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The Family Ski Guide to Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe in Nevada

Mt. Rose Ski Resort features value and lots of green runs, perfect for families. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

In an area with nearly a dozen ski resorts, Lake Tahoe offers lots of variety in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California and Nevada. After skiing in the Lake Tahoe area for over 20 years, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Resort remains a personal favorite. It’s a under-the-radar resort for most first-time visitors to Lake Tahoe, see why locals continue to flock to this resort.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

You can't beat weather like this to ski with your best girl. Lake Tahoe, Family Ski, Mt. Rose
You can’t beat a blue bird sky and Lake Tahoe specializes in them. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

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. With several areas, Mt. Rose doesn’t bottleneck like some Lake Tahoe resorts. The green skiing popular with families and beginners can’t be beat at Mt. Rose.

What I like about Mt. Rose

  • Park in front of lodges, no shuttle or gondola necessary. 
  • Two lodges 
  • Lots of lesson and package deals. 

What I want from Mt. Rose

  • More dining options inside
  • More seating and firepit areas outside

New for the 2020-21 Season

Skiing this season will be different though daily lift tickets are available. With 1,

No rental equipment is  NOT available for the season.

Double-layer masks must be worn.

Limited access to the lodge with reduced food service and time limits on indoor table seating.

No camping out at tables is allowed.

Picnicing in vehicles is preferred.

Six-foot social distacing required and capacity reductions are in place.

Mt Rose Mountain By-the-Numbers

2020-2021 Lift Tickets
Ages At the Resort Advance Online Purchase 
16+ Full Day/Half Day Unavailable for 20/21 $145/$95 a.m. $85 p.m.
6 to 15 Full Day/Half Day Unavailable for 20/21 $75/$50 a.m. $45 p.m.
Under 5 $20 Available at resort only


Base Elevation: 8,260ft. Summit Elevation: 9,700ft.
Vertical Drop: 1,800ft. Skiable Acres: 1,200
Type of Terrain Percentage of Runs
Green 20%
Blue 30%

Double Black



Total Named Runs: 60
Lifts: 8 total:

2 high speed 6-pack, 2 high-speed quads, 2 triples, 2 surface lifts


Mt Rose Areas

Main Lodge Area

Find all the rentals and lesson check-in at the Main Lodge area. It also features a large deck out back facing the runs along with a cafeteria, coffee shop, bar and retail shop.

All the green and beginner skiing and boarding is located in this area. Find the Wildhorse Adventure area with glade green skiing. Additionally find the Northwest Passage, Lakeview, Galena, Wizard lifts and Magic surface lift.

It’s serviced by a large parking area with an overflow area.

Winters Creek Lodge

Located at couple of miles down Hwy. 431 (Mt Rose Highway), find an area for more advance skiers and boarders, like double-black diamond runs. Get access to The Slide Bowl and The Chutes, an expert-only area.

Serviced by the Blazing Zephyr and The Chuter lifts, both originate at the Winters Creek Lodge. Also find a separate parking area. Additionally this area can be accessed by Northwest Passage lift without driving from the Main Lodge area.

Lake Tahoe Family Skiing

My 13-year-old loves the new green runs in the Enchanted Forest. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, carful of kids, family-friendly ski resorts
My 13-year-old loves the green runs in the Mt. Rose’s Enchanted Forest. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

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.

I’ve skiied some BIG name resorts that offer a couple of green runs for families. Or worse, the one long green run that’s required. Some resort tack a slow zone (green run)  where several blue or black runs converge. Not the best environment for kids learning to ski and the parents that follow them.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe for Kids

Wizard lift on their way to the Enchanted Forest. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe for Kids
The carful of kids use the Wizard lift to visit to the Enchanted Forest. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Mt. Rose offers a lot of green runs for kids. In fact, Mt. Rose offers two green skiing areas, not a green run that doubles as a slow zone. Each area is service by a lift.

The Wizard Lift

Mt. Rose moved their old Ponderosa Lift and renamed it the Wizard Lift. Then took a single run named the Enchanted Forest and expanded it into a whole 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-thru lift to more advanced skiing. 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 holidays you feel alone in the world discovering an enchanted land that might be harboring a woodland sprite or dare we say, Harry?

Galena Lift

After the kids master the Enchanted Forest area move up the mountain. Take the Wizard Lift and head left to ski to the Galena Lift.

Take the long green run, Galena, to ski back to the lodge. Or verve off and find more green runs, like Mustang, Bronco and North Rim. All of them return to the Galena Lift so the kids can ski or board all day long without skiing the same run. And the scenery is lovely with lots of tree coverage.

Skiing with an 8-year-old. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe for Kids
Skiing with an 8-year-old keeps this Mom on her toes. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Mt Rose Ski Tahoe Terrain Parks

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe offers four terrain parks but the majority are for advanced skier and boarders. Since terrain parks require more snow and maintenance find them later in the season. Terrain parks will be closed after heavy snowstorms for maintenance.

  • Galena Terrain Garden
  • Badlands Terrain Park
  • Down Down Terrain Terrain Park
  • Pondo Terrain Park

As a Mom, be sure and check out the terrain park signs to see if your kids are in the right terrain park. Most resorts install several terrain parks with differing levels of difficulty.

And stay SMART–Start small, Make a plan, Always look around, Respect others and the park and Take it easy.

Mt. Rose–Getting Kids on the Snow

After a two-hour lesson at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe for Kids
This is a happy kid after his two-hour lesson at Mt. Rose. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Don’t try and teach your kids to ski or snowboard unless there’s an Olympic Medal hangin on your wall. All the mountain meltdowns I’ve seen start with DIY ski lessons. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe specializes in getting kids on the snow and loving it with lesson packages.

The Mt. Rose Rosebuds program is for skiers and snowboarders from ages 6 to 12.  The instuctor to student ratio is 3-to-1 or 4-to-1 depending on the skill level. Get a two-and-half-hour session, rental equipment with a helmet and an all-day beginner lift ticket. Reservations are required and rates start at $155 per person.

Private Lessons are offer for small groups with up to five people. Get a three hour lesson at your level. Prices is for instruction only and doesn’t include equipment or lift tickets. Rates start at $195 per group.

No other clinics are lessons are offered for the 2020-2021 season.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe for Kids
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe does a great job keeping the kids separated when learning to ski. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

For the littlest skiers, the Little Mule Surface Lift offers a fenced off area just for ski school. The older skiers and snow boarders use the Magic Surface Lift, open to all.

What I like about Mt. Rose’s Rosebud program

  • Low kid-to-instructor ratio
  • Indoor area to drop off your kids
  • 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 have plans for a new lift and a skier bridge over the Mt. Rose Highway (Nevada Highway 431) to be completed in the few years.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe for Kids
Mt. Rose is not done expanding, look for more green runs and a new ski bridge. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

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.

Where’s Mt Rose 

Located at 22222 Mt. Rose Highway, 22 miles from the Reno/Lake Tahoe airport (RNO). It’s 11 miles from North Lake Tahoe and the traffic is more congested into Reno than into the Tahoe Basin.

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Know Before You Go

  • Arrive early for the best parking and fewer lines during school holidays and breaks.
  • Reservations are a must for ski school programs.
  • Rent equipment from ski shops. 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 resorts.
  • Mt. Rose does not offer daycare services or all-day ski lessons for kids.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe offers lots of green trails for family skiers and snowboarders. Get the details on this Lake Tahoe resort on Nevada side. Get the details for family skiers like green runs and kids lessons. Mt Rose Ski Tahoe Resort Review | Best Ski Resorts for Lake Tahoe #FamilySki #LakeTahoe
Credit: Catherine Parker
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe offers lots of green trails for family skiers and snowboarders. Get the details on this Lake Tahoe resort on Nevada side. Get the details for family skiers like green runs and kids lessons. #FamilySki #LakeTahoe Mt Rose Ski Tahoe Resort Review | Best Ski Resorts for Lake Tahoe
credit: Catherine Parker

Catherine Parker has a passion for travel and seen all 50 U.S. States. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting architectural and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a 95-year-old house. She shares her life with her three kids and her husband.


  1. This is now on my list as the place we’ll take the family if we ever make it back to the States in the winter time. Thanks for the information!

    • Catherine

      Thanks! It’s a great place.

  2. Right now Mt. Rose is offering $69 learn ski or snowboard group lessons for kids and adults, just buy online at All packages come with a lift ticket for the day, a 2 hour lesson and the rental equipment good through December 17th!