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High Altitude Training the Granlibakken way

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Athletes preparing for Iron Man, Tough Mudder or the Lake Tahoe Marathon know the best way to get ready for the main event is to train in the high altitude of the Sierra itself.

A few days or weekends spent acclimating can shave minutes from your personal best come race day. Whether you’re a weekend warrior looking for a “no pain no gain” vacation built on a strenuous workout, or if you’re a serious competitor, Granlibakken Resort offers the ideal place to stay and train.

Train above sea level to get ready for your big race.

Train above sea level to get ready for your big race.

Granlibakken offers any number of lodging options where you’re sure to get a good night’s sleep as you prepare for your training days ahead. Teams preparing for special events such as Iron Man or Tough Mudder can purchase an all-inclusive package including meals and meeting space.

Your adventure begins early as you wake up to a super-charged hot and hearty breakfast buffet, ideal for storing the energy required for the day’s challenge. Granlibakken can accommodate special dietary needs with fresh fruit, gluten-free oatmeal and other tasty, energy producing food.

Ready to rock and roll? With access to the Tahoe Rim Trail from the 74-acre resort those wishing to hike or mountain bike to build their high altitude stamina can take trails that run from Granlibakken north to Truckee or South to Sugar Pine Point State Park. There are many mountain bike trails in the area, here are three of our favorites that are perfect for training. Prefer to hoof it on the high-tail fly? There’s plenty of moderate to strenuous hiking trails around Granlibakken that will hook you up with the Pacific Crest Trail, the Tahoe Rim Trail or both.

Want endurance added to your strength, balance and stamina? Try a half-day at Granlibakken’s Treetop Adventure Park, a ropes course and zip line where you can climb and jump through obstacle courses 15 to 50 feet above in the air. Recently voted No. 1 Tahoe activity by TripAdvisor.com readers, the course is not only a hoot to go through, but it definitely gets the heart pumping, especially if you’re competing with others.

Triathalon training? Lake Tahoe is a mile from Granlibakken. Lap swimming is available in the Granlibakken pool open daily from 10 to 10, early morning swim times can be arranged in advance. Donner Lake is a good spot for bikers to ride up old highway 40 and then back to the Donner for a long distance swim (Donner Lake is a little warmer than Tahoe). The Donner Ride is a steep and challenging ride. You can warm up with a 15 mile ride from Granlibakken to Donner Lake.

At the end of the day, get those sore muscles rubbed out nicely by treating yourself to a relaxing massage at Granlibakken Lighthouse Spa. The spa offer a variety of treatments by reservation.

What’s on your Lake Tahoe weekend warrior plate?

Granlibakken is a short distance from two famed, intersecting hiking trails

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

With enough energy stored for the day after eating the famous (and hearty) Granlibakken breakfast buffet, you’ll find yourself charged up and ready to take on the great outdoors.

Lace up your hiking shoes and take a long stroll in the woods. There’s a 1.4 mile path that will take you from the resort to Tahoe City or the Truckee River.

Whether you like your hikes light and easy or moderate to strenuous, there are a number of maintained paths around Granlibakken that will hook you up with the Pacific Crest Trail, the Tahoe Rim Trail or both.

Great hiking is just minutes away from Granlibakken.

Great hiking is just minutes away from Granlibakken.

At 165 miles, the Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the world’s premier trails, passing through six counties, three wilderness areas, two states and one state park. Covering three states (California, Oregon and Washington) and 3,000 miles, the Pacific Crest Trail traverses the Sierra Nevada, passing through the west side of Lake Tahoe. Both trails offer great vistas and plenty of photo opportunities.

Tahoe Rim Trail: Barker Pass to Twin Peaks – This is a must-hike for the avid because it combines long distance with minimal elevation gain at less than 1,000 feet. This 11-mile hike follows a piece of the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim trails to the east summit of Twin Peaks, providing hikers an awesome view of Lake Tahoe and vistas of the great mountainous terrain. As you hike the open ridge along the Sierra crest you’ll meet up at the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim Trail junction. It is here where you’ll take in fantastic views of the great peaks of the Desolation Wilderness and the center of Granite Chief Wilderness areas. The trail is free from snow around this time of year.

Pacific Crest Trail at Barker Pass: This trail provides a quick climb with elevation gain. While this trail is only 3 miles long, there’s a nice elevation gain of 660 feet providing for a great aerobic workout. Close to Tahoe City this hike provides its own bouquet of summer wildflowers, vibrant fall color and year-round wildlife watching.

Tahoe Rim Trail: Barker Pass to Tahoe City – If you’re looking for a trail with distance and its share of switchbacks and challenges, this one is for you. With an array of ridge line views of Lake Tahoe, Granite Chief Wilderness, both Blackwood and Ward canyons, this 16 mile moderate to strenuous hike provides for lush areas loaded with wildflowers in both canyons. Twin Peaks, at an elevation of 8,878 feet, is a Sierra crest landmark and is accessible from the trail. There are a few streams to cross and several camping spots along the way. There’s a nice waterfall along the upper Ward Canyon part of the trail, and a handful of meadows before you hit some dense forest with towering pines and firs that lead into the Ward Creek watershed. There’s a lot of wildlife, too, so don’t be surprised if you run into bear, coyote, raccoon, blue grouse, and even goshawk and spotted owls along this trail.

Top 10 Lake Tahoe summer activities

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Adventure awaits once you step outside Granlibakken. Whether you prefer to hike, bike, golf or grab some wake action behind a speed boat, here are a few popular choices.

Soar through the trees in our Treetop Adventure Park. Photo Credit: Tor Rolf Johansen.

Soar through the trees in our Treetop Adventure Park.
Photo Credit: Tor Rolf Johansen.

  1. If you have a wild side, try our Treetop Adventure Park. The only aerial adventure park in California is open year round and will send you zipping, soaring and jumping from obstacle to obstacle.
  2. Lace up your hiking shoes: Whether you like your hikes light and easy or moderate to strenuous, there are a number of maintained paths around Granlibakken that will hook you up with either the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) or both as they overlap.
  3. Cruise the lake: Rent a boat, Jet Ski, kayak or paddleboard and head out on the lake for a couple of hours. Tahoe City Marina offers plenty the best water recreation options, dining and shopping. Built in the 1940’s and located in the heart of downtown Tahoe City, it is one of the largest and oldest marinas on the Lake.
  4. Water Taxi: Ditch the car and hop onto a water taxi. With four lakeside locations linked, a full season of dock hopping awaits thanks to a unique water transit service at Lake Tahoe’s north shore. The North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle fires up for its first full season June 27.
  5. Dine in by the lake: Tahoe dining is superb and offers ample lakeside restaurants to choose from. Some recommendations would be Sunnyside, Jake’s, and Gar Woods.
  6. Take a Tram: Ride to the top and see it all. Aerial Tram rides at Squaw Valley provide for some breathtaking scenery. The Aerial Tram is a spectacular and leisurely ride 2,000 vertical feet to the High Camp, el. 8200 feet. The Aerial Tram is one of Squaw Valley’s most popular year-round attractions and is open to all guests. Once you reach the top, enjoy panoramic views of Lake Tahoe as well as access to numerous activities, including roller skating and dining.
  7. Odds in your favor: Lake Tahoe is the place to be for Vegas-style gambling without the crowd. Visit one of the many casinos on the North Shore Nevada side for fantastic gaming opportunities.
  8. Tee it up: One of Lake Tahoe’s truest truths is that when winter turns to spring, and spring melts into summer, all the runoff from the snowfall rejuvenates and restores the green life back into 24 regional courses. Regardless of where you play, whether your course snakes through a glacially etched valley, contours along Lake Tahoe itself, or winds links-style through the trees, you’re going to witness some of the most eye-popping views found in Northern California and Nevada. Here’s some of our favorites from the North and West Shores and Truckee area.
  9. Float: Enjoy a relaxing river raft adventure through tranquil stretches of scenic meadows, mountains and small rapids on the Truckee River to jump start your summer. Pack your cooler with snacks and drinks (no Styrofoam or glass) and ride the river in solitude.
  10. Get your spokes in motion: There are dozens of on and off-road bike trails, fit for novices to experts. Granlibakken teams up with West Shore Sports in summer to provide mountain bike rentals for guests and access to nearby trails.

16 Facts about Granlibakken

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

With spring’s transformation and renewal at Lake Tahoe underway, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge is gearing up for the season with plenty of hiking, biking and outdoor recreation opportunities at its 74-acre playground.

The Granlibakken Treetop will soon be open  seven days a week.

The Granlibakken Treetop will soon be open seven days a week.

As the weather warms and the snow melts, choices abound. Here are a few facts to consider for your visit.

  1. Choose from a variety of lodging options like a first-class room, studio or suite that’s loaded with amenities, including free high-speed Internet service.
  2. Meet up with long-lost friends, classmates and family members at Granlibakken for a reunion.
  3. Walk to Tahoe City or the Truckee River along the resort’s 1.4-mile forest path and take in the surrounding beauty of the nature trail.
  4. Play a game of tennis on one of the resort’s five courts or sign-in for a refresher course at the Lake Tahoe Nike Tennis Camp held annually in summer.
  5. Enjoy the sun beside a luxurious pool and hot tub area.
  6. Relax and rejuvenate in the resort’s sauna.
  7. Build up a sweat at the Lodge’s outdoor par course.
  8. Hike Tahoe’s Rim Trail, which borders the resort.
  9. Zip, launch and ascend 15 to 50 feet above the trees along more than 50 platforms at the Treetop Adventure Park ropes course.
  10. Grab a mountain bike, available onsite, and go for a ride.
  11. Relax and unwind inside the Lighthouse Spa.
  12. Attend the annual Women’s Wellness Weekend in the fall. The summit offers workshops, speakers, health screenings, socials and continuing education certification.
  13. Build a better business through teamwork. Granlibakken is nationally recognized as a destination for corporate retreats and conferences. Company leaders can outline goal-setting and mission statements for half of the day, and send their fearless crews out into the woods for mountain biking and hiking adventures or in the spirit of friendly competition, settle scores on either the tennis courts or at the Treetop Adventure Park.
  14. Dine in and feast. Granlibakken is well known for its hearty, hot breakfast buffet served daily for guests and its exquisite dining opportunities during conferences, reunions and weddings.
  15.  Tie the knot or watch couples who do. Granlibakken offers several year-round indoor and outdoor venues for that special day, including luxurious lodging and receptions with Lake Tahoe serving as the backdrop.
  16. During the winter you can stay at Granlibakken and ski at your choice of eight different Lake Tahoe Mountains – Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl and Heavenly Mountain Resort. Ski and stay packages start at $145.

What activities do you enjoy during your stay at Granlibakken?

Fall the off-season? No way.

Monday, October 15th, 2012

By Tim Hauserman

Fall at Lake Tahoe…you never know what you are going to get, but it is all good. This September we were treated  to Summer Part Two with warm temperatures, light winds and with all those kids back in school, no crowds. The entire month was perfect for kayaking, paddleboarding and whatever else you wanted to do on Lake Tahoe. Even swimming  in the lake remained somewhere between bracing and refreshing, instead of what it will soon be: bone chilling. It was a great month for hiking into Desolation Wilderness and dipping into the barely bearable waters of Fontanillis and Dicks  Lakes, or enjoying those classic Tahoe locales that get a bit too busy in the summer, like Emerald Bay and the walk to Vikingsholm.

Desolation Wilderness, looking towards Dicks Peak

 

What’s up for October?
It could be more of the same, but more likely we are in for a cool down, which is just  fine, because the crisp mountain air just adds to the beauty of a great Sierra tradition: the yellowing of the aspen trees. Granlibakken is just a four mile hike or mountain bike ride from one of the best places to see those fall colors: Page Meadows. The Tahoe Rim Trail passes just above the Treetop Adventure Park, and after an initial steep climb, gets more gentle before entering the first of a series of interconnected meadows all bordered by aspen trees.  Each meadow displays it’s own version of fall paradise, and the combination of green meadow, colorful trees and Twin Peaks standing tall in the background is the stuff of good photos. Keep your eyes open for a Basque sheepherders oven constructed in the 1950s on the edge of the lowest meadow.

An easier route for mountain bikers to Page is to catch the trail behind the tennis courts which heads up to Rawhide Drive. From the top of Rawhide, follow the dirt road past the top of the Granlibakken ski lifts up to Page Meadows. Riders will enjoy the smooth riding conditions and after a mile of steady climbing, the trail begins to level out. Another half mile brings you to a right turn that takes you downhill, past a little snippet of meadow to a junction with the Tahoe Rim Trail. Here a right turn takes you back to Granlibakken and Tahoe City on the TRT. A left turn dishes out some of the best riding on the whole TRT, twisting and turning to the edge of the meadows.

Where else to find fall colors?
Marlette Lake, above the east shore, is one of my favorites. You can park at Spooner Lake, or head up Highway 50 about a half mile towards Carson City to the Tahoe Rim Trail parking area on the north side of the highway. From here your path takes you through a thick grove of aspens to Spooner Lake, where you follow the North Canyon Road to the Marlette Lake Trail. Four miles of hiking brings you to the aspen lined shore of Marlette Lake, along the route you enjoy views of the fall color bonanza that is Snow Valley.

Fall in Page Meadows

 

Hope Valley and Blue Lakes Road is the place to go for a fall spin on your road bike. Begin at the junction of Highway 88 and 89 south of Meyers, and head towards Kirkwood through miles of lush yellowness. Looking for more? Take the lightly used Blue Lakes Road on its delightful 12 mile journey through some of the best terrain the high sierra has to offer.  Wherever you choose to go, times a wasting. Before you know it instead of looking at yellows and reds in the Sierra, we will be looking at the cold white stuff. So carpe diem.

Tim Hauserman wrote the guidebook
to the Tahoe Rim Trail, the 3rd edition of which was published in August. He lives a stone’s throw from Granlibakken.

3 Hikes from Granlibakken

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Whether you like your hikes light and easy or moderate to strenuous, there’s a number of maintained paths around Granlibakken that will hook you up with either the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT ) or both as they overlap. At 165 miles, TRT is one of the world’s premier trails, passing through six counties, three wilderness areas, two states and one state park. Covering three states (California, Oregon and Washington) and 3,000 miles, The PCT traverses the Sierra Nevada, passing through the west side of Lake Tahoe. With both trails offering something unique, here’s a few of our favorite hikes along the great intersections:

  1. Tahoe Rim Trail: Barker Pass to Twin Peaks
    • This is a must-hike for the avid because it combines long distance with minimal elevation gain at less than 1,000 feet. This 11-mile hike follows a piece of the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim trails to the east summit of Twin Peaks, providing hikers an awesome view of Lake Tahoe and vistas of the great mountainous terrain. As you hike the open ridge along the Sierra crest you’ll meet up at the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim Trail junction. It is here where you’ll take in fantastic views of the great peaks of the Desolation Wilderness and the center of Granite Chief Wilderness areas. The trail is free from snow around this time of year.
  2.  Pacific Crest Trail at Barker Pass
    • I like to think of this one as a quickie climb with elevation. While this trail is only 3 miles long, there’s a nice elevation gain of 660 feet providing for a great aerobic workout. Close to Tahoe City this hike provides its own bouquet of summer wildflowers, vibrant fall color and year-round wildlife watching.
  3.  Tahoe Rim Trail: Barker Pass to Tahoe City
    • If you’re looking for a trail with distance and its share of switchbacks and challenges, this one is for you. With an array of ridge-line views of Lake Tahoe, Granite Chief Wilderness, both Blackwood and Ward canyons, this 16 mile moderate to strenuous hike provides for lush areas loaded with wildflowers in both canyons. Twin Peaks, at an elevation of 8,878, is a Sierra crest landmark and is accessible from the trail. There are a few streams to cross and a couple of nice camping spots. There’s a nice waterfall along the upper Ward Canyon part of the trail, and a handful of meadows before you hit some dense forest with towering pines and firs that lead into the Ward Creek watershed. There’s lots of wildlife, too, so don’t be surprised if you run into bear, coyote, raccoon, blue grouse, or even goshawk and spotted owls along this trail.

 

Experience thrills among the treetops this summer

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Strap in and push yourself to a rewarding zip from tree-to-tree all summer long at Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge.

California’s first Treetop Adventure Park — where ropes course meets zip line on steroids — takes thrill-seekers on an all-out adrenalin tour that puts agility, quick-thinking and stamina to the test.  Granlibakken’s latest family-friendly outdoor adventure is among 30 similar parks nationwide.  Some of the features include over 70 different tree platforms, 13 zip lines, a variety of bridges including a 120 foot suspension bridge and a highwire bike. There are 3 different courses for kids 4 and older and 5 different courses for adults. Once you go through the courses and determine the obstacles, you’ll want to do it again and again, testing yourself every step of the way.

The 120 foot suspension bridge is just one of the features you won't want to miss.

Designed with bursts of endurance and exhilaration in mind, guests climb into harnesses where they zip, climb, walk and maneuver their way across platforms spread out across Granlibakken’s towering pines. These obstacle courses offer varying degrees of skills and challenges, with the thrill of being several feet off the ground. The experience demands exercises in balance, pace and even team work as you encourage each other to plow through the challenging obstacles with the zip rides serving your ultimate rewards.

The park, set to launch June 22, will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the last tour beginning at 6 p.m. Sessions are good for 2.5 hours.

Fall Specials at Granlibakken

Friday, October 8th, 2010

It is October. Fall is here and the weather is gorgeous in Lake Tahoe. What are you doing sitting at home? Known as the “shoulder season,” fall presents a great opportunity for families and couples to enjoy Lake Tahoe as we Locals do.  Sales, deals, and events make this season the perfect for any vacationer looking to wind down from a busy summer. The privacy of being nestled in trees above Lake Tahoe mixed with the excitement of the Lake’s recreational opportunities just minutes away makes Granlibakken the ideal lodging for your fall getaway.
 
Granlibakken is offering a $99/night fall deal for October inviting you to enjoy the Lake like a Local. Feel autumn in the air as you stroll the streets of Tahoe City and take advantage of shopping deals and dining specials.
 
Start your day off with a complimentary hot, hearty breakfast buffet. Stay on site and relax in a heated pool, Jacuzzi and sauna, or work up an appetite at the state of the art tennis facility.  With on site hiking trails and bike rentals Granlibakken makes it easy to experience the outdoors, and for only $99 a night, makes it affordable too.
 
With perfect temperatures outside fall is a prime season for events around the Lake. Tahoe City’s Annual Cobblestone Oktoberfest, Saturday October 9th , is a day full of apple bobbing, pumpkin painting, and yes, plenty of beer! Enjoy live music from Déjà vu, and wines from Uncorked Tahoe City.
 
On Saturday October 16th Harvest Fest will be in Tahoe City. A pumpkin patch, pony & hay rides, games for the kids & delicious food guarantee a memorable family experience. With free entry and the backdrop of Lake Tahoe the price is right too.
 
Don’t miss out on living like a local this October at Gralibakken.

Want a Freebie?

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Then do what the locals do: instead of anything-priced activities you can head over to the North Tahoe Regional Park, an all-outdoors make-your-own-fun zone. It’s huge, has tons of offerings and is also right near two of the nicest, sandiest, public beaches in all of Tahoe (one is also a boat ramp).

Free Tennis in Paradise

Free Tennis in Paradise

Super young ones can slide, steer and stair-step all over the nice-sized playground. Another adjacent one is great for 3-6 year olds. There are 5 nice tennis hardcourts, three are lighted. Remember those 70′s exercise deals called Par Courses, well there’s a really nice one of them as well and it’s in great shape.

Frisbee Golf 'Hole'

Frisbee Golf 'Hole'

You’ll also find soccer and baseball fields, an artificial surface multi-sport field and generally lots of mowed grass. There’s a volleyball court, hiking and biking trails, a community nursery and a Boy Scout camp. New this year is a real deal frisbee golf course. And on top of it all, the place is never crowded plus it’s got a tranquilo, far-off Tahoe lakeview.

Artificial Tahoe Turf

Artificial Tahoe Turf

So if you want to keep the Vacation Vacuum out of your pocket, head over to the Regional Park – oh, and I lied a little bit: it costs a few bucks to park…

Fleurs du Lac

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

I’m not sure if it’s because I somehow became a little more refined since my last birthday or it’s because we had such a late (and great) ski season, but this is the most abundant crop of wildflowers I’ve ever noticed in Tahoe.

You can see wildflowers in any sloppy backyard, unimproved road culvert and lovely meadow, the likes of which appear to have been stolen from the best hiking guide books. The most opulent of Tahoe’s wildflower scene is probably the lupin. These statues are really neat because down at lake level you’ll see them blooming over a foot long, but take a walk to locations higher up (like Paige Meadows directly accessible from Granlibakken via the Tahoe Rim Trail in our back 40) and you’ll see that these hardy veggies shrink in size with substantial elevation gain. On the upper Mt. Rose Meadows you’ll see these babies at around 9000′ and they’re 1/3 of the size. It’s a very cool way to witness Mother Nature at her smartest – and it appeals to those who’ve never hiked a day in their lives because the flowers’ size is reminiscent of those mini-corn cobs found in any self-respecting casino buffet line.

For more info and actually accurate florsal information, surf a little online, visit the Tahoe City Library and grab a book on the subject or get jumpstarted with this link.

By the way, this post was so-named in reference to Fleur du Lac – the former Kaiser Estate in Homewood; incidentally this was the site for some of the scenes in the movie Godfather II.

 
 
 
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