September 30th, 2015
Imagine a place filled with doctors & health professionals who encourage questions and a place that allows time for the answers. This is it – Granlibakken Tahoe boasts the 5th Annual Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend (WWW). A weekend full of life & medical answers. Year after year, the audience returns to hear fresh presentations about women’s health and well being. Medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, nutritionist and dietitians, motivational speakers, physical therapists and many more take the stage to deliver current and relevant information on hot topics that captivate the audience. Mimi Stuart, a participant for 3 consecutive years, has said, “Each year just keeps getting better and better.” This year the weekend schedule includes presentations on metabolism, autoimmune disorders, environmental toxins, gluten and more. WWW is not only complete with speakers, because what is a wellness weekend without some exercise? Yoga classes are offered each morning, as well as stretching classes, meditation, and nature walks. The event closes with a health fair – alternative health professionals, medical doctors, energy healers, physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, dermatologists and so much more gather to offer demonstrations and consultations. Book now and join us for a weekend of information, rejuvenation and fun.
Visitors and locals alike are drawn to Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty, world-class entertainment and year-round activities. Granlibakken, nestled in the trees above Lake Tahoe and steps from Tahoe City, the heart and soul of the area, is the ideal spot for your next retreat, conference, vacation or special event. Find out more about our resort.
Check out our calendar for our Wellness events including our yoga retreats held in the spring, summer and fall.
September 15th, 2015
Not long ago, people young and old lived attuned to one another and to the rhythms of nature. Over the last century or so, life has sped up faster than ever before. People now live most of their over-scheduled lives plugged in, indoors and out of touch. There is a quiet revolution, however, as people begin to yearn for the great outdoors and connection once again.
A growing body of research is taking root across the planet as we rediscover what is now aptly called ecotherapy. Ecotherapy exists alongside Nature Deficit Disorder, a phrase coined and spread by Richard Louv. The notion is that our modern lifestyles and our tendency to become driven to distraction keep us from fully experiencing our worlds and our own potential by robbing us of the benefits of time spent in nature.
These benefits permeate all levels of our existence from childhood through old age. Being outside helps us recover from mental fatigue and restores our ability to process information. By decreasing our mind’s over activity, nature helps our thoughts become clearer, sharper and more creative. Taking easy advantage of these benefits, progressive “forest schools” schedule classes out of doors to enhance student performance, and homes for the elderly utilize horticultural therapy to increase quality of life.
Nature even heals us. In the 1980s, Japan began formalizing the practice of “forest bathing,” or shinrin-yoku. Shinrin-yoku is the slow, meditative experience of walking in nature with directed focus on the elements and senses. Studies held in the lab and outdoors, as well as in prisons and hospitals, have discovered nature’s benefits begin immediately and last for several days after exposure.
These benefits include: reduced blood pressure, reduced stress levels (as measured in salivary cortisol), improved mood (perhaps owing to a friendly dirt bacteria which causes the brain to produce serotonin), increased energy levels (thanks to trees’ essential oils), and boosted immune systems. The latter occurs because trees give off organic compounds that encourage the body’s production of natural killer cells which fight abnormal cells and speedup recovery time after surgery or illness.
As the studies continue to come out, the facts echo what we already know intuitively: being in nature feels good physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When in nature, the brain quiets down a bit and we become more curious about the world around us. The world, and we, come alive.
Ashley A. Cooper is a freelance writer and yoga instructor residing in Truckee, CA.
Visitors and locals alike are drawn to Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty, world-class entertainment and year-round activities. Granlibakken, nestled in the trees above Lake Tahoe and steps from Tahoe City, the heart and soul of the area, is the ideal spot for your next retreat, conference, vacation or special event.
Check out our calendar for our Wellness events held in the spring, summer and fall.
Further Reading: Last Child in the Woods; and The Nature Principle by Richard Louv.
September 11th, 2015
We have all heard the benefits of meditation: decreased stress, anxiety and tension accompanied with feelings of well-being, patience, concentration and compassion. These benefits are easy to grasp conceptually and many of us make ourselves grand promises to start integrating meditation into our daily lives. With the best of intentions, we sit down in a silent room and get to “shutting our brain off.” It is not long before our knees start hurting, our to-do lists start screaming and our shut off brain is running on over drive.
The problem is not you or meditation. It is all in the approach. To begin, be easy on yourself. Choose a technique from below or elsewhere that suits you personally, and just challenge yourself to five minutes a few times a week. Meditate in a truly comfortable position whether you are sitting cross legged, in a comfortable chair, or lying down with pillows supporting you. You can practice at home or, if you do better with group activities, attend a class.
When many of us think about meditation, we think of sitting down in silence with our legs crossed and our mind blissfully blank. This is the Zen Buddhist practice of zazen, and it may be this simple for some of us. Many more types of meditation exist, however, and for every learning style there is an approach to meditating.
Guided meditations are extremely useful in anchoring you to the present moment by providing structure and sound. If you don’t want to attend a class, there are many excellent free guided meditations on the internet (try this one: http://ow.ly/Rgt8l). Visualizations are also extremely useful anchors and can be guided or learned ahead of time. Some people use a mantra (a word, sound, or statement) that is silently repeated or murmured. When using mantras, you can also hold japa mala beads which resemble the Christian rosary: each bead is a single repetition of your mantra. This mantra is very straightforward, memorable and can be done anywhere: http://www.chopra.com/so-hum-meditation).
For whichever approach you choose, remember a few things:
- First, the purpose of meditation is not to attain anything, we meditate to become present.
- Second, the brain will not simply shut off; the trick is to allow thoughts, ideas, images, etc. to come without holding on or judging.
- Third, meditation is a practice. The progression of this practice will reflect the amount of time and effort put into it.
Image: http://yogabasics.com/japamalabeads/malashop2/wp-content/uploads/images/products/p-531-IMG_7547.jpg Caption: Traditional Japa Mala beads used to count mantra meditations in sets of 47, 54, or 108 repetitions.
Ashley A. Cooper is a freelance writer and yoga instructor residing in Truckee, CA.
March 17th, 2014
With spring arriving this week, there’s still plenty of on-mountain action to be found at Lake Tahoe.
Granlibakken celebrates spring with its affordable family lodging deal. Book now and receive 50% off lift tickets and sledding at Granlibakken’s own snow play area, ideal for families with children, beginning and intermediate skiers.
Treat your kids to a day on Granlibakken’s sled and ski hill this spring.
The package includes a delicious hot breakfast buffet each morning, plus access to the on-site outdoor heated pool, hot tub and sauna. Granlibakken has a variety of lodging options, from bedrooms, studios and suites to one to eight bedroom townhouses, each decorated to complement the resort’s natural Tahoe City setting.
Affordable and packed with as many thrills as are found at nearby ski mountains, guests can rent equipment (skis, snowboards, poles, boots, cross country skis, snowshoes and helmets) or saucers for a full or half-day worth of downhill adventure.
While you’re on the hill, grab a bite to eat at Granlibakken’s Ski Hut Snack Bar, which serves authentic homestyle Mexican food, hot soup, chili, hot cocoa, coffee and delicious specials. The snack bar is open weekends.
Private and group lessons are available at the Granlibakken with two morning sessions and an afternoon.
Families can choose the ultimate physical challenge at California’s first-of-its-kind Treetop Adventure Park, recently voted No. 1 as a Lake Tahoe activity by TripAdvisor.com. This action-packed playground is an obstacle course set along the tree tops, 30 feet off the ground. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through a number of obstacles, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges.
What’s your idea of an affordable family trip to Lake Tahoe?
March 11th, 2014
With February dropping several feet of snow, March has arrived at Lake Tahoe with the roar of thousands of fresh faces ready to ski and board over spring break.
Whether you’re a college student in between semesters or are a parent with kids looking for some quality family time on the slopes before the snow melts, Granlibakken is the place to stay.
Tahoe’s best ski packages start at $113 with the Homewood Mountain Resort plan to $150 where you can ski Alpine Meadows, Mt. Rose, Northstar California, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl and Heavenly. Weekend lodging options are available as well as getaway packages.
Granlibakken offers onsite skiing, sledding, and high-flying zipline action at the Treetop Adventure Park or you could venture to a nearby resort for spring skiing fun.
The more outrageous your gear the better when it comes to the Pain McShlonkey. Don’t miss the 4th annual Saturday, March 29.
Photo: Squaw Valley.
Enjoy free live music every Saturday on the Sundeck at Alpine Meadows beginning at 1 p.m.
March 19-23, you can catch the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley. The U.S. Alpine Championships are a culmination of the ski racing year which brings the U.S. Ski Team and young athletes from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association clubs across the country together.
Show off your superhuman dance moves March 21 in Tahoe City at the Superhero Dance Party with music by Jeremy Curl and Mr. Rooney at Jakes on the Lake. Dress as your favorite super hero or create your own.
Looking for a new snowboard and want try it out first? Check out the Boards in Motion Demo Day at Sugar Bowl, March 22. Boards in Motion staff and factory reps will offer free demos to everyone interested in riding 2015 snowboards all day. Manufactures reps from Capita, Ride, Burton, K2, Lib Tech, Academy, Arbor, Rome, Lobster, Batelon and Jones will have tents set up across from the Judah Lodge.
Legendary skier Shane McConkey will be celebrated March 29 with the 4th annual Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw Valley. Dress up in your most outrageous ski duds and come out for a day full of celebrating McConkey. Stick around Sunday for the Skinny-Ski-a-Thon at KT-22. Participants will get pledges from family, friends and businesses for each lap they ski. They will then strap on a pair of skinny skis (70mm or less) and see how many laps they can complete in a day. All proceeds benefit the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation.
April 5 brings the Pond Skim Beach Party at Winters Creek Lodge at Mt. Rose Ski Area. Come out for some laughs as skiers skim across water in a party atmosphere.
Shred the love at Sugar Bowl April 5 for its Boarding for Breast Cancer event. The resort will host a rail jam in the Switching Yard Terrain Park with all entry fees benefiting the Foundation. Sugar Bowl will also be selling pink lanyards with proceeds going towards B4BC. A DJ will be featured in the park during the Jam with live music performing after the awards.
More pond skimming is planned for April 6 at Northstar California with Spring It On! Pond Skim, Party and Retro Dress Day. Soak up the California sun and spring skiing scene at Northstar as the winter season winds down.
How do you plan to spend your spring break at Lake Tahoe?
March 3rd, 2014
With St. Patrick’s Day falling on Monday, March 17, a weekend of adventure awaits at Granlibakken, with plenty of onsite skiing, sledding, and high-flying zipline action at the Treetop Adventure Park. Weekend lodging options are available as well as getaway packages. Dining options feature Granlibakken’s famous breakfast buffet that will fill the belly and warm the noodle before before venturing out.
Find the leprechaun at Homewood on March 16 for your chance to win a 2014-15 season pass.
Photo: Homewood Mountain Resort.
Arrive at Granlibakken on Friday and enjoy a sunset snowshoe tour hosted by Tahoe Adventure Company. Watch the sun cast a purple alpenglow onto the Sierra while trekking through Tahoe’s peaceful forest. Experience the solitude of winter at this special time of day while learning local, natural and human history.
Squaw Valley will host a Jibs and Jumps event, Friday, March 14. Jibs and Jumps guides both skiers and snowboarders into the playful realm of manmade and natural features: boxes, rails, tabletops, tree jibs, wind lips and more. Learn to play in the terrain parks and off the trails with confidence, awareness and safety. For solid intermediate to advanced riders; whether just starting out in the park or looking for some coaching to take your skills to the next level.
Saturday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. brings the Burton Women’s Ride & Yoga Special at Squaw Valley. Start the day with an all-levels yoga class with Sherry McConkey. Spend the morning riding. End the day relaxing and treating your body to mini-treatments at Trilogy Spa.
If you’re up at Alpine Meadows, be sure to catch Joy & Madness, live beginning at 1 p.m. on the Sundeck for an afternoon of funky beats and good times during the spring season at Alpine Meadows. The music series is free and open to the public.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is Jibs for Kids at Homewood Mountain Resort. The event geared towards kids 12 years old and younger. The competition will be in the beginner area at Happy Park. All competitors are welcomed. Helmets are mandatory.
An afternoon family snowshoe tour hosted by Northstar from 1-4 p.m. is a wonderful way to introduce your little ones to the great outdoors in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.
Saturday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. settle in for a snowshoe trek before dinner at Sugar Pine Point. Explore Lake Tahoe‘s beauty in a different light as the full moon reflects off the water. Discover the natural and cultural history of the area with a ranger on a 90 minute snowshoe tour. Reservations required.
A pre-Irish warm-up begins Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Homewood Mountain Resort with its St. Patrick’s Day Urban Park Competition & 2014 Bash. Not only is Homewood hosting the St. Patrick’s Day bash, but it is also throwing an urban slopestyle competition in its new slopestyle park, located at mid-mountain with a full view of the lake. If you chase the skiing leprechaun and catch him you may just get lucky and win a 2014-15 Season Pass.
Tahoe bars and restaurants will be featuring food and drink specials for additional Irish fun.
How will you celebrate this festive day?
February 18th, 2014
Lake Tahoe ski resorts look to more snow in the forecast with big events. Granlibakken offers week day stay and ski packages with access to seven different local resorts.
Take a twilight snowshoe tour through the Lake Tahoe area with Northstar.
Going on now at Squaw Valley through Feb. 23 is the 2014 Winter Games Festival with televised events, daily drink specials, competitions and ice skating.
Jibs and Jumps guides both skiers and snowboarders into the playful realm of man-made and natural features: boxes, rails, tabletops, tree jibs and wind lips Feb. 28, March 7 and March 14.
Competitions for the little ones are currently being highlighted through Feb. 22 with a weeklong kids extravaganza. Kid-O-Rama offers non-stop fun for kids of all ages. Be sure to check out Big Truck Night in the Village featuring fire trucks, snowplows and grooming machines in the Village.
A twilight snowshoe tour at Northstar California is set for Feb. 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Take in the beautiful Tahoe winter nights in a peaceful and serene mountain setting – all while getting some great exercise. There will be two to three different routes ranging in difficulty and distance so you can choose the group you’re most comfortable with.
Ever wonder how Lake Tahoe’s earliest pioneers got around? Check out the Feb. 22 Snowshoe Through History Tour at Sugar Pine Point State Park. Join a State Park Interpreter at 11 a.m. for an easy, informative and free 90 minute hike along Lake Tahoe’s shore. Discover what attracted Tahoe’s earliest settlers and uncover secrets of the Hellman-Ehrman Estate in Sugar Pine Point State Park.
Looking for some high-flying action? Catch the Butterbox Rail Jam at Northstar California Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Northstar Park Crew will build a custom feature in the beach area of the Village.
Need more adventure? Don’t miss any of the SnowFest! activities during your February stay at Granlibakken.
February 11th, 2014
With fresh snow at Lake Tahoe ski resorts and more in the forecast, Granlibakken looks to move towards this year’s SnowFest! celebration, Feb. 28 through March 9.
SnowFest! arrives with a Kick off to SnowFest! Party, Feb. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Garwoods Grill. Every spring since 1982, North Lake Tahoe comes alive with ten action-packed days and nights of events and activities for all ages. This kick-off event starts with great food, Garwoods signature drink – the “Wet Woody,” raffle prizes and music.
SnowFest! opening ceremonies and fireworks will be Friday, Feb. 28. The 33rd annual event pays tribute to Lake Tahoe’s north and west shores with winter activities. Squaw Valley will kick of the celebration with a colorful fireworks show, extreme food eating challenge, and live music. SnowFest! action continues through March 9 with games, events, activities, competition and snow.
The Granlibakken Ski Hut can take care of all of your race needs.
Catch high-flying action when the US Airbag Tour at Homewood touches ground Feb. 28 through March 2, daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A 14 foot kicker launches willing daredevils into a 50-foot-by-50-foot giant airbag overlooking Lake Tahoe. Stomp that trick you have always wanted to do – without fear and get killer pictures doing it.
As part of 2014 SnowFest! activities, Granlibakken joins in the winter madness festival with the Granlibakken’s Gone Bonkers Kids Ski and Snowboard Race, Sunday, March 2 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The first-time event features a top to bottom race on Granlibakken’s ski area’s natural terrain, complete with gates, obstacles, bumps and thrills.
Race registration is $5 for Granlibakken guests and $25 for non-guests. Competition will be divided by age groups: 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12 with one race per participant. The prizes include gift certificates for pizza, ice cream, art shops and items provided by local ski shops.
Besides the competition, there are family activities including the resort’s Tree Top Adventure Park voted No. 1 as a Lake Tahoe activity by TripAdvisor.com. The obstacle course playground is set in the trees, 30 feet off the ground. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through a number of obstacles, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges.
What SnowFest! events are you looking forward to seeing?