Diamond Peak, the Locals Ski Resort at Lake Tahoe
On my first trip to Tahoe, I pulled on a pair of ski boots for the first time at Diamond Peak Ski Resort. After a couple of days on the snow, I was hooked for life. Flash forward 20 years and now I want to know how’s Diamond Peak Resort for kids.
A lot has changed in my life since my first Tahoe weekend. I’m toting a carful of kids in ski and snowboard boots now. What impressed me the most was all the perks and deals for families at Diamond Peak Ski Resort.
2017 Diamond Peak Lift Tickets
|24 to 64, Interchangeable Parent’s Pass||$79 1/2 Day $74||$89 1/2 Day $84|
|13 to 23, 65 to 79||$59 1/2 Day $54||$60 1/2 Day $64|
|7 to 12||$34 1/2 Day $29||$44 1/2 Day $39|
|Child under 6, 80+||FREE||FREE|
Online discounts available though must be purchase in advance. Family packages are available. Diamond Peak offers discounts for the active military, first responders and adaptive skiers.
What I loved about Diamond Peak Ski Resort
- Convenience for families staying in Incline Village. No traffic.
- Manageable size of Diamond Peak and all runs end at the Base Lodge.
- The sense of community at Diamond Peak can’t be beat. It’s a locals’ hangout.
What I wanted at Diamond Ski Resort:
- More green runs. It has 3 runs for kids just starting out.
- More close-in parking. I had to take an open air shuttle down the mountain.
Diamond Peak By-the-Numbers
|Base Elevation: 6,700 ft.||Summit Elevation: 8,540 ft.|
|Vertical Drop: 1,840 ft.||Skiable Acres: 655|
|Type of Terrain||Percentage of Runs|
|Total Named Runs:||30|
|Lifts:||1 high-speed quad, 2 quads. 3 doubles and 1 surface lift for ski school.|
Diamond Peak Resort for Kids
Learn to ski with the local kids. Diamond Peak Ski Resort is the go-to program for Lake Tahoe kids. Since it offers half-day and full-day programs along with six-week programs over the entire season.
Diamond Peak Ski School has an efficient drop-off procedure and after checking in at their desk, the staff handles the rest. It’s a relief to have someone else fit the kiddos with their equipment, especially ski boots.
After outfitting the kids with their equipment, the ski instructors pull all the skis in a toboggan. Then the kids walk to practice area, centrally located next to the ski services building or the school yard green run.
The ski school has a surface lift and the School House lift is very close to the ground, about 10 to 15 feet off the ground depending on the snow base. The ideal situation for little kids advancing to ski lifts.
For all day ski programs, Diamond Peak offers kids favorites like, mac-and-cheese and pizza, for lunch.
Terrain Parks at Diamond Peak
I’ve got two boys, 10 and 13-years-old, so I’ve learned about terrain parks over the last few seasons. It’s not as crazy as I originally thought.
I will admit, when my daredevil son told me he wanted to check out a terrain park a couple of years ago, I envisioned something I’d seen on the Olympics. Don’t worry, think of terrain parks as snow playgrounds.
During my visit, my kids started with the terrain features at the bottom of the Logdepole run. Then moved up to the Popular Progression Park. Even my 15-year-old daughter started to ski over the small jumps.
Be sure and check out the terrain park signs to see if your kids are in the right playground. Most resorts install several terrain parks with differing levels of difficulty. Take it easy and start small.
Parent Perks at Diamond Peak Ski Resort
I’ll take any perk. Diamond Peak offers an interchangeable parents pass so parents can share a single lift ticket. Allowing one parent to watch the baby while the other shreds the mountain.
Diamond Peak features family packages for two adults and two kids. And don’t forget kids under 6 ski FREE.
A shout out to Grandma and Grandpa, take the kids skiing for FREE. Those over 80 get free lift passes too.
Where to Eat at Diamond Peak
Diamond Peak offers a couple of lodges, their Base Lodge and Snowflake Lodge at top of the Lakeview Quad lift. The Base Lodge features a food court where I got my kids a couple of hotdogs, though vegetarian options are available.
Wild Bill’s BBQ hits the spot for the older crowd with two locations. During busy days, grab some Wild Bill’s on the Base Lodge Deck, the place to relax under a blue bird sky. Venture up to the Snowflake Lodge for more BBQ.
The Loft Bar serves up the classics for après ski unwinding. Staying open a couple hours after the lifts close, it’s the place to toast a perfect run.
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Where’s Diamond Peak Ski Resort
Diamond Peak Ski Resort is located in Incline Village at 1210 Ski Way, on the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. Just 35 miles south of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport when driving Mt. Rose Highway (NV Hwy 431).
If flying into Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) to visit Lake Tahoe, several airport shuttles drop off in Incline Village at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, located at 111 Country Club Dr. Diamond Peak Ski Resort runs a Free ski shuttle bus from the Hyatt as well as several other locations throughout Incline Village.
My family was hosted at Diamond Peak Ski Resort though I have skied this resort through the years.
Know Before You Go:
- Reservations are recommended during holiday breaks and long weekends. Ski School sells out.
- Helmets are recommended but not required at Diamond Peak and not included in the ski lesson package. Helmets are $10 additional.
- Arrive early to ski school to allow for smooth transition.
- Group snowboarding lessons begin at 7-years-old or at 3 with a private instructor.
- Before heading out check out road conditions at NVroads.com for tire chain requirements, especially Mt. Rose Highway (NV Hwy 431). I use Nevada’s website for the Lake Tahoe region since it’s easier to use on a mobile device than California’s website.