RENO (AP) — The Washoe County Board of Adjustment has approved plans by Mount Rose Ski Tahoe to upgrade the resort southwest of Reno with a mountaintop restaurant, faster chairlifts and a second snowmaking pond.
The board gave its unanimous support Thursday, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
The projects covered under the special-use permit “are pretty well thought out, good for the community and good for their business,” said Richard Cieri, a Board of Adjustment member.
Paul Senft, Mount Rose manager, expects work to begin next year and continue over 15 years at a cost of $23.5 million. The board required a major component to be built every five years to keep the permit alive.
The planning board’s approval is final unless an appeal is filed with the County Commission.
A separate project to expand the resort by 99 acres has been accepted for review by the U.S. Forest Service, Senft said, adding that the project will be the subject of an intensive environmental study that will take at least two years to complete.
The approved plans include a new lodge, to sit 20 feet below the 9,700-foot peak of Slide Mountain and be accessible only during ski season. Diners would have views of Washoe Valley, Reno, Mount Rose and Lake Tahoe.
Plans also involve a 30,000-square-foot expansion of the existing lodge; a new two-story building on the Slide Bowl side with 500 to 1,000 lockers for season-pass holders; and a new pond to store water for snow-making on the Mount Rose side.
The Ponderosa and Galena lifts would be replaced with a faster lift with detachable cabins that are easier to load and unload skiers.