High above Lake Tahoe, between Incline Village and Reno, sits the beautiful Mount Rose area. This high elevation zone is accessed year round by Nevada Highway 431, topping out at 8,950’. Such easy access to the Rose area’s higher elevations can play a crucial role in finding good snow in the early and late seasons, or during periods of elevated freezing levels. These high elevations also hold colder and drier snow than elsewhere around the lake, although sometimes receiving less than locations along the Sierra Crest. Tamarack and Incline Peaks are the most popular destinations, and both summits can be reached in about an hour by faster groups. Rose Knob is also highly popular, with a trailhead less than 10 minutes from Incline Village, and one of the largest vertical drops in the area. The number of skiers that venture beyond these three roadside attractions drops sharply when adding even the slightest approach. Relay, Houghton, and Mt. Rose see less than half the skiers that the closer locations get, making it easy to venture past the crowds. Slide Mountain is home to the Mount Rose Ski Area, but also one of the largest vertical drops in Tahoe. During periods of extreme snow coverage, skiers can drop off Slide’s east face and make turns for over 4,000’ down to the Carson Valley. South of Incline Village along highway 28, Herlan Peak stands out along the East Shore. The striking Bear Scratch chutes descend Herlan’s west face, dropping over 2,200’ down to the East Shore of Lake Tahoe. Easier access, colder snow, and great alpine terrain make Mt. Rose one of Tahoe’s most popular zones.