My husband and I just returned from a medical conference held at the hotel. The rooms are wonderful. The lobby (or "living room" as they refer to it) is fabulous. The fireplace is simply ingenious! The ski in and ski out access is wonderful. Stephanie, at the concierge desk is truly delightful. She set us up with an incredible snowmobile excursion and handled our transportation to and from Reno airport as well as other reservations expertly. Thank you Stephanie!
Manzanita's food is absolutely fabulous! We went back a second night because we all wanted more pork chops!
The gondola down to the village is a bit slow (allow up to 20 minutes) however the views are spectacular, so we never minded the ride.
The skiing was nice. There were many beginner and intermediate trails for me and plenty of black diamonds for my husband. The cross country skiing was beautiful, but unfortunately, VERY difficult to get to. Northstar dropped the ball on this one. They are supposed to supply a snow cat to drive guests over there, but when we departed, no one had seen it all morning. On our walk back, we came across the driver who refused to drive us back up to the hotel because he "was on smoke break." The Ritz staff on the terrace assured us they would address that issue with Northstar staff.
The whole place shuts down rather early, so be sure to wear yourself out on the slopes during the day and hit the hay early.
The village is tad small. Olivier's and Baxter's were wonderful. I would stear clear of TC's Pub. Their food is terrible! Also, the skating rink doesn't have a zamboni, so it's a bit like skating on a pond. And, the skate shop doesn't sharpen their skates, so the combined effect is not all that much fun. But, the fire pits around the rink and the vibe in the village in general is fun. The whole place shuts down around 8 PM though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featuring a mid-mountain location on Northstar California, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is the first and only AAA Five Diamond mountain resort in California. Highlights include luxurious guest rooms and suites with in-room fire places and floor-to-ceiling windows; ski-in/ski-out access on Northstar California with ski valet services; a 17,000 sq ft slopeside spa with treatments themed around water and woods; extraordinary dining in Manzanita featuring rustic California cuisine with mountain resort influences; a signature "Marshmology" experience each evening at the fire pit featuring the “Art of the S’more"; and a comprehensive children’s program allowing parents to make the most of their Lake Tahoe vacationDuring the winter season, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s mid-mountain location provides for ski-in / ski-out access to Northstar California, consistently touted as one of the nation’s best family-friendly ski resorts. With a slope-side location on Northstar’s “Big Easy” run, the ski-in/ski-out access can be enjoyed by skiers and riders of any level. When you are ready for a day on the mountain, simply head down to mountain concierge where the ski valets will assist you with your boots and escort you to your skis and poles waiting on the slopes. Northstar offers world-class grooming and provides a plethora of family activities in the Village at Northstar accessed from the hotel by an intermountain gondola. At the heart of the Village is a 9,000 sq ft ice skating rink surrounded by cozy fire pits and a variety of options for shopping, dining and entertainment. During the summer months, Northstar transforms into family-friendly playground offering the region’s best mountain adventure. Families and their four-legged friends will love hiking the easy loop to Sawmill Lake. After a day on the mountain, guests can gather around the fire pit with The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Marshmologist for complimentary s’mores, enjoy cocktails on the resort’s heated outdoor terrace or enjoy a game of bocce in the backyard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Hotel Truckee