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Location: snowHeadLand
Resort: Mount Rose

Country: USA

Author: hd

Date: Wednesday 27 January 2010

Our holiday: Annual trip with 2 powder hungry snowboarding mates to North America. We have toured the Alps extensively and are now looking for new challenges across the pond. Previously in NA we have visited Panorama, Lake Louise, Whitefish and Fernie.

Basics: We visited MR on a day trip from Squaw Valley which was our base for a 10 day Lake Tahoe holiday. Mount Rose is a 50 minute drive from Squaw.

Lift system: There are 3 main chair lifts; 2 fast 6-seaters and one slow 4-seater. No footrests Sad

The snow: We visited at the end of a monster week long storm which dumped 250cms on the Tahoe region so the base was excellent. However during the 2 days prior to our MR visit temperatures in Squaw had increased significantly and we had got absolutely drenched by horrible wet sticky sludge-cement. Plus it hadn't snowed overnight in Squaw so we were amazed on arrival at MR to find 3 inches of overnight fresh on top of a light and dry base. MR is the highest of the Tahoe resorts (2400m) and the snow quality was excellent; much better than in Squaw. Furthermore it was much less busy than Squaw and we had no trouble finding fresh tracks.

The terrain: The main attraction for us were The Chutes; 16 steep or very steep chutes/gulleys with good snow and a great test of technique. I had great fun charging down them weaving between the trees and hunting for the un-tracked spots whilst trying to link my turns smoothly and not brake. Definitely the most challenging and satisfying terrain I rode out of any of the Tahoe resorts. The rest of the mountain was the usual "ride anywhere" terrain that NA resorts do so well - open bowls, glades, trees, all great fun.

Costs: $65 for a day ticket. If you look on websites such as Sliding On The Cheap and Liftopia you might find a deal.

Conclusion: Excellent resort and the best snow in Tahoe. The Chutes rock. 9/10

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