Mount Rose Ski Tahoe announced Monday it will increase its starting wage for all positions to $11 an hour. The increase represents a 33 percent increase over the standard $8.25 an hour mandated minimum wage in Nevada.
Effective September 1, the wage increase will affect employees in nearly all departments at the resort, including staff in base operations, ski school, food and beverage, terrain parks, lift operations, rental and retail operations, ski patrol and tickets.
Mount Rose's increase puts its entry wage $2.75 above minimum wage in Nevada and $2 over minimum wage in California. Overall, the average cost of living in nearby Truckee, California, is 41 percent higher than the national average. In Reno, Nevada, it is 4 percent less than the national average.
"Ultimately, our goal is to provide resort guests with a high quality experience every time they visit Mount Rose Ski Tahoe. We are confident this wage increase will help us to both remain competitive as an employer, and attract and retain top talent across a variety of positions both on snow and in other departments that regularly engage with our guests," Director of marketing at Mount Rose Ski Tahoe, Mike Pierce, told the Reno Gazette Journal.
The announcement comes shortly after Vail Resorts announced in June it would increase entry-level minimum wage to $10 an hour across the board. Effective September 26, the hike will occur at Vail Resorts in eight states, and will affect nearly 7,500 of its reported 25,000 employees.