Using most of the bucket of the remaining Marriott points that we have accumulated over the last two years, Sharon and I made reservations for three nights at the Ritz Carlton at Northstar. The hotel is located right in the middle of the ski resort. I have been toying with the idea of trying to stay here for the last couple of years.
It is the absolute perfect weekend to go. There has been a series of storms hitting Northern California over the last week. The weather broke on Thursday night and the weekend should be beautiful. Northstar got 11 feet of snow over the last week. It supposed to start raining again in the middle of next week.
We rolled from Carmichael about 9:30 am. With a stop for gas and groceries in Auburn, we pulled up to the hotel a little after noon.
While waiting for the room, we had a light lunch. The room was eventually ready about 1:30 pm. We got unpacked and lounged in the room. With the fantastic snow conditions, Larkin spent the day skiing by himself. He texted us about 3:30 pm saying that he was quitting for the day. Larkin stopped at Ritz and we bought him a beer.
After he rolled, we spent some time talking to the concierge about snowshoeing. There is a night snowshoe hike on Saturday. Additionally, part of the plan is to snowshoe on Monday.
Getting cleaned up, we took the Timberline Gondola from the Ritz down to village. Sharon checked out a couple of the stores. I was surprised how deserted it seemed. We stopped at Petra at glass of wine. Afterwards, we wandered over to Tavern 6630' for dinner. Sharon had a udon noodle bowl with salmon, while I had pappardelle pasta. Eventually, we caught the gondola back to the hotel.