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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.

Chairs surround an outdoor fireplace



  • Warm and Healthy.

    The Café Blue serves up healthy dishes to supercharge your day on the snow. Choose from warm breakfast paninis and pastries, along with fresh pressed juices and coffee.

  • Ski Time.

    Hit the slopes at Northstar California resort, boasting more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, 20 chairlifts and 100 trails, most of them intermediate level. The mountain concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is expert at recommending the most scenic trails and untouched terrain for the day.

  • A Hearty Lunch.

    Skiing works up a powerful hunger, and The Backyard Bar & BBQ offers ski-in/ski-out outdoor dining and a menu of smoked ribs, brisket, pulled pork sandwiches, word-fired oven-baked pizzas, burgers and bratwurst. Or stop at Northstar’s iconic Zephyr Lodge to enjoy its floor-to-ceiling views and large, luxurious family-style room.

  • A Toast to Remember.

    Cozy up to the resort’s fire pit and indulge in the Après-Ski Experience, featuring Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial and a raw bar of delectable chef favorites, such as chilled shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half shell and ceviche.

  • Rest and Relax.

    Escape to the slope-side spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Relax by the warmth of a fireplace in your private restoration lounge, detoxify in the dry-heat lodge, or mentally recharge in the uplifting eucalyptus steam room.

  • Take to the Skies.

    Step into the Highlands Gondola and ride to The Village at Northstar where your dinner options include everything from pub fare and family-friendly dining to refined California cuisine.



  • Morning Workout.

    Energize your body for the day ahead with a visit to the spa’s fitness center where you’ll find treadmills, arc trainers, elliptical machines, and recumbent and upright stationary bikes, each with a personal entertainment system. The Winter Conditioning group fitness class is sure to boost your performance on the slopes.

  • Slope Style.

    Before heading out, stop by True North to ramp up your winter wardrobe. The on-site ski retail and rental shop offers premier ski and fashion apparel, footwear, eyewear and accessories for all of your outdoor winter adventures.

  • Hit the Town.

    Take the 10-minute drive to Truckee, California, and discover authentic small-town character and myriad possibilities for outdoor fun. For something different, explore the surrounding Sierra Nevada on a dog sled adventure or snow shoe excursion.

  • Lunch Downtown.

    Visit Truckee’s historical downtown area and its charming shops, art galleries and food options.

  • Let It Snow.

    Hop on a snowmobile for a ride on groomed trails through the Tahoe National Forest, and enjoy majestic views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. Lake Tahoe Snowmobiling leads group and private tours; call ahead to make reservations.

  • Gather Around the Fire Pit.

    Indulge in what may be the ultimate wintertime culinary activity: Making s’mores at the fire pit, where a Marshmologist fills you in on the history of the marshmallow and the traditional s’mores ingredients.

  • Cozy, Winter Fun.

    Take time to reflect on your adventures by the warm glow of the stone fireplace in the Living Room. For children, finding The Ritz-Carlton Bear in a game of hide-and-seek means a prize from the concierge desk.

  • Late-Night Adventure.

    If you still want to experience more winter wonders before calling it a day, on select nights you can journey under starry skies on a snowshoe tour with star guide and poet Tony Berendsen. The adventure includes state-of-the-art telescopes.



  • Warm Waters.

    Plunge into the spa’s heated lap pool for a refreshing morning swim and a perfect low-impact complement to all the vigorous activity you’ve been enjoying. Don’t forget to look up at the stunning mountain views.

  • School Time.

    Ready to take your skills on the slopes to the next level? Sign up for lessons from Northstar’s world-class instructors or consider going with a tailored, private experience through the Adventure, Guiding & Learning Center.

  • Just for the Little Ones.

    Check out the unique Ritz Kids winter programming, with educational activities created by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society for children ages 5 to 12. The program includes adventure activities, arts and crafts, and culinary creations.

  • Simple Pleasures.

    Tubing is a frolicking good time for everyone. Northstar’s 200-yard tubing hill is located mid-mountain and accessed by tow lift, making for an exhilarating ride and a memorable way to finish up on the mountain.

  • Take Care of Yourself.

    Alternatively, take a soothing break from winter’s dry air and cold winds with the spa’s Après Recovery treatment, which restores tight, aching muscles to peak condition and includes a take home soothing balm for joints and muscles.

  • Get Creative.

    Explore the Village at Northstar, a thriving community with stylish boutiques, cafés and restaurants as well as a year-round skating rink. Take a break from the great outdoors and try your hand at candle-making and pottery painting at the Villager Candle Shop.

  • Dinner with a View.

    Dine at Manzanita, where the culinary masters combine classical techniques with modern twists to create artistically inspired cuisine. The restaurant’s design uses natural materials, an open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows to integrate perfectly with the surrounding mountain environs.

  • Lasting Memories.

    In The Village at Northstar, glide a few laps on the 9,000-square-foot ice skating rink and sip a mug of hot chocolate as you bask in the warmth of the fire pits and the glow of three unforgettable days.