SKIING Anxious Nevada skiers, impatiently waiting for snow, need to wait only a little longer. Skiing starts Saturday at 10 a. m. on Rattlesnake Mountain, ten minute’s driving time from downtown Reno. The operators of Truckee Meadow’s newest enterprise, an artificial snow area, Ernest “Bud” Schoenfeld, Hal Codding, and Jerry Wetzel say their rope tow hill east of Reno on Peckham lane will be ready for limited use Saturday. Skiers will have a 400-foot hill covered with snow to a depth of about eight inches. The artificial operation has been established over the past several weeks.

NOTE: First man-made snow was created at Grossinger’s Resort in New York in 1952

Rattlesnake Mountain Snowmaking 18 Dec 1958, Thu Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada)