5 Most Exclusive Ski Resorts in Lake Tahoe
Vacationing skiiers seeking 5-star treatment and upscale lodging around Lake Tahoe, California will be pleased to find there are several options. From modern gleaming hotels to luxurious rustic cabins, sacrificing comfort, technology, and service is out of the question for well-heeled visitors to this scenic skiing and snow boarding destination.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe
13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee, CA
Welcome to the very first AAA 5-Diamond resort in California. Other accolades include the Forbes 4-Star award, and inclusion in Travel and Leisure magazine’s “The World’s Best Hotels” 2013, and “America’s Best Lake Hotels” 2012 lists. Located minutes from the scenic shores of Lake Tahoe, the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe is a monument to exquisite taste, exceptional luxury, and superior service. Inside, spacious rooms and suites offer tasteful decor and plush furniture. Large windows grant views of the pristine mountains and gorgeous surroundings that keep visitors coming back all year long. The resorts flagship restaurant, The Living Room, features a huge fireplace in the center, surrounded by warm wooden walls and beams, and huge windows that bring the scenic outdoors in. Among the activities the resort offers are championship golf, a world-class spa, and of course skiing and snowboarding.
Northstar at Tahoe
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
Northstar at Tahoe is a year round experience that offers much more than just snow skiing, although it is one of the top destinations around Lake Tahoe for this. Golfing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and other family friendly activities bring thousands of visitors here each year. The upscale rooms and suites offer luxury accommodations ranging from 1-3 bedroom lodge suites, to chic lofts with gorgeous lake and mountain views. Fine dining is only steps away at the resort’s 7 restaurants. In the nearby town of Truckee, trendy nightclubs, chic boutiques, and family-friendly attractions such as roller skating as well as a kid’s adventure club give visitors young and old much to do and see. Among the accolades bestowed upon Northstar at Tahoe are Travel Channel’s
“Top 5 Spots to Snowboard in the World”, Family Vacation Critic’s 2012 “10 Best Family Ski Resorts”, Men’s Journal’s “Best Ski Schools in the U.S.”, and San Francisco Chronicle’s “13 Best Family Ski Resorts for 2013”.
Resort at Squaw Creek
Squaw Valley, CA
The Resort at Squaw Creek is situated on 195 breathtaking acres in Squaw Valley. Nearby North Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains bring skiers each year that demand luxury and exceptional service. Unprecedented downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling facilities make this a very special place. The resort features upscale lodging and amenities such as penthouse suites, posh rooms with large windows and fireplaces, all with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and woods. Those with an appetite for fine food will find a variety of dining experiences in the resort’s five restaurants, as well as convenient in-room dining. A fitness center, spa, and salon are also available to suit visitors needs. Area activities include shopping, nightclubs, sightseeing tours, and much more. The Resort at Squaw Creek boasts a AAA 4- Diamond Award, Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 50 Ski Resorts in North America” recognition, and 2012 SpaFinder Readers’ Choice “Best for Ski and Snow” award.
Marriot’s Timber Lodge
4100 Lake Tahoe Boulevard · South Lake Tahoe, CA
In South Lake Tahoe, Marriot’s Timber Lodge draws wealthy skiers to it’s doors every year due to it’s dedication to excellence, superior accommodations and proximity to the world famous Heavenly Gondola. Situated in the heart of the lake’s southern shore and Heavenly Village, luxury meets convenience as upscale skiers enjoy their annual winter adventures. The resort features one, two, and three bedroom villas all equipped with posh and comfortable furniture, and the latest in high tech appliances and entertainment systems. Several high-end restaurants, boutiques, and nightclubs are situated in nearby Heavenly Village.
Cedar House Sport Hotel
10918 Brockway Rd., Truckee, CA
In picturesque North Lake Tahoe the Cedar House Sport Hotel welcomes seasoned skiiers and sportsmen to its luxury accommodations. The contemporary rooms and suites reflect the attention to detail and quality that the visitors here expect. The fine cuisine featured at the hotel’s restaurant, Stella, with entrees such as Marinated Flat Iron Steak with crispy smoked fingerling potatoes and fried king trumpets & veal jus ($27), or Skuna Bay Salmon with chive gnocchi, red onions & capers, smoked salmon & cream cheese veloute ($29), are enough to bring guests rushing back year after year, but it is really about the outdoors. The hotel sponsors activities such as kayaking , hiking, and mountain biking adventures. The hotel allows pets for those that want their pooch to enjoy the vacation too.The Cedar House Sport Hotel is truly a year around luxury experience.
The winter wonderland of Lake Tahoe offers not just skiing on pristine slopes. Fine dining, chic boutiques, sizzling nightlife, and posh accommodations await those who insist on only the best.