The U.S. Forest Service has approved the expansion of a ski resort on a national forest between Reno and Lake Tahoe, including a skier bridge over a highway as part of a package that also bans commercial development in areas cherished by conservationists and back-country enthusiasts.

The expansion allows for construction of a five-million-gallon water tank that will boost snow-making capabilities in an effort to transform the Mount Rose resort into a “key destination attraction,” agency officials said.

In the works for more than seven years, it will provide new skiing and snowboarding terrain especially for beginners and those with less-advanced skills about 16 kilometres northeast of Lake Tahoe 40 kilometres southwest of downtown Reno.

 Read the full story at