INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (Feb. 2, 2018) – Over 14 inches of fresh snow last week and extensive snowmaking efforts have allowed Diamond Peak Ski Resort to open 9 more trails and unveil the highly-anticipated Lakeview Terrain Park with six features. The resort now offers 16 of 30 trails and top-to-bottom coverage for all ability levels.
The Lakeview Park debuted on Tuesday with all new features built by Diamond Peak’s Slope Maintenance team. Medium-sized features include a Hitching Post, Double Barrel Rail, and a 25-foot jump. Smaller features include a Rainbow Box, Flat/Down Box and a small jump. Recycled trail map boards were used for the top graphics on the boxes, cutting down on waste and lending a one-of-a-kind look to the pristine terrain park features.
Additional park features will be added throughout the season; and Diamond Peak still plans to open the Spillway Terrain Park with larger features when conditions permit. In addition to Lakeview Run, the Slope Maintenance Team was able to open The Great Flume and Spillway trails with snowmaking on Feb. 2.
Accessible via the Crystal Express and Ridge chairlifts, the new Lakeview Terrain Park offers creative features and a flowing layout focused on maximizing fun, building confidence and preparing safely for Diamond Peak’s larger features in the Spillway Terrain Park.
“The Lakeview run is an area that we noticed was kind of quiet and had great potential for a terrain park.” said Matt Melilli, Slope Maintenance Manager. “What our team has created is more of a progression park, with something for everybody – you can come ride for your first time in a terrain park but also progress to hitting some our medium rails and jumps.”
The benefits for riders include an incredible Lake Tahoe backdrop – making for Instagrammable moments on every feature in the new park. Skiers and snowboarders can share their photos and videos on Instagram with the hashtags #diamondpeak and #lakeviewterrainpark to be entered to win a Diamond Peak prize pack. Winners will be selected weekly during the month of February.
Another perk is the ability to quickly ride laps in the park when the Ridge chairlift is running.
Diamond Peak’s snowmaking on the Lakeview Run, including the addition of HKD Snowguns, made this debut possible.
“This trail previously had snowmaking but we brought our most advanced and newest guns on here to get it open,” Melilli said. “Mother Nature also brought us over a foot of snow last week which helped us build it out and get the features we wanted.”
Diamond Peak’s new PistenBully 400 ParkPro 4F grooming machine was also used to construct the new terrain park. The new 400 ParkPro 4F grooming machine is the second ParkPro groomer in Diamond Peak’s fleet of five snow cats.
According to Mountain Operations Manager Jay Rydd, “The ParkPro is a machine that was designed around the needs of terrain parks, but its enhanced features and ergonomics make every task on the mountain easier. Diamond Peak already had one ParkPro, so adding a second one just multiplies what we are able to do every night.”
The new PistenBully 400 ParkPro 4F comes equipped with PistenBully’s newest diesel engine technology, which burns cleaner and allows for more power when needed. The new groomer is also equipped with the PistenBully SNOWsat snow depth monitoring system, which allows the resort’s snow surfaces team to more accurately monitor snow depths on the resort’s developed terrain and see where additional snowmaking might be needed throughout the season, and also allows cat operators to know where more snow might be needed on a run in real time.