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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

13031 Ritz Carlton Highland Court, Truckee, USA
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Scout loves

  • 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

  • Valet parking is the only parking option and is a little pricey
  • 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
  • Take advantage of the super deep soaking tubs after a long day on the slopes


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. Choose between rooms with a king bed or two queens, and no view or mountain view. Deluxe rooms are also available. The suites, meanwhile, have a separate living area with a sleeper sofa and separate bath, master bedroom, slopeside views and juliet balcony. Most sleep two guests, with the option of connecting a second bedoom with two queen beds, ideal for families.

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. With such wonderful dining options on site, including the stunning Manzanita, you won't have to leave the hotel! The Backyard BBQ is a top choice for families who seek hearty pizza, burgers and traditional BBQ fare, and for those wanting contemporary cuisine (and a great wine or two) the Living Room is our top pick. Après is simply unforgettable at The Highland Bar, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning Sierra mountain views. Grab and go breakfast at Cafe Blue is also a good way to kick off your day on 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. 

The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe offers unbeatable luxury lodging for those seeking the ultimate ski-in ski-out experience in Northstar.

Who should stay here

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel would suit skiers looking for a luxury ski-in ski-out hotel experience in the Lake Tahoe area.

Available: This selection is currently available for this price. Once you submit an inquiry our agents will confirm your booking via email and send you an invoice for a deposit. You will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking.

On Request: Our agents need to confirm availability of this room. Once you submit a request we will endeavour to get back to you by the next business day to confirm availability (some properties may take longer). If prices are listed they are the exact prices for your dates, room selection and room occupancy. Where prices are not listed we will confirm the price when we confirm availability. In either instance, you are not committed to your selection until after we confirm availability and price. Once you agree to that confirmation, you will be sent an invoice and will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking. If your requested room is not available, we will present alternative options.

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