Bigger doesn’t always mean better, and Diamond Peak Ski Resort is a perfect example. The moderately-sized resort measures a respectable 655 acres of skiable terrain in a setting that is truly exquisite, with many of its 30 runs offering spectacular lake views. Best of all, Diamond Peak is often less crowded than many of the surrounding Tahoe ski resorts, meaning shorter lift lines and better parking; and it has a reputation as a very friendly place to ski or snowboard, particularly for beginners.
Diamond Peak is a family-friendly resort, evident in the mountain’s family ski packages, affordable interchangeable parents’ passes and the layout of the mountain itself, which funnels all trails off a long single ridge to a main base area. In addition to the children’s ski center, the resort has a ski and snowboard school that caters to adults, whether they’re brushing up on rusty skills or learning something new. Nearly three-quarters of the runs at Diamond Peak are designated as beginner or intermediate, with open glades, tree skiing and a terrain park available as well. The park features an assortment of rails, boxes, kickers, table tops and more, giving riders of all abilities plenty of opportunity for going big or learning to slide. Diamond Peak Ski Resort boasts a vertical drop of 1,840 feet, which is the fourth-longest among Lake Tahoe resorts, and the mountain’s longest run stretches two-and-half miles. Six lifts offer access to the resort’s trails and terrain. Amenities at Diamond Peak include a full-service base lodge with generous sun decks, a repair shop, equipment rental, sport shop, mid-mountain lodge and free shuttle service.
Diamond Peak is located in Incline Village, just 30 miles from Reno and 135 miles from Sacramento. There are no accommodations on site, but the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort is just down the road. Ski-and stay-packages are available in nearby Reno.
New for the 2013/14 winter season:
Terrain Based Teaching has been added to all beginner lessons. This method, which involves incorporating small terrain features as part of the learning progression, increases the fun factor while helping beginners learn the skills they will need to graduate from the bunny slope. The method has proven very successful throughout the industry.
Due to increased popularity, several dates will be added to the Last Tracks calendar in 2014. Last Tracks takes place every Saturday, February through April; a few Fridays will also be added to the lineup. The schedule will include wineries, craft breweries, and themed events including a special Valentine's Day Last Tracks. You can also schedule a Private Last Tracks!
Forest health and safety is always a priority at Diamond Peak. Forest thinning during the summer months helds reduce fire danger and has the added benefit of safer tree skiing. Look for the new off-piste skiable terrain in the trees between Battleborn and Sunnyside, located off Crystal Ridge. Diamond Peak and Homewood Mountain Resort Pass holders can now enjoy the best views of Lake Tahoe from both the east and west shores.
Diamond Peak and Homewood have announced a reciprocal season pass program, allowing pass holders to received four free, non-holiday lift tickets to the other resort. The partnership also includes Red Lodge Mountain in Montana's Rocky Mountains. Restrictions apply; please visit the Tickets & Passes page at DiamondPeak.com.
Snowmaking is a key component in building up a good base and maintaining great conditions when Mother Nature decides not to help. Diamond Peak added five new fan guns this season, boosting the snowmaking capacity by 50%. The guns are more energy efficient and will help support the new Terrain Based Teaching features on Schoolhouse, build up the terrain park, and maintain main traffic areas.
Every Friday, February 28-March 28, Diamond Peak will host a special event series for college students and those who like to start their weekends early. Face/Off Fridays will kick off the weekend and feature student deals, rail jam competitions, games, prizes, and DJs spinning tracks. Just minutes from Sierra Nevada College, and less than an hour from University of Nevada Reno, Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, and Sierra College in Truckee, students can join in on the fn before, after, or even BETWEEN classees!
Diamond Peak's website at DiamondPeak.com has been upgraded making it easier for gueststs to navigate and prepare for a visit. The site includes an upgraded online store allowing for online purchase of lift tickets in addition to the previous offerings of mini-passes, season passes, Last Tracks and Gift Cards. Look for the "What's Happening at the Peak" section for social updates, in addition to guest photos and event updates.