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Incline Village GM’s Corner: February brings bevy of activities to Diamond Peak (opinion)

Steve Pinkerton
GM’s Corner
Steve Pinkerton

Happy February! Ski season is in full swing here at Diamond Peak, and we’ve managed to have a great start to the season with a little bit of help from Mother Nature.

The first week of February typically means we are nearing the midpoint of the ski season — so Mother Nature still has plenty of time to bless us with more powder days. Mid-season also means a bevy of activities at Diamond Peak.

This upcoming week (Feb. 4-10) is IVGID Community Appreciation Week. All picture pass or punch holders can get one free lift ticket per day. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be 10 percent off and we will have early happy hour drink specials for IVGID pass holders starting at 2 p.m. daily in the Loft Bar.

If you are a Diamond Peak season pass holder and have a picture pass or punch card, you will be eligible to get free demo equipment rentals.

We’ll also be hosting a series of special events. Each day at 3:50 p.m., strong intermediate and advanced skiers are invited to join us at the Crystal Express chair and you’ll be able to participate in the end of the day mountain sweep with our ski patrollers.

On Wednesday, we’ll be holding our usual 55-plus ski clinic at 9:30 a.m. See the “events” page on the website for details on how to join this fun group.

In partnership with IVGID’s WasteNot team, we will be hosting a guided interpretive ski/snowboard tour at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. We’ll also have a free Never Summer Snowboard demo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Check out the Diamond Peak’s events webpage for details: http://www.diamondpeak.com/events/details/ivgid-community-appreciation-week.

After President’s week holiday period, we will be hosting plenty of additional events at Diamond Peak. Be sure to visit diamondpeak.com to learn about all of the activities and events over the balance of the ski season.

Speaking of events, I’m hoping that many of you will be participating in UllrFest this weekend. UllrFest holds its signature Torchlight Parade tonight along with a bonfire and live music at the resort. On Saturday, there is a gala dinner and auction at The Chateau to raise funds for the Diamond Peak Ski Education Foundation (DPSEF).

DPSEF is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide a year-round program to develop each athlete’s skill, grit and integrity, and to inspire and empower their athletes to achieve their personal goals in athletics and life.

DPSEF has over 200 member-athletes this year, with most being local residents. For over three decades, they’ve worked closely with IVGID to conduct race training and events at Diamond Peak. Without the efforts of this organization, our local youth would have to travel great distances to experience this valuable program.

In addition, through DPSEF’s fundraising efforts, they are able to reward scholarships to many athletes who would not be able to participate without financial support.

Last year, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a five-year extension to the long-term agreement IVGID has enjoyed with DPSEF. Just go to bit.ly/DPSEFagreementto learn about the contractual relationship.

Many of the ski team members attended the Board of Trustees meeting and spoke glowingly of the quality of the program and difference it has made in their lives. We appreciate the Board of Trustees’ unanimous support as well as the continuous support of the community to promote these valuable programs.

Kudos to DPSEF’s all-volunteer board of directors for sustaining this great program for our community.

GM’s Corner is a monthly column from IVGID General Manager Steve Pinkerton, who discusses issues and offers updates regarding various district matters. He may be reached for comment or any questions at sjp@ivgid.org.