Soon, the weekend Tahoe ritual will commence: Up on Friday, back on Monday, with lots of powdery snow, indulgent food, and strong drink in between. If you haven’t yet secured a ski house, and you like to winter in style, you’ve got a new option to consider: The Constellation at Northstar residences.
Adjacent to the stately Ritz-Carlton, the two-, three-, and four-bedroom luxury condos share all of the hotel’s amenities, but afford a bit more privacy, and of course, much larger accommodations for groups. You don’t even have to go outside—an enclosed skybridge takes you to the Ritz’s soaring lobby, stunning spa, and to its signature restaurant, Traci Des Jardin’s Manzanita.
The brand new, fully stocked condos make for the kind of photo backdrop that will turn your Facebook friends green. Cook in the open kitchen on Viking appliances. Relax by the stone hearth gas fireplace. Aprés ski, soak in your own jetted tub. Wifi, Bose speakers, HDTV, washer-dryer combos, balconies with mountain views, down bedding; it’s all there, just waiting for your slope-sore muscles and carb-loaded dreams.
Best of all, like the Ritz, Constellation is a true ski-in, ski-out facility. Walk out the door, snap in, and you’re on the slopes of Northstar, skipping the worst part of any Tahoe weekend—the lines. It’s pricey, but given the size of the units, it’s not out of reach. From now until December 13, for instance, you can rent a four-bedroom for $1,099 a night. With four couples, that’s less than $150 per person. (Two bedrooms during the same period are $699; three bedrooms $899; then peak winter prices take over.) And should you find that you don’t want to leave, just stop in the ales office on the way out. Eleven of the units are on the market, starting—but definitely not ending—at under a million.