Diamond Peak Ski Resort dumped dollars into improving their snowmaking system for this winter, but instead of raising prices, the resort lowered some. The reduced rates are available on lift tickets for select groups, the resort's Last Tracks program, and kids' lessons.

Owners invested $1 million into improving their snowmaking system last summer. The upgrade will increase the air capacity of the existing system while saving electricity. The improved system should increase capacity by 50 percent, resulting in more efficient snowmaking and faster coverage of the trails.

Diamond Peak also has lowered prices on several products this year, despite the investment in the snowmaking system. The resort re-classified 13- and 14-year-olds to fit within the local school system age groups; those ages will see lift tickets at a cheaper rate than last year.

Season passholders from others resorts have been able to purchase discounted tickets at Diamond Peak, but this year the rate decreased $10. Visiting passholders can now purchase a daily lift ticket for $25.

The resort's signature Last Tracks event also took a nose-dive by nine percent. The wine tasting and appetizers après ski party takes place at the mid-mountain lodge at the end of the day for the sunset over the lake, followed by skiing or riding down a freshly groomed run. This year the price is $29.

A new program for kids' instruction also allows for a free lesson. Buy three lessons and the fourth lesson is free.

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