Plan for summer ops at Tahoe ski resort nears
February 6, 2014
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A vision to develop Diamond Peak into a year-round recreation area could be approved next month, officials said.
The Incline Village General Improvement District board of trustees will be briefed on the ski area's master plan update at its regular meeting next Wednesday.
SE Group — the resort planning firm IVGID paid $100,000 to help with market research and site analysis — will lead the presentation.
Depending on feedback, the plan — currently in a draft stage — may be up for adoption at one of the board's meetings in March, Diamond Peak General Manager Brad Wilson said.
Wednesday's board meeting starts at 3 p.m. at The Chateau.
Since opening 47 years ago as Ski Incline, the IVGID-owned resort has primarily provided winter recreation, with limited summer business consisting of infrequently scheduled special events.
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Considering the 2012 Incline Village/Crystal Bay 2020 Vision Action Plan recommended exploring year-round use, the district and SE Group have tossed around ideas to create revenue, including more summer festivals and activities like mountain biking, zip lines and disc golf.
"Additional summer operations at Diamond Peak would enhance an underutilized community asset, while creating additional recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to the Lake Tahoe Basin," according to the district's master plan website.
Residents have been split on summer operations, according to previous reports.
"I live right up there and it's going to affect the traffic coming in and out, and I'm concerned for these people who live right on the edge for the noise," Incline resident Nancy Manter, who lives in the Tyrolian Village subdivision that neighbors the ski resort, said in a July 10 Bonanza story.
Manter was among roughly 100 residents and officials who attended an open house at the resort's base lodge last July to learn about initial summer ideas.
"… I think is a wonderful idea because this is an under-utilized resource," Gloria Brimm, an Incline resident whose stepson operates the resort's mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge through Brimm's Catering Company, said at the meeting. "… I think it's a good thing that we're really taking a deep look at this."
Also next Wednesday, Diamond Peak and SE Group staff will host an open house about the plan from 2-3 p.m. at The Chateau, where displays will be set up so residents can learn and mingle.
IVGID TRUSTEE TO HOST PUBLIC CHATS
IVGID Trustee Bill Devine will host a weekly meeting with residents each Friday morning for the next six weeks, he announced this week.
Devine will be available to talk about district issues from 10:30-11:30 a.m. each Friday from Feb. 7 through March 14 at the IVGID Administration Boardroom at 893 Southwood Blvd.
The meetings should provide "an opportunity to speak to an elected official in a casual setting," he said in a statement this week.