Help us name the glades
Diamond Peak offers 655 skiable acres, and almost 500 acres of that is gladed tree runs. These glade zones, the areas of tree skiing off the main trails, are the place to be on storm days and when you want to escape into your own winter world. We think Diamond Peak has some of the best glade skiing in the area but the only areas with official names thus far are The Glades (real creative) and Solitude Canyon.
We know a lot of locals have nicknames for certain zones, but it's time to officially name these areas and put them on the map. So feel free to offer up your suggestions for names corresponding to the zones listed on the trail map and photo on this page. You can provide suggestions for as many or as few as you like. And give us your name and email address so we can get in touch with you if we choose one of your suggestions - we will have a nice prize package for anyone whose name(s) we pick, provided we didn't get multiple suggestions for the same name.
More than you were expecting
We know what some skiers and riders (mostly who've never been here) think about Diamond Peak...
- "It's so small."
- "Beautiful view, but not that many runs."
- "It's just a family ski resort - great for kids but no 'real' skier would be able to spend a whole day there and have fun."
Before you make up your mind, check out a few statistics:
Vertical Drop: 1,840 feet (561 meters) - those are big-mountain numbers! In fact, the independent website MountainVertical.com ranks Diamond Peak 4th in the Tahoe region for "True-Up Vertical" (their measure of a resort's actual skiable/ridable vertical drop). So yeah, we may be small (655 acres), but we're tall and skinny.
Runs per Hour: You want to spend more time making laps and less time waiting in lift lines? The Crystal Express chair might just be your ticket to heaven. Responsible for 1,475ft (450m) of that 1,840 vertical feet total, the high-speed Crystal Express quad offers access to steep groomers like Lightning, Diamondback, Battleborn and Luggi's, gladed tree runs off Crystal Ridge, and the chance to explore Solitude Canyon. And even on the busiest days, you'll never find more than a short lineup at the bottom.
Gladed tree skiing/riding: The best tree runs in Tahoe. That's a big claim, but it's one we're sticking to. Whether you're exploring The Glades or Solitude Canyon (the only zones with official names at this point) or the trees in between Lightning, Diamondback, Battleborn and Sunnyside, you're going to have a smile on your face. Diamond Peak offers 655 skiable acres, and almost 500 acres of that is gladed tree runs. Thanks to a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, TRPA, local fire crews and our summer maintenance staff, we've cleared out many of the smaller trees and brush in these zones, making them healthier forests, less prone to wildfire, and as an added bonus, incredibly fun for skiers and riders. Be careful not to get distracted by those peek lake views and find yourself hugging a tree unintentionally!
Solitude Canyon: It's not always open, and when conditions aren't right, it's not worth venturing out there. But when it's on, you'll find untracked lines, tons of secret stashes, and peek lake views around every corner.
Elevator Shaft: Not marked on any trail map, and I'm not going to tell you where it is. It's my personal favorite stash on the mountain. Find it if you can and see if you agree.
Don't just take our word for it
Get a quick preview of some of the fun spots you'll find on the mountain with our Steeps & Stashes video sereis.
And of course you can go check out what folks are saying about us on Yelp, TripAdvisor or other websites, but just take it with a grain of salt knowing that not a lot of folks spend the time really exploring this mountain to find all the fun spots you can get in to.
So now you that you know... shhhhhhhh! Don't tell just anyone.