Mount Rose Ski Tahoe announced this week that 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. The increase is a tacit acknowledgment of the difficulty resort employees face in resort towns where costs of living reflect the desirability of the area.

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.

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.

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