Mt. Rose screamed into the 21st century with its first high-speed lift when the Northwest triple was replaced with the Northwest Magnum 6. Following in its wake was the upgrade of the Zephyr quad lift to the Blazing Zephyr 6 high-speed chair in 2004 giving Mt. Rose dual high-speed, base–to-summit rides to the top. But big fast chairs were only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
In the separation between the east and north slopes of Slide Mountain lives the extreme terrain known as The Chutes. There was a time when skiers were allowed in the Chutes area at their own risk. Shuttle buses actually ran from the Slide Mountain Junction to the base of the Reno Ski Bowl from the late 1950s to the mid-’60s transporting everyone who ventured over to the backside. The mid-1960s saw the closure of this area until its official opening in 2004. After 10 years of groundwork, Mt. Rose officially adopted these 200 acres into its trail system including the addition of the Chuter lift providing an exit back to the Slide lodge.
The 200+ acre Chutes offer some of the longest vert in North America with pitches from 40-55 degrees!