Diamond Peak extends ski season to April 17


Deep snow pack and excellent spring snow conditions spurs resort to add a week to the 2015-16 ski season.

With 17 inches of fresh snow falling on Diamond Peak’s slopes earlier this week, combined with an El Niño-built snowpack still in place, spring conditions at Diamond Peak Ski Resort haven’t been this good for five years. To celebrate the fantastic season, Diamond Peak Interim General Manager Mike Bandelin announced the resort will remain open for skiing and snowboarding through Sunday, April 17 (conditions permitting) – a full week longer than originally planned.

“It’s been a great year for us,” Bandelin said. “We’ve had a lot of help from Mother Nature this season, including a cold storm just this week. Plus, our grooming team has been doing an incredible job moving snow around the mountain to ensure the slopes that are open are all skiing and riding really well. So I’m happy to be able to extend our season another week and give our dedicated season passholders and die-hard skiers and riders more chances to come up and get some of the fantastic spring corn snow we’ve been getting on the slopes recently.”

Early-season snowfall, an extensive snowmaking system and cold temperatures allowed Diamond Peak to open the resort a week ahead of schedule this season, and with the extended closing date adding an additional week of operations, Diamond Peak will have a 137-day ski season this year – better than any year since the 1994-95 winter when the resort opened for Thanksgiving.

Spring events close out the season

Diamond Peak will celebrate the end of the season with a couple signature events including the 16th annual Dummy Downhill on Saturday, April 2. Participants build a dummy on skis or snowboards that gets launched off of a big jump, and then watch as many other unique characters fly down the hill or crash hard. Dummies will be judged on creativity on the Base Lodge deck, followed by the jumping and an awards ceremony. Prizes and certificates will be awarded for creativity, best crash, furthest distance, and more. Judging starts at 10 a.m., with the dummy launches beginning around 11 a.m. accompanied by live music on the Base Lodge deck.

In addition, the final two events in Diamond Peak’s Last Tracks Wine/Beer Tasting Series will take place on Saturdays, April 2 and 9, at the end of the ski day. Participants will enjoy beautiful views of Lake Tahoe from the mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge while tasting fine wines or craft brews paired with tasty appetizers. At the end of each event, participants ski or snowboard down a freshly groomed run at sunset. Last Tracks tickets are $34 and include a lift ticket valid from 2 – 4 p.m. Participants must be 21 years old to attend and ski or snowboard at an intermediate level. Tickets for these events have been sold out; but waiting list spaces may still be available for these spring events by calling (775) 832-1253.

(March 31, 2016)