Get Away to This Scenic Lake Tahoe Resort


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Northern California’s reputation as a naturally beautiful destination is founded on places like Lake Tahoe. The winters in this resort town are known for excellent skiing and a vibrant après ski scene, while the summers are filled with quiet hikes and lingering days on the water. At The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, set along the north shore, these activities are complemented by distinct services and amenities including mountainside concierge, ski-in ski-out access, ski classes, a resort pool and a waterfront Lake Club.

On-Site Outlets
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The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe features 17 luxurious treatment rooms, a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, a fully integrated wellness program and an adults-only, heated outdoor lap pool.

Phone:   +1 530-562-3030
12:00 PM-4:30 PM
Appointment required
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Fitness Center

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Fitness Center offers a wide variety of mind/body fitness classes.

Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
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Main Pool

Mon-Sun : 6:00 AM-10:00 PM

Spa Pool

Mon-Sun : 10:00 AM-8:00 PM



Northstar California

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Ski Lockers

Plan Your Ski Vacation Here

More than three million people visit Lake Tahoe each year, drawn by its pristine natural beauty and promise of year-round outdoor adventure. A favorite with families, Lake Tahoe offers skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling and other activities.


Most activities and dining are by reservation only. Our resort Concierge is happy to assist, please reach out prior to your stay for reservations:


Skiing & Snowboarding Amenities

Amenities include ski-in/-out access, the assistance of a mountainside concierge, expert-led classes at the Northstar Resort Ski and Snowboard School, and snowboarding programs led by Burton, the sport’s inventors. After a day on the mountain, guests can retreat to the resort’s après ski experience at Highlands Bar.

True North

True North is the one-stop shop for all ski fittings, rentals, passes, and gear here at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. They are the official retail shop for Northstar California. Open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.


Alpine Adventure

Skiing in Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is Lake Tahoe's premier luxury ski-in/ski-out destination. With unparalleled access to the world-class slopes of Heavenly Ski Resort and mountain concierge services, our resort is the perfect escape in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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Ski & Snowboard School

The Northstar Resort Ski and Snowboard School has lesson programs suited for all levels. “Magic carpet” beginner lifts make the first day easy, with station teaching for those who prefer to learn at their own pace and skill clinics for advanced intermediate and above skiers. There are programs designed for parents skiing with young children, and camps designed by women for women.

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Burton Snowboard Academy

Designed to welcome new riders to the sport of snowboarding and help those already in the sport to improve their skills. To maximize the experience, all-day programs are limited to a maximum of six students. Burton, the inventor of snowboarding, has their only snowboard academy in the world located at Northstar-at-Tahoe. Find out why it's the best way to learn how to Snowboard.

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Winter Activities in Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

While cross-country skiing and snowboarding are what draw many to this Northstar California resort, winter in Lake Tahoe offers much more. Sledding, helicopter tours, full-moon snowshoe hikes and tubing are among the other activities available at this ski-in/-out resort.

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Snowshoeing & Snowmobiling

Experience the fastest growing winter sport in the world! Snowshoeing is easy to learn on carefully groomed, scenic trails with state-of-the-art equipment. Or, take an exciting snowmobile ride through the Tahoe National Forest and experience spectacular panoramic views the Sierra Mountain Range and Lake Tahoe.

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Cross-Country Skiing

North Lake Tahoe is home to miles upon miles of challenging and rewarding cross-country ski trails, including Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area; Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort; Tahoe Donner; and Northstar California Cross County, Telemark & Snowshoe Center.

Ski gondolas in front of the resort in winter

The Village at Northstar

The Village at Northstar offers outdoor shopping with a mix of dining, specialty boutiques and a two-screen movie theater all centered around a year-round skating rink the entire family can enjoy. Access The Village at Northstar by taking the Highlands Gondola directly from The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

Most activities and dining are by reservation only. Our resort Concierge is happy to assist, please reach out prior to your stay for reservations:

Winter Activities

  • The Tubing Hill, located mid-mountain at Northstar California, offers an exhilarating ride for all ages. Tubes and riders are transported to a tow lift to the top of the hill and slide down.
  • Sledding at North Tahoe Regional Park
  • Scenic Helicopter Tours of the Lake Tahoe Basin with Sierra Air.
  • Snowshoe Full Moon Hikes with Tahoe Adventure Company
  • Tahoe Environmental Center
  • Tahoe Maritime Museum; Gatekeeper’s Museum; and Kid Zone Museum
  • Bowling Incline Village, NV
  • First-run movies at the Village at Northstar movie theater



Located just ten minutes from our Lake Tahoe family resort, Truckee is a historically rich mountain town surrounded by rugged Sierra Nevada scenery. Its authentic charm and small town character will captivate you. Truckee’s quaint historic downtown is full of unique dining options and specialty boutiques.

One of Truckee’s greatest allures is the abundance of activities for the outdoor enthusiast. In the summer, you can enjoy fishing, rock climbing, water-skiing, sailing, windsurfing and river rafting. Hikers have miles of trails to choose from including the Pacific-Crest Trail which will take you to mountain meadows filled with wildflowers and breathtaking scenery. A winter wonderland, Truckee is within minutes of eight major ski resorts. There is also dog sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, snowmobiling and tubing – unlimited possibilities to create an unforgettable Lake Tahoe family vacation.

Tahoe City

Situated on the Western shore of North Lake just 25 minutes from the resort, Tahoe City offers superb shopping and dining options. An array of year-round activities - including snow sports in winter and hiking, camping, fishing and water sports in summer - make this small town a wonderful place to spend time with the family, enjoy world-class recreation or just relax and enjoy the view. Enjoy four-star dining, homegrown coffee shops, elegant boutique shopping, art galleries, a walk along the lakeside trail system or Tahoe City's century-old heritage, historic sites and museums.

The Lake Tahoe Basin was geologically formed about two million years ago. Over time, snowmelt from the surrounding mountain peaks filled the basin creating Lake Tahoe, one of the deepest freshwater lakes in the United States with a maximum depth of 1,645 feet and 72-miles of shoreline.

The area around Lake Tahoe was originally inhabited by the Washoe tribe of Native Americans. Lake Tahoe was the center and heart of Washoe Indian territory, including the upper valleys of the Walker, Carson, and Truckee Rivers. The English name for Lake Tahoe derives from the Washo dá’aw, meaning lake.

Resort Pool

Relax amongst the mountains and pine trees by laying out poolside and swimming in our temperature-controlled pool year-round. Open year round, our pool is a perfect way to spend the day in our Backyard. Whether you are enjoying a post-ski dip or spending the day in the summer sun, our pool provides a relaxing atmosphere to unwind. Enjoy watching skiers ski-in to the resort or catch an incredible sunset right from our pool deck.

Plan Your Trip

Lake Tahoe is an outdoor destination year-round, drawing skiers for weekend trips and families for their annual vacations. Here are some tips on what to pack, what to reserve, and what to do while you're here.

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Summer Recreation
Lake Tahoe

Summer in Lake Tahoe offers bluebird skies, perfect daytime temperatures and cool evenings, and The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is perfectly positioned to put you at the center of it all.

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Soak up the sun at one of the lakefront beaches located just minutes from the hotel, including Agatam Beach (Tahoe Vista, CA), Kings Beach (CA), and Sand Harbor (NV).


Signature Drive

The 72-mile journey around Lake Tahoe is considered by many to be the most beautiful drive in America, taking you past trailheads, beaches, mountain communities and spectacular scenery.

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Championship Golf

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe provides its guests with golfing privileges at some of the most famed Northern California golf resorts, including Old Greenwood Golf Course and The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing. Challenge yourself on the best Tahoe golf courses, conveniently located just 15 minutes from our resort in Northstar.

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Mountain Biking

Lake Tahoe offers nationally-rated mountain biking paths, many with spectacular, panoramic views. A wide selection of shops provides the gear and advice tailored to all levels.

Family hiking at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe


Featuring dramatic scenery and diverse terrain, hiking is a fun and exhilarating way to experience the Lake Tahoe region in the summer, with hundreds of miles of trails around the Basin, including terrain options for every ability level. Explore the miles of trails on Northstar California, or embark on a journey around Lake Tahoe and discover the natural treasures of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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Fly Fishing

Sawmill Lake is a secluded 10-acre reservoir stocked with hundreds of bright, fighting rainbow trout, and is reserved for catch-and-release fly fishing only.

The Most Beautiful Drive

The 72-mile journey around Lake Tahoe offers plenty of places to stop and enjoy the view, take a hike, or have a picnic. Much of the shoreline is public with parks, beaches, swimming areas, and other attractions. Without stops, the drive takes about three hours, but we recommend that you head out early and make a day of it. Picnic lunches can be arranged in advance through Cafe Blue, or there are great breakfast and lunch spots in Tahoe City and Homewood. Make sure to bring sunscreen and good hiking shoes if you plan to venture off on any of the paths (highly recommended as you will be rewarded with spectacular views), and dress in layers as the temperatures will typically vary at least 30 degrees from early morning to mid-day. Once you are ready to head out, from the base of the mountain, head South down 267 and turn right at the Lake onto North Lake Boulevard (Highway 28).

Tahoe City

(10 miles from the 267 turn off at Kings Beach)

From Kings Beach, you will pass a number of small mountain communities before you come to Tahoe City. Tahoe City features old alpine buildings, shops and restaurants perched on the shore of Lake Tahoe at the headwaters the Truckee River. Enjoy dining, homegrown coffee shops, shopping, galleries, and a leisurely stroll through town on the Lake-view boardwalk. Tahoe City’s century-old heritage, historic sites and museums provide much history to explore as well. As you leave Tahoe City, make sure to make the left on Hwy 89 at the light toward the West Shore going over Fanny Bridge (if you pass the Shell gas station on the right shortly after leaving Tahoe City you are headed in the wrong direction).

West Shore between Tahoe City and Emerald Bay

Sugar Pine Point State Park contains one of the finest remaining natural areas on Lake Tahoe. While you are there, take a tour the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, a summer home built in 1903 that provides an interesting view into the lifestyles of the wealthy on Lake Tahoe. If you got an early start, grab breakfast as you head down toward the park at a local’s favorite, Fire Sign Café, or enjoy a leisurely lunch on the outdoor patio at West Shore Café in Homewood.

Emerald Bay & Vickingsholm Mansion

(18 miles from Tahoe City)

Park at the Vikingsholm Trailhead and peer out over the rocks to see one of the most photographed (and beautiful) sites in the United States, then stroll down the mile-long road to the Vikingsholm Mansion, where you can take a tour of the Scandinavian-style castle built in the 1920s. During the winter season, the roads between Tahoe City and Emerald Bay are often closed due to avalanche danger; be sure to check with concierge as to road availability if there is snow or the threat of snow.

Historic Camp Richardson & Tallac Historic Site

(7 miles past Emerald Bay)

Nestled in one of the last old-growth forests on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe, Camp Richardson offers a glimpse into "Old Tahoe." The marina at Camp Richardson is open daily and features Jet Ski rentals, power boat and ski boat rentals and a selection of kayaks, paddleboards, and paddleboats. Camp Richardson Corral offers horseback rides through Lake Tahoe national forest, hay wagon rides, pony rides, pack trips and boarding facilities. Next door is the 74-acre Tallac Historic Site that a century ago was considered the “Grandest Resort in the World”. Today, the remains of the resort and the restored estates allow you to recapture this bygone and significant era in Tahoe's history.

South Lake Tahoe

(8 miles past Camp Richardson)

After passing through Camp Richardson, make sure to make the left a little less than 3 miles East onto Hwy 50 to continue around the lake. Head up to Heavenly where you can hop aboard an eight-passenger glass cabin and be whisked 2.4 miles up the side of a mountain for breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Hidden Beach

(23 miles past Heavenly)

After leaving South Lake Tahoe, you’ll make a left back onto Hwy 28 (about 13 miles from South Lake). Much of the trek between South Lake Tahoe and Hidden Beach is National Forest Land, with curvy, forested roads punctuated by intermittent views of the lake. Ten miles past the 28/50 split, there is an unmarked parking lot on the left. You’ll see a placard welcoming you to Nevada’s Lake Tahoe and a small sign reading “Trail to Beach.” It’s a challenging path but takes you to a pretty beach that feels like a remote oasis on the lake.

Sand Harbor

(2 miles past Hidden Beach)

This beach, considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the shores of Lake Tahoe, is not to be missed. Stop and explore the granite boulders and the trails beneath the Jeffrey Pines.

Incline Village

(Make a left onto Lakeshore Blvd 2.5 miles past Sand Harbor)

On your way through Incline Village, take the turn off 28 toward the lake and admire the big mountain homes lining the shores. If you are ready for dinner, stop at Bite or Jack Rabbit Moon on Tahoe Boulevard (Hwy 28) for cocktails and tapas or continue up the stretch of Tahoe Blvd and enjoy dinner at Soule Domaine, a log cabin tucked behind the Tahoe Biltmore at the Stateline, perfect for an intimate dinner for two. Kids in tow? Head into Kings Beach for dinner at Caliente or Jason’s Beachside Grill.

Kings Beach

(4 miles past Incline Village)

Before heading back up the mountain, stop off at the Char-Pit for a dipped frosty cone and head out to the beach to watch the sunset on the Sierras. Once you are ready to head back up to the resort, continue through Kings Beach and make the right at 267.

Northstar California Mountain Biking

Experience the thrill of downhill mountain biking in the summer right in our backyard on Northstar Mountain. With diverse terrain and trails fit for all abilities, bikers of all sorts will find their thrill on the mountain.

Tahoe Adventure Company

Lake Tahoe offers unsurpassed mountain bike tour options for riders of all skill levels. A variety of single track trails and dirt roads start in the mountains and provide an opportunity for a perfect all, or mostly downhill mountain bike ride. You can also choose a full day mountain bike tour that includes up and down hill biking, a leisurely tour along the Truckee River bike path, or on the famous Flume Trail. Whatever you choose, the forested trails and views of the lake will provide the perfect backdrop for your ride. Mountain Bike Tours offered through Tahoe Adventure Company include bike, helmet, knowledgeable local guides, trail snacks, bottled water and lunch.

Truckee River Bike Ride

A leisurely tour along the beautiful Truckee River. Between Squaw Valley and Sugar Pine Point State Park, we cruise along the historic route of Lake Tahoe's only outlet. We will cover the unique history of this important river and have lunch along its shores. A variety of distances are available, and this trip is great for the whole family.

Distance and Time: 8-12 miles 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Single Track Mountain Biking

Several loop options exist on this mountain bike ride over rolling terrain. This trip is for new riders who are looking for a challenge as well as those with some experience who are seeking a fast paced ride in a beautiful setting. Beginning in beautiful forested surroundings, we enjoy a variety of riding conditions on both single-track trails and dirt roads. The climbs are short and moderately graded and the downhills are fast and smooth. Several loop options are available to meet the needs of every level of rider.

Distance and Time: 8-15 miles, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sawmill Lake

Ability Level: Moderate
Distance and Time: 2.3 miles, 1 hour

The Sawmill Lake hiking trail is family-friendly 2.3-mile round trip hike. The trailhead is located at the top of the Big Springs Gondola just down the hill from The Ritz-Carlton. The trail meanders through the forest towards Sawmill Lake. Please see the hotel concierge or True North for a complimentary pass to access this trail.

Lift Access Hiking on Northstar California

Scenic chair lifts on Northstar California lead to trailheads where miles of tracks and loops await hikers of varying abilities. Pack a lunch and meander through pristine forests to breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra. Leashed dogs are welcome. Please note a lift ticket is required for all lift access hiking and is available in True North.

Sunset Trail

Ability Level: Less Difficult
Distance and Time: .60 miles, 10 minutes

From the top of the Tahoe Zephyr chair lift follow the signs to the Sunset Trail head. The Sunset trail traverses the West ridge of Mt. Pluto offering spectacular views of the Pacific Crest and the back side of Northstar. Along the way you will come across informational vista points that describe The Northstar Habitat Management Plan, Late Seral Forests, Riparian Wildlife Areas and native bird species. This trail is a great introduction to Northstar.


Ability Level: More Difficult
Distance and Time: 2.4 miles, 45 minutes

This trail offers great panoramic views of the Pacific Crest and Martis Valley. The top of Lookout Mountain offers some of the most spectacular views at Northstar. Don’t forget to bring your picnic lunch. From the top of The Tahoe Zephyr Chair Lift follow the trail signs North toward Lookout Mountain.

Watson Lake Loop

Ability Level: Most Difficult
Distance and Time: 5.8 to 6.2 miles

The hike to Watson Lake from the top of the Tahoe Zephyr Chair lift offers 360 degree views of the Tahoe Truckee area, Start at the top of the Tahoe Zephyr Chair Lift.

Matt Heron Fly Fishing

Reservations: (775) 686-8606

Located approximately 25 minutes from The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, the Fly Fishing Discovery Center features two private, stocked ponds, and classes, clinics and guide trips for all ability levels.

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

Reservations: (530) 541-8208

Outfitting Fly Anglers since 1994. Offering fully outfitted guide trips, lessons and classes for all ability levels. Fishing the Truckee/Tahoe area and beyond specializing in a hands on approach to catching trout with a fly rod as well as offering a fully stocked Retail Fly Shop in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.

Water Sports

There is no better way to experience the beauty of Lake Tahoe than from the water. A variety of activities suitable to all levels are available including: white-water rafting, boating, wake surfing, boarding, skiing, tubing  and charter fishing.

Wake Surfing, Boarding, Skating & Tubing

Elevation Surf Charters will host your luxury lake getaway with water sports and private charter boating. Featuring their brand new Mastercraft X24 fleet, guests can cruise around the lake in style, ride the wave surfing and tubing, and relax peacefully on the water. Sunset and special event tours are available to create your ideal lake day.

Tahoe Sailing Charters

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Lake Tahoe in a natural and eco-friendly way aboard a 50 ft. sailing yacht. Captain Mike and Captain Jim, both U.S. Coast Guard certified skippers, ensure a fun and lasting sailing experience.                                

Boat Cruise & Private Charter

Wild Goose II is a 36-foot Grand Craft Commuter boat in the style and quality of the original wooden boat era offering a variety of cruises and private charter options. Wild Goose II can comfortably accommodate up to 12 passengers and offers seating both inside and out with a heated cabin for those chilly Tahoe evenings. Contact

Charter Fishing

Sierra Fin Addicts provides fishing charters for groups of two to five people. Tours include cleaning and filleting the fish, an experienced guide, rods, tackle, drinks and snacks. Select restaurants offer to prepare the day’s catch (reservation needed). Bite, Lone Eagle Grille, Big Water Grille, and Rookie's.

Kayaking & Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Through Tahoe Adventure Company, guests can experience the beauty of Lake Tahoe shoreline from the unique perspective of a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Tahoe Adventure Company leads high quality adventure travel trips, instruction and tours with a focus on experiencing the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains, trails and brilliant waters of Lake Tahoe.



Enhance your vacation with a private cabana experience surrounded by panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The primary cabana package includes a seasonal fruit platter, bottled water, soda, and juices. Cabana rentals are available on select days from 11 am to 5 pm.

Pool View

Experience Unparalleled Luxury With MasterCraft

Know true Lake Tahoe luxury with a captained top of the line MasterCraft X-26 boat available for hourly rental at your convenience, exclusively for our guests. Guests who rent the MasterCraft X-26 can customize their Lake Club experience with sunset or daytime cruises, wake surfing, or tubing around whichever part of Lake Tahoe they would like to discover. Boat rentals are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. out of the North Tahoe Marina, which is a short 5-minute walk from the Lake Club. Boat rentals have a two hour minimum, and a maximum of 6 guests per boat.

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