The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe Opens Wednesday

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Lake Tahoe’s First Five-Star Caliber Ski Resort to Open under Blankets of Snow

Mid-Mountain Ritz-Carlton Highlands Lake Tahoe

This is truly a first of its kind experience for North Lake Tahoe

The snow is flying across the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and the highly anticipated Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe is poised to open its doors to guests on Wednesday, December 9 following a 10:30 am Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Northstar-at-Tahoe has received over twenty-four inches of snowfall at the summit in the last 24 hours, setting the stage with near perfect winter conditions for the launch of this world class destination ski resort, the first resort of a luxury hotelier in the Lake Tahoe area. The snow continues to fall.

Downloadable B-roll will be available at approximately 3:00 pm on December 9, 2009
Footage to include panoramic video of The Ritz-Carlton Highlands resort with new snowfall.
Brief footage of Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
Brief interview with Simon Cooper, President and Chief Operating Officer for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
Brief footage of stunning interiors and contemporary mountain lodge design.
Total VNR Length - approx 4 minutes

Following five years of concept, construction and development phases, The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe is a contemporary mountain lodge nestled mid-mountain in Northstar-at-Tahoe resort, offering the finest ski-in, ski-out experience in California if not all the world. “This is truly a first of its kind experience for North Lake Tahoe” said Allen Highfield, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton resort. “It has been incredibly exciting to see the final details fall into place, the training of the Ladies and Gentlemen and their enthusiasm to welcome our first guests.” The Ritz-Carlton has created over 350 jobs this year in Northern California, providing highly respected training and opportunity.

The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe is the first new-build resort development in the Lake Tahoe area in decades. Anticipated to be the premier Northern California contemporary mountain retreat, the $300 million project, situated mid-mountain in the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski area will feature ski-in, ski-out access with mountain concierge services. Manzanita, the resort’s signature restaurant has been created by San Francisco’s James Beard Award Winning chef Traci Des Jardins. The Highlands Spa is a 17,000 square foot spa and fitness center with treatments and therapies themed around water and the woods. The new Highlands Gondola will also open on December 9 and will connect guests between the nearby Village-at-Northstar and The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe resort. Perched slope-side within a 15 minute drive of both Lake Tahoe and the historic town of Truckee, the year-round destination includes 170 guest rooms, 23 private Ritz-Carlton Residences and 25 Ritz-Carlton Club fractional ownership residences.

Contact: Steven H. Holt
13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court Director of Public Relations
Truckee, CA 96161
Tel: (530) 562-3016
Cell: (530) 214-6427

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