Benchmark DetailsDate: 04/03/2015Evaluator: Carl KishView Bio

1210 Ski Way
Incline Village, NV 89451

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Diamond Peak
Incline Village, Nevada
Don’t Worry, Ski Happy

Built in 1966 with three chairlifts and a T-bar, Ski Incline was the first ski area to have snowmaking in the West and they have been serving up the best views of Lake Tahoe ever since. A lot has changed over the years, starting with the ski area’s expansion in 1987 to what you know today as Diamond Peak, but the ski area has retained the same laid back vibe that the locals and visitors love.

Diamond Peak’s summit elevation of 8,540 feet gives the ski area a vertical drop of 1,840 feet (4th longest at Lake Tahoe) with 655 acres of varied skiing and riding terrain serviced by six chairlifts. There are free shuttle services all over Incline Village so locals or visiting skiers and snowboarders can leave their car in town, jump on the bus, lap Crystal Ridge all day, and then finish their ride with a local ale at the Lodge.

With Snowflake Lodge overlooking Lake Tahoe and the historic Flume Trail cutting right through the ski area’s boundaries, Diamond Peak resembles Incline Village’s unique heritage and passionate outdoor community right down the street. Sierra Nevada College’s proximity to the ski area not only means students can sneak in turns between classes, but they also use the ski area as a lab for their various studies.

Diamond Peak continues to be a pioneer in the Tahoe Basin with technological developments and modern guest service techniques as they approach the final stages of their new Master Plan, which includes new opportunities for year-round access to alpine recreation. Diamond Peak has been benchmarked and provided a STOKE Roadmap to Sustainability Report to guide management towards best practices and STOKE certification by 2017.