Diamond Peak is really really cool! In the kids area there’s this cool moving carpet that takes you up the hill so you don’t have to walk up in your skis. It’s called “Pete’s Powerline”. It’s named after this big stuffed penguin that comes out to play with kids and help them show them how to ski. It’s a whole lot of fun! There’s a whole area set up just for kids. They even have special ski lessons…just for kids…at the Bee Ferrato Child Ski Center. You can even ski around with the big kids and not get lost.
Sanity's Sake: Truly a family area, the base lodge is a great place to stay warm and watch the kids because it's close to the child ski center. You can also see the School House lift which is dedicated to keeping beginners safe and in control as they improve their skills. For families with little ones too small to ski, Diamond Peak offers an interchangeable parent lift ticketr. For $44 one parent can ski while the other parent watches the kids; then they can switch. Diamond Peak makes it easy for the whole family to have a great experience on the slopes.
Check out the family special, starting at $58. That's for one adult and one child. You can add additional adults for $37 each and additional children for as little at $14 each.
to Ski: Beginners will want to stick to the School House lift. It’s away from the main flow of traffic so you don’t have to worry about anybody running you over! Intermediates can take the Red Fox lift to a variety of trails with peaks of Lake Tahoe. Intermediates will also find a few great runs from the Lakeview Quad as well. At the top of the Lakeview Quad you’ll find the Snowflake Lodge, a great place to grab some lunch or take in the stunning panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. More advanced skiers will discover some challenging runs from the Lakeview Quad, too, or for more advanced terrain hop on the new high speed Crystal Express. This new lift will get you up to 8,450 feet in just a few minutes.
Snowboarders will love the superpipe and terrain features located throughout the resort. Some new low rails and mailboxes will be added this year for beginners to learn how to slide. More advanced riders can hit the bigger rails and jumps and show off their tricks.
The Bee Ferrato Child Ski Center at Diamond Peak offers lesson packages for children ages 3 through 7. Friendly, experienced instructors provide a fun atmosphere for kids to learn how to ski. Kids ages 4 and up can participate in group lessons at $45 for two hours or $68 for 4 hours. They can also sign up for an all day value package which includes an all day group lesson, lift ticket, rentals and supervised lunch. Kids are welcome in private lessons starting at 3 years old. A one-hour private lesson is $72 and a two-hour private is $135. The Diamond Pete special includes two hours of private instruction, two hours of child accommodation, lift ticket and rental equipment for $165.
Snowflake Lodge offers a unique wine tasting event on Saturday nights in which a local winery presents a variety of wines for sampling. While you’re enjoying the wine and some delicious appetizers, the groomers are busy preparing a perfectly groomed run for you to ski down. The view of sunset over the lake is amazing and the run down unforgettable. A great idea for an evening away from the kids.
Care: Licensed Child accommodations are also available at the Bee Ferrato Child Ski Center for Children ages 3-7. Accommodations are on a first-come first-served basis and run in two-hour sessions, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m. The cost is $30 for one two-hour session or $68 for both. The Incline Village Visitors Center (775-832-1606) can also provide a list of professional child care in the area.
The base lodge offers a good variety of food for the whole family. The newly remodeled Snowflake Lodge at mid mountain has incredible views of Lake Tahoe.
Gear: Diamond Peak has a full-service rental shop. The Village Ski Loft shop in the Diamond Peak base lodge sells ski outfit, gloves, etc. There’s also another Village Ski Loft in the center of Incline Village along with Porter’s Ski and Sport.
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