DIAMOND PEAK, located just northeast of Lake Tahoe above the Incline Village community, is a hidden gem. The area is noted for the best views in the region, sunshine, excellent rates, good grooming, and consistent runs. From the upper end of the Crystal Chair Quad going to the top of Diamond Peak, you can see Reno and Washoe Lake in a panoramic easterly view, as well as all of Tahoe to the south and west. Bring your camera or some greenbacks for the professional shutter-bug at the top! On a sunny day, the photo is a guaranteed wall-hanger! We have always appreciated the short/non-existent lift lines and the lower ticket prices at Diamond Peak.
The mountain is forested from top to bottom. Intermediates enjoy the challenges presented by undulating "let-em-drift" runs. Ridge Run from the top is the most delightful, cascading, cruising run at Tahoe. While there is little super-steep, experts enjoy the consistent bump runs that cascade north off the ridge. Of course, when powder falls, there are hundreds of routes through the trees in the bowl at the top.
Diamond Peak's typical season is early November to mid May. It's a great family ski resort with excellent family rates, a safe & comfortable mountain, and staff that I trust. I have let my children ski here independently since they were six years old.
Diamond Peak is about 15 miles (~25 km) from our ski vacation accommodation at Lake Village.