Diamond Peak turns 50 in November 2016! In celebrating this golden milestone, it’s interesting to look back to the circumstances around the opening. Diamond Peak was then called Ski Incline and the plans were the brainchild of Art wood. Art hailed from Oklahoma and envisioned Incline Village as a year-round resort community. He consulted Luggi Foeger to help design and build the ski resort. Luggi had significant experience with resorts in Europe and adjusted the initial plans to improve the runs for the skier’s enjoyment. Ski Incline sported the first snowmaking equipment in the Tahoe Basin when it opened in 1966.
There have been expansions and changes since Ski Incline opened, the most obvious being the name change! The management also expanded the upper mountain to extend the runs up to the peak which includes some awesome Lake Tahoe views.
The altitude of Diamond Peak is 6700 feet at the base and 8540 at the summit providing an 1840-foot vertical drop and 655 skiable acres. With six lifts, plus a surface lift in the Child Ski Center area, and 30+ trails, there is plenty of mountain to ski. Diamond Peak has one of the only terrain parks in Tahoe with a view of the lake. Spillway Park has medium to large features whereas the Popular Progression park was built for warming up and skill building.
For those of you just learning to ski, you’ll find availability of lessons and rentals for beginners as well as a Child Ski Center for 3-7 year olds. For those children over seven, the ski and snowboard school takes them out on the mountain on gentle slopes to help their learning.
There are several locations for food and drink but the favorite is most likely Snowflake Lodge with it’s Lake Tahoe views.
Diamond Peak is located in North Tahoe on the Nevada side of the lake on the north shore, close to the California border. Although it’s only twenty miles from downtown Truckee to Diamond Peak, there are many neighborhoods in California that are even closer to this sparkling gem of Lake Tahoe.