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Wide open groomers highlight opening day at Diamond Peak

Incline Village residents were on the slopes well ahead of the scheduled 9 a.m. opening at Diamond Peak Ski Resort on Thursday, Dec. 14, and enjoyed a day of pristine corduroy, short lift lines and wide open turns to start the 2017-18 season.

Once the final checks were made and last tasks completed, the resort began spinning its lifts early as members of the resort's crew rang bells, and cheered on the season's first skiers.

"Beautiful, sunny weather," said Paul Raymore, Marketing Manager, shortly after the resort opened. "We've got some beautiful groomers available and top-to-bottom skiing and riding, as well as a great terrain park right up here on the top of Crystal Ridge, which is unusual for us."

Diamond Peak's park staff had four terrain park features set up near the top of the mountain to start the year, including a rail and wall ride.

From the terrain park, skiers and riders were able to make their way down Sunnyside and back toward the bottom of the mountain via Lodgepole. Diamond Peak also had its School Yard lift operating, which gives guests access to the beginner areas.

The resort has long been a local favorite along the North Shore, and while many of the skiers and snowboarders were greeted by name as they made their way past resort staff members toward the first chairs of another season, there were also several skiers and riders on the mountain who'd made the trip from outside the area to participate in opening day.

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"We came up for opening day," said Kirsten Talbert, of Vacaville, Calif., who was vacationing with her husband and two children. "It's been great … the snow is a little bit better towards the top, but it's been fun and wide open. It's so nice to ski when nobody is there. There's no lines or anything, it's been great."

Festivities would continue at the resort with the Ski Season Kickoff Party following the end of the mountain's second day of operations.

After additional snowmaking and 2 inches of fresh snow from a storm on Tuesday, Dec. 19, Diamond Peak announced it was opening Lakeview Lift, which will give riders and skiers access to Ridge Run and Popular trails. Diamond Peak is now operating four lifts, giving skiers and snowboarders access to five trails and the beginner trail, School Yard.

For more information and the latest openings visit DiamondPeak.com.