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Presidents’ Weekend + Ski/Skate Week Tips

We are gearing up to welcome skiers and riders with great conditions and perfectly groomed trails for all levels this holiday weekend. This can be a busy time in Tahoe so we’ve got a few tips to ensure you get the most out of your family’s ski/snowboard budget and time on the slopes during Ski/Skate week.

Tip #1: On holiday weekends, avoid the big resorts

If you’re still undecided where you’ll ski/ride this President’s Day weekend, consider Diamond Peak. You can expect smaller crowds, bigger views, and great values. Purchase a multi-day ticket for the best price or buy single-day tickets online in advance to save money.

Tip #2: Give yourself extra time and plan to arrive early

Plan to give yourself extra time to get to the slopes. Arriving early will also give you the best chance at getting a close parking spot. If you can’t make it out the door super early we do have a Preferred Parking Zone with paid parking up front or trams/shuttles to transport you from the further spots. Diamond Peak also has two Community Ski Shuttles that stops at designated locations around town or there is also the free TART Connect micro transit that may be an option for those staying close or taking the public bus from other towns. 

Tip #3: Be prepared and arrive early for lessons

If you booked a lesson you definitely want to arrive early to ensure you make your lesson, especially if you have to pick up rentals. Group lesson packages for ages 7+ do not come with rentals so make sure you purchase those online now if you forgot to add those when you booked your lesson. The rental shop open at 8:00 a.m. and Base Lodge Provisions opens at 8:30 a.m. so we recommend getting to the rental shop early and then grabbing a quick breakfast if you have time to kill before your lesson…versus stressing to get through the line and cutting it close.  Visit the Lesson FAQ page for more lesson tips and pre-arrival information.  

Tip #4: Drink Tahoe Tap

High altitude, exercise and the sun all pull water out of your body. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Plastic water bottles are not necessary at Diamond Peak since reusable containers are available for purchase if you did not bring your own. Clean, fresh and healthy water is delivered to refill stations conveniently located inside the base lodge. The world’s best water is right at your fingertips. Go ahead, Drink Tahoe Tap®.

Tip #5: Grab and Go

Maximize your time on the slopes by grabbing a late lunch or fuel up in the morning with one of our huge breakfast burritos from Base Lodge Provisions. If you want something quick there is a grab and go cooler with tasty salads, sandwiches, and more right as you enter Base Lodge Provisions. The brand new Winter Kale Salad is delish!

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