Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe plans to hold a “Scared Chuteless Clinic” for advanced skiers on Saturday, April 23. The clinic is designed to help skiers feel more comfortable on the steeps of “The Chutes,” 200 acres of extreme terrain in between the two main sections of the ski area just outside Reno, Nev.
In The Chutes, skiers can enter through nine control gates to reach 16 named chutes- most with 40-55 degree pitches to deservedly earn double-black designations. For maximum challenge, the chute named El Cap provides the full 1,500 vertical feet of The Chutes. Considering that Mt. Rose has the highest base elevation in the Tahoe area and The Chutes are north-facing, the snow preservation there tends to be good even in the late-season.
Starting at 10 a.m. at the ski-school lesson area, the clinic costs $39 for regular lift-ticket holders and is free for season-pass holders. After a banner snow year with 540 inches of total snowfall and a 178-inch base at the summit, the resort has extended its season to May 6 with additional skiing on May 7-8 for passholders.
(Photo courtesy of Eric Wagnon)