The “Iron Curtain” between Slide and Rose finally came down in 1987 when Mt. Rose started to operate Slide Mountain under a lease agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. The “Slide Side” (as it is affectionately referred to by locals) became the East Bowl of Mt. Rose. The combination of the two ski areas increased the overall terrain of Mt. Rose to 900+ acres and established the resort as a significant player in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Mt. Rose Ski Resort to Manage Slide Mountain 04 Dec 1987, Fri Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada)