What’s New at Northern Nevada’s Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Photo courtesy of Diamond Peak

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we are all looking forward to another sensational ski season at Lake Tahoe.  To get you up to speed on what’s new on the slopes, we thought it would be fun to post this news along with some local insight as to why we just love skiing local.

Below you will find updates and insight about Diamond Peak and Mt. Rose ski resorts that are both a short, scenic, drive from our vacation rentals in Incline Village and Crystal Bay, NV.

Do remember, whenever you have questions about where to go and what to do in and around the lake, please never hesitate to contact our team at Sun Bear Realty and Property Management in Incline Village, NV.


Photo courtesy of Diamond Peak

What’s New?

Although the views from the top of the mountain have been here for centuries, there’s always something new at our community-owned resort.

They continue to invest in their snowmaking system and have installed four new “TechnoAplin TR8” snowguns to add to their extensive top to bottom snowmaking capabilities.  While we’re on this subject, here’s a piece of trivia: the resort (formerly Ski Incline) was the first resort out west to install snowmaking many years ago.

Those who are fans of spending time off the slopes and in the parks, take note:  Diamond Peak’s Village Terrain Park — which was unveiled last year to rave reviews — is adding “more fun features” this winter for all ability levels to enjoy all season long.

Local Tips about Diamond

  • If you have yet to get to the top of the Crystal Ridge Run at Diamond Peak Ski Resort in Incline Village, put it on your bucket list for this ski season.  The views the Lake from this run and many others are a “must-not-miss” for intermediate skiers and above.
  • Speaking of spectacular views, for lunch, a beverage, or just to put your boots up for a bit, head to the Snowflake Lodge at the top of the Lakeview Lift.  This is also the site of their very popular “Last Tracks” program where you can sample (with a pre-paid reservation) a variety of top-of-the line wines and brews paired with hors d’oeuvres overlooking the lake from 4 – 5:30 pm, then ski down just when the sun sets (after the lifts have closed) on an exclusively and freshly groomed trail.  
  • Not a skier or not ready for the top?  Don’t worry.  The Base Lodge Sundeck offers every opportunity to watch the skiers and riders come and go all day long.  Our favorite spot is on the Second Floor, outdoors, where you can enjoy the Sierra sunshine while you sit by the firepit on super-comfy cushioned couches and chairs.  No need to pack a lunch.  You will find Wild Bill’s BBQ (on the deck) offering a selection of award-winning rib, wings, and burgers.
  • For details about first time ski lessons, ski rentals, lift tickets, events, and more information, visit DiamondPeak.com.


Photo Courtesy of Marty Koch

Although the installation of the Mt Rose “Magic” conveyor lift occurred two years ago, we thought you’d enjoy seeing what this innovation looks like.  Above you can see our friend Lee Weber Koch enjoying her first ride up!

Fast forward to this season where skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities will appreciate over 1.5 million in improvements.  The total amount includes the transformation from a traditional lift ticket checking system to the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) system.  In simple terms, the days of getting your ticket checked by a friendly lift operator are gone.  With this new technology, your season pass or lift ticket will automatically be checked through a new automated lift gate system.

Once you are on the mountain, you may notice yet another nine new snowmakers added to their already robust snowmaking system.  Mt. Rose as also upgraded their snow grooming fleet.

Local’s Tips About Mt. Rose Ski Resort

  • No need to stress about getting to the slopes and waiting to
    park or getting on the lifts.  Mt. Rose has this dialed. 
  • Here’s how to enjoy a full day on the slopes at the Lake – and
    get more than enough riding and skiing in than you will (perhaps) at any other
    resort in Tahoe.  Leave Incline Village around 8:00 am and by 8:20 you can
    be parked, yes parked, almost slope-side on the Mt. Rose or Slide Side in time
    to get your tickets, gear, and get in (a short) lift line. 
  • If you’re going to the Mt. Rose side, head to Parking Lot #2
    (where the locals park) as you can (almost) ski from where you parked the
    car.  Ditto for the Slide Side: you ARE at the base of the slopes – just
    steps from the lift.
  • Both sides have sunny decks and delicious (and affordable) food to
    enjoy all to enjoy.  We like to eat early before the ski school classes
    take a break.  There are two base facilities, and we have found there is a
    good selection of options at both facilities.
  • One more thing: there’s always something fun going on at Rose. 
    Check out their Events
     and plan on enjoying some live music with the locals all
    season long! 
  • If you’re headed this way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Reno
    or Lake Tahoe
    , start it early at Mt. Rose. They host a
    family-friendly celebration starting around 4:30 with a Kid’s Torchlight
    Parade, Snow Cat Parade and when the sun sets (around 6pm or so), stay for the
    fireworks that are shot from the slopes and shine on the trails and skis for
    all to enjoy.

Before you head to Tahoe, we always suggest that you make your vacation lodging reservations early through Sun Bear Realty and Property Management in North Lake TahoeClick on in to our website now to see our wide-selection of lakefront homes to rent, mountain cabins, condominiums, large homes to rent for your next vacation in Incline Village and Crystal Bay, NV.