Seven Star Family Travel

Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe

Truckee, California (Map)

About Your Stay

By Andy Wexler
Our editors have been here and it has met our standards
Our editors have been here and it has met our standards.

This Ritz-Carlton is the first AAA Five Diamond hotel in Lake Tahoe. Nestled mid-mountain on Northstar Resort, room furnishings reflect a Northern California contemporary design.  While the location high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and proximity to the largest alpine lake in America make this an ideal vacation destination for any time of year. The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe embodies rustic luxury, whether you are cozying up in the fresh mountain air next to an outdoor fire pit, enjoying the breathtaking valley view with a relaxing glass of wine at Highlands Bar, or taking a dip in the expansive outdoor pool that is heated to 95 degrees in the winter, you will feel at home in this unparalleled mountain retreat.

Family Activities We Love

  • If a Tree Falls in the Forest . . .
    you won't be able to hear it over the wind in your ears and the roar of your snowmobile! Over 100 miles of trails through the pristine National Forest offer up breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. Whether you are seeing the lake from 8,200 feet at the top of Mt. Watson or personalizing your own exhilarating adventure, the friendly guides of Mountain Lake Adventures, Inc., will ensure that you have the ride of your life.
  • The Village at Northstar
    Just a ten-minute gondola ride away from the Ritz-Carlton resort lies a village full of dining, shopping, and ice skating possibilities. Kids will make a dash to the Tickets & Season Pass Office to sign up for snowboarding, tubing, or snowshoeing. There's something for everyone at the Village!
  • Ski In/ Ski Out
    The moment you arrive at the Ritz-Carlton resort, the ski valets will ready your ski and snowboarding equipment. Simply alert the mountain concierge and the whole family will be assisted with their boots and escorted to your skis and poles waiting on the slopes. Northstar features 97 trails and 3,170 skiable acres. This area is known for its glade skiing and exciting parks and pipes. When you return for some hot cocoa, the ski valet will retrieve your equipment and store it overnight, at no additional charge to hotel guests.
  • Indoor Camp Out
    Where else can you rough it without having to leave the luxury of your own room? The Ritz Kids Program for children ages 4-10, offers an indoor campout package that includes a 3'x 5' tent with Ritz-Carlton linens and featherbed, a camp light, activity book with crayons, teddy bear, and s'mores kit. Package is based on availability, so be sure to reserve early!
  • Geocaching
    Search for treasure while you ski! Using a GPS handheld device, geocoaching participants locate hidden treasure boxes containing log books and trinkets within the cross-country trail network. This is fun for kids all ages--even those who are only young at heart.

Romantic Activities We Love

  • Cozy Up in a Cabin
    For a couple's massage there's nothing like an escape to your very own mountain cabin. The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton's romantically illuminated spa suite will transport you there while taking you and your sweetheart on a journey of deeply relaxing aromatherapy scalp and full-body massages.
  • Vintage Boating
    Nothing calls to mind the racing heritage of Lake Tahoe than a summer boating tour. Climb aboard a mahogany classic like a Hacker, Garwood or Chris Craft. Vintage Tahoe Tours supplies the captain and the boat; you make the memories.
  • Join the Team
    Some would say a dog sled team is the best way to experience the majesty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Who could argue with the thrill of exploring nature behind a team of eager huskies? Cuddle together or stand tall and learn to mush your own sled (with an experienced guide, of course).
  • (Chef’s) Table for Two
    In acclaimed chef Traci Des Jardins’ restaurant Manzanita, you can enjoy an intimate dinner at the Chef’s Table, adjacent to the exposition kitchen. Interact with the chef de cuisine, who will create a tasting menu reflecting Des Jardins’ signature French-inspired California cuisine. The design of the restaurant radiates warmth and will make you feel like you are dining in the chef’s own home.
  • Heli-skiing
    If you're daring enough, find the untracked fresh snow by traveling to a remote area only accessible by helicopter. Pacific Crest Heli Guides offer the only heli-skiing in Lake Tahoe. Tours leave daily from Truckee Airport at 8:00 AM.
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Vacation Packages

$7,000 Weekend Package

Relax in an 800-square-foot Mountain View Suite with king bedroom and gas fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows for maximum views of the mountainside of the resort.
  • Chef's table at Manzanita
  • Couples Journey spa treatment
  • Dogsledding tour
  • Helicopter tour over Lake Tahoe
  • Ski or snowboarding lessons for two at Northstar resort

$25,000 Week-Long Experience

Enjoy a week's accommodations for four in the Ritz-Carlton Suite, with club lounge privileges, gas fireplaces in the living room and bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths plus powder room, and full-size walk through closet.
  • Snowmobile tour
  • Apres-ski massage treatment and copper tub soak
  • Tubing and sledding at the Village at Northstar
  • Dogsledding tour
  • Ski or snowboarding lessons for four at Northstar resort
  • Thunderbird Lodge historic estate tour

$100,000 Week-Long Indulgence

Indulge in the 2,300-square-foot, three-bedroom Sugar Pine Residential Suite for a week's stay. On a private, secured floor, take in the view from Juliet balconies in each king guestroom. Enjoy a personal shopper for all groceries, eight Northstar lift tickets per day, and continental breakfast for up to eight guests in Mountain Blue or Manzanita each morning.
  • Ski or snowboarding lessons for up to eight at Northstar resort
  • Geocaching
  • Helicopter tour over Lake Tahoe
  • Dinner for up to eight at chef's table at Manzanita
  • Apres Ski Restoration Package for couples in the Highlands Spa
  • Heli-skiing experience
  • Dogsledding tour
  • Ice skating at the Village at Northstar
  • Personalized snowmobile tour
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Ease of Travel

Please be aware that Mapquest, Google Maps, GPS and other map sites do not currently reflect accurate directions to the resort. Please refer to the directions noted on the webpage or call Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe at 530-562-3000 for additional information.

From Reno/Tahoe International Airport: 

  • Exit Airport and merge onto US-395 North – continue for 1.7 miles
  • Take Exit 68 toward I-80/Sacramento/Elko – continue for 0.2 miles
  • Merge onto I-80 West via the exit on the left toward Reno/Sacramento – continue for 31.7 miles
  • Take Highway 267 Exit #188 – which is the new by-pass route.
  • Travel South on Highway 267 for approximately 6 miles
  • Turn Right onto Highlands View Road
  • Travel up the road for 2.9 miles turning left at the sign to Hotel which is located at:
  • 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee CA 96161
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