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Mount Rose Expansion Plans Up For Public Review
Plans for 11 beginner-intermediate runs and more snowmaking at Mount Rose, Nev. have received a preliminary nod from the U.S. Forest Service and now go out for public comment.
The supervisor of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest issued a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement May 28, and the Carson Ranger District has scheduled public hearings in June. Any expansion at the Reno-Tahoe area resort would be added to the resort’s existing special use permit with the Forest Service.
The proposal includes a new chair lift on the north side of Mount Rose Highway to serve some 23 acres of new trails and 49 acres of glades between trails. If approved, the resort will built a pedestrian bridge over the highway to provide access from the main parking lot and base area, and take down an existing lodge in the Atoma area.
Snowmaking infrastructure is planned for five of the new trails in what is called “the Atoma pod.” Integral to the increased snowmaking capacity is a proposed impoundment on the left edge of the Gallina trail on the main mountain. The pond would be about 1.6 acres in size and capable of holding nearly five million gallons of water. Piping to the new area would run across the proposed pedestrian bridge.
The Sierra Club is expected to oppose the expansion. David von Seggern, chairman of the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club, told local news outlets that the project would affect land with high natural and scenic value that the Forest Service was supposed to protect under a 1994 public buyout of 3,700 acres of private land on the slopes of Mount Rose.
According to news reports, separate plans for a mountaintop lodge and base lodge expansion do not fall under the purview of this review.