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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Considering a winter vacation at Lake Tahoe? Granlibakken has 10 activities lined up for you when you arrive.
Enjoy all the winter fun Granlibakken has to offer during your stay.
- Ski and stay packages: Not only does Granlibakken have a great ski and snow play area but it also offers access to your choice of seven world class ski mountains. The resort’s popular and affordable stay and ski packages includes lodging and lift tickets at Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly Mountain Resort or Sierra-at-Tahoe with rates starting at $150 mid-week.
- Ski and snowplay: Granlibakken has its own intimate ski and snowboard hill and separate snowplay area, ideal for families with children, beginning and intermediate skiers. Affordable and packed with just as many thrills found at nearby ski mountains, guests can rent equipment (skis, snowboards, poles, boots, cross country skis, snowshoes and helmets) and then climb aboard a lift for a full or half-day worth of downhill adventure.
- Snowshoeing: Strap on a pair of snow shoes, and explore the action off the beaten path at the Tahoe Cross Country Center. The terrain is wide open with trails to stomp through with specially-fitted snowshoes.
- Cross country skiing: Tahoe Cross Country Center can also hook you up with a pair of cross country skis so you can explore acres of forest trails for a weekday or weekend worth of discovery and lose yourself with the high sierra backdrop and quiet serenity that only cross country trails can offer. Guests have easy access to popular trailheads that provide miles of ungroomed terrain.
- Swing through the snowy trees: Looking for a winter skiing alternative? Guests 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.
- Go snowmobiling: Mount a sled and take a high octane snowmobile adventure in the Sierra’s winter backcountry. Among a handful of tour operators near Granlibakken, Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours offers all-ages tours of more than 100 miles into the back country.
- Ice skating: Grab a pair of blades and head for the ice. There are nearby skating facilities at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Ice Pavilion, Squaw Creek, and at the Village at Northstar.
- Mush with the dogs: Wilderness Adventures offers dog sled tours throughout the winter. Experience the thrill and excitement of touring in complete safety behind a team of eager huskies. Share the beautiful sights and open spaces as a dog sled team guides you on a great adventure. Bring your camera and enjoy a dog sledding adventure at Lake Tahoe under the reigns of experienced musher Brian Maas.
- Cruise the lake: You’ll never believe how majestic the snowcapped mountains look from the middle of Lake Tahoe. Take a ride on the Tahoe Gal any time of the year for the ultimate, 360-degree view of Lake Tahoe.
- Take in a spa: Relax the mind, kneed the body, tap into your spirit and find balance with a number of spa treatments offered at Granlibakken’s Day Spa. Whether you’re looking for deep tissue massage, reflexology treatments or a body wrap, the Day Spa offers two treatment rooms and a number of wellness packages each aimed at taking the edge off those things that stress the body and mind.
What are your favorite Lake Tahoe winter activities?
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
7 a.m. is early for a weekend, but when yoga kicks off Women’s Wellness Weekend it isn’t a terrible way to greet the day. The sun rose with us through the windows creating a tranquil setting for our morning exercise.
7 a.m. yoga really was the perfect way to start the weekend.
Granlibakken is known for their hot breakfast buffet and the spread did not disappoint. After waking up our minds with yoga it was time to fuel our bodies with an assortment of fruit, pastries and hot items. One of the best things about Granlibakken’s breakfast buffet? They cater to food intolerances such as dairy and gluten.
After breakfast it was time to dive in to the day of speakers. Saturdays speakers and topics included: Joyce Mikal-Flynn, Ed.D, FNP, MS – Metahabilitation: Turning Tragedy to Triumph; Jennifer Janiga, MD – Health of Your Skin: Inside & Out; Bob Eslinger, DO, HMD – Intro to Integrative Medicine; Jill Whisler, MS, RDN – Are you Fueled by Your Foods or Fooled; Tiffany McCormack, MD – Is Plastic Surgery Right for Me?; and Suzanne Aberasture, Ph.D – The Life of Your Brain. The topics and presentations are interesting for the general public, but healthcare professionals can earn nine hours of CE credit for an additional $75. If you’re overwhelmed by the list, don’t worry, there are breaks for stretching and lunch. And just because Granlibakken is infamous for their breakfast buffet does not mean you want to miss what they offer for other meals!
The various topics touched on by the speakers educated all attendees.
Seriously, the food at Granlibakken, try it.
After all of that learning there was time for socializing and shopping with wine and cheese. To complete the day an optional cash dinner was available in the Cedar House Pub. An early bedtime was needed as Sunday was an early wakeup call as well.
Sunday started with more yoga and another mouthwatering breakfast. A half day of speakers included: Christina Campbell, ND and Stephenie Riley, ND – Common Nutrient Deficiencies; Mel Pohl, MD – Disease of Addiction; and Donna Hartley – Fire Up Your Heart. A break for lunch was followed by an interactive health fair. Massages, acupuncture, make up demonstrations, bone density screenings and nutritional information were just a few highlights available during the fair.
No weekend would be complete without a dance party and the Zumba Party was the perfect way to close the conference. Attendees shook, shimmied and laughed through the last activity. The event includes access to the pool, sauna and hot tub for additional relaxation.
If you arrive early or decide to stay an extra day try out the Treetop Adventure Park located onsite at Granlibakken. Your body will get a work out and your fears will be tested as you zip, climb and soar through the trees. Since you’ll work up an appetite, we’d recommend The Blue Agave in nearby Tahoe City for offsite dining. Try the Pink Coyote or Prickly Pear margaritas and some tacos.
Stay an extra day so you can experience the Treetop Adventure Park.
Left: Pink Coyote. Right: Prickly Pear. Try all of the margaritas at The Blue Agave!
Have we captured your interest? The dates are set for 2014 so mark your calendars for Nov. 8-9!
Tiara works for Weidinger Public Relations and manages the PR efforts for Granlibakken. As an outdoor enthusiast, Tahoe is the perfect playground for Tiara to combine work with play.
Erin Leigh works for Weidinger Public Relations and assists with PR efforts for Granlibakken. As a sports player and fan, Erin Leigh enjoys all sports, especially ice hockey. In addition, Tahoe offers the terrain and activities she needs to get her exercise fix.
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Connecting with family and friends has been made easier over the years thanks to social media. But there’s more than a few things websites cannot do.
Laptops cannot hug or handshake, raise a glass to propose a toast, race down a mountain on a pair of skis or zip through a challenging obstacle course set on platforms above the trees.
Sure Facebook is an important tool but nothing beats being in a room full of family and friends, sharing details and memories that usually get overlooked in our written thoughts. There’s only one true way to engage in conversation and laughter and that’s being right in the center of it, side by side and face to face.
Get your family together for a reunion at Granlibakken!
Granlibakken makes it easy for you to get your extended family, high school class or college chums together for some quality catch up time. Spacious lodging, an abundance of activities and delicious meals all figure into planning a reunion and all are available at Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge making it an ideal place for your reunion plans.
With 74 secluded acres of onsite play area, the resort is designed for large groups and offers packages to accommodate families and friends of 4 to 400. Granlibakken offers spectacular lodging options, and plenty of onsite amenities, including a spa, onsite yoga, a luxurious pool, hot tub and sauna, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, beach combing or boating and nearby golf courses.
A favorite onsite activity among family and friends is Granlibakken’s Treetop Adventure Park. Made up of a series of courses linking tree platform to tree platform with a variety of bridges and zip lines, those up to the challenge can ascend to a initial tree platform and then travel through the forest on an aerial trek anywhere from 15 to 50 feet in the air.
So whether it’s the youngest of tykes in the family tree or your college chums with competitive edges, the adventure park is an ideal place to gather, test skills and have some camaraderie in the name and spirit of togetherness.
This winter you and your extended family can can ski all day at nearby resorts, on-site at Granlibakken’s own ski hill or you can go sledding and then head into the woods on cross country skis and snowshoes. Return to the lodge from your day’s adventure to a nice banquet dinner, with dancing, entertainment and memories made for a lifetime.
Where do you plan to spend your next college or family reunion?
Monday, May 6th, 2013
In more ways than one, Mom is always first. She was there for you when you scraped your knees, lost your baby teeth, and got your first report card. She cushioned your fall on your first attempt at riding a bike, was there with a video recorder to capture your first piano solo, hit at home plate, and your first prom date. She was even there for you during your very first break-up.
She’s always had your back, even though you sometimes thought she didn’t — even if you were defiant as you began charting your own path. Mom always knows, remembers and therefore never forgets.
Neither should you.
With Sunday being Mother’s Day you can return some of those favors by treating her with a weekend stay at Granlibakken and a trip to the Lighthouse Spa. Now through May 23 Lighthouse Spa offers a Mid-Day Spring special which provides for $25 off treatments of an hour or more daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can book online for the special or purchase a gift certificate so Mom can take advantage of the special anytime she wants.
Weekend or midweek escapes for Mom are ideal for battery re-charging and rejuvenation. Lighthouse Spa offers deep tissue massage, reflexology treatments and body wraps at its two treatment rooms. A full body massage by a licensed therapist makes for an ideal Mother’s Day gift.
Wellness packages include:
- Blissful Retreat: A sinus and head clarifying treatment with 60 minutes worth of hot stone massage
- Sweetheart Treat: A 60 minute massage and a 60 minute facial
- Tahoe Sampler: A 30 minute massage, a 30 minute refresher facial and a 30 minute detox body wrap treatment.
Lodging can feature rooms with kitchens, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. Curious? Take our virtual tour.
If you’re planning to stay through the Mother’s Day weekend, there’s a full-range of outdoor recreation options — from swimming, tennis, mountain biking, hiking and the Treetop Adventure Park where Mom can put to rest any notion she’s slowed down since you’ve left home.
How will you treat your Mom this Mother’s Day?
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.
As the weather warms and the snow melts, choices abound. Here are a few facts to consider for your visit.
- 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.
- Meet up with long-lost friends, classmates and family members at Granlibakken for a reunion.
- 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.
- 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.
- Enjoy the sun beside a luxurious pool and hot tub area.
- Relax and rejuvenate in the resort’s sauna.
- Build up a sweat at the Lodge’s outdoor par course.
- Hike Tahoe’s Rim Trail, which borders the resort.
- Zip, launch and ascend 15 to 50 feet above the trees along more than 50 platforms at the Treetop Adventure Park ropes course.
- Grab a mountain bike, available onsite, and go for a ride.
- Relax and unwind inside the Lighthouse Spa.
- Attend the annual Women’s Wellness Weekend in the fall. The summit offers workshops, speakers, health screenings, socials and continuing education certification.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Spring has arrived at Granlibakken and with it comes fresh weather systems, sunshine and a mountain of ski, board and relaxation opportunities.
Tucked away nicely on the west shore, Homewood and Granlibakken have teamed up to offer a ski package that promises great views of Tahoe, easy access to the mountain, un-crowded runs, lodging at Granlibakken, and a full hot buffet breakfast. The cost starts at $99 which is quite the deal!
Ski in a t-shirt this spring at Homewood. You won’t be cold.
Photo Courtesy of Homewood Mountain Resort
Looking to explore other mountains? Granlibakken offers its timely spring ski and board packages that include the Treetop Adventure Park option. Lake Tahoe’s premier ski resorts are just a short drive from Granlibakken. The $145 ski/board package is one of the best ways to experience Tahoe. The package provides lodging, a hot breakfast buffet and lift ticket access to the nearby world class ski mountains including Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly Mountain Resort or Sierra-at-Tahoe.
With this deal, you can also choose the option of spending the day at the Tahoe Cross Country Center, get a $60 credit at the Granlibakken’s Lighthouse Spa, or if you’re up for another kind of physical challenge besides those found on the slopes, you can take your spring step to California’s first Treetop Adventure Park, “where ropes course meets zip line on steroids.” The high-tree intertia-bending course consists of platforms installed along tree tops that are connected by various configurations of cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through various obstacle courses, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges that promotes teamwork at 30-feet above the ground.
How do you plan to spend your spring in Lake Tahoe?
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
If you find yourself sitting in your office cubicle thinking about Lake Tahoe and how much you’d rather be there instead of sitting at work – you’re not alone! And we can help. Granlibakken has 10 reasons to visit the resort before the snow stops.
Everyone could use a snowy escape to Granlibakken!
10) Ski and snowplay: Granlibakken has its own intimate ski and snowboard hill and separate snowplay area, ideal for families with children, beginning and intermediate skiers. Affordable and packed with just as many thrills found at nearby ski mountains, guests can rent equipment (skis, snowboards, poles, boots, cross country skis, snowshoes and helmets) and then climb aboard a lift for a full or half-day of downhill adventure.
9) Stay and ski packages: Not only does Granlibakken have its great ski and snow play area but it also offers access to eight world class ski mountains. The resort’s popular and affordable stay and ski packages include lodging and lift tickets at Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly Mountain Resort or Sierra-at-Tahoe with rates starting at $145 mid-week.
8) Walk or ski in the wild: Whether you strap on a pair of long skis or snow shoes, there’s plenty of action off the beaten path. The terrain is wide open with trails to glide across or stomp through with specially-fitted cross country skis or snowshoes. You can explore acres of forest trails for a weekday or weekend’s worth of discovery and lose yourself with the high sierra backdrop and quiet serenity that only cross country trails can offer. Guests have easy access to popular trailheads that provide miles of ungroomed terrain.
7) Lighthouse Spa: Relax the mind, kneed the body, tap into your spirit and find balance with a number of spa treatments offered at Granlibakken’s Lighthouse Spa. Whether you’re looking for deep tissue massage, reflexology treatments or a body wrap, the Lighthouse Spa offers two treatment rooms and a number of wellness packages each aimed at taking the edge off those things that stress the body and mind.
6) Delicious meals: Dining options and getaway stays go hand-in-hand. Lodge guests are treated every morning to a full-spread and hearty breakfast buffet featuring fresh fruit, homemade muffins, quiches, blintzes, eggs, and the daily chef’s special, plus all the accompaniments. The Cedar House Pub is the resort’s on-site restaurant that offers cozy fireside dining, daily specials and kid-friendly items through March 30.
5) Lodging options: Designed for intimate overnights and large-group getaways, Granlibakken has a number of first rate suites, studios, condominiums, townhomes and chalets available for any need and price range. All guests have rooms equipped with Cable television with DVD; direct dial phone with voicemail and wired/wireless internet access and in-room coffee maker. Options include a kitchen, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. In addition, all guests have access to our heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.
4) Soar above the trees: Take the wintertime outdoor challenge to another level with California’s first Treetop Adventure Park, “where ropes course meets zip line on steroids.” The high-tree intertia-bending course consists of platforms installed along tree tops that are connected by various configurations of cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through various obstacle courses, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges that promotes teamwork at 30-feet above the ground.
3) A large playground: Granlibakken is a Norwegian name meaning a hill sheltered by trees. The Resort occupyies 74 wooded acres in a picturesque mountain valley.
2) A massive lake: Lake Tahoe – spectacular views of big blue are minutes away from the lodge.
1) Because you deserve it.
Friday, February 8th, 2013
Outdoor winter adventure at Lake Tahoe is usually reserved for the ski slopes and backcountry traversing on skis or snowshoes.
Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge, however, take the wintertime challenge to another level with California’s first Treetop Adventure Park, “where ropes course meets zip line on steroids.”
The adventure course consists of platforms installed along tree tops that are connected by various configurations of cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges.
Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through various obstacle courses, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges that promote teamwork at 30-feet above the ground.
Outfitted in climbing harnesses and helmets, guests are connected to a belay system for added safety where adventurers of all ages can take to more than 50 platforms and bridges. There’s even a Flying Squirrel zone that caters to the young adventurers, ages 4+ and beginning climbers. The Flying Squirrel zone consists of 3 different kids’ ropes courses and includes a variety of bridges and zip lines, some nearly 300 feet long.
The Treetop Adventure Park is open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through winter and any day for groups of 10 or more. Looking to change-up your Lake Tahoe weekend? The Family Getaway Package includes lodging, hot breakfast, sledding, deals at the Granlibakken Ski Hill and access to the Treetop Adventure Park.
How do you plan to spend your winter weekend at the lake?
Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Sure there are those tried and true team-building exercises used by companies all over to hone areas of trust, leadership and cooperation. But what kind of place gives executives and sales managers the opportunity to see the world suspended 30 feet above the tree-tops, with magnificent backdrops of the Sierra and Lake Tahoe?
No matter the season the Treetop Adventure Park is a great team-building experience for your work group.
Put another way, which would you rather be at? A retreaded corporate retreat inside four sterile white walls practicing role playing communication scenarios that are propped with paper cups and string, peanut butter and loaves of Wonder Bread? Or would you rather run, swing, climb and glide along jaw-dropping zip line and rope courses with your co-workers in physical and mental challenges that will leave you and your comrades breathless and wanting to do it again and again?
Yes, we thought so too.
Now is the time for your company managers to warm up to winter or spring ahead before summer hits with an unforgettable retreat. Meet in the treetops; change your viewpoint and your approach.
Granlibakken will bring out that high-level thinking for your team. All you have to do is be up for the challenge. The Treetop Tour conference center package includes:
- Treetop Adventure Park Team Building
- Lodging at Granlibakken Conference Center & Resort
- Three delicious meals daily
- Meeting facilities for 4 to 400
- Standard A/V equipment
- Coffee breaks
- Complementary cocktail hour for two nights booked at conference center resort
Not one to hang out in the trees, the flexible nature of Granlibakken provides a veteran staff an opportunity to bend the rules and try something new when unique requests arise.
And some of those requests in recent years have been beyond imaginative, such as:
- A make-shift midnight candy room with collections of sweet and salty treats for late-night creative sessions.
- A handcrafted ice bar buffet atop the mountain accessible only by snowshoe or ski followed by overnight camping in a snow cave.
The tech group with the midnight sugar rush was amped for the meeting and beyond, claiming it a “sweet” success. The science experts who high-tailed it to the ice bar literally stepped and slept outside the box – and four walls of a meeting room for a peak experience.
That’s what meeting planners and company conference reps can expect at Granlibakken, Tahoe’s original ski resort and conference center that has a long history of catering to groups of various sizes and types, as well as thought patterns.
So, anyone need their own mountain? Groups also have the option to host outdoor team building activities with private reservation of the Granlibakken Ski and Sled Hill. If a more traditional meeting room set-up is desired – the kind with lights, heat, ceilings, windows and the latest in connectivity, Granlibakken can handle it. Resort lodging runs the gamut from one to eight bedroom condominiums.
What’s your ideal corporate retreat look like?