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What to Wear Skiing

Friday, February 11th, 2011

One of Tahoe’s timeless questions in what to wear skiing. Whether you’re visiting us here at Granlibakken, hitting the nearby Squaw Valley slopes, or even traveling to Alaska and beyond, we’ve enlisted the help of the gear experts at Tahoe Mountain Sports to make sure you know what to wear when skiing or snowboarding. Here’s their quick primer on ski layers:

what to wear skiing


Thermals, or base layers, are key. Be sure to buy base layers made of material that will wick moisture away instead of holding tight to any sweat or wet snow that may get through your outer layers. We recommend a light and natural wool layer from the likes of SmartWool apparel or Icebreaker Merino Wool. The wool being made into base layers is fine spun to eliminate any itch, and won’t hold onto odors like synthetic fabrics do. Terrarmar is a great base layer brand if you’re on a budget since their garments are built to wick moisture but are very affordable. And these guidelines go for your bottom half, too. Most brands make matching base layers for top and bottom to keep your shopping simple.


Depending on the weather, you may opt for a middle layer for additional warmth. This layer should have some loft since it’s primary purpose is to keep you warm, but you don’t want it so bulky that you can’t fit your jacket over it, or that you’ll inhibit your movement. Skip bulky cotton hoodies and sweatshirts that stay wet once they get wet. We recommend something ultralight yet warm like the Patagonia Nano pullover if you get cold, or just a heavier weight shirt like something from the SmartWool Midweight line.


If it’s snowing, be sure to wear a waterproof ski jacket. You can usually check waterproofness on garment labels. 5,000 mm (a measurement listed on most jackets that indicates how many millimeters of rain it can withstand in 24 hours) is a good start, but if it’s really wet out, you can opt for Gore-tex or Patagonia’s H2No which reach 20,000 mm and up.

If you run hot, get a jacket with pit-zips and pants with thigh zips that will be key in keeping you cool in fluctuating temps. These days, companies even make hybrid jackets (like the Patagonia Nano Storm) with some down or sythetic insulation in key spots to keep you warm. Or you can opt for a soft shell jacket that breathes and is less waterproof. Most skiers, though, go with a standard hard shell jacket; that way you can layer (or not) according to the weather.



Socks are also key to your comfort on any slope. If your feet are unhappy, clammy or wet, chances are you’ll cut your day short. The aforementioned properties of wool make it a great choice for your feet, too, and most sock brands make ski-specific socks with extra padding in high-impact areas.


Ski goggles and waterproof winter gloves are two accessories you should definitely wear when skiing or snowboarding, and don’t fret about spending a little money here. A cheap pair of goggles will fog up on a snow day and gloves without waterproofing will leave your hands cold and wet. If you spend the extra money on getting a quality pair, then you’ll be all the more comfortable and they’ll last for years and years. Another accessory to consider is a snow helmet. Skiing can be dangerous, so why not take the extra precaution? Plus, on a snow day, a ski helmet keeps your head dry!

what to wear to ski

Tahoe Mountain Sports is an online outdoor gear retailer based in Kings Beach, on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Visit them 10am to 6pm daily, or anytime online. They’re local experts on what to wear skiing and can build a custom outfit for you.

Vikings ski too!

Friday, November 19th, 2010

This past weekend, our Viking Lars a’Loud descended on the Santa Clara ski show with horns on head and skis in hand. And with the promise of new snow (anywhere from 1″ to 4″ in Tahoe City) this weekend, Lars, Bjorn and Frida have snow on the mind.

If you are in the Sacramento area this weekend, Lars will be at the Ski Dazzle show on Saturday and Sunday, November 20th and 21st. He was a real hit in Santa Clara and brought out the Viking spirit in everyone.

To all you Vikings out there, put on your horns and pray for snow!

Am I a Trojan or a Viking?

Am I a Trojan or a Viking?

Vikings of all sizes!

Vikings of all sizes!

Winter is Back

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Skiing is coming back to Lake Tahoe! Big snow last weekend marked the kickoff of winter in the Lake Tahoe Basin. With most resorts scheduled to open in the next 3 weeks the Basin is getting fired up! This is incredible news for locals and travelers alike. Not only are we promised another year of at least 5 months of skiing, but we are also reminded why Lake Tahoe is such an incredible winter destination. Still on the fence? Let me explain.
This weekend Lake Tahoe saw its first major snowfall of the year. As much as two 2 inches on the ground at lake level and an additional 5-10 inches above 8000 feet has created quite a buzz nationwide. Over night lows in the late teens to mid twenties make conditions ideal for producing man made snow at all the resorts around the Lake. For example, Heavenly Mountain Resort’s snowmaking capabilities can blanket 1 acre with 3 feet of snow in 1 hour!!

See, not only is Lake Tahoe known for its massive snowfall, but its geographic location boast over 300 days of sunshine a year. I know, the math may not make sense, but the only way to believe, is to experience it for yourself.

This region is rich in Nordic and alpine history. Granlibakken was the first ski resort in Lake Tahoe and paved the way to make this area the highest concentration of ski resorts in North America. Take advantage of Granlibakkens ski and stay program and receive a complimentary lift ticket with your lodging. Whether you choose Squaw Valley USA, Mt Rose, Alpine Meadows, or any of the other 4 world class resorts you are promised an Alpine experience you will never forget.This year promises to be another amazing ski season ahead. Do as the Vikings did hundreds of years ago and explore this beautiful wilderness and experience the magic of Lake Tahoe.


A Viking’s Breakfast at Granlibakken

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
A Breakfast Buffet fit for a Viking

A Breakfast Buffet fit for a Viking

Breakfast. They say it is the most important meal of the day. If this is the case then why are so many skimping on this all Important calorie fix? More importantly, why are most hotels cutting back this critical meal? Nowadays this “complimentary breakfast” at most lodging properties is nothing more than stale bagels and orange marmalade.

Not Granlibakken. No way. Our complimentary hot breakfast buffet title doesn’t do it justice. Hot, hearty, feast fit for a viking, free buffet seems to be a closer description. This buffet is truly a treat to your taste buds. French toast, biscuits and gravy, bacon and eggs are merely a few choices of the plethora you have.

Whether you are a coffee and danish person or a full on AM chow master, like myself, Granibakken’s breakfast wont disappoint. Vacationing in Tahoe can be a full throttle activity and proper fuel is a must, especially before hitting the trails, slopes or heading into downtown Tahoe City for a day of shopping and beach combing.

Tour of California coming to Lake Tahoe!

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Very exciting news hit Lake Tahoe last Thursday. The AMGEN Tour of California announced that Lake Tahoe would be one of the host cities along the Tour route this coming May 15th. And not only would Lake Tahoe be amongst the host cities but we are the Tour start, Stage 1 finish and Stage 2 start. This marks the largest sporting event to visit Lake Tahoe’s shores since the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley!

The race will feature more than a lap and a half around the Lake beginning at the California/Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe with the Stage 1 finish at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort® in North Lake Tahoe. North Lake Tahoe also hosts the Stage 2 start at Squaw Valley USA.

Drawing some of cycling’s biggest names like Lance Armstrong, Tom Boonen and Carlos Sastre, to name just a few, next May 15-17 is sure to be an exciting time in North Lake Tahoe. Stay tuned here for the latest Tour updates as well as at Even our Vikings are getting into the act…

Vikings on Bike

Fun for the entire family – Tahoe City’s Oktoberfest

Monday, October 11th, 2010

With summer vacationers back home, the streets typically quiet down during the Tahoe fall season. This Saturday was the exception. Both locals and visitors flocked in droves to the Cobblestone Mall in Tahoe City for hours of live music, whoola-hooping and dancing for the kids, brews, brats and more for mom and dad.

Favorite local band Deja Vu played classic hits like Brown Eyed Girl while young girls and boys chose from multi-colored whoola hoops and shook their hips. Local Tahoe City business folks manned the beer taps while our restaurants got in the spirit serving brats in traditional German costume. Even some little ones came in costume! Uncorked wine bar also joined the fun with a German wine tasting.

Tahoe City Cobblestone Oktoberfest

Tahoe City Cobblestone Oktoberfest

In costume for Tahoe City Oktoberfest

In costume for Tahoe City Oktoberfest

Scarecrows on Parade

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

This time of year, Tahoe City embraces the harvest with corn husk wrapped lamp posts and a ghoulish facade with their scarecrows on parade. Lining the streets are scarecrows designed by our local businesses. Don’t let Chef Scary outside Evergreen Restaurant dissuade you from sampling their seasonal lunch, dinner and kids menus. And Syd’s scarecrow has a decidedly “ducky” demeanor. Stroll the streets and vote for your favorite Scarecrow at participating stores. Check out these photos we took this morning.


There’s no time for TV at Granlibakken.

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

With trails outside your door, bike rentals at the front desk, pool and tennis courts just steps away and beautiful Lake Tahoe less than a mile by foot, guests of all ages are inspired by our environment!

When the Family Nature Summit converged on Granlibakken this past August, they created a new nature trail on-site to introduce children to the marvels of nature from animal habitats to flora and fauna. The trail also encourages our kids to keep moving and find inspiration outdoors.

As stewards of our natural environment, we encourage our guests to adopt the same responsibility. As a family owned and operated resort, engaging our kids in this type of service is a priority.

Here’s a snapshot of our changing aspens….

Changing aspens at Granlibakken

Making memories at Granlibakken

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Summer is family reunion season at Granlibakken. Sons, daughters, sisters and brothers come together to join parents and grandparents, aunts, uncles and more. Our all-inclusive per person rate and variety of accommodations make annual reunions at our family-owned property a possibility year-after-year and for families both big and small.

A sample agenda could include nature walks or more advanced hiking along the trails of our 74-acres; a special themed BBQ with a swim beforehand in our pool; a fun tennis volley with siblings; even ping-pong can be arranged. And activities off-property can also be arranged, like a cruise on Lake Tahoe, a float down or leisurely bike ride along the Truckee River. Granlibakken’s professional staff will help make your gathering perfectly suited to your families interests.

Granlibakken’s accommodations facilitate gathering in one space, together in a condo. Or if perhaps family members would prefer more space, separate lodging rooms are more appropriate. In either case, you can all come together first thing at Granlibakken’s hot, full, all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.

Small Slice of Tahoe City History

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Yes, yes I know  that if you’re from California you’re not accustomed to seeking out historical sites within the state. This is the New Coast – the brave new world where you were either a profit seeker, treasure hunter or just plain ole crazy enough to move All The Way Out. Well I’m hear to simply let you know that there are a few places right in Tahoe City to pique your interest: The Watson Cabin and the Gatekeeper’s Museum.

Watson Cabin Tahoe City

Watson Cabin Tahoe City (photo from North Tahoe Museums)

The Watson Cabin was built by Tahoe City’s first cop – Robert Montgomery Watson. The highest peak above town also bears his name, as does the beautiful reflection-pond near that summit (a great bike ride, incidentally, and also a fun semi-offroad adventure for anyone with a Jeep). The cabin stayed in the family until the late 1970’s when the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society purchased it. They do all sorts of little events that are very kid-friendly so keep an eye on their calendar.

The Gatekeeper’s Museum is beautiful building located right at the headwater of  Tahoe’s sole outflow, the Truckee River. This is a really cool place to just meander – there are some placards if you feel like reading, some lawn for windsprints, a gorgeous rocky shore with a neat angle on Tahoe, oh and a museum! They showcase Washo Indian baskets, clothing, history exhibits of the resort boom, etc. The Truckee River outflow gates are right here and you can walk along the glass-lined structure where you’ll see the now-non-human-powered crank that winds the gates up and down.

Gatekeeper's Museum, Tahoe City (photo from North Tahoe Museums)

Gatekeeper's Museum, Tahoe City (photo from North Tahoe Museums)

If you get into these places and want some more, check out the Ehrman Mansion down at Sugar Pine State Park and then reward yourself with a historical beverage at the old bar on Chamber’s Landing pier…

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