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Skiing: Lake Tahoe's New Look

The new Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe, in Northstar-at-Tahoe resort,

Photo: Courtesy of Ritz Carlton

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This season, Squaw Valley celebrates its 60th anniversary with two revamped on-mountain restaurants and new ski and snowboard classes. But the biggest news is at Northstar-at-Tahoe, known for its diverse, beginner-friendly terrain. In the past year, it has unveiled a handful of expanded trails and lifts and North America’s only Burton Snowboard Academy. And the base village—a brand-new $55 million development—has a 9,000-square-foot ice rink and connects to the Ritz-Carlton by an intermountain gondola. The sophisticated après-ski crowd gathers around the fire pit at the Chocolate Bar (drinks for two $20), conveniently located at the base of the high-speed gondola, for spicy hot chocolates, espresso martinis, and a postcard view of the slopes.

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