Diamond Peak, California
Diamond Peak is the smallest of the 10 Tahoe resorts that made our list. This review is based on multiple visits over about 10 years under generally good conditions.
Stats and Rating
|Real Vertical ?||1,840′, Rank: 80|
|Size||655 Acres, Rank: 88|
|Annual Snowfall ?||300″ claimed / 300″ actual, Rank: 47|
|Lift Pods ?||3, Rank: 91|
|Distinct Trails ?||29, Rank: 99|
|Review Date||April, 2002 (multiple visits from 2001-2010)|
|Number of visits||4|
|Our Rating (1-5)||★★|
Diamond Peak Review: Overall
Diamond Peak resort is only 33 miles from our house in South Lake Tahoe. Although it is close to us, there is only one reason we ever go there, which is to save money. They had really good deals on lift tickets for kids when ours were younger. And their adult lift ticket was cheap too (not so much now though). We would also recommend our friends/family to take ski lessons there, if they didn’t want to spend a lot skiing in the Tahoe region.
The ski resort is small and caters mostly to families. Still there is actually some pretty great terrain on the upper mountain served by the Crystal Express lift to keep Mom or Dad interested while the other parent watches the kids. Crystal Ridge is the main blue run off the top. Most of the rest are bumped-out most of the time, but they always groom Crystal Ridge.
The only high-speed lift is the Crystal Express. The 2 non-beginner lifts on the lower mountain are short and slow. However, that area is actually north-facing and fairly shady which retains the snow quality a little better than anywhere else. There are 7 or 8 blue and black runs off of 2 lifts on the lower mountain which are entertaining.
- The most notable thing about Diamond Peak is the lake view. The lake is visible from most of the runs.
- There is a lot to like about the low prices for lift tickets and lessons.
- The lack of crowds distinguishes it from most of the other Tahoe resorts.
- The biggest problem is that Diamond Peak is in the least snowy area of Tahoe, and along with the low elevation (8540′ at the peak), the snow is either very thin or icy a lot of the time.
- It is the smallest of the Tahoe resorts so there just isn’t that much variety available.
Take a run down Crystal Ridge and marvel at the lake view.
The bottom line
Diamond Peak is a small family style resort that is still independently owned with reasonable prices for day tickets and lessons. This makes it a valuable resource for locals and visitors just looking for a fun place to spend a day or 2 with the family. There is even some challenge there which makes it a great place for groups of different ability levels.