Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe wants to increase terrain by 20 percent by adding a chairlift and runs across Mt. Rose Highway from the main resort.
A proposal to expand ski and snowboard terrain at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe won final approval from the U.S. Forest Service.
On Tuesday, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger signed off on a plan that will add 112-acres of ski terrain and a new lift on the north side of Mt. Rose Highway, opposite the main resort.
The expansion will reach into rolling terrain that’s suitable for beginner to intermediate skiers. The new terrain will also be wind protected with widely spaced trees.
“Just the whole experience over there is another piece of ski terrain that is unique,” said Mike Pierce, a spokesman for the resort. There is no timeline yet for the work, Pierce said.
The approval of the Atoma Expansion Project includes more than just additional skiing, according to the Forest Service.
It also restricts future commercial uses on approximately 3,446 acres in the area known as Galena Land Exchange with the exception of the 112-acre Atoma and 168-acre Chutes areas.
It also protects the endangered white bark pine with a reduced footprint area for a water tank and avoids impacts on wetlands and streams by focusing new ski trails on existing road alignments and openings, the agency said in a written statement.
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