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Tahoe’s Diamond Peak ski resort to open Dec. 3; earliest in 20 years

Staff report

Snow machines were blasting Wednesday morning at Diamond Peak after the resort recorded 6 inches of fresh snow from this week's storm.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. ­— Diamond Peak Ski Resort will open a week earlier than scheduled on Thursday, Dec. 3, conditions permitting, officials said.

The resort plans to open with top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding and access to the high-speed Crystal Express quad, as well as the Lodgepole Quad and School House chair lift, and potentially the Lakeview Quad, if conditions permit, according to IVGID.

As of Wednesday morning, Diamond Peak reported 6 inches of fresh snow from this week's storm, bringing its season total so far to 29 inches.

The early snow, coupled with "ideal snowmaking temperatures throughout much of November," officials said, will allow Diamond Peak to open a week earlier than its Dec. 10 projected date, and the earliest since the 1994-95 season.

"The cold temperatures … have allowed us to operate our snowmaking system at or near its capacity for over 130 hours so far, meaning we're almost a full month ahead of where we were with snowmaking last year," Interim General Manager Mike Bandelin said in a statement.

Diamond Peak will still host its annual season pass-holder appreciation barbecue on Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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All season pass-holders are invited to enjoy a free barbecue lunch on the Base Lodge deck, or inside if the weather is chilly. Food will be available for purchase for non pass-holders as well. Visit diamondpeak.com to learn more.