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.