Mountain
History

The history of Mt. Rose begins in the early 1930s, long before Mt. Rose Highway or any chairlifts were constructed. Skiers drove into the mountains as far as the road would take them, then hiked their way to the summit to take in the scenic views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding valleys. Thought to be one of the biggest potentials for tourism and year-round outdoor recreation in the country, the city of Reno and the snow-capped mountains to the west have had a long history of enticing those of us with adventurers’ spirit.

1908

Dr. Church

Dr. Church
University of Nevada Art History professor was a passionate outdoorsman who hiked the mountains around Lake Tahoe and in 1908 developed the Mt. Rose Snow Sampler which measured the water content in snow and is still used to this day.
1930

NSA – Reno’s Winter Recreation Potential

NSA – Reno’s Winter Recreation Potential

NSA Recognizes Winter Recreation Potential of Reno 21 Dec 1930, Sun Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada) Newspapers.com

1931

Snow Sports opens at Galena Creek

Snow Sports opens at Galena Creek

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) Newspapers.com

1932

Washoe County’s Snow Sports Center at Galena Creek

Washoe County’s Snow Sports Center at Galena Creek

In the shadow of Mt. Rose, overlooking the beautiful Truckee Meadows, Washoe county’s winter sports center is located at the point where Mt. Rose highway to Lake Tahoe crosses Galena Creek. The above pictures, taken last Sunday by Roy Curtis, show the ski course and a few of the merry participants in the first ski tournament held in Nevada. The top picture shows the ski jump with Jake Pitser of Reno sailing down the slide after making a successful jump. The center picture, taken from a point near the judge’s stand, gives a view of the surrounding, snow-covered country. The lower picture is a road scene just before reaching Galena Creek. The height of the snow banks on either side indicates the depth and the work that was necessary to open the road. The inset at the right is a picture of Miss Emma Daily of Truckee, the only girl jumper in this vicinity. She made a jump of forty-three feet to score 17.64 points in last Sunday’s meet. The best jump of her class was fifty feet. The Reno Ski Club, aided by the Reno Chamber of Commerce and the Washoe county commissioners, had charge of developing the sports center.

 

Galena Creek Up-Ski 20 Feb 1932, Sat Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada) Newspapers.com

Up-Ski at Galena Creek

Up-Ski at Galena Creek

Galena Creek Up-Ski 18 Jan 1939, Wed Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada) Newspapers.com

1938

Mount Rose & Lake Tahoe

Mount Rose & Lake Tahoe

Mount Rose Skiing Potential 03 Mar 1938, Thu Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada) Newspapers.com

1939

Wayne Poulsen – Mt. Rose Up-Ski

Wayne Poulsen – Mt. Rose Up-Ski

Wayne Poulsen to Open Mt. Rose Up-Ski and Ski School Tyrol 07 Nov 1939, Tue Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada) Newspapers.com

Mount Rose Upski

In 1939, Wayne Paulsen operated the Mount Rose Upski at the current location of Sky Tavern until 1941, when he took out an option to purchase Squaw Valley.

1945

Sky Tavern Opens in the Mt. Rose Ski Bowl

Sky Tavern Opens in the Mt. Rose Ski Bowl

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

1947

Sliver Dollar Derby Gains World Attention

Sliver Dollar Derby Gains World Attention

Crack U. S. and foreign skiers ran practice runs on the speedy Slide mountain course near here today in preparation for this weekend’s silver dollar ski derby. The fast down mountain race Sunday will climax two days of events that have already attracted an entry list of 50 persons, including experts from Switzerland, France, Canada, Norway, the New England states, Utah, Idaho, California, and Nevada. Tourney Director Warren Hart, who last year was clocked at miles per hour on the downhill run. said this year will be “much faster.” The course drops 3,000 feet in two miles. Hart said control gates have been set up at the bottom of the course to reduce contestants’ speed near the finish.

 

Silver Dollar Derby Gets World Attention – Reno Ski Bowl 20 Mar 1947, Thu Great Falls Tribune (Great Falls, Montana) Newspapers.com

Silver Dollar Derby

Silver Dollar Derby

Harolds Club Ad featuring the Silver Dollar Derby 1974 21 Mar 1947, Fri Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada) Newspapers.com

Inaugural Silver Dollar Derby Race

Inaugural Silver Dollar Derby Race

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) Newspapers.com

1948

Silver Dollar Derby Ads

Silver Dollar Derby Advertisement 11 Mar 1948, Thu Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada) Newspapers.com

Silver Dollar Derby – Reno 15 Mar 1948, Mon Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada) Newspapers.com

Silver Dollar Derby -The Real McCoy

New amateur slalom champion of California is Dave McCoy of the Mammoth Mountain Ski club. He won the title with the form demonstrated here in the Silver Dollar Derby on Mt. Rose last weekend.

 

Little Yasi Teramota of the Yosemite Ski club topped several years of steadily improving ski performances by winning the downhill rare in the Silver Dollar Derby on Slide mountain last weekend. With the win went the California state downhill championship for 1948. Teramota is pictured breezing through two markers on the Slide mountain course.

 

Little Yasi & The Real McCoy – Silver Dollar Derby 24 Mar 1948, Wed Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada) Newspapers.com

Reno may be Nation’s Ski Capital by 1950

Reno may be Nation’s Ski Capital by 1950

Reno May Be Nation’s Ski Capital by 1950 13 Mar 1948, Sat Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada) Newspapers.com

1950

Lower Lift Planned from Mt. Rose Bowl to Slide Mountain

Lower Lift Planned from Mt. Rose Bowl to Slide Mountain

With three chair lifts in operation, this winter is near here, at Soda Springs, Squawl Valley, and the Sugar Bowl, and the T-bar running at Mount Rose, White Hills, and Donner Ski Ranch, another lift in the planning for the 1950-51 ski season.

 

It will be a mile-long lift at Mount Rose Bowl, with a vertical drop of 1,500 feet. With some of the potential runs being over three miles la length, It will open up the east side of Slide mountain where the annual Silver Dollar Ski derby is held.

 

Lower Lift Planned from Mt. Rose Bowl to Slide Mountain 19 Mar 1950, Sun The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) Newspapers.com

Reno Skiing Ad

Reno Skiing Ad

Reno Skiing – Reno Chamber of Commerce 22 Feb 1950, Wed The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, California) Newspapers.com

1952

Mount Rose Highway SR 431

Mount Rose Highway SR 431

In 1950, the old Mt. Rose Highway was merely a summer road connecting Reno with beautiful Lake Tahoe. As the years marched on, the old SR 431 continued to be improved thus allowing winter travel to higher elevations; more terrain became easily accessible.

 

“This postcard view clearly demonstrates the potential for tremendous snowfall in the Tahoe Basin. This is the summit along Mount Rose Highway in July 1952. the depth of the snow is so overwhelming that it needs a photograph just to be believed. The automobiles provide a convenient sense of scale. (Courtesy of the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society)”

 

Reports of 20′ of snow falling from October to Jan 1, and then another 12′ in January.

1953

Reno Ski Bowl Opens Officially

Reno Ski Bowl Opens Officially

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) Newspapers.com

Reno Ski Bowl at Slide Mountain

Reno Ski Bowl at Slide Mountain

Devoted skiers from Sky Tavern hiked up to the 9,700’ peak of Slide Mountain and skied in the location of the present Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe. By widening the existing logging trails for better ski terrain, these powder hounds were cutting some of the first ski trails in the Sierra Nevada.

 

The original Reno Ski Bowl was constructed on the east slope of Slide Mountain (currently the East Bowl of Mt. Rose) and was at one point connected to the Sky Tavern area by the old “Ringer Chair.” This lift spanned “Bum’s Gulch” taking it to the base of the Reno Ski Bowl. When Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, the Reno Ski Bowl was actually chosen as an alternate site for skiing events if Squaw did not have adequate snow coverage.

“Lower Chair” to Slide Mountain

“Lower Chair” to Slide Mountain

Reno Ski Bowl – Upper Chair and Warming Hut

Reno Ski Bowl – Upper Chair and Warming Hut

Up Above the Reno Ski Bowl

Up Above the Reno Ski Bowl

Trail sign features Northwest Passage, Bull Whip, John Fremont, and Big Bonanza.

Reno Ski Bowl Will Rival The World’s Best

Reno Ski Bowl Will Rival The World’s Best

The Skier – 1953

Keston Ramsey – Gold Run Reno Ski Bowl

Keston Ramsey – Gold Run Reno Ski Bowl

Keston Ramsey was born in 1908. He has lived most of his life in the Reno area. Mr. Ramsey was active in the ski industry from 1945 until 1964. During those years, he constructed and ran the Sky Tavern Lodge at the Mt. Rose Ski Bowl.

“Ride to the Sky” Bumper Stickers

“Ride to the Sky” Bumper Stickers

Scenic Views – Operated Year Round

Scenic Views – Operated Year Round
1954

Inaugural NCAA Skiing Championships

Inaugural NCAA Skiing Championships

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.

Open for Scenic Views

Open for Scenic Views

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