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Forest Service Backs Mt. Rose Ski Resort Expansion, Bridge

The U.S. Forest Service has tentatively approved a plan to build two chairlifts and a snow bridge across a state highway southwest of Reno to allow skiers at the Mount Rose Ski resort to access 11 new trails proposed farther down the mountain.

Officials for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest released a draft record of the decision Monday approving the resort's expansion planned across 112 acres north of the Mount Rose Highway.

The plan includes a new restroom, water pipeline and 5-million-gallon water tank to support snowmaking operations in the Atoma Area.

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It would prohibit future development of commercial uses across all but about 180 of the 3,446 acres on bordering national forest land. It's subject to a 45-day public comment to field objections from those who already commented.