Nested at the top of its own private road in North Lake Tahoe, the Ritz-Carlton feels like you’ve been transported to a castle in the Alps. Ritz- Carlton is the best place to stay if you want to re-charge over a long weekend or take a full week of skiing and frolicking in the snow.
I was lucky enough to visit The Ritz after a strong storm left fresh powder in the area. From the moment we drove up to the front, from the time we checked out, their staff was phenomenal. Friendly, informative, & detail-oriented.
With endless activities on the property you never have to leave the property, so I leave you with my :
7 Must- Do’s at the Ritz Carlton- Lake Tahoe
1. Snowboarding lessons
I am a novice when it comes to winter sports, so getting out of my comfort zone any signing up for a snowboarding class what nerve wrecking to say the least. All I could imagine was falling over and over. I pushed through my fears and signed up for the private classes at the Burton Academy. The entire process was easy and convenient. A day before my class I got fitted for my snowboard boot and helmet at True North.
The day of the class my instructor was waiting for me to take me to the Burton Academy via a snowmobile. The instructor was VERY patient with me I fell about 100 times and he would not let me give up. I ended the lesson feeling proud of myself and with 1000% more snowboarding knowledge than when I began. THANK goodness for the magic carpet which made going back up the bunny slopes a breeze.
2. Apres Ski, at the Living Room
Nothing better after a long day on the slopes than to relax with friends, delicious bites and exquisite drinks. The Living Room at the lobby level of the Ritz offers a relaxed place to enjoy the warmth of the fireplaces, the sweeping views and delicious food and drinks.
3. Dinner at Manzanita Bar
Top notch dinner service in an upscale setting. We ordered family style and portions were generous and beautifully presented. Go in there before your reservation to enjoy a cocktail at the bar.
Bring out the kids or bring out the kid in you to the Ritz’s Marshology, a fun hands-on experience where you get to roast marshmallows on a stick and get sticky while devouring your creations. The program takes place nightly by the fire pits and free for all Ritz Carlton guests.
5. Lake Club
The stunning lakeside property is only a year old and is opened year round. In the winter for small private events, and in the summer for a fun vacation house vibe. During the summer expect to enjoy water sports, BBQ drinks and a lot of relaxation. The sunsets from the club are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen in Lake Tahoe.
6. Gondola Ride
Make sure to take the free ride on the gondolas that connect the Ritz to the village. The view on the gondolas is breathtaking so get your cameras and phones ready to snap the perfect scenic photo. The village offers shopping and some additional dining options.
The perfect way to rejuvenate yourself after a long day on the slopes, the Spa offers many treatments and massage that make you feel pampered. Make sure to arrive earlier than your appointment to take advantage of the spa amenities, such as their eucalyptus steam room and heated lap pool with incredible. view of the slopes. I opted for the 1 hr relaxation massage. My massage therapist, Michael was great and would highly recommend him.
There are way too many amenities at the Ritz to even mention, but whatever you decide to do I am sure you will have a great time, even if it’s just relaxing and taking in the views. Everyone from the valets to the masseuse and housekeeper is genuinely dedicated to making your stay unforgettable. I can’t wait to visit again!!