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Holidays filled with events, festivities at Granlibakken and around Tahoe

Monday, December 9th, 2013

A winter wonderland is happening now at Granlibakken, with plenty of snow, food, holiday entertainment and activities.

The Cedar House Pub will be decorated accordingly for Christmas Dinner.

The Cedar House Pub will be decorated accordingly for Christmas Dinner.

Book your rooms for the holidays – starting at $205 a night, enjoy the cozy setting of a lodge room or try condos ranging from two to eight bedroom condos and Christmas dinner.

Granlibakken will host its annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade featuring a visit from Santa with gifts, cookies and hot chocolate for the kids, mulled wine for adults. The popular Christmas buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m.

The Treetop Adventure Park will be open daily throughout the holidays plus the Sledding Hill is open now with the Ski Hill and snack bar to follow shortly. A family of four can ski and sled all day for $60 if they are Granlibakken guests. The Cedar House Pub opens Dec. 19 from 5 – 9 p.m. and offers casual dining by the fire. Don’t forget to wake up each morning and enjoy a hot breakfast buffet.

Upcoming events begin this weekend in Tahoe City and include a daylong visit by Santa Claus at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park at Tahoe City Golf Course Dec. 14. Join the Tahoe City Public Utility District and the Rotary Club of Tahoe City for a day of sledding, pancakes and Santa.

Now through Dec. 30 you can visit the Holly Arts at North Tahoe Arts in Tahoe City. This traditional holiday festival features gifts, holiday decorations and décor. Eleven local artists share their original winter and holiday themed art and gift items that are perfect for holiday shopping, such as wreaths, cards, fine art, photography, soap, botanicals, glasswork and knitware.

If you’re at Mt. Rose Ski Area on Saturday, Dec. 14 and see more than one Santa Claus, don’t worry, you’re not losing your mind; you’ve just stumbled upon the annual Santa Ski Crawl where skiers who dress in Santa garb receive lift ticket discounts.

Ongoing holiday events include Holidays at Squaw Valley, Dec. 14-31. Celebrate the holidays and enjoy the winter conditions, Santa on the slopes, festive cheer in The Village and plenty of surprises. Grab a hot chocolate and nestle up next to the fire pit while you listen to the carolers or take the family to SnoVentures for snow tubing.

Elsewhere there’s Noel Nights at Northstar California the first three Thursdays of December from 5 – 8 p.m. This winter wonderland features a decorated 35-foot tree, ice skating until 9 p.m., fire pits to warm you, holiday carolers and shopping deals. Don’t forget to bring the little ones because Santa will be there for photos and to find out what’s on their Christmas lists.

Daytime and nighttime Christmas festivities at Northstar California get underway Dec. 21 through Dec. 24 and feature live music in the Village and Santa at different locations in the Village from 12 – 2:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy Village sleigh rides, refreshments, cookie decorating and ice skating at the 9,000 square foot skating rink.

What will your holiday plans include during your visit to Granlibakken?

Last-minute signups underway for Women’s Wellness Weekend

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Days away from one the largest gatherings of its kind at Lake Tahoe, the annual Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend at Granlibakken Lodge & Conference Center Nov. 9-10, offers a full line up of women’s health professionals and nationally known speakers.

Last-minute registrations are being accepted for the event, which features a weekend filled with discussions ranging from heart health, food and fitness to inspirational stories designed to improve lives.

Get up early for yoga before the Women's Wellness Weekend officially kicks off.  Photo: Nicole Dreon

Get up early for yoga before the Women’s Wellness Weekend officially kicks off.
Photo: Nicole Dreon

Health care professionals can earn up to nine hours of continuing education credit for attending.

For over two decades, the Women’s Wellness Weekend has attracted women of differing ages, body types and physical abilities to benefit from Western medicine and Eastern teachings in comfortable and non-threatening surroundings. Informative seminars on health, nutrition and aging mix easily with interactive clinics on skin screenings, body/muscle testing and acupuncture. Inspirational and recreational activities along with food and wine receptions also help unite body and soul.

The weekend’s physical activities include daily morning yoga sessions and walks along Granlibakken’s 74-acre trails before breakfast. Returning this year is Tahoe City’s Tim Schroeder, a nationally recognized leader in Ki Gong. He will lead a session in this gentle workout defined by breathing, posture and meditation. Robert Ayres will again be offering astrological chart readings.

Retail therapy, combined with a wine and cheese reception, end Saturday’s sessions as local artists and health-oriented businesses offer items ranging from healing stones to jewelry and specialty-crafted woolens.

The “grand finale” interactive Health Fair closes the Wellness Weekend on Sunday afternoon.  Acupuncture treatments, body scans and therapeutic massages list high among the activities. A concluding high-energy Zumba Party is the final sendoff.

Event-only registration costs $109, (lunch included) for some seminars additional fees apply. To register, visit Granlibakken’s website. Use “www2013” as group ID and password. Grab a girlfriend and stay for $174/person double occupancy per person (rate includes conference fee and tax). Dinner Saturday night is available on site for an additional fee of $25.

Attendees are invited to explore Granlibakken’s Day Spa with three treatment rooms and a number of wellness packages aimed at revitalization and relaxation, including customized and deep tissue massage, hot stone therapy, pre-natal, reiki healing and couples massages.

Guests can arrive a day early and challenge their abilities physically and mentally on the Treetop Adventure Park. The adventure course, voted the No. 1 Tahoe Activity by TripAdvisor, combines the latest technology of zip lines with challenging ropes courses to provide the first of its kind in California and among only 30 in the U.S.

Curious? Check out last year’s Women’s Wellness Weekend video. See you Saturday!

Granlibakken offers rustic Tahoe charm with plenty of luxurious room options

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

With stunning views set on 74-acres of spectacular Tahoe bliss, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge is where rustic Tahoe charm blends with luxury at any time of the year.

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.

Choose the Granlibakken lodging option that is perfect for you.

Choose the Granlibakken lodging option that is perfect for you.

All guests have rooms equipped with cable television and DVD player, phone with voicemail, wired/wireless internet access, and in-room coffee maker.

Additional room options include a kitchen, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. All guests have access to Granlibakken’s heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna also. You can take a virtual tour online to check everything out.

Townhome units have one to three bedrooms with private baths, a living room, dining area, full kitchen and fireplace. Units with lofts are also available on request. Bedroom units in the main lodge building, as well as Bearpaw and Deerwander complexes can be used as separate rooms or combined with a studio unit to create a full suite.

The Executive Lodge Bedrooms have private baths, a large closet area, king or two doubles in each room.

Studios provide all the warmth and comfort that Granlibakken is known for. Each includes private bath and separate entrance.

Suites in the main lodge building as well as Bearpaw and Deerwander complexes offer a private bath, deck, separate entrance, full kitchen, fireplace, and adjoining bedroom with bathroom.

Looking for space and luxury? The Executive Lodge Suite offers a large living room with fireplace, dining area, full kitchen, deck, private bath, a sleeping alcove with a double bed, and separate enclosed bedroom. This suite can be combined with four additional bedrooms to make a 5 bedroom, 5 bath lodge.

The executive lodge can be rented as a 7-bedroom condominium, complete with a 1,056 square foot living room and gourmet kitchen.

Forest Lodge Chalet is designed for groups and large families in mind. The Chalet offers a fully equipped kitchen, 8 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Living room features a gas fireplace, large plasma TV, leather furniture and a large dining area with French doors opening to wrap around the deck. Each bedroom has private bath and a refrigerator.

To book a an executive room, townhome, suite or condominium call 1-877 552-6301 to speak with a member of the Granlibakken reservations team.

What’s your idea of an ideal lodging space at Granlibakken?

Explore yoga options during your Granlibakken visit

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Yoga on vacation? Why not. Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge has teamed up with Sustainable Earth Yoga Retreats to provide yoga instruction as an option during your stay.

Granlibakken is the first Lake Tahoe area resort to offer on-site/in-suite private yoga instruction for individuals, couples and groups.

If you have a dedicated home routine than this is the an ideal way to maintain while you’re away enjoying Lake Tahoe’s fresh mountain air and unquenchable sunshine.

Maintain your yoga routine while vacationing at Granlibakken.

Maintain your yoga routine while vacationing at Granlibakken.

If you’re a first-timer on the mat, this would be a pleasant, comfortable introduction. Yoga is a mindful exploration of one’s space, internal and external. It is a practice that is deeply personal and one that opens itself infinitely, both constant and evolving in its nature.

As founder of Sustainable Earth Yoga Retreats, instructor Ashley Aarti Cooper is Yoga Alliance and Reiki I-certified.  While guiding, Ashley brings her student to their physical edge and encourages them to draw their senses within to experience the more subtle layers of yoga. Concentrating on a true yolking of breath, movement and spirit, Ashley’s classes are meditative, explorative and playful.

Yoga provides greater mental clarity, flexibility in both body and mind, a calmer and steadier heart, healthier functioning systems (i.e. digestive, cardiovascular, emotional), pain relief, a lighter spirit, longer and leaner muscles, more open joints, and increased range of motion.

Ashley teaches introductory yoga as well as providing private instruction for athletes, those with injuries and other therapeutic needs. To better serve her students Ashley draws on many disciplines for holistic approaches specific to each person.

To practice at Granlibakken, all you need is a bit of curiosity, a towel and clothes you can move comfortably in – Sustainable Earth Yoga Retreats provides the mats and any other supplies you may need.??It is recommended that participants drink plenty of water before and after the session and eat lightly within the two hours beforehand for ease of movement.

Yoga instruction options:

  • On-site/In-suite Individual, Couple, Families or Small Group Private Yoga Session Starting at 1.25 hours
  • Outdoor Yoga Excursions (option to include hike, kayak, picnic, etc)
  • Yoga for Conferences/Team Building & Bonding
  • Yoga for Reunions/Bachelorette & Women’s Weekends/Weddings
  • Mountain Top Meditations
  • Breathing Techniques for Mental Clarity & Stress Reduction
  • Athletic/Therapeutic/Apres Ski
  • Design Your Own Retreat

To request a session call (636) 851-YOGA. Please be sure to be detailed in your request of date, time, what participants are looking for, and any injuries and previous experience. 24-hour notice is recommended for ease of booking for private sessions, and with as much notice as possible for excursions. Cancellation fees apply for cancellations within 24 hours. A credit card with expiration date will be required for booking, although payment can be accepted in cash in person.

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!

Guest Blog: Tahoe Honors Olympic Heritage

Friday, January 13th, 2012

By Al Saracevic From SFGate.com Slope Dope

Photos by: Granlibakken Resort

California State Parks and a group of Tahoe businesses are planning to honor the area’s Olympic heritage with a series of events in January that will focus on the region’s Nordic skiing history.

The biathlon and cross-country events at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics were held in what is now Sugar Pine Point State Park. A few years back, Tahoe historians and preservationists went back and retraced the routes used during that Olympiad and now visitors can literally ski and snowshoe in those same tracks.

“The magic of the Olympics and our California snow heritage comes alive as our visitors ski or snowshoe under the forest canopy or along Tahoe’s magical shoreline,” said California State Parks’ Interpretation Program Manager Heidi Doyle.

Here’s a list of the events outlining this weekend Olympic Heritage Celebration:

Jan 13 (Fri) 6-8pm Olympian Dinner at Granlibakken

Cedar House Pub, at Granlibakken Resort is sponsoring a very special evening in honor of Olympic Heritage Celebration week by offering 50% of the evening’s profits to be donated towards the Olympic Trails restoration efforts. Come and enjoy a fabulous menu of local favorites while mingling with other Nordic enthusiasts and contributing to a worthy cause. Call 530-581-7307 for reservations.

 

Jan 14 (Sat) 10am-1pm Citizens Against the Clock

Strap on your cross country skis and get ready to live the thrill of Olympic competition! The West Shore Business Association with Turning Point Tahoe are sponsoring a Citizens Against the Clock event which puts skiers, of all ages and abilities, on a short cross-country ski course followed by an electronic rifle shooting range, proving a safe and family friendly way to experience this Olympic sport. This is your chance to try something new and fun! Turning Point Tahoe will be providing adaptive skiing options, making this event accessible to all! Each skier will be electronically timed and the results posted. The course will be run between 10am and 1pm. The event is free. There is an $8 per vehicle parking fee.

Jan 15 (Sun) 12pm-2pm Historic Cross Country Ski Tour

Dave Antonucci, author of “A Snowballs Chance: The Story of the 1960 Winter Olympics”, will lead Nordic skiers on a interpretive tour of the Olympic Ski Trails located at Sugar Pine Point State Park. This intermediate level 10 kilometer tour will take you to Olympic Meadows, the site of the Biathlon range with stops along the way where you will learn of about our fascinating snow heritage. This will be a tour that you will never forget! The event is free and parking is $8. Please wear layered clothing, bring water, energy snack and be prepared for changing weather conditions.

Jan 15 (Sun) 2:30-3:30pm Olympic Heritage Celebration Closing Ceremonies

Join past Olympians and local dignitaries as we commemorate the official end of the Olympic Heritage Celebration events with the extinguishing of the Olympic caldron. The ceremony will take place in front of a replica of the Tower of Nations that stood at the entrance of Squaw Valley to welcome visitors to the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. This free event will be held near the campground entrance of Sugar Pine Point State Park. Hot cider and cookies will be provided.

Guest Blog: Rest & Rejuvenate

Friday, November 11th, 2011

By Dan Giesin on http://www.7×7.com/tahoe

Although the waters of Lake Tahoe aren’t strictly restorative, folks from the City have been traveling to the Big Blue for generations in seeking solace from the hassles of day-to-day urban life.

Come Friday, you can head up to Tahoe for a little R&R and perhaps get some health concerns cleared up in the bargain as Granlibakken Lodge plays host to the annual Women’s Wellness Weekend in Tahoe City.

Formerly under the aegis of Tahoe Forest Hospital – after two decades of running the show, the Truckee facility is now simply collaborating with the program – the two-day Women’s Wellness Weekend attempts to fuse accepted medical practices with alternative options to offer a balanced weekend of interactive clinics on skin screenings, body/muscle testing, inspirational and informative seminars on health, nutrition and aging and recreational activities.

 

“It’s a community collaboration,” Granlibakken promotions manager Shawna Lee said. “(Local) health professionals, medical doctors, fitness instructors … are all donating their time and expertise in the name of health and well-being.”

Among the seminar presenters are clinical psychologist Amy Vail of Olumpic Valley; oncologist/hematologist Ahrin Koppel, one of the main MDs at the new cancer center in Truckee; Dr. Gregory Tirdel, a local sleep disorder specialist, and Carolyn Willette, a cardiac rehabilitation nurse from Tahoe Forest Hospital.

Other seminar options include ki gong, a form of exercise using breathing, posture and meditation; restorative yoga, and an astrology/health class. Pilates and yoga classes; acupuncture, chiropractic and skin-care presentations; body fat testing; blood lab readings; a 5K fun run and a one-mile nature walk are also on the agenda.

Registration fee for the Women’s Wellness Weekend is $99, which covers most seminars, breakfast Saturday and Sunday, a lunch on Saturday and a beer/wine social hour, also on Saturday. For those seeking lodging, Granlibakken is offering a $138.40 per person per night double-occupancy rate; seminar fee is included in the package. Log on to granlibakken.com to register or to get further information.

Guest Blog: Granlibakken Lodge Review

Friday, November 4th, 2011

By The Mom Reviews

Now that Fall is upon us, the leaves are changing, the weather is cooling down, but travel is still high on our list! We typically head to Lake Tahoe during the summer, that’s the time of year best suited for our whole family for biking, swimming, and hiking. But, a few weeks ago we got the chance to visit Tahoe City’s Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge and had an amazing stay and weekend doing almost all of those summer activities and more!

Located about 5 hours from home in a picturesque valley minutes from the lake and south of Truckee, Granlibakken is a year-round spot for business or pleasure. The resort encompasses 74 wooded acres with the sweet sugar pine scent filling your senses as your explore the grounds. 5 tennis courts, outdoor heated pools (wading pool for kids)/spa and saunas, nature trails, bike rentals, a ropes course, and a par course will keep your family active all year, with cross-country skiing, practice ski hills, and a snow play area in the winter. With over a dozen ski areas within 30 minutes, this is a wonderful choice for your next vacation.

Lodging
With many choices such as bedrooms, studios, or suites, our family of 5 stayed in a Granlibakken’s townhouse with two bedrooms and loft that fit us all perfectly!

With a full living room and comfortable seating, the family had the chance to enjoy a movie in, rest after a long day in the mountains, and feel the openness of the floorplan. Just above the adjacent dining room and kitchen, the loft with a queen bed was a perfect spot for my near-teenage daughter. Her own television, desk, and door(!) kept all her belongings in one spot and gave her just enough privacy that she needed.

The townhome had the most incredibly comfortable furniture. The seats around the dinner table were soft leather and the couch was super cushy, with warm sherpa blankets in the closets, the 35 degree nights were snuggle time! The view from the back patio (with table and chairs) is in the above bottom right picture. The fall colors were amazing and the quiet about the resort made for peaceful evenings and great morning walks!

The townhome amenities were just like home, decor was beautiful for a mountain residence, art and modern touches surrounded us. The granite countertops in the kitchen were gorgeous, I was happy to warm up to tea in the evening, during the summer fans are available in the closets. Two full bathrooms were enough for 5 of us and bonus for the 3 flatscreen televisions, all were equipped with their own Blu-ray player!

Dining
Eating family style in the dining area reminding me of my college days, more especially this weekend because a group from UC Davis was holding a conference on the grounds and many had their UCD sweatshirts on! The food was delicious and served buffet style in the morning, lucky for guests this meal is included in your stay! Think bread pudding, quiche Lorraine, cheese blintzes, breads, pastries, cereals, eggs, pancakes, bacon, fruits, yogurts, and so much more! I’ve never seen my kids eat so much!

Dinner was just as abundant and delicious. The buffet is different each night, there are themes, Mexican (sometimes with Mariachis included!), Italian, BBQ, and more, salads are always available, vegetarian options too! Prime rib, NY steaks, chicken, red pepper coulis, stuffed zucchini, baked potatoes, bread, soups, there is no need to leave the grounds during your stay with the offers on site!

Lighthouse Spa
Remember when I said the resort area is quiet and peaceful, why not build on that thought with a spa treatment from Lighthouse Spa. The Spa at Granlibakken offers three relaxing treatment rooms, including an area for multiple treatments and parties, a cozy waiting area and a refreshing outdoor deck in the midst of the Sierra. You’ll love the experience of a blissful retreat for all of your special occasions, weddings, or wellness weekends. I had the amazing opportunity to have a reflexology treatment on my feet. Never done this in the past I swore I never would fall asleep and with the music so calming and low, the perfect temperature of the room and the view of the ski hill out my window, I admit my masseuse said I was OUT! After coming too, I felt the relaxation overflow, that light-headed feeling of being rested and calm. We talked about the stressors my body expressed and ways to deal with them. Why I haven’t treated myself more often to spa treatments is beyond me, everyone needs to do it at least every few months! The Spa offers:

• Massage Therapy
• Skin Care
• Manicures & Pedicures
• Body Waxing
• Body Therapy & Healing Treatments
• Ayurveda Health & Wellness

I asked my masseuse to tell me how much she loved her job and she says she especially loves it when another masseuse pays back in trade and she gets her turn! I don’t blame her!

Our stay was hosted for two nights, including two breakfasts, one dinner, and a spa treatment (I did pay gratuities). All opinions are our own.

Sierra Sun Previews Wellness Weekend

Monday, October 31st, 2011

As part of Granlibakken’s commitment to health and wellness, they will host the annual Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend Nov. 12-13. The event fuses Eastern tradition with Western practices to offer a balanced weekend interactive clinics on skin screenings, body/muscle testing; inspirational and informative seminars on health, nutrition, aging; recreational activities along with food and wine.

The community event complements the health and wellness activities Granlibakken offers its guests, including an array of outdoor recreation: skiing, xc-skiing, snowshoeing in the winter and biking, hiking, rafting, boating and tennis in the summer. The resort provides healthy meal options, year-round heated outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna and new on site multi-treatment Day Spa.

The Women’s Wellness Weekend retreat begins, Saturday, Nov. 12, with a 5K fun run or a 1-mile nature walk around Granlibakken, followed by a breakfast. Presentations kick off with a discussion led by clinical psychologist Amy Vail of Olympic Valley

Seminars on Saturday include environmental and breast health, nutrition, healthy aging and optional empowering exercise activities. Dr. Koppel, specializing in hematology and medical oncology, is part of the new cancer center in Truckee and will discuss cancer prevention and breast health. Dr. Tirdel, a sleep disorder expert, will present “Sleepless in Tahoe” providing insight and tips on attaining a full night’s rest. Carolyn Willette, a registered nurse from Truckee Forest Hospital, will address heart health with her seminar, “The Heart of Matter.”

Participants can choose between Ki Gong, a form of gentle exercise using breathing, posture and meditation; restorative yoga; or an astrology/health class. Astrological chart readings by Robert Ayres are also available. Lunch is provided with additional talks throughout the afternoon. The evening finishes with wine and shopping, including local health booths and artisans, i.e.: jewelry, fabric, etc.

Wellness Weekend continues on Sunday with breakfast and optional Cross-fit, Pilates and yoga classes options include health, financial planning, acupuncture, chiropractic and skin care presentation. Rounding out the weekend is an interactive fair with gait analysis, the study of human motion by measuring body movements, mechanics and muscle activity; makeup artists; body fat testing; skin screenings and manicure and pedicure stations. Blood lab readings are available for an additional charge. A Zumba Party, which combines Latin and international music for an effective workout, is also scheduled Sunday afternoon.

For information on speakers, health fairs, seminars visit www.granlibakken.com. Registration costs $99, some seminars additional fees apply. To register, visit www.granlibakken.com, select “make a reservation,” click “conference” and use “www” as login and password. Grab a girlfriend and stay for $138.50 per person double occupancy per night (rate includes conference fee).

Granlibakken's Women's Wellness Weekend invites mothers, daughters, sisters and aunties for two days of exercise, informative talks, skin care and more near Lake Tahoe's West Shore. Thinkstockphotos.com


Pre-season Ski Training Tips

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Even though the weather is still in the 60s and 70s (in fact record highs today) ski season is around the corner with area resorts anticipating opening in a little over a month. Whether you ski 5-10 days a season of 40 + you’ll likely be sore the first few times you hit the slopes.

Keep in mind we’re not health experts, but here’s a few tips to help you before strapping on those skis and snowboards this season.

http://www.coreperformance.com/knowledge/workouts/prepare-for-winter-ski-season.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a few of my favorite exercises/stretches:

Core Performance recommends training session that combines lower body strength-boosting moves, power exercises and drills to solidify your hips, torso and shoulders. This helps to build strength and speed for the mountain while carving up a more flexible body, and one that’s more resilient to injury.

Did you know that we’re located near several of the top resorts in the country, including Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe and local favorites like Alpine and Homewood. We have array of ski/stay packages (of course includes our delicious hot daily breakfast and transportation to several of the resorts) – rates will be available soon.

What’s your favorite pre-ski season exercise? Do you prefer to ski or snowboard?

 
 
 
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