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2015-16 season pass quandary

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I am a new Californian, moved here a year ago. I'm retired and over 70, and ski as much as I can. The past 2 seasons have been dismal, especially by comparison to the 3 Alta years and the Montana year that preceded them. I have had the Tahoe Value pass, which gets KW, H, N*, and a Sierra at Tahoe pass. I got the S because of its reputation for tree skiing. On my one trip there last year the legendary woods were nothing but giant boulders with scant snow in between. I haven't gone there at all this season. Scratch that one. I'll probably stay with the Tahoe Value since I really like Kirkwood.

Recent comments on the forums say that Mt. Rose is holding up better than any of the others, and their base elevation is 8260, 500 feet better than KW. Their prices look reasonable, although I didn't see the pass rates for next season. It seems that in another bad season they might be a good bet. The zinger is, what about a return to historic snowfalls. Does that high base level mean a very challenging access road that might be closed after the biggest dumps. I was here once in 95(?) after a big one and the only Tahoe area that could be reached was Heavenly. I have a Suby with good snow tires. I have never been to Mt. Rose and there is no unofficial review on Epic.

Sorry for the ramble but I am coming from a low level of local knowledge. Thanks for any and all feedback.
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I like Mt Rose.  It has a good variety of terrain.  But I can't imagine driving from CA past north Tahoe to ski Mt Rose on a regular basis.  I've skied there a couple times because it's very close to the Reno airport.  Makes for an easy day trip when on business in Reno, or as a last ski day when flying out on a red-eye flight to the east coast.

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I live in Reno, so Rose is my local resort. 30 minutes in good weather from my driveway to either parking lot up there. The elevation really does help -- they got about an hour or two of rain but mostly snow when all the other resorts got nearly all rain from those February storms. Because it's so far east, it doesn't tend to get as much snow as other areas nearer the crest, like Squalpine and Sugar Bowl. However, that higher elevation means that it's colder so that snow is lighter and more fun.

 

Right now passes for next season are on sale, which include skiing for the rest of this season as well, about a month left. $480 for adults, $380 for young adults. Once this season is over those prices will drop a bit.

 

Rose has a very large variety of terrain as well, given the relatively small area (by Tahoe standards). A good amount of trees and some moguls if you know where to look for those. Of course there are also the Chutes too, but those don't open up until there's a good amount of snow.

 

As marz said, the biggest thing to think about is access. It's a bit out of the way, especially if you're coming up from the south end of the lake. The state maintains two snowplow facilities on the mountain road, and they're pretty good about keeping it reasonably clear during storms. However, they sometimes will close the road just a bit west of the ski area, and in that case the only access is from Reno. 

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

 

But I can't imagine driving from CA past north Tahoe to ski Mt Rose on a regular basis. 

I can. I did exactly that, for the years when I was living at SF Bay area.

 

What I can't imagine is doing day trips from SF area. I didn't.

 

OP didn't mention where in the big state of CA he's living so it's hard to tell. 

 

For me, I find the drive to Kirkwood more white knuckle than the drive to Rose. 

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I live in the city of SF. My wife and I both love it here. Skiing wise it would make a lot more sense to live in a mountain community, but she doesn't ski and we are both happy here. Logistically, it is a lot easier to get to the skiing from our daughters house near Walnut Creek. I do hate the first hour of the drive from city to mountains; it's at least as white knuckle to me as snowy mountain roads. So I go midweek and for 2 or more days at a time. I have a very kind and generous friend who lets me stay at his retirement home in S Lake. I select driving times so as to be traveling counter to the rush hour traffic. S Lake is therefore my usual base and I'm OK with that, although the SLT to KW drive is longer than I'd like. How long is the drive SLT to Rose? If my wife skied and loved mountains as much as I do, we'd be in Mammoth Lakes. All things considered the situation is far better than living in the DC suburbs, which I did for 40 years.
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S Lake is therefore my usual base and I'm OK with that, although the SLT to KW drive is longer than I'd like. How long is the drive SLT to Rose? If my wife skied and loved mountains as much as I do, we'd be in Mammoth Lakes. All things considered the situation is far better than living in the DC suburbs, which I did for 40 years.

SLT to Rose is about 50 minutes for me from the top of Kingsbury.  Frankly, I like Kirkwood more, so that seems to be a better option for a SLT resident in my opinion.  Here is hoping that the weather turns around at some point and we get some 400+ inch seasons of snow soon or I will be moving at some point to were there is snow.

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Very few issues with the access roads to Rose.  I have lived oat the lake for 8 years now and travel up and down the pass to Reno and the airport on a regular basis.  In all that time only once have I seen the pass closed with snow, and then i had to go round via Carson.  A couple of occasions i have had to sit for 15-20 minutes while they do avalanche control but that is it.  Mount Rose highway is the highest year round open pass in the Sierras and NDOT do a pretty good job of keeping it open

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