liftopia.com, for further discounts.
- Reservations are a must for ski school programs during the school breaks.
- You can get a discount by booking your lift tickets online through the ski resort’s website.
- I like to rent my equipment from ski shops and skip the line on the mountain. Most shops let you rent equipment the evening before and you can return it early in the morning after your trip.
- Don’t forget the helmets, they are required for kids at lots of resorts.
- Mt. Rose does not offer daycare services or all-day ski lessons for kids.
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