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Planning Your Trip

Lake Tahoe’s towering, tree-lined mountains and crystal-blue waters provide picture-perfect views from just about any vantage point, no matter the season. Here’s what to pack when visiting one of the most beautiful spots in the United States.

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Winter Vacation

If you love hitting the slopes, you’re in luck. Lake Tahoe has the largest concentration of ski resorts in North America. 

 

  • Bring your skis, snowboards and snowshoes — or leave them at home. You can always rent the equipment you need on-site.
  • Dress warmly. Pack waterproof jackets and pants, sweaters, thermals, thick socks, hats, gloves, scarves and winter boots (with traction).
  • Don’t forget your swimsuit for an après-ski dip in the whirlpool or hot tub. 
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Summer Escape

Whether it’s kayaking, river rafting or just hanging at the beach, summer in Lake Tahoe should be spent by, or in, the water.

 

  • Pack sunscreen and SPF-infused products. Though summer temperatures average in the mid-70s to upper 80s, the high altitude increases sunburn risk.
  • Nonslip, closed-toe shoes come in handy, whether you’re sailing or relaxing on a catamaran.
  • Summer nights are cool. Bring a warm jacket or sweater if you’re going to be out after sundown. 
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Outdoor Adventure

The lake may be the main attraction but hiking and mountain biking are some of the best ways to explore the area’s natural beauty.

 

  • Comfortable, sturdy footwear is essential. Make sure to pack a broken-in pair of hiking shoes to avoid blisters.
  • Tote your trail necessities, like water, snacks and sunscreen, in a sturdy waterproof backpack.
  • For hikes of any length, a hat is indispensable as the sun’s rays are more intense at high altitude. 
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Don't Forget:

It’s no surprise that Lake Tahoe golf courses are known for their beauty, and the summer and fall months provide ideal temperatures for being out on the green. Pack your golf attire if you’re planning to tee off.


Lake Tahoe’s farm-to-table dining, ski resorts and water activities will keep you busy all day long. Don’t miss out on anything this four-season playground has to offer — book these experiences in advance. 

Dining Reservations

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California’s rich agriculture takes center stage in the city’s dining scene. At Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, traditional dishes like chicken pot pie are given a modern twist with Chef Roman Garcia’s use of fresh, seasonal ingredients. During the winter an indoor fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere while in the summer you can dine alfresco among the pine trees. For a meal you won’t forget, reserve the Chef’s Table or the Chef’s Tasting Counter, both of which offer an intimate dinner setting and the opportunity to interact with the chef.

Ski Lessons

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Situated midmountain on the Northstar California ski area, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe features ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes. Ski and snowboard lessons are a great way to start your stay — no matter your skill level — and the concierge can assist you with booking a session (as well as reserving the necessary equipment in advance). Or opt for a guided snowshoe or cross-country ski tour. The twilight snowshoe tour is a peaceful way to spend an evening in the Sierra Nevada. 

Spa Appointments

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After a full day of outdoor adventure, you’ll want to treat yourself to a relaxing session at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe. The 17,000-square-foot oasis uses local ingredients to inspire its signature treatments. The Lake Tahoe Stone Massage uses warm stones found locally to soothe aching muscles, while Journey Through the Forest blends native essential oils to release deep stress and tension. During peak winter dates, appointments fill up quickly, so book early to ensure a reservation.

Outdoor Excursions

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During the summer months, Lake Tahoe’s deep-blue waters offer a picturesque backdrop for a number of experiences. Charter the Wild Goose II, a 36-foot mahogany vessel, for a private tour. Cruise to Emerald Bay and stop for a picnic, or get escorted to dinner and see the sunset on your way back. Guided kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing and wake-surfing excursions can also be arranged through the concierge. 

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Eco Adventures

Lake Tahoe is an outdoor paradise that beckons you to explore its rugged terrain and tranquil, translucent waters. With 274 days of sunshine each year, you’ll find countless ways to connect with the land and environment — hiking through pristine forests, sailing with the afternoon breeze, mountain biking among magnificent mountain peaks. And you’re never far from the comforts of civilization and all of the amenities of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, where you can relax and rejuvenate before you head out on your next adventure.

 

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Skiers go down a slope surrounded by pine trees

Winter Adventures

Combine endless winter sports with gorgeous mountain scenery and a crystal clear alpine lake and you have Lake Tahoe. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada, the area is varied in terrain and receives up to 500 inches of snowfall annually, making it the ultimate destination for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and more. Off the slopes, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe has everything to make your stay memorable, from fine dining to soothing spa treatments to s’mores by the fireside. Get ready for three days of winter wonders.

 

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