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IVGID gets OK to pursue updated Tahoe ski resort master plan

Officials with IVGID have been working on Diamond Peak's master plan — which hasn't been updated since 1986 — for the past several months.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A North Lake Tahoe community is moving forward with an updated master plan for Diamond Peak Ski Resort that calls for increased summer operations.

The Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees voted 5-0 Wednesday night to allow General Manager Steve Pinkerton to create a committee to assess proposals and dissect financials.

The committee will include IVGID staff and residents “who represent the entire range of opinions on Diamond Peak,” Pinkerton told the board during a 2-hour-long discussion that featured roughly 30 residents offering public comment.

Many of the potential additions — such as canopy tours, an aerial challenge course and an alpine coaster — are designed to bring year-round revenue to a resort that operates generally for only four months in the winter.

While some have supported growth at Diamond Peak, others are skeptical of the potential for increased traffic and noise, as well as a perceived likelihood residents would pay for amenities that mostly only tourists would enjoy.

The master plan proposes $18.2 million (some of which would be borrowed initially) in capital upgrades, spent across four phases across many years, all while not raising resident recreation fees.

In all, roughly 250 residents, IVGID staff and others attended Wednesday’s meeting at The Chateau. Roughly two-thirds of those offering public comment urged the board to move forward with looking at the plan.

Pinkerton’s goal is to have several open meetings with the committee to discuss the plan, in particular items offered under Phase One, before any proposed additions are brought to the board for future approval.

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Click here to view streaming video from Wednesday’s presentation.

Click here to view the presentation officials with IVGID and the SE Group made at the board’s August meeting.

Click here to view the entire 170-page Diamond Peak Ski Resort master plan document.