Steeps & Stashes

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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: Steep Pow Turns1,840 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 unintentially!

Solitude Canyon: Snowflake Lodge Happy Hour ViewIt's not always open, and when the conditions aren't right it's not worth venturing in there. But when it's on... Trust me, just go check it out.

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.

Snowflake Lodge early happy hour: Starts at 2 p.m. daily... $3 beers, $4 glasses of wine, $5 cocktails and a $1M view to go with it. Need we say more?

So now you that you know... shhhhhhhh! Don't tell just anyone. wink