Officials: Ritz Carlton near Northstar on track for December |

Officials: Ritz Carlton near Northstar on track for December

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Work at the mid-mountain Ritz Carlton Highlands is wrapping up in time for an announced Dec. 9 opening.

This hits the tail-end of the Ritzand#8217;s fall 2009 goal for the $300 million, 170-room hotel, just in time for the holiday ski season. The new resort promises more than 250 new jobs for the Truckee-Tahoe region, with listings starting in September.

and#8220;Weand#8217;ve already taken our first reservations, and weand#8217;re seeing significant interest in the holiday season,and#8221; said Steven Holt, director of public relations for Ritz-Carlton Highlands.

In addition, Traci Des Jardins will open Manzanita, the resortand#8217;s restaurant, Dec. 9, and the Ritz-Carlton Club will open Dec. 18.

The hotel and resort broke ground roughly three years ago, July 19, 2006, Holt said.

and#8220;From ground breaking through construction weand#8217;ve created roughly 400 jobs,and#8221; Holt said. and#8220;And now that weand#8217;re opening weand#8217;ll be able to hire 250 to 300 people and#8212; mostly local and#8212; in September and October.and#8221;

Holt said the Ritz is partnering with Northstar-at-Tahoe and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association to market the hotel and the region, and said theyand#8217;re expecting year-round business.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re built mid-mountain so we know we will have a lot of winter business but at the same time Tahoe in general is such a summer destination,and#8221; Holt said.

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