The Ritz-Carlton® Highlands, Lake Tahoe to Open, Resort to Introduce New Lifts,

Learning Programs, New Beginner Teaching Area and More

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Fall 2009 – In advance of the 2009-2010 winter season, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is sharing an early look at the new offerings that will be available to visitors this winter. Highlights include the opening of Lake Tahoe’s first five-star caliber hotel located slopeside at the resort, new lifts, learning programs and beginner teaching terrain.

“The variety of on-site lodging options, on-mountain terrain, and shopping and dining experiences available in the Village at Northstar were designed to provide our guests with the opportunity to reconnect with friends and family and create the personalized experiences they desire,” said Julie Maurer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. “With the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Highlands hotel this winter, as well as new learning programs and the completion of on-mountain improvements that are designed to enhance the ski and snowboard experience, we look forward to continuing to offer our guests the boutique mountain resort experience that only Northstar Resort is offering in the Lake Tahoe region.”

Situated at mid-mountain at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe will open on December 9, 2009 featuring ski-in, ski-out access, mountain valet services, Manzanita, the resort’s signature restaurant created by renowned San Francisco celebrity chef Traci Des Jardins, and a 17,000 square foot spa and fitness center. The year-round destination includes 170 guest rooms, 23 private Ritz-Carlton Residences and 25 Ritz-Carlton Club fractional ownership units.

New Lifts Provide Ski-In, Ski-Out Hotel Access

The Highlands Gondola, a new fixed grip pulse gondola featuring 8-passenger cabins was erected this summer and will provide a direct connection between the Village at Northstar™ and The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe. The addition of this new lift brings the resort’s lift count to 19.

The double lift accessing the resort’s beginner teaching area has been replaced and realigned. The new fixed grip quad chairlift – “The Big Easy” – greatly improves access to Northstar Resort’s beginner teaching terrain, and now provides ski-in, ski-out access to and from The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe from the mid-mountain area of Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort.

New Teaching Programs and Terrain Offer Improved Experience

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort’s beginner teaching area has been expanded and redesigned to include more of the sculpted smart terrain™ that the resort has successfully demonstrated helps improve the learning curve for beginning skiers and snowboarders. This increase in terrain (twice the size of the previous teaching area), as well as new ski trails providing access from The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe to the mid-mountain area of Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort brings the resort’s ski trail count to 91, and its total skiable acreage to 3,000 acres.

New this year, the Burton Snowboard Academy will feature instruction for children ages four to 12. In addition, the Academy will introduce the Northstar Training Lab, a season-long development program that will follow a structured process that supports the foundations, skills and tactics that all riders need to become creative and push the limits of their riding and the sport.

Northstar Resort will also introduce a new Development Race Team Program that will feature almost 300 hours of ski training. The development race team program is suited for ages five to 18 and trains weekends and school holidays, all day, all season for just $1,199 ($4 per hour).

Northstar Training Lab and Development Race Team programs will be led by Todd Kelly, Northstar Resort’s Ski & Snowboard Team Manager and former U.S. Olympic Ski Team member and Chris Hargrave, Burton Snowboard Academy Manager, author of the ASI Freestyle Park and Pipe Guide, and trainer and coach of the High Cascade summer camps at Mt. Hood, OR.

Resort Continues to Enhance Quality of Snow Surface

New snowmaking has been added to the beginner teaching area of the mountain, allowing for ski-in, ski-out access from The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe, as well as improved early season conditions for those learning to ski and snowboard. This adds to Northstar Resort’s already extensive snowmaking system.

In an effort to improve the efficiency and quality of its snow grooming efforts, the resort has invested in three new grooming machines by Prinoth, including a “Beast,” that is designed to reduce the time and fuel needed to maintain the snow surface.

The resort’s scheduled winter season is November 21, 2009 through April 18, 2010, weather and conditions permitting. Guests are encouraged to book their ski/ride getaway to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort by December 15, 2009 and stay for just $99.75 per person, per night (based on double occupancy). This offer includes two lift tickets per room, per night, some restrictions apply. For more information or reservations, or call 1.800.GO.NORTH (466.6784).

About Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort

One of the finest year-round mountain resorts in North America, Northstar Resort is host to a new base area village featuring 35 unique shops and restaurants, a conference center, 9,000 square foot skating rink, on-site lodging, special events and more. A winter sport enthusiast’s paradise, Northstar Resort offers 91 ski trails spread across 3,000 acres, award-winning terrain parks and snow sports including alpine and Telemark skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Summer activities include mountain biking, golfing, scenic lift rides for sightseeing and hiking, horseback riding, fly-fishing and more.

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is located on Highway 267, just six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information, call 1.800.GO.NORTH (1.800.466.6784) or visit

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