Lake Tahoe is about dualities: the largest alpine lake in the country among mountain peaks reaching over 10,000 feet in elevation; world-class skiing and stunning sandy beaches in California and Nevada. The Ridge Tahoe is also about celebrating the best of both worlds, especially when on vacation. We’ve compiled a list of ways that guests can both chill out and warm up at the resort.
Lake Tahoe: the ideal place to chill out and warm up. Credit: Rod Hanna / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Chill: Skiing at Heavenly Mountain, which is right next door to the Ridge Tahoe. Resort guests have access to the Hilltrac Skier Express, which transports skiers and snowboarders from the property to Stagecoach Lodge for quick mountain access.
Warm: Can we get a hot tub? With ten hot tubs and Jacuzzis on property, guests can soothe muscles after a day of skiing, a romantic dip with a partner or a fitting ending to a relaxing Elevation Spa day.
Chill: Speaking of a spa day, there is no easier way to destress on property than at Elevation Spa. Among many options for facials and massages, the spa includes body treatments like the body glow exfoliating scrub that will smooth, polish and energize the skin.
Another option to chill out with is the Nurture-Me body wrap, which is customizable and selected for what will work best for the guest’s skin type. Every wrap begins with a light body brushing then a body masque of his or her choice, the warm up with a heated wrap over hydrating cream.
Warm: Things will heat up in the kitchen with Chef Stephen Moise provides a complimentary cooking demonstration Thursdays at 3 p.m. Located upstairs in the Club House, guests are able to watch a master at work as he demonstrates the various cooking techniques that make him such a Rockstar chef. No reservations are required, but space is limited for this event.
Chill: What beats a good glass of wine at the end of the day? A wine tasting seminar with multiple amazing wines! The Ridge Tahoe hosts a wine tasting seminar Thursdays at 4 p.m. For $20 per person, come enjoy a selection of fine whites and reds to complement a perfect day. No reservations are required for this event.
Warm: For those that prefer a hotter experience at the spa, the warming hot stone massage includes polished Basalt lava stones that are heated up and used in a traditional Swedish massage. Muscles relax, and tension is released.
Chill: For the chillier spa crew, the Pamper-Me-Peppermint massage brings attention to legs and feet with a warmed Basalt Lava stone massage followed by cooling peppermint oil. Minty fresh!
Warm: Every good day begins with a hot cup of coffee or tea. For others, it’s a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs or waffles. Regardless of what gets the engine going, the Bistro is open seven days a week for meals on the lighter side.
Hot or cold, the Ridge Tahoe has everything visitors to Tahoe need to experience everything this unique region has to offer. Book a room now.
With new packages for families and couples, the Ridge Tahoe is rolling out winter specials that will give you an excuse to visit the mountains with your loved ones. Cash in some PTO to take advantage of these great new deals at our resort and experience all that Tahoe has to offer in the winter months.
Escape to Lake Tahoe with your sweetheart with a romantic deal for two at the Ridge Tahoe. PC: Brad Scott / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
The Sweetheart Package
It may not be Valentine’s Day but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with your sweetheart. Surprise your amour with a trip to the Ridge Tahoe and sweeten the deal with time at the spa. Our Sweetheart Package allows you to take some much-needed time away from normal life and melt into luxury – at least for a little while!
The Sweetheart Package includes a 20% discount at Elevation Spa, deluxe suites for midweek and weekend reservations for $85 and $139, and $50 upgrades to one-bedrooms.
When you’re not relaxing at the spa with a facial or massage, continue the comfort at one of our many hot tubs, indoor and outdoor pool, or simply grab a glass of wine at the Bear Trap Lounge.
Use offer code “Sweet” when booking your reservation.
This package is unavailable Feb. 16 through Feb. 18, 2018 and on Saturdays. The 20% spa discount cannot be combined with any other offer.
Get the whole family outside for a family package at the Ridge Tahoe. PC: Jamie Kingham / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
The Family Package
Grab the kids and head to Tahoe for mountain fun! Lake Tahoe offers an active vacation for families with children of all ages. From skiing and snowboarding to sledding and cruises on the lake, you won’t be bored at the Ridge Tahoe.
If an active family vacation appeals to you, we invite you to enjoy the new Family Package, which includes complimentary activities for everyone in your party. Challenge one another to a game night in the family game room, take in a movie in our cozy on-site movie theatre, and get in competition shape with a tennis clinic. Other complimentary activities include the Dermalogica Skin Bar class, fitness classes, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, racquetball, and many others that will fill your days and nights!
The kids won’t be bored with a plethora of activities in Tahoe. PC: Lauren Lindley / Ski Lake Tahoe
The Family Package includes can’t beat rates for midweek and weekend stays: $139-$199 for one-bedroom and $199-$269 for 2-bedroom. And better yet, we’ll waive the $19 per night resort fee! Use offer code “Winterfam” when booking your reservation.
This package is unavailable Feb. 16 through Feb. 18, 2018, and on Saturdays.
All offers expire April 30, 2018.
The New Year is a time to think about the things we could do better. Now is the time to make resolutions that’ll stick through 2018 and beyond to make each year better and better. If you’re stuck for resolutions, consider our top resolutions for the New Year below.
Soak it all in during 2018. Photo credit: le_milady
More Relaxation: Sometimes it can be hard to unwind after a busy day at work or with family. Luckily this becomes a little bit easier when the time is scheduled to relax, such as on a vacation. Our top tip for more relaxation time in 2018 is taking advantage of the many roof top and indoor hot tubs available on our property. Nothing says relaxation like bubbles and a gorgeous sunset.
Expand your food palate at the Bistro or Hungry Bear Restaurant.
Try New Foods: Shed the label of “picky eater” by trying new foods at two on-site restaurants, the Bistro and the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Chef Stephen creates elegant dining experiences that include steak, seafood, pastas and many other favorites. Never had lamb? This is your time to try it with mint pesto and a pomegranate Syrah reduction!
Try your hand – or rather, your feet – at snowshoeing this year.
Try New Hobbies: The New Year is the ideal time to try something new. Whether it’s skiing or refining your palate with a wine tasting seminar, the Ridge Tahoe is the perfect gateway for new diversions. Our property offers cooking demonstrations, skin care classes, tennis clinics, card making and so much more. Guests will be sure to find their favorite pastime while visiting the Ridge Tahoe. Check our Ridge Guide for current classes.
Work it out this 2018 at the Ridge Tahoe gym.
Take Care of Your Body: The most popular resolution by far is to work out and eat right. For those that have resolved to just that, the Ridge Tahoe can help with a full gym and classes for aerobics.
Time for a glow up at the Elevation Spa.
Take Care of Your Skin: The largest organ in the body needs extra TLC and now is the time to get on a skincare regimen that’ll work for your specific needs. Facial treatments at Elevation Spa will help to rebalance, rehydrate and improve skin with European facials that use high-quality skincare lines like Dermalogica. You’ll glow in no time!
Explore the great outdoors, including the Carson Valley, and Lake Tahoe.
Go Outside More: John Muir said, “The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” We agree with his sentiment and if you do too, then a commitment to more exploration should be a no-brainer. Lake Tahoe is ripe with adventure including snowboarding, snowshoeing, swimming, hiking, rock climbing… the list goes on! Many of these activities are accessible from your room at the Ridge Tahoe, which makes this resolution even easier to fulfill.
Number one resolution: more family time, more fun.
Make Time for Family and Friends: People are important and if your relationships slacked in 2017, time to plan a getaway with friends and family at the Ridge Tahoe. Our suites are large enough to accommodate groups and there is no shortage of activities on site. Book now and mark this resolution off your list.
Tahoe is the ideal place to ring in the New Year, as there are plenty of opportunities to say goodbye to the old and hello to 2018! From music festivals to gourmet dinners and mountain sunsets, you’ll enjoy 2017 until the very last second. Check out a few of our recommendations for New Year’s Eve fun below.
Hit the slopes at Kirkwood, one of three local resorts in Tahoe South. Photo credit: Lauren Lindley / Ski Lake Tahoe
Ski at One of Three Resorts
Begin your day with fresh air and fresh snow by hitting the slopes at Heavenly, Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe, all within a half hour from the Ridge Tahoe. You can also ski in and ski out of the resort with the Hilltrac Skier Express, an eight-person passenger car that transports resort guests to the Stagecoach Lodge of Heavenly. You can read more about the ways to access the mountain here.
Close out the year with a beautiful Tahoe sunset. Courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Watch the Sunset
The Ridge Tahoe has numerous vantage points for sunsets. Embrace the après ski lifestyle and soak in a hot tub while soaking in the sunset. With several rooftop hot tubs on-property, you’ll have the ability to relax and prepare for the festivities ahead. Another option is to head down to nearby Nevada Beach, a public area that faces the West Shore of the Lake and immensely popular for sunset viewing.
Dance through the end of 2017 at the annual SnowGlobe Music Festival. Photo credit: Andrew Jorgensen / SnowGlobe
Dance at SnowGlobe
SnowGlobe Music Festival returns to South Lake Tahoe Dec. 29 through New Year’s Eve. Music lovers will enjoy this electronica and dance music festival set in the idyllic mountains of Lake Tahoe. Artists like Dillon Francis, Khalid, Zedd, and others will grace the stage during the 3-day festival.
SnowGlobe does sell out every year so it’s imperative to buy tickets as soon as possible.
Make your plans to dine at the Hungry Bear Restaurant before the clock strikes midnight. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Dine at the Ridge
Say goodbye to 2017 with a delicious dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant on site at the Ridge Tahoe. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., we will host musical entertainment, dinner and an East Coast ball drop celebration.
Dinner includes a first course of golden herb consommé with crab wonton, followed by a duet of half butter poached live Maine lobster with drawn butter and lemon; a deconstructed beef wellington with spinach, wild mushroom, pastry and béarnaise sauce; or dry pack diver sea scallops with preserved lemon vinaigrette. Each entrée includes yam au gratin potatoes and braised broccoli. Dessert will be a sacher torte with eggnog crème anglaise.
Dinner and entertainment are $75 per person and includes party favors, as well as a complimentary glass of champagne. The children’s menu is $19.95. Make a reservation by calling the concierge at 775-588-3553 ext. 3150.
You land in Lake Tahoe. Your main objective: get on the mountain for some skiing – and quick! We don’t blame you, as that would be our goal, too! If you’ve never been to the South Shore of Lake Tahoe or if you’ve never stayed at the Ridge Tahoe, you may be wondering just how you can achieve this. Fortunately, we’re familiar with the various ways to access Heavenly Mountain Resort and have detailed these below for your convenience.
Stagecoach Lodge: the closest ski lodge to the Ridge Tahoe. PC: Instagram user apertureistic
To Stagecoach Lodge: Guests of the Ridge Tahoe have the ultimate convenience when it comes to riding Heavenly Mountain, which is located next to the resort on the South Shore of the lake. Only Ridge guests have access to the Hilltrac Skier Express, an 8-person passenger car that transports guests to the Stagecoach Lodge at Heavenly.
A recently completed $120,000 overhaul to the Skier Express includes a complete rework of the electronics and computer systems that drive the passenger car. Also new this year is an updated charging system, which powers the unit. The driving mechanism and the 680-foot track to Stagecoach were also updated for a smoother, more comfortable ride. It’s the best way to ski in and ski out when staying at the Ridge!
Additionally, on property Ridge Shuttles can drop off at Stagecoach Lodge (after going around the loop).
The newly updated Hilltrac Skier Express is the best way to ski in and ski out at the Ridge Tahoe. PC: Aldrey Torres
To Boulder Lodge: For those that want to explore more terrain within Heavenly Mountain, guests can take the Skier Express or Ridge Shuttle to Stagecoach Lodge then transfer to the Boulder shuttle.
To Heavenly Village: If you’d like a classic gondola experience, take the BlueGo bus that travels every hour on the hour from the Ridge Tahoe to the Casino Corridor and Heavenly Village, the home of the Heavenly Gondola. This gondola affords breathtaking views of the lake as it travels to the top of Heavenly
Another option to get to the Heavenly Village is to take the above transportation to Stagecoach Lodge then transfer to the Village shuttle.
Heaven awaits you at Heavenly Mountain Resort. PC: Heavenly Mountain Resort
To California Lodge: Venture outside of Nevada and experience California by traveling to the California Lodge. Guests may take the BlueGo bus to the Heavenly Village, then transfer at the Village Transport station to the California Lodge.
Regardless of which Lodge you prefer during your ski-venture, make your home base the Ridge Tahoe. With easy access to the mountain, how could you not?
Tahoe has already experienced its first of many storms and winter is well on its way to set up shop for a few months in the Sierra Nevada. Don’t let Winter take you by surprise – be prepared for the ski season with a few of the tips below.
The Ridge Tahoe will soon be covered in white. Are you ready?
Mark Your Calendar
Do you feel the need? The need to ski?! You’re not alone and you won’t have to wait long until you’re thousands of feet in the sky. Lake Tahoe ski resorts will open this month at Heavenly Mountain Resort (the Hilltrac Skier Express can take you from the Ridge to Stagecoach Lodge), Squaw Valley and Northstar California opening Nov. 17. Kirkwood Mountain Resort opens on Nov. 22 while Sugar Bowl opens Nov. 24.
Tahoe Donner, Homewood and others will open in December
Condition Your Body
Before you pull on your ski boots for the first time since winter, we recommend hitting the gym to begin to acclimate your body to more physical fitness. Exercises like deadlifts, leg presses, squats and running on the treadmill will begin to prep you for the slopes. The Ridge Tahoe’s gym has the equipment you need to get into fighting shape for those epic pow days.
The slopes of Heavenly Mountain Resort are a great place for family bonding. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Prep Your Gear
Now is the time to tune your board, wax your skis and check last year’s gear for any wear and tear that may prevent you from being safe or comfortable. The Ridge Tahoe Ski Shop offers full-service rentals, tunes and repairs for your gear. If you’ve forgotten your gear or chose to travel without it, you can demo skis and boards!
Care for Your Skin
Winter is harsh even for the happiest skin. Cold temperatures and strong winds can leave you chapped, sunburned and sore. Sunscreen is a must and don’t forget a tube of Chapstick before you venture onto Heavenly or another nearby ski resort. After an unforgettable time on the mountain, a day at the spa is in order. The Elevation Spa will set you up for the pampering you need to recover and recharge for another day on the slopes.
Celebrate the last rays of a successful pow day with drinks or a spa treatment at the Ridge Tahoe. Credit: Brad Scott/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Another tip? Après ski at the Bear Trap Lounge for Happy Hour! See you on the slopes!