Mountain Safety & Policies


Please visit and bookmark the COVID FAQ: Know Before You Go and Conditions/Updates pages and review every day before you ski this season.


At Diamond Peak we are committed to the safety of our guests, staff, neighbors, and environment. We strongly urge you to review and follow these policies and safety tips so we can all be safe and have fun!

For injuries and emergencies during the ski season, please call Ski Patrol: 775-832-1225.

Heads Up — Know the Code, It's Your Responsibility

Diamond Peak promotes skier safety and believes that education, helmet use, respect, and common sense are very important when out on the slopes. There are many ways to have fun on the mountain, and you may encounter people using various types of equipment including alpine skis, telemark skis, snowboards, and other specialized ski equipment. Regardless of how you enjoy the slopes, always be courteous of others, and remember that there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe "Your Responsibility Code" listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

  1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride, and unload safely.

This is a partial list officially endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association.

Beyond following the code, there are three actions every skier and rider can take to help keep themselves and those around them safer on the slopes.

  1. Be Ready: Be ready to slow down or avoid objects or other people at any time. Ski and ride in such a way that you are always able to control yourself regardless of conditions and avoid others and objects you may encounter on the run, groomed or otherwise.
  2. Stay Alert: Stay alert to what’s going on around you, especially other skiers and riders. Being aware of those around and changing conditions will help you have a fun and safe day on the hill.
  3. Plan Ahead: Ease up at blind spots, check uphill when merging onto trails, and give other skiers plenty of room when passing. Look out for spots on the run where traffic merges or you can't see what's coming next. If you are unfamiliar with a run, take it easy the first time down it and make note of places where you'll want to slow down, such as cat tracks and rollers. Also, give other skiers and riders lots or room, especially if you are passing them. There's plenty of space out there, so there's no need to crowd each other.

Permitted Equipment

Diamond Peak requires all customers using our slopes to have proper alpine or telemark ski equipment or snowboard equipment with bindings. Diamond Peak does not allow equiment without bindings, snowskates, snow decks, snowbikes, snow scooters, pow surfers, sleds or similar equipment. Diamond Peak does not offer scenic chairlift rides to non-skiing/non-snowboarding guests. Diamond Peak does allow sit skis and other adaptive skiing/snowboarding equipment designed to be used by physically challenged and/or disabled guests.

List of approved devices

No Sledding Allowed

Tubing, sledding and snow play are not permitted at Diamond Peak or on Diamond Peak property. This includes during operations, before or after hours, and when the resort is not in operation. All guests on the snow must be in ski or snowboarding equipment and possess a valid lift ticket. Families looking for a sledding/snow play area are welcome to visit the driving range at the Championship Golf Course (955 Fairway Blvd., Incline Village) when there is enough natural snow to do so. Bring your own sleds for this gentle hill that's perfect for young kids looking for sledding adventure. 

Helmet Use

Diamond Peak encourages the combination of helmet use and skiing/snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner. It is your responsibility to decide if you and your children wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding.

A Helmet -- It’s a Smart Idea: We especially urge parents to read carefully the information provided at

#HELMETSARECOOL: This movement and informative video produced by the HighFIvesFoundation shows a sneak peek at life after a devastating crash and the importance of wearing a helmet. Watch the video.

  • Helmet Rentals $10 ($15 peak periods) at the Rental Shop, in child and adult sizes, while supplies last.
  • Child Helmet Rentals & Diamond Pete Penguin Covers $10: Children enrolled in Child Ski School programs can be fitted with a rental helmet for $10 ($15 peak periods) at the Child Ski Center. To encourage helmet use and make it more fun for the kids, we have Diamond Pete penguin helmet covers on sale at the Child Ski Center for just $10.

Lift Safety

Prior to using any lift at Diamond Peak, you must have the ability and knowledge to load, ride, and unload safely. We recommend use of the safety restraining bar when available and possible. Please ask the lift attendant or instructor if you have questions about our chairlifts.

Kids on Lifts: We take chairlift safety seriously and have enacted a new policy for children riding lifts. For their own safety, children under 51" must ride the lift with an adult partner. Please visit for more tips, videos for kids, and resources.

Freestyle Terrain Safety -- Park Smart

The National Ski Areas Association developed the Park Smart Freestyle Terrain Safety initiative to help you be safe and have fun on and around terrain features.

  • S - Start Small: work your way up. Build your skills. 
  • M - Make a Plan: Every feature. Every time. 
  • A - Always Look: Before you drop. 
  • R - Respect: The features and other users. 
  • T - Take it Easy: Know your limits. Land on your feet. 

    mountain safety guide

For more tips and information visit,

Mountain Safety Guide 

Pick up a Mountain Safety Guide at Guest Services, or download this PDF for a quick overview on mountain safety. 

“Ski Patrollers play an important safety role on the slopes. Like Ski California, we are focused on safety. We know from our experience that skiers and snowboarders who follow Ski California’s new Mountain Safety Guide will create a better experience for all guests. The guide continues our efforts to ensure mountain guests know and understand the inherent risks of snow sports.”

Rich Bailey, President, Association of Professional Patrollers

Uphill Use Policy

Uphill use by means of skinning or snowshoeing has gained in popularity in recent years at Diamond Peak Ski Resort. The ski area welcomes and supports individuals seeking to exercise and enjoy the quiet mountain setting with an Uphill Season Pass. Mountain users can preserve this opportunity by following the guidelines explained in the Diamond Peak Uphill Use Policy and obtaining an Uphill Season Pass at Guest Services.

See the Uphill Use Policy page for details and updates. 

Animals at Diamond Peak Ski Resort (Dog Policy) service animal icon

We love pets…However, only service animals that are specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are allowed in IVGID-managed food service areas, including the decks, per Washoe County Health District regulations.

If you must bring your pet to Diamond Peak, please be aware that they must be on a leash and controlled at all times. They are not allowed on ski runs or food service areas, including the decks. Dogs are not allowed on chairlifts, this includes transporting dogs in backpacks. We appreciate your cooperation.

Drone Policy

Due to safety and privacy concerns, Diamond Peak Ski Resort prohibits the operation or use on or above Resort property of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public — including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists — without the prior written authorization from Diamond Peak Ski Resort. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within the area boundaries. This prohibition extends to any devices launched or operated from Resort property, as well as any launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries. Please contact a resort representative at or 775-832-1177 if you have any questions or to seek prior authorization to operate any such devices. Any authorized operation of drones on or above Resort property will be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, as well as those policies separately established by this Resort, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability. Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your access privileges to the Resort, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any prohibited equipment, and may subject violators to any liability for damages, including, but not limited to, damages for trespass, violations of privacy, and physical injuries to persons and/or property, as well as legal fees.

Smoking Policy

As of winter 2020-21, Diamond Peak is now a smoke free resort. Smoking is prohibited in all resort areas, except parking lots. Please be respectful of other guests when smoking in these designated areas. 

Health & Safety Rules/Regulations - Know Before You Go

Several measures have been implemented at Diamond Peak to reduce touchpoints and adhere to industry, state and local COVID-19 guidelines. We appreciate your cooperation and patience as these rules and regulations may change at any time.

Visit the COVID FAQ: Know Before You Go page to review the current rules and regulations prior to planning your visit.


You're in good hands!

"Everyone is so friendly here! It is really appreciated! The ski patroller Tom and the nurse Joe were the best yesterday when my husband fell. WE LOVE DIAMOND PEAK!"

- Jill