With the first snow of the season arriving at Lake Tahoe area ski resorts on the first day of fall, the early flakes are a sure sign that a powder-filled, adventure-packed winter is around the corner. The countdown is on, so book your rooms now to get in on the 2013-2014 winter season.

Heavenly Mountain Resort will officially open Nov. 22 and it’s only a matter of Mother Nature’s whims that will determine when Ridge guests will be able to be whisked along the Hilltrac Skier Express, a self-operated, gondola-type car that transports skiers from the Resort to Heavenly’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The eight-passenger funicular sits on a track and with the swipe of a room key, will move passengers down the slope in less than 3 minutes. The Ridge offers on-site ski rentals, tune-ups, apparel, gear, and Heavenly lift tickets which is adjacent to the resort.

Ski resorts nearby The Ridge Tahoe where interchangeable lift tickets are offered include: Heavenly, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Northstar or Squaw Valley.

Whether you’re looking to bring your spouse, significant other or packing up the family for a ski trip, The Ridge offers six ski Getaway lodging packages with stays in either a deluxe hotel room or one or two bedroom condominiums. Half of the packages also offer a spa option.

The Ski Getaway packages include lodging, two hot breakfasts at The Ridge Club Deli and two interchangeable lift tickets.

The Spa and Ski Getaway packages include lodging, two to six treatments at Elevation Spa (depending on the package), and two to six interchangeable lift tickets.

Guests can explore Tahoe South by way of the complimentary Ridge Shuttle and BluGo bus which has regular stops at the slopes, casinos or nearby marinas.

Returning from a day on the mountain, there’s a 45,000 square-foot clubhouse with an indoor sports complex, full spa, heated swimming pool, hot tubs, indoor tennis, racquetball and basketball courts, athletic instructors, complimentary laundry facilities and full-service lounge. Guests can pamper themselves at the Elevation Spa which offers facials, massages, body treatments and rejuvenation from 60 minutes to 2.5 hours.

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Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200.

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.