Mountain steepness for a once-a-year, barely intermediate skier: B
On-mountain food: NA
Lack of Crowds: A+
Mt. Rose, in the Lake Tahoe area on the Nevada side, has the highest base elevation of ski resorts in the area, so tends to have better snow as the days warm up. They also had daily specials, like the “Two fer Tuesdays” and “Ladies Day Thursdays,” which enticed us there on a fairly warm April years ago.
Both families were still fairly new skiers, so we kept to the green runs on the right side of the mountain, which were gentle enough for all of us. Looking at a Mt. Rose trail map today, it looks like we only skied 10% of the mountain, though both families signed the boys up for some lessons so they could do some blue and black diamonds.
Parking was not a problem, and there didn’t seem to be anyone but us on the green runs! But this was also very late in the season, and probably WHY they offer discounted rates on Tuesdays and Thursdays! I would expect that Mt. Rose is busy on the weekends, because they’re the closest ski resort to Reno (25 minutes from the Reno airport according to their website). They are on the main road up to Lake Tahoe, and not technically around the lake, like Heavenly is.
With the great deals Mt. Rose offers on lift tickets and the complete lack of crowds, I would not hesitate to try them again, and I’m sure I could ski much more terrain now!