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Mt. Rose Sets Soft Opening For Season Pass Holders

Mt-Rose-Open-Cheer Yee-hah!! The ski and snowboard season begins in Calfornia. (Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe/Facebook)

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is set to drop the ropes a week early to give season pass holders the privilege of putting down the first tracks of 2018-2019.

The formal opening date has been set for Oct. 26, but mountain managers announced that the Wizard lift will begin spinning on Friday (Oct. 19) and Saturday (Oct. 20) with access to three beginner runs at the base of the California mountain. They point to the installation of 17 new snow guns this summer – and a long-term commitment to early-season snowmaking – as the reasons why Mt. Rose can open earlier than expected.

The café and bar in the Main Lodge will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The equipment rental and repair shop, ski school, and retail shops will not be open.

More snow guns give Mt. Rose a chance to open early. (Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe/Facebook)

Skiers and riders can purchase and pick up season passes in the Main Lodge. Pre-season rates, which start at $199, will be in effect and last until Sunday online.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Main Lodge will open for a “hiring mixer” for people interested in getting a full- or part-time job at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe for the winter.

Oct. 19 is the earliest date that the Nevada mountain has opened; it began operations on Oct. 26, 2017.

Located a half-hour drive from Reno, Mt. Rose has the highest base elevation (8,260) in the Lake Tahoe region – as well as one of the longest steeps in the 1,500 vertical feet of The Chutes.

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