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Spring it On: Spring break arrives at Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, 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.

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?

Even the Vikings turn to the Irish for plenty of “top of the morning” good cheer

Monday, 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.

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?

Action-packed February lineup

Tuesday, 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. {via}

Take a twilight snowshoe tour through the Lake Tahoe area with Northstar.
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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.

Granlibakken hosts ski and snowboard race as part of SnowFest!

Tuesday, 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.

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?

Scarecrows, Urban Iditarod and Tahoe City Grill Fest highlight October lineup

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Government shutdown got you down? Thank goodness Lake Tahoe is a long way away from Washington, D.C. Even though this political potato remains hot, it shouldn’t stop you from heading up to Granlibakken for a few cool days of bountiful fall colors and activities.

You can find pumpkins in Tahoe City this fall at the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 19.

You can find pumpkins in Tahoe City this fall at the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 19. {via}

Check into Granlibakken and check out some of these nearby activities lined up through October.

— Now through Halloween is the annual Scarecrows on Parade celebration in Tahoe City. Walk through downtown and see how businesses decorate life-size scarecrows for fall harvest. Photo opportunities are endless with these impressive and artistically creative scarecrows around town.

— October 12 is race day with the running of the first Tahoe City Urban Iditarod. Borrowing  the name ‘iditarod’ from the Alaskan dog sled race and replacing the dogs with people (you) and the sleds with shopping carts, add in team themes, costumes, contests and a food drive and we get the Tahoe City Urban Iditarod.

— The Tahoe City Grill Fest is also Oct. 12, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Tahoe City Marina/Boatworks. Local barbecue experts will bring their best to a friendly throwdown with rival chefs for awards in several categories, but more importantly for coveted bragging rights. Competitors include: Big Blue Q, Dockside 700, Hacienda, Jakes On The Lake, and Men Wielding Fire. Celebrity judges will bring their discerning taste to the event, but attendees will make the final call by voting with tokens for their food favorites.

Of course cold brews will be available to wash down the great barbeque, thanks to beer sponsors Coors, Blue Moon, and Fat Tire. Barefoot brand wine will be available for those who prefer vino to beer and soft drinks as well. Live music will be coming from Sacramento favorites Mental Floss.

— Come on back to Tahoe City the following weekend for the perennial local family favorite, the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch, Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rideout Community Center. This annual family event features a pumpkin patch, costume contest, barbecue, a pie eating contest, pumpkin seed hunt, carnival games, pony rides and bounce house.

— Looking for that last endurance hike before the snow flies? Guide Jeff Baird will lead you on a 5 to 8 mile journey with a vertical climb of 1,000 to 1,500 feet. Meet at the Cedar House in Truckee on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7 a.m.

— Meanwhile, Sunday, Oct. 20 is the 18th annual Truckee River Day. Meet at 9 a.m. for a day of river, meadow and wetland restoration. You will be working side-by-side with other volunteers to plant restoration sites with seedlings and willows, and remove invasive vegetation and garbage. Projects start at either 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. and end between 2 pm and 3 p.m. Register at www.truckeeriverwc.org. After a hard day’s work, you can join in on the festivities, food, beverages barbecue and more at the River Fair to celebrate the Truckee River.

What fall Lake Tahoe events will you take part in?

Tough Mudders grind through Tahoe Fall challenge Sept. 28-29

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Fall at Lake Tahoe is a season known for bringing out the inner-competitor. Last week’s Ironman competition is followed by this weekend’s running of the Tough Mudder at Northstar California Resort, Sept. 28-29.

Founded in 2010, Tough Mudder bills itself as “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet” with each Mudder taking on endurance challenges that test toughness, fitness, strength, stamina, mental grit and teamwork.

Tough Mudder isn't about personal records, it's about teamwork.

Tough Mudder isn’t about personal records, it’s about teamwork.

Costume-clad and fired up, Tough Mudders run through a series 10 to 12 miles of hardcore obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test a competitor’s all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Featuring wide runs, steep terrain and plenty of mud, Northstar offers an ideal location for Tough Mudder Tahoe Fall 2013.

If you’re planning to participate or just to watch, Granlibakken offers several lodging options where you’re guaranteed a nutritious carbo-fueled breakfast and a good night’s sleep before taking on the endurance challenge.

With the most innovative courses, over one million inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder bills itself as the premier adventure challenge series in the world.

But it doesn’t take itself too seriously, either. After competitors have gone through it all, there’s a mob of folks and a live band waiting at the finish line with beers in hand, food on the barbecue and a full-on party to celebrate those participating in the toughest organized human event ever created.

Veterans say it is more than an event: Tough Mudder is a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, participants say they’ve unlocked a true sense of accomplishment while discovering a deep camaraderie with fellow runners. At Tough Mudder, participants don’t get through it alone. It takes the help of fellow Mudders to cheer ‘em on and push them through.

Tough Mudder by the Numbers:

  • 78 percent of participants finish a Tough Mudder
  • 80 percent of Tough Mudder participants do it as part of a team
  • 1,000-plus participants have the Tough Mudder logo permanently tattooed on their body
  • 3.5 hours is the average time it takes to finish a Tough Mudder course which is usually between 10 to 12 miles.

It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for next year’s Tough Mudder. Granlibakken offers High Altitude Training options featuring cycling, biking, hiking and its Treetop Adventure Park, recently voted No. 1 Tahoe activity by TripAdvisor.com readers.

Where do you plan to stay and train for the Tough Mudder?

Food, birthday cake and barbecues highlight Labor Day weekend at Lake Tahoe

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Memories and history will be made at Lake Tahoe over Labor Day weekend with a blowout 150th birthday celebration that include food and wine tastings, a free concert, barbecue and the grand opening of a museum that highlights the the history of high Sierra skiing and the 1960 Winter Olympic Games.

Find out why the locals love Tahoe City with a Labor Day birthday bash.

Find out why the locals love Tahoe City with a Labor Day birthday bash.

This year Tahoe City celebrates its 150th year with its own Labor Day bash to celebrate. Festivities begin with a kickoff celebration at the Lake Tahoe Dam Friday, Aug. 30, followed by the grand opening of the Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Olympics at Boatworks Mall.

The celebration continues Saturday, Aug. 31 with free guided walking tours around Tahoe City beginning at 10 a.m. and the TC150 Sesquicentennial Dinner on Aug. 31 at the Gatekeepers Cabin Garden.

Sunday, Sept. 1 events at Commons Beach include a pancake breakfast, guided walking tours, games, a community aerial photo, a community picnic celebration and free concert.

Granlibakken’s own history involves the evolution of skiing in the Sierra. The Lake Tahoe Ski Club had already put the Tahoe on the map for winter recreation, having hosted the 1931 Winter Olympic Tryouts, as well as the 1932 National Jumping and Cross-Country competitions. This all took place at present-day Granlibakken, then known as Olympic Hill, which was owned by the Tahoe Tavern.

The Labor Day weekend will also launch the 28th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival featured at ski resorts throughout the North and West Shore’s of Lake Tahoe. The festival pairs savory adventures with the finest in regional food and wine delicacies. Foodies are invited to enjoy nine days of cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings and food-themed excursions.

Activities kick off Saturday, Aug. 31 with the Farm to Peak Mountaintop Dinner at Homewood Mountain Resort, the Taste of South America Wine Walk at the Village at Northstar, the 24th annual Foam Fest at Squaw Valley, Uncorked Tahoe City Winemakers event, and the Tahoe City Celebration Dinner at Gatekeeper’s Cabin.

Sunday, Sept. 1 events feature the Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, the 25th annual Alpen Wine Fest at the Village at Squaw Valley and the Northstar Brew Walk.

Monday, Sept. 2 includes the Labor Day Dinner Cruise with Mark Tahoe aboard the Tahoe Gal Paddlewheeler in Tahoe City and a Bloody Mary Brunch at Jake’s on the Lake.

How do you plan to spend your Labor Day weekend in Tahoe City?

Spring arrives at Granlibakken with plenty of fun

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

With the ski season winding down, spring is warming up along the west shore of Lake Tahoe and Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge.

Pond skimming is a popular event with guaranteed laughs. Photo Courtesy of Northstar California Resort.

Pond skimming is a popular event with guaranteed laughs.
Photo Courtesy of Northstar California Resort.

There are plenty of spring activities within a short distance from Granlibakken. Here are a few top choices:

Held annually, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association SuperTour finals will run April 4-11. The SuperTour is a season-long series of races that take place across America. The SuperTour finals are a mini-tour of four races that cap off the 2012-2013 SuperTour series.

Soak up the California sun and spring skiing scene at Northstar as the winter season comes to a close during Spring It On April 6-7. Live music, competitions, face painting and pond skimming will highlight the weekend.

Sleds will catch air April 6 during the Red Bull Schlittentag at Alpine Meadows. Schlittentag is the German word for “sledding day.” Put simply, it translates as “daredevils willing to propel themselves down a snow-covered hill and over a jump on a sled they built themselves.” Three person teams will stretch their imagination to build the wildest, fastest sled this side of the Alps. One team member will be the pilot and the two others will help give their sled the push it needs to win the race. Registration is at 10 a.m. and the first sled downhill is at 1:03 p.m. Awards and DJ party will ensue at 3:30 p.m. on the Sundeck.

Retro Ski Day returns to Squaw Valley April 6. Time to break out the rear-entry ski boots, neon one-piece and the ballet skis; Squaw plays a hilarious tribute to its Hot Dog and freeskiing roots with Retro Ski Day.

Ready, set, go! Northstar California and GoPro have teamed up for the GoPro Hunt Saturday April 13. Use tweets and clues to locate and win one of three hidden GoPro cameras! The competition begins at 11 a.m., the first clues will be tweeted out by @skinorthstar using the hashtag #goprohunt.

Top to bottom snow golf is planned April 13 for the 30th Anniversary Snow Golf Tournament at Alpine Meadows. This annual spring event is a unique way to spend a day on the slopes. The nine-hole course starts at the top of Summit Express chair and meanders its way down the mountain with the last holes bringing competitors back to the bottom of Alpine Bowl Chair. Winners receive prizes including gift certificates, Alpine Meadows swag, and more. Golf tournament registration is free at the top of Summit Express.

The annual SnowBash at Squaw Valley is set for April 13-14. SnowBash is two days packed with live music and on mountain fun.

Alpine Meadows and Snow Park Technologies roll out all the stops April 20 with an amazing slopestyle course during the Trains Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Competition. The unique format allows competitors to showcase their talents and fight for top honors and the chance to donate over $5,000 to selected charities.

Bluegrass and string music fans take note. The Mountain of Strings at Squaw Valley will be April 28. Presented by Crystal Bay Club & Pet Projekt, Mountain of Strings brings Yonder Mountain String Band, the Del McCoury Band and Tony Furtado to Squaw Valley for a live performance from 4- 9 p.m. in an outdoor tent in front of the Squaw Valley Conference Center.

How will you enjoy spring in Lake Tahoe?

Fall family activities within minutes of Granlibakken

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Whether you’re looking to stay in or venture out, there’s plenty to do and see within minutes of Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge. Summer is winding down, but there’s no shortage of activities now through fall in and around Tahoe City. Here are a few you won’t want to miss:

Who doesn’t like fine food and wine? Take a stroll and sample Lake Tahoe’s finest gourmet dishes during the 27th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, Sept. 1-9 at multiple venues around Lake Tahoe’s west and north shores. The annual Tahoe City Grape Stomp, a favorite during this festival, at the Cobblestone Center in the middle of Tahoe City is Friday, Sept. 7 from 5-7 p.m. Teams of four will stomp their feet for a  chance to win great prizes. Come and watch or participate.

Bring a picnic, chairs and blankets and enjoy the music of North Tahoe Jazz Band a Commons Beach Sunday, Sept. 9 at 3:00 p.m. If you don’t pack a picnic, enjoy community barbecue and beer garden.

Ever look up at the night sky and wonder which constellation is what? Bring the family and join with fellow star gazers from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 for a guided star tour and hike adventure. Tahoe Adventure Company and professional astronomer Tony Berendsen feature the telescopic tours, beginning with a 2-hour guided sunset hike, followed by a brilliant 1.5 hour tour of the sky where Berendsen shows you what to look for through high-powered Celestron telescopes.

Mountain bikers unite at the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival, Sept 20-23, at Squaw Valley. This inaugural event celebrates all things mountain biking and features cross country, short track and gravity racing, rides, trail work, demos and vendor expos. Let the kids ride with you during the day and then at night enjoy the beer garden which features movie screenings and local bands.

The Gatekeeper’s Museum will feature Native American intricate basket making Sept. 22-23, during the 9th Annual Basketweavers’ Gathering. Weavers throughout California and Nevada will provide demonstrations. Also featured will be “Soup to Nuts” where participants will process acorns from the raw nut to the finished soup. Ancient traditions of the Washoe will be shared and explained throughout the events.

Celebrate OktoberFest at Squaw Valley Saturday, Sept. 29. The event will feature traditional Bavarian music, folk dancers, bratwursts and sauerkraut, beer and games for adults and kids. The event runs from 2-6 p.m.

Even more fine food will be dished up with the 3rd annual Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week, Oct. 7-14. The week gives food aficionados an opportunity to enjoy a 3-course, prix-fixe menu at over 25 participating restaurants, both new and established favorites, throughout the Lake Tahoe region for $20-40 per person.

Looking for a good run? Check out two events: The Truckee River OktoberFest Trail Run, Oct. 6 and the Snowfest Scarecrow Sprint & Stroll, Oct. 13. The OktoberFest run is a 7.9 mile trek from scenic Tahoe City along the Truckee River with a finish at Squaw Valley. The Oct. 13 Scarecrow Run starts at Commons Beach and goes along the new Tahoe City Trail. It offers 5K and 10K races or races designed for kids. Scarecrow costumes are encouraged!

Women’s weekend for the mind, body and soul

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Two days of inspiration, motivation and discussion on all things that unite a woman’s mind, body and soul is November 10-11 at Granlibakken Lodge & Conference Center. Join us for the 22nd annual Women’s Wellness Weekend with acclaimed authors, speakers and health care professionals.

Daily, morning yoga sessions are just one of the features of the 22nd Annual Women's Wellness Weekend at Granlibakken.

We’ve combined a variety of speakers who will help achieve balance and explain what makes us more susceptible to disease.

Among the topics and speakers are:

— “Revolution of Thinking of Cardiovascular Health Instead of Disease.” This presentation by medical doctor Darwin Labarthe will explore the importance of maintaining a healthy heart through exercise and diet. Labarthe is a professor at Northwestern University’s Rollins
School of Public Health and was recently recognized by the American Heart Association with the Golden Heart Award, the AHA’s highest honor.

— “Benefits of Exercise: Cross Training & Core Strength for Optimal Physical & Mental Health.” This presentation by Dr. Paul Krause, M.D., Chief of Medicine and Staff at Tahoe Forest Hospital, and Alison Gagong is timely because we will be in the onset of ski season.

— “Naturopathic Medicine for Common Health Ailments.” Doctors Christine Campbell and Stephanie Riley will focus on nature’s medicine cabinet when treating health issues.

— She’s survived cancer, heart surgery and an airplane crash. Hear Donna Hartley discuss how she beat the odds when they were stacked against her in an acclaimed motivational
presentation of “Fire Up Your Life.”

— Learn how to manage your stress with laughter as Dr. Kim Bateman presents the “Power of Humor.” She’ll explain how laughter — which releases endorphins — provides health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, increasing your ability to process and retain information.

— Medicines and Supplements, Dr. Johanna Koch

— A discussion on sex with Dr. Shawn Coll

— Cancer awareness with Dr. Ahrin Koppel

— Intuitive eating with Betsy Taylor, RD.

The weekend’s physical activities include daily morning yoga sessions and walks along Granlibakken’s 74-acre trails before breakfast. Tahoe City’s Tim Schroeder, a nationally recognized leader in Ki Gong, will be leading a session in this gentle work out defined by breathing, posture and meditation. Although not a physical activity, Bob Ayres, a sell out from last year, is back by popular demand and will offer astrological chart readings.

Retail therapy, combined with wine and cheese reception, will end the Saturday sessions as local artisans and health-oriented businesses sell items ranging from healing stones to jewelry and specialty-crafted woolens.

Following lunch, the Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend will close out with a Zumba Party featuring its high-energy moves to Latin and other fast-moving rhythms.

The grand finale, the interactive Health Fair, closes the Wellness Weekend on Sunday afternoon. Acupuncture treatments, body scans and therapeutic massages list high among the activities.

Event-only registration costs $99.00 and includes lunch. Some seminars have additional fees. Grab a girlfriend and stay for $144/person double occupancy per person (rate includes conference fee). To register online click here and use “www2012” as login and password.

 
 
 
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