Pull the slot and bring your best poker face to Stateline casinos

Clean, crisp mountain air, fresh tracks of new snow and thousands of acres of pine trees — you won’t find in any of these in Las Vegas.

While Sin City may have palm trees, The Ridge Tahoe has the Sierra and that big blue jewel of a lake.

If you’re one to get your licks in early on the slopes, a snowmobile, or aboard a paddlewheeler before the sun hits noon and then try your hand at the card table wearing your best poker face in time for dinner — you’ve come to the right place.

Minutes away from the Ridge Tahoe is the casino core that amounts to a full-deck of high-rolling, dice-kissing, slot pulling adventure. Home to world-class casinos, Tahoe South is the place to get your game on.

Take in a little gambling action during your trip to The Ridge Tahoe.

Take in a little gambling action during your trip to The Ridge Tahoe.

You may feel slightly virtuous after spending the day in the great outdoors: Time to undo that feeling. If ever there was a place to rally, Stateline is the place.

An epicenter with star-studded entertainment, Grammy-winning musicians, live music, lounge acts, 24-hour gaming and an active bar and social scene, you can leave the driving to The Ridge Tahoe Shuttle and BlueGo, which will take you to and from the resort into South Shore’s gaming mecca.

Tahoe South has the best of both worlds: natural scenery that borders on the ridiculously beautiful, coupled with nightlife that doesn’t quit. If you play your cards right, you can experience both sides of the coin in one day. Either way, all bets are decidedly on.

There are six casinos at South Shore to check out: MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Horizon Casino Resort Lake Tahoe, Lakeside Inn and Casino and Dotty’s Casino.

Want to get off the hill and into the Carson Valley? The Ridge Tahoe offers a complimentary shuttle to Carson Valley Inn every Sunday so that you can gamble, dine and drink to your heart’s content!

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You don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day for a romantic Tahoe getaway

Longer hours at the office usually means less time with those we love. We’ve all found ourselves in this bind at one time or another and vow to make those precious hours we do have more lasting and memorable.

After all, it doesn’t need to be Valentine’s Day to be a romantic. And there’s no better way of showing your spouse or significant other that you’d move mountains for them by being on top of one — 7,400 feet in the pines looking down over Lake Tahoe.

The Ridge Tahoe offers couples the ideal intimate setting for a romantic getaway, complete with intimate and cozy rooms, warm fireplaces, a health spa featuring massages for him and her, exquisite dining and peace of mind away from home.

Catch a sunset with your better half on your romantic getaway.

Catch a sunset with your better half on your romantic getaway.

Romance lodging options feature two nights lodging in either a Deluxe Hotel Room or a one-bedroom condominium suite, complete with champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and spa for two.

If you’re at Tahoe before the snow flies, you can spend your day exploring south shore‘s many outdoor pursuits (there’s ample hiking, biking, boating and golf) or you can take a sightseeing or romantic dinner cruise aboard the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II. Tickets can be bought at the Ridge Tahoe Market Place. Ask the Ridge Tahoe concierge for a brochure.

If you plan a winter romantic getaway, there’s skiing at Heavenly Mountain Resort just outside the doors of The Ridge Tahoe where you can climb aboard the Hiltrac Skier Express Lift, which provides direct access to the Heavenly Stagecoach chairlift. You can visit any number of ski resorts around Tahoe South and spend your day together skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, ice skating or snowshoeing.

Return from your day on the slopes or sight-seeing around by checking into Elevation Spa located onsite where you can be pampered with all the right touches including massages and facials.

After your spa treatments, head on over for a romantic dinner at the The Hungry Bear Restaurant inside Ridge Tahoe. The Hungry Bear features fabulous menu choices from our innovative chef for an elegant dining experience in a casual atmosphere. Open evenings for dinner, the restaurant serves steak, seafood, pasta and a fabulous choice of desserts.

Live music and entertainment fill the afterhours in Lake Tahoe

After you’ve checked into the Ridge Tahoe and spent the day recreating or sightseeing, you’ll want to extend your activities to Tahoe South’s famed nightlife.

With an epicenter with star-studded entertainment, Grammy-winning musicians, live music, lounge acts, 24-hour gaming and an active bar and social scene, you can leave the driving to The Ridge Tahoe Shuttle and BlueGo, which will take you to and from the resort into South Shore.

Try your luck at the slots then take your moves to the dance floor in Tahoe South.

Try your luck at the slots then take your moves to the dance floor in Tahoe South.

You can also kick it closer to home at the Bear Trap Bar located inside the Ridge Tahoe for a happy hour of cocktail and appetizers.

Step outside and walk a few hundred yards and you’ll find the Fox & Hound Bar and Grill. Located 7,380 feet, the Fox & Hound has spectacular views, HD-TVs for sporting events as well as barbecue, burgers and beer.

From Zephyr Cove to Meyers, there’s a plethora of places to kick back, sip and adult beverage and enjoy the wilder side of South Shore. Bet the odds at any of Stateline’s casinos – Lake Tahoe is the place to be for Vegas-style gambling without the Vegas crowd. Try gambling at Lakeside Inn and Casino or Horizon Casino Resort then continue the party with a concert or at a club.

Looking for music venues? MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa offers star-studded music and comedy inside its theater as well as outside at their outdoor concert series in the summer. If you want to shake it, Opal Ultra Lounge offers DJs and drink specials Wednesday through Friday. If you’re in town Saturday night, check out Boogie Nights, the ultimate 70’s and 80’s dance party at Blu Nightclub.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is also well-known for its top-notch entertainment. Feel like dancing? There’s PEEK Nightclub inside Harrah’s.

Across the street at Harveys Lake Tahoe you’ll find side-splitting comedy at The Improv or live music and DJs at Cabo Wabo Cantina. In the summer you won’t want to miss their outdoor summer concert series which hosts acts such as Tim McGraw, FUN., Phish and Dave Matthews Band.

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First class accommodations make The Ridge Tahoe resort a standout

With breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe to the west and Carson Valley to the east, The Ridge Tahoe provides premiere room accommodations with comfort and relaxation in mind.

Managed by Resorts West, The Ridge Tahoe offers 302 fully appointed accommodations at its Ridge View, Ridge Crest and Ridge Pointe properties at the top of Kingsbury Grade.

This could be your living room the next time you stay at the Ridge.

This could be your living room the next time you stay at the Ridge.

The main Ridge Tahoe resort offers one and two-bedroom condominiums to deluxe hotel rooms, suites and year-round vacation rental units. The Ridge Tahoe’s 11 acres of resort experience provides plenty of space to enjoy the area with fully-appointed kitchens, large living room quarters with a fire place, and balcony options.

One-bedroom suites range from 750 square-feet to 950 square-feet and sleep one to four people. Two-bedrooms suites range from 1,000 square-feet to 1,450 square-feet and sleeps two to six people.

Each condo has a dining area, fully-equipped kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, full-sized refrigerator, full-sized oven, small appliances, dishes and utensils, and cooking necessities. Condos come with a spacious living room with queen size sofa sleeper, three TV’s, two VCR/DVD and stereo systems, daily maid service, and a complimentary safe.

Deluxe hotel rooms sleep 1 to 2 people and range from 300 to 500 square-feet and offer a king-sized Sleep Number bed, a mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, a small sitting area, TV and VCR/DVD, and complimentary safe.

Guest-stay accommodations come with plenty of amenities and value-added extended stay deals for wedding, romance, spa and ski getaways.

First-time visitors can experience The Ridge with an introductory, three-night weekend stay for $169 and midweek stay for $129. In addition to a deluxe hotel room, add full privileges to the Private Resort Club, access to a complete service spa, and an opportunity to begin a lifetime of vacation memories with a 90-minute preview tour.

Which accommodation will you choose the next time you visit The Ridge?

From concept to resort, The Ridge Tahoe history spans more than 30 years

Nestled on a Sierra mountaintop between Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley, The Ridge Tahoe has wowed, dazzled and kept guests returning again and again for more than 30 years.

The area’s original full-service vacation ownership resort, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, is long regarded as an iconic favorite at South Shore. Its appeal has resonated for over a generation for being accessible to the action while removed from the bustle.

The Ridge Tahoe has stood the test of time, always striving to go the distance for its guests. In 30 years the resort went from a concept pitched inside a tiny Stateline business office to what it is today an 11-acre, 302-unit village with 45,000 square feet of clubhouse and every amenity one expects at a first class resort.

Sitting at more than 7,000 feet, the resort combines a comprehensive package of modern amenities with year-round outdoor recreational attractions that make Lake Tahoe one of the country’s most popular destinations. The stunning panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada are timeless and have served as picture-perfect backdrops to thousands of weddings over the years.

Managed by Resorts West, The Ridge Tahoe offers fully appointed accommodations at its Ridge View, Ridge Crest and Ridge Pointe properties at the top of Kingsbury Grade. From one and two-bedroom condominiums to deluxe hotel rooms, suites and year-round vacation rental units that include plenty of space to enjoy the fully-appointed kitchens, living room with fire place and balcony.

For three decades, The Ridge Tahoe has earned a reputation as a family resort. Kids who grew up on vacation at The Ridge are now bringing their own children every year to enjoy the resort, its 30-seat movie theater, kids’ arts and crafts center, games, arcades and in summer months miniature golf, putting green and playground. Traditions and memories are built here with members returning to create more.

“Our members expect a high level of quality and we are always adding new amenities, improvements, ideas and services,” said Dan Garrison, general manager.

Over the three decades, The Ridge Tahoe has incorporated a philosophy that makes its members and guests the No. 1 priority with desirable amenities and customer service. Its staff of 225 knows many of the guests personally since most have worked at The Ridge for years — over 20 percent of the staff has a minimum of 10 year’s experience.

When it comes to longevity, Garrison, 58, has first-hand experience. He began his Ridge career the day it opened in 1982 as their Transportation Manager and climbed the ladder to Purchasing Manager, Assistant Resort Manager, Assistant General Manager, then Senior Vice President/General Manager in 2006. Dan was named a partner with Resorts West in 1995.

Take a tour of The Ridge Tahoe’s revamped website

With spring being the season of renewal, The Ridge Tahoe moved in lockstep with the change by rolling out upgrades to its website.

Readers will notice stunning scrolling photographs, panoramic photo galleries, easy-to-find pull down menu tabs, social media venues and plenty of tours that make navigation quick, easy and enjoyable.

“Our members expect a high level of quality because we are always adding new amenities, improvements, ideas and services. We thought the website should reflect these,” said Dan Garrison, general manager of The Ridge Tahoe.

A preview of The Ridge's new website.

A preview of The Ridge’s new website.

Here’s a click-through of the new site:

Want to learn about accommodation options? This page highlights one and two bedroom suite condominiums and Deluxe Hotel rooms. The tab to the left provides more options, including photos and room information about the Ridge Tahoe; Ridge Crest; Ridge View and Ridge Pointe.

Being an all-seasons resort, the Ridge Tahoe offers breathtaking views and majestic panoramas of Lake Tahoe to the west, and Carson Valley to the east. A click-through directs you to the many amenities offered as well as guides to summer and winter; onsite organized activities; dining options; and The Ridge Club Marketplace.

The Ridge offers a number of specials and packages with click-through options on the left-hand of the webpage. Here you’ll see highlights featuring The Ridge Tahoe’s vacation ownership preview offer; specials; spa deals; and winter stay and ski packages.

The Ridge Tahoe has earned high marks and an international reputation for accommodating exclusive weddings and receptions. You can browse through options on the left-hand side of the page that highlight wedding specials and packages; ceremony sites; planning services; wedding information requests and a wedding photo gallery. A wedding blog is in the works.

Corporate retreats, executive training sessions and company gatherings are featured prominently on the revamped website with click-throughs that provide readers information about team building activities; an overlay of the facilities; audio, video and multimedia selections; catering and banquet menus and options; and meeting packages.

For a complete list, go to the site map and then book your reservation at The Ridge Tahoe.

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.