After five years in the making, the Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe finally opened its doors to the public today. (Lucky first guests/skiers at the 170-room property were treated to a fresh snowfall.)

The $300-million-dollar, mid-mountain resort—the first new-build property in the area in decades—features a luxe mountain lodge design (think wood aeries, lots of stone, fireplaces galore, and soaring windows to let the outdoors in) and a gondola full of amenities for skiers and non-skiers alike.

Some of the resort's notable highlights include:

-Ski-in, ski-out access

-Ski concierge


-Award-winning James Beard Chef Traci des Jardins-created restaurant

-Highlands Gondola for connecting with Village-at-Northstar

-Great location (15-minute drive from the charming town of Truckee and Lake Tahoe)

-Green construction and amenities (the resort is seeking LEED certification)

-Stunning peak views (of course!)

What are you waiting for? Get thee to the mountain!