Way back in 1966, while the community of Incline Village was still in its defining stages, Oklahoma native Art Wood envisioned a four-season resort community – a “Pebble Beach of the Sierra” as many have said – and hired Austrian ski consultant Luggi Foeger to design and build Ski Incline (as it was then called) as one of the pillars of that vision.
After only four months of construction, Ski Incline opened its lifts in November of 1966 with a skier-friendly layout on the lower mountain of the resort. In 1987, ski resort manager Jurgen Wetzstein led the development of the upper mountain with the addition of the Crystal Quad to the top of the peak – an expansion that doubled the resort’s skiable acreage and added more advanced terrain. The addition also spurred the name change to Diamond Peak.
During the upcoming 2016-17 winter season, Diamond Peak will celebrate its golden anniversary – 50 years of skiing and snowboarding in the most beautiful setting on earth – and we are inviting the entire community of Incline Village as well as our extended Diamond Peak family around the world to help us commemorate this milestone.
How to get involved in the fun
There are many ways you can contribute to the Diamond Peak 50th Anniversary celebration. Whether you’ve been a season pass holder since that first 1966 season, or you just discovered the resort this past winter, we’d love to hear your stories and see your photos or videos of spending time on our slopes. Share your story...
We’d love to hear about:
- If you learned to ski/snowboard at Diamond Peak: What was it like back then? Who taught you to ski/ride? Why did you learn at Diamond Peak?
- If you’re a long-time Diamond Peak skier/rider: When did you first ski/ride Diamond Peak? What did you love about the mountain back in the day? What have the biggest changes been?
- If you ever worked at the ski resort: When did you work here? What department were you in? Who were the memorable characters amongst the employees? What is the best story you remember from that time period?
- If you are relatively new to the Diamond Peak family: What attracted you to this mountain? What’s your favorite run and why?
And we want to see:
- Your old photos: We would LOVE to see and potentially reprint some of your old photos of Ski Incline/Diamond Peak and the resort’s employees. We’re especially interested in photos from the 1960s through the 1980s, but any era is great. We’ll scan them and make sure to give you back your originals unharmed. Or you can scan and email them to us yourself.
- Your old videos/movies: Anybody got old Super-8 movies shot at Diamond Peak? How about classic VHS home movies? We’ve got folks who can digitize those and edit them into a commemorative video we’re making.
- Your old ski/snowboard outfits: We want to put together a fashion show of 50 years of ski outfit history, and we need your help! Dig through those closets and loan us those 1960s-era ski boots or that 1970s ski jacket for a one-of-a-kind fashion show down memory lane.
Be part of the celebration – contribute!
To contribute a story, historic photos, videos, a historic outfit, or anything else to our 50th anniversary celebration, please email your content to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (775) 832-1120 to speak with Marketing Manager Paul Raymore.
If you would like to mail us any historic materials, we’d love to see them. We will not be able to return any materials by mail, but can hold them for pickup at the resort. Send those to:
Diamond Peak Ski Resort
Attn: Marketing - 50th Anniversary
1210 Ski Way
Incline Village, NV 89451