This past weekend, I was lucky enough to experience the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe. The forecast called for close to 48 hours of steady snowfall during the first part of my trip and I welcomed the excuse to stay indoors and truly experience the brand-new resort. Its sleek-and-chic look is carried through to the spa, which houses a number of modern art pieces and photographs that are inspired by the area. Also giving a nod to its surroundings, the treatment menu incorporates locally sourced products, such as Pinyon Pine Nut cultivated from the trees that populate the region. Leading up to the visit, I had been having trouble sleeping so I signed up for the Drift to Sleep Program. The soothing service took place in a spectacular room that had a panoramic view of the snowy Sierras. After a warm milk-infused bath in a copper tub, I was privy to an intense, head-to-toe massage and was left to rest—and drift straight to Cloud 9—for 30 minutes.
A beautiful blue bird day finally lured me outdoors to the slopes where I signed up to learn how to snowboard. After being battered by the mountain, I discovered a true appreciation for après-ski pampering. Following a six-hour lesson, I shuffled into the spa—in snowy ski pants and all—and went right for the Ski Patrol Aching Feet Rescue Pedicure. I watched the sunset from the windows in the salon, where I had a direct view of the pine-filled snowy mountains and a watering hole, which sometimes attracts local critters. I got lost in the view and ended up dozing off while my feet and legs were being brought back to life with a deep massage and an application of a menthol masque and peppermint cream. For more on this revitalizing alpine escape, be sure to check out our February issue!