The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

13031 Ritz Carlton Highland Court, Truckee, California, USA
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  • Nestled in the mountainside high above Northstar Village, this is a stunning setting for a ski hotel.
  • There are some great dining options including Manzanita – a fine dining restaurant that has a completely open kitchen, allowing you to watch the chefs at work.
  • There’s a peaceful lap pool for adults only.
  • There’s an après event called ‘Marshmology’ which is held by the fire pit, where you can discover new flavors of marshmallows invented daily by the chef.
  • The natural materials that have been utilized throughout the hotel are in keeping with the history of the area.
  • The hotel is LEED certified – making it a great choice for eco-conscious travelers. 

Scout tips

  • A resort fee of $28 per day is charged by the hotel. Valet parking is the only parking option and is pricey at $35 per day.
  • The hotel is a true ski-in ski-out property, however it is also only a short distance to Northstar Village. The hotel’s Cadillac Escalades run on a shuttle system to the village. Alternatively, a gondola also runs to the village and continues running until 10.30pm in winter.


Like most of the hotels in the high-end category, The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe is beautiful and luxurious in every way. Those with discerning taste will not be disappointed.

The rooms have been elegantly decorated in a modern mountain style, each with a gas fireplace, huge bathroom, deep soaking tub, and plenty of storage space hidden behind the wooden panel doors. The suites, meanwhile, have a separate living area with a sleeper sofa and separate bath.

The wood theme continues throughout the rest of the building – symbolic of Lake Tahoe’s history. (The area was completely logged by early settlers and then reforested centuries ago – take note of the giant tree trunk that forms the centre of the lobby area).

While there are only 170 rooms, the hotel feels bigger due to the extensive facilities within the building. A full service spa (with 16 rooms), a salon, a huge gym and a spin studio are just some of the distractions that will try to tempt you away from the slopes.

Finally, this hotel is a great choice if you’re travelling with your family. The ‘Ritz Kids’ program, for instance, provides supervised activities for kids aged 5-12. If they’re out on the slopes having a ski lesson, there’s a good chance you can watch them from the comfort of the outdoor hot tub, since the beginner’s ski area is located on the other side of the pool. And a full ski valet service makes getting the whole family onto the slopes a breeze. 

Who should stay here

This hotel would suit skiers looking for a luxury ski-in ski-out hotel experience in the Lake Tahoe area.Skiers looking for a luxury ski-in ski-out hotel experience in the Lake Tahoe area

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