Mt. Rose, along with other Nevada resorts, emerged from January with a solid snowpack, thanks to a week of snowstorms that dropped five feet of snow in one week at the resort. The powder pulled jubilant skiers and riders to the slopes.

Those heading to the slopes can find ways to improve their skiing without dropping a wad of money. The resort schedules weekly advanced workshops, mini-clinics, and ladies clinics that can bump skills up a notch.

The resort's advanced workshops are designed to move intermediate skiers onto black diamond slopes. The 90-minute Beyond the Blues workshops concentrate on making short radius turns, carving, using poles for rhythm, and navigating bumps.

The workshops, which cost $39, start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can get a $10 discount on a Beyond the Blues Workshop by purchasing the lesson with an American Express card except on holidays, such as Feb. 13-15.

Complimentary mini-clinics are available for season passholders on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:15 a.m. from now through the end of February. The mini-clinics target skills for intermediate and advanced skiers or snowboarders.

Mt. Rose holds Ladies Day Clinics every Thursday. The 90-minute clinics, which start at 10 a.m. and noon, cater to skiers, riders, and telemarkers of low intermediate to advanced levels. The clinics taught by women are free for season passholders, but cost $10 for those with day lifts. Women can purchase lift tickets on Thursdays for $35. Reservations are not required for the clinics.

Silver Ski Clinics, which are offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, cost $10 for those with season passes. These clinics aim at introducing experienced skiers ages 50 and older to the new movement patterns required with shaped skis.

The resort also offers a first timer package for skiers and snowboarders. The package includes a lesson, beginner lift ticket, and rentals. Purchasing the package online reduces the cost from $75 to $65.

More information. Or call 775-849-0704, ext. 220.