Reno’s new Mount Rose ski hill at Galena creek is expected to be completed by the last of this week if weather conditions remain favorable, it was announced last night that those directing the work. Lars Haugen, the seven-time ski champion of the world, has been on the hill for the last two weeks. It is declared that the slide may be made one of the finest in the west.


Galena Creek Ski Area Opening 01 Nov 1931, Sun Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada)

Sky Tavern Opens Ski Operations 01 Dec 1945, Sat Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada)

Reno’s Silver Dollar racing course drops from the summit of 9700-foot-high Slide Mountain and non-skiers wishing to witness the event, which is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. today, may do so from vantage points three miles distant at Washoe Lake.


Reno’s Silver Dollar Course 22 Mar 1947, Sat Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada)

Among the first to ride the Reno Ski Bowl chair lift yesterday following dedication ceremonies were District Judge Harold O. Taber and Mrs.Taber shown in chairs. Giving them a sendoff are Ivan Sack (left), supervisor of the Toiyable National, and Carl F. Fuetsch, general manager of Washoe Development Corp. When he was district prosecuted the condemnation proceedings whereby the county acquired key parcels of land for Slide Mountain development. (Chamber of Commerce Photo) Reno Ski Bowl Dedicated; Gov. Russell Pulls Switch


Opening Dedication for the Reno Ski Bowl 26 Nov 1953, Thu Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada)

The very first NCAA Skiing Championships were held at the Reno Ski Bowl in March 1954, hosted by the University of Nevada, with the downhill won by Nevada’s own, Wolf Pack senior Pat Meyers.

Wes Howell operates Reno Ski Bowl in 1958. In 1962 Wes takes over Reno Ski Bowl, now Slide Mountain, and installs the following lifts: Overland (with mid-station), Little Red (in Red Bowl Area), Poma Platter (Slide Bowl Beginner Lift), and Pony Lift (near Shangri-La). From this point on everyone can ride a chairlift, including beginners.

Jim Luescher Opens Mt. Rose Sky Tavern

history of mt rose fritz buser

Fritz launched the two business endeavors that would become his main concentrations for the next forty years. One was based in Switzerland, the other in the U.S.

In Davos, Switzerland he formed Sunstar, a mountain resort hotel group grown out of his real-estate ventures with Rieder. When Sunstar was sold in 2009, it included seven four-star hotels all located in major winter resort towns located in the Swiss Alps.

In the United States, Fritz became an early investor in Mt. Rose after meeting some of the founders at the ski shows he attended annually for the previous twenty years promoting Henke boots. He became the company’s majority shareholder in 1971 and has controlled the growth and direction of Mt. Rose ever since.