Letter to the Editor: Diamond Peak can be Tahoe’s playground
Ryan Summerlin March 19, 2014
I wholeheartedly endorse the Diamond Peak Master Plan. The improvements and especially the action attractions are vitally needed by our shrinking, moribund little hamlet.
They will enliven the town recreationally and financially. After successive nearly snowless winters, punctuated by months of horrific smoke from two forest fires, Incline desperately needs this. We deserve to be North Lake Tahoe’s year-round playground, a role we should not relinquish to the California side due to our ingrained fuddy-duddyism.
I live on Ski Way. My balcony practically overhangs the road. Our beloved “againers” claim I will be hurt by additional noise and traffic. Hogwash. The Master Plan will make summers a lot more fun. Failure to implement it is an unconscionable waste of our incredible resource.
Action attractions like the zip line and coaster, singled out by former IVGID trustee Chuck Weinberger as unwanted, are exactly the kinds of things that will, in tandem with the other improvements, draw vacationers and day-trippers to Incline. Day-trippers bring money. They buy lunch, buy gas and may possibly stay for dinner and a concert.
“One and done?” Are you kidding, Chuck? I’ve skied every run at Diamond Peak. Do you really think I will never go back again? We residents buy hundreds of season passes every year and we go back often.
Come the summer, as soon as they’re built, I will be walking up to Diamond Peak a couple of times a week to ride the zip line, alpine coaster and Aerial Adventure Course. And I will stay for lunch at the Snowflake. (I do hope DP will offer a senior resident’s pass for the summer.)
We need and deserve to be a year-round destination resort. The Diamond Peak Master Plan is a vital and strategic first step in that direction. We can’t get started soon enough.