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IVGID GM’s Corner: Too early to start thinking snow?

Steve Pinkerton
Special to the Bonanza
Steve Pinkerton

There are plenty of IVGID issues that spark robust debate. Whether it’s Beach Access, Trash Collection or the Diamond Peak Master Plan, there are folks with strongly held divergent opinions.

However, there is one subject on which there is unanimity — I’ve yet to encounter any resident who doesn’t believe we live in one of the most beautiful places on earth!

Personally, I can’t tell you how often a glimpse toward the lake or one of our mountain peaks takes my breath away. In my opinion, some of the most spectacular views in our community are up at Diamond Peak — the 360-degree view of two lakes at the top of Crystal Express, the sensation of seemingly skiing into Lake Tahoe as you venture down Crystal Ridge, and the peaceful tranquility of taking in the entire basin at Snowflake Lodge.

While many skiers and hikers have enjoyed this experience countless times, trustee Tim Callicrate recently requested that we provide a day where those unable to access Diamond Peak are also able to enjoy this amazing community amenity.

“We still have more than a month of golf left at our beautiful courses. While we are projecting an Oct. 5 closure of the Mountain Course, we are hoping to keep the Champ Course and Grille open until late October.”

Next Friday, Sept. 25, IVGID will be hosting an open house and free BBQ at Snowflake Lodge from noon to 6 p.m. We will be providing transportation from the base area for all non-hikers. Please call 775-832-1177 if you would like more information about this special event.

Hopefully, all the smoke will have cleared out of the basin and everyone in our community will have a chance to enjoy the spectacular setting we all share at Snowflake Lodge.

Speaking of Diamond Peak, the Board of Trustees set a special meeting date of Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss potential next steps for the Diamond Peak Master Plan. As most of you know, the Diamond Peak Steering Committee provided their findings to the Board on July 15th.

Their final report is available on the Diamond Peak Master Plan web page (diamondpeak.com/about/master-plan-update-process). You can also view the video of the July 15 Board Meeting from that link, as well as videos of all of the Steering Committee meetings.

For those of you who ski, don’t forget that Diamond Peak season passes are now on sale. You have until Oct. 31 to purchase passes at a significant discount to the regular season rate. Season ticket sales have been brisk, as we continue to offer great partner programs and other perks for our season pass holders.

And don’t forget that we have discounted passes for youth and seniors. In addition, kids 6 and under, and seniors over 80, ski for free! Our first event of the year, the opening day Season Pass holder BBQ lunch is only 12 weeks away — so don’t wait too long to purchase your passes.

You can go to http://www.diamondpeak.com for more details about our season pass programs.

While ski season is only 12 weeks away — weather permitting — we still have more than a month of golf left at our beautiful courses. While we are projecting an Oct. 5 closure of the Mountain Course, we are hoping to keep the Champ Course and Grille open until late October.

We’ve adjusted our pricing this year and our green fees are now extremely attractive in September and even better in October. You can call 866-925-GOLF to reserve your tee time.

Fiscally, it has been a good season at both courses. Revenues are up, play is significantly up at the Mountain Course (which was one of our main goals this year) and The Grille at The Chateau has seen a significant increase in business. Much of the success at our courses is due to the great contribution we receive from all our Golf Clubs.

I just received an email this week from one of our main Golf Clubs, TIGC. Now in their 35th year, with membership open to IVGID Picture Pass holders, TIGC rounds played are up significantly from last year and more than double the play they had in 2013.

In addition, their club has consumed over 1,000 meals at the Chateau this year and contributed greatly to our bottom line at the Pro Shop as well. They are hoping to continue to grow their membership and rounds played next year.

There is no doubt we could not have a fiscally viable golf operation without the ongoing support from our Clubs.

Once the golf season wraps up, we will be presenting a detailed report to the Board of Trustees at our November work session. I will share that information in this column as well.

Hope to see you all at Snowflake Lodge next Friday!

“GM’s Corner” is a recurring column from Incline Village General Improvement Distinct General Manager Steve Pinkerton, who will discuss issues and offer updates regarding various district matters. He may be reached for comment at steve_pinkerton@ivgid.org.