Archive for the ‘Winter’ Category
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Photo courtesy Homewood Mountain Ski Resort.
Think Tahoe in winter and what comes to mind? Skiing at Heavenly? Casinos? Headliner shows?
Ah, but there is another Tahoe … less intense, gentler, slower and yes, more family friendly.
The thing about Tahoe is it’s never been 100 percent about skiing in winter (or hiking, kayaking, whatever in summer). In a way, Tahoe is a bit like Europe, where skiing is only a fraction of the experience with inns on the ski hills and long, leisurely lunches and so much more to do besides keep track of your vertical on your wrist GPS.
So … enter North Tahoe, which is oddly what folks call stuff along the west side of the lake. And Bleu Wave’s yacht ferry. And Homewood. And Granlibakken. And, well, yes, a very special kid-wow run at Alpine Meadows.
Ski Via Yacht
The start of all this was via a slick yacht-ski package started last season by Bleu Wave. We arrived at the dock in South Lake Tahoe to board the ferry, which is actually a rather upscale yacht, at 8 a.m. We were dressed for skiing. As we pulled away, we munched on breakfast, which was a decent continental affair … muffins, fruit, yogurt, hot chocolate, coffee. But the star of the morning was Lake Tahoe’s scenery. Jagged, snow capped mountains rose around us, reflected in the still dawn water of the deep blue lake.
An hour later, we pulled up at the foot … and I do mean very foot … of Homewood Mountain Ski Resort. The runs seem to spill down onto the beachfront. And actually, they do end just a hundred or so yards away from where you dock.
What's better than a cruise across Lake Tahoe to terrific ski venues?
Though we were transferring to stay on this side of the lake, others were there for the day package, which for $99, gets you a shuttle from your hotel, round trip ferry, lift ticket, and discount on lunch. And though Homewood might seem smallish compared to say, Heavenly, its 1,260 skiable acres and 1,650 vertical, with everything from beginner runs to expert trees, provides more than enough fun for a day.
Nearly every run offers a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe. Photo courtesy Homewood Mountain Resort.
The stunning lake views are what sets this place apart. You’re so busy gawking, it’s almost dangerous. The dropoff along Rainbow Ridge just after Mid Mountain Pavilion (it’s the white tube tent with the picnic chairs) will blow your mind. A friend once said the drop on some of Tahoe’s lake view runs make you think you need to wear a life jacket. This is one of those places.
There are hefty plans for expansion. Some half a billion dollars of condos, base lodges, restaurants and lifts are expected to stretch to 2020. But meanwhile, Homewood is nice and laid back for a day of something different.
Our lodging was at Granlibakken, a resort that meanders up a thickly wooded hill with 200 hotel and condo rooms and a main lodge that reminds you of those family-owned resorts of the Northeast where generations would spend their holidays. The name, by the way, is Norwegian for “a hillside sheltered by fir trees,” and ski history in this area goes back nearly 100 years.
This is about as family friendly as it comes. There’s a small ski hill (300 vertical with two poma lifts), swimming pool, trails through the woods and a treetop adventure with rope bridges and platforms.
From Granlibakken, we day skied at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Squaw has the reputation, the Olympic history, and the crowds. Alpine Meadows has Hot Wheels Gully.
Don't get carried away by the incredible views while skiing the runs at Homewood Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy Homewood Mountain Resort.
If you are on the west side of the lake you, of course, have to ski Squaw. This is where the big guys go, along with enough waist high future racers to make your head swim. While the Lake Tahoe area has dreams of a new Olympic bid for 2022, it’s interesting to remember a bit about the original one in 1960.
The Olympic venue back then wasn’t supposed to be in Squaw Valley, but while the Olympic committee argued over which European ski hill should be the spot, Alex Cushing, owner of what there was of Squaw, pointed out that maybe, since the Olympics were supposed to be a ‘world’ activity, it was time to hold them in North America.
Those Olympics included an amazing list of firsts … first use of instant replay (courtesy of grainy videotape), first use of skis that weren’t all wood, first athlete’s village, first really blow-out opening ceremony. (Walt Disney, himself, designed it with Disneyland-style statues and fireworks much to the whining from Europeans). Oh yes, and first sale of exclusive broadcast rights … to CBS for $50,000m which led to a young, new hire Walter Cronkite at CBS hosting it.
For those with inquiring minds, London’s 2012 Olympic broadcast rights went to NBC for $1.1 billion … that’s with a B.
Alpine Meadows: Hot Wheels Gully
Okay, now on to Alpine Meadows. It’s smaller than Squaw, a bit more intimate, but definitely one of Lake Tahoe’s ‘big seven’ ski resorts, which include Heavenly, Northstar, Squaw, Alpine Meadows, Mt. Rose, Sierra at Tahoe, and Kirkwood Meadows.
You can get hairy chutes and mellow groomers just about anywhere in the Tahoe area. But only Alpine Meadows has Hot Wheels Gully.
No matter how old (or young) you are, you can learn to ski at Tahoe's GranlibakkenLodge. Photo courtesy Granlibakken Lodge.
I was leaving the base area at the end of the day when a 10-year-old bounced by me, calling to his father.
“We skied the funnest thing of my whole, entire life. The FUNNEST!” he yelled while literally jumping up and down (in skis).
It was called … Hot Wheels Gully!”
The run traces a narrow riverbed that twists and drops through the forest … not for anyone on long skis and, honestly, best enjoyed by someone about 4 1/2 feet tall. You slingshot from side to side like in a mini halfpipe and, at one point, actually hit a short drop. It is, honestly, a pre-teen’s dream run.
Dinner is a pleasure in the main lodge at Granlibakken. Photo by Granlibakken Lodge.
The week we were in Tahoe, it was hot and sunny. Perfect spring skiing. But snow was on the way and within a couple of days, four feet of fresh had fallen. Sigh. We figured we’ll just have to go back.
If you want a true giggle on the mountain at Alpine Meadows or Squaw Valley and you have either an iPhone or Android phone, go to your online market and download the free interactive apps for those two resorts. It’s more than just a map, it even shows you where you are on the mountain along with a real time list of what trails are open, where the restaurants are, weather, real-time webcams, some amazing thing that lets you find your friends on the hill and, best of all, a real time record of your own personal stats (speed, vertical, lifts and more). You need to activate your GPS and, as I found out the hard way, if you turn your GPS off at the end of the day to save battery, your personal stats will reset to zero. Just don’t try looking at it WHILE skiing.
– by Yvette Cardozo, RFT Ski Editor
Check out Yvette’s favorite Tahoe after-ski snack, West Shore Café and Inn’s Mushrooms with Dipping Sauce.
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
With several winter storms having pushed through the Sierra in March leaving up to 9 feet of new snow atop many resorts, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore continues its tradition of offering the best spring ski and boarding lodging packages around.
There is still plenty of sunshine and a few more weeks left of prime skiing and Granlibakken is offering ski and board packages that start at $139/person weekdays and $156/person weekends. Deals include lodging at Granlibakken, hot breakfast buffets, plenty of resort amenities and lift tickets to your choice of Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA, Sugar Bowl or Heavenly. As an option, tickets can be used at the Tahoe Cross Country Center (equipment, and use of the trails) or the Lighthouse Spa on site at Granlibakken with a $65 credit toward any the spa services offered.
Spring skiing is full of sunshine and fun in Lake Tahoe.
There is also an on-site ski and sledding hill, plus downhill and cross-country skis, snowboards and showshoe rentals available. Rates are per person, per night double occupancy, plus 10 percent room tax. There is a two night minimun stay on weekends. The lodging on the midweek ski package is valid Sunday through Thursday nights and skiing is Monday through Friday. Midweek rate valid weekends from April 1, 2012 through the end of the ski season at the eight resorts. Weekend rates are valid until the end of the ski season. The ski hill at Granlibakken closes April 1, 2012 and the sledding hill closes April 8, 2012.
Are you looking for a place away from your business to hold a retreat? Granlibakken has spring conference packages now through May 31, 2012 that are designed with business and corporate managers in mind. Bring your group of four to 400 to our productive, flexible, comfortable setting on 74 wooded acres of peace, quiet and comfort. Rate includes: Lodging with 3 full meals each day; cocktail reception and coffee service; meeting facilities with audio/visual; resort-wide wireless and scalable Internet; on-site pool, hot tub, spa, gym, sauna, tennis, trails. Call (877) 552-0185 for information or click here.
Planning that special day in advance to make it official and tie the knot? Weddings in Lake Tahoe happen daily and Granlibakken offers the most splendid backdrop in all of Lake Tahoe. The resort’s Executive Lodge is an ideal spot for wedding parties with such amenities as: an outdoor ceremony and reception area; two nights lodging in the 7-bedroom townhouse with breakfast each morning for 14 guests; special bridal dressing area; a living room and kitchen for your rehearsal dinner for up to 40 people. For more wedding information and options click here.
Don’t miss out on these great spring deals at Granlibakken!
Friday, March 16th, 2012
St. Patrick’s Day is a widely celebrated and recognized day although it is not a legal holiday in the United States. None-the-less Granlibakken guests will not miss out on the fun, festive activities.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Alpine Meadows. Come dressed in your best St. Patrick’s Day costume for a chance to win a CamelBak full of swag! All costumes will be judged at the St. Patrick’s Day Après Ski Party taking place in the Alpine Bar from 2pm to 5pm. Enjoy Irish food and drink specials and live music by the Nibblers! Drink specials include $5 Guinness, Smithwick’s Cream Ale and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey. Food specials available at the Last Chair Bar include $5 Irish Nachos and Shepherd’s Pie.
Homewood Mountain Resort celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a Pot O’ Gold scavenger hunt, green beer and green bull cocktails, corned beef and cabbage in Homewood’s South Lodge starting at noon, selling limited-edition “I Shamrock Homewood” t-shirts ($10 to Homewood season pass holders and $15 to the general public) and a St. Patty’s Twilight Ski, during which guests are invited to hit the slopes from 4-7 p.m. (after the resort typically closes) via the Quail triple chair in addition to daytime skiing and riding. One lucky guest will find Homewood’s “Pot O’ Gold” hidden on the slopes of Homewood. The Homewood Pot O’ Gold will contain treasures such as a lift ticket 3-pack, a 2012/2013 season pass, and a West Shore Café & Inn gift card. Guests will receive hints as to the whereabouts on the Homewood Facebook page on or before St. Patrick’s Day.
You won't want to miss your chance at these limited-edition t-shirts.
Northstar is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with fun and specials for the whole family. The whole mountain is joining in on the fun. Chilly Pepper’s Dos is offering breakfast and lunch specials including corned beef hash and fried eggs and corned beef tacos with a spicy sauerkraut. Join Northstar and EpicMix for the first ever St. Patrick’s Day EpicMix Scavenger Hunt. Join fellow EpicMixers in an on-mountain scavenger hunt, compete in challenges, earn EpicMix pins such as Pot O’ Gold pin (earned for riding any lift or gondola on St. Patrick’s Day), Patroller Pin, Kiss Me I’m Irish Pin, Ripperoo Pin, Puzzle Me Pin, Mystery Lift Pin, Luck of the Irish Pin, Shamrockin’ Pin, Go Team! Pin, Safety first Pin and Chondolier Pin. Solve riddles to unlock special EpicMix virtual pins in various locations throughout Northstar. Register in person from 11:30 am – 1 pm, $10 per person, $15 for a couple and $25 for three to five people. After the big “hunt” head to the Lodge at Big Springs at mid-mountain for an après party where each scavenger hunt participant will receive a free slice of pizza and 14 oz. beer or soda. There will be a raffle and prizes will be given to most visible green outfit and best Irish-themed outfit. While participating in the scavenger hunt try to “catch the leprechaun” from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on the mountain. The Northstar Ski & Snowboard School will have one of their members skiing or snowboarding around the mountain in a Leprechaun costume. If you “catch” them (stop them), the “catcher” will receive a free hot chocolate coupon! After skiing all day check out Baxter’s Bistro featuring live classic Irish folk music starting at 6 pm from The Roundabouts and traditional Irish food and drink specials.
Will you find the Pot O' Gold at one of the resorts this weekend?
Sugar Bowl will be hosting their annual Pot O’ Gold hunt on St. Patrick’s Day. Find clues scattered around the mountain which will lead you to the famous gold pot containing a Midweek pass for 2012/2013.
Don’t stop your partying after a day on the slopes. You won’t want to miss the BARmuda Triangle Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration 2012 which includes drink specials all night and no cover at three different locations. The fun starts at Jake’s on the Lake with traditional Irish food all day, Happy Hour discounts 4:30-6:30pm, live music from Mark Wilson at 6pm. The party continues at Hacienda del Lago with live funk “Terraplane” 9:30pm-2am, and L.A. DJ Dre Tuna at Lakeside 10pm-2am. Bounce around from bar to bar and enjoy music and drink specials all night at all three venues! The Bushmills Shot Girls will be on hand at all three locations all night.
Where will you be wearing green this weekend?
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge will host 16 snowsports journalists and guests this weekend to showcase the region and provide attendees an authentic flavor for the area, its residents and the activities that make Lake Tahoe a leading
Following a five-day conference at Tahoe South, which includes skiing, concerts, dinners and a cruise on Lake Tahoe, the travel and ski journalists representing national magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs and social media outlets will tour the West Shore of Lake Tahoe and three ski resorts as part of a post trip of the North American Snowsports Journalist Association National Conference. The event designed to generate significant editorial coverage for the area as a leading winter destination.
Jessica Kunzer of Ski Utah poses with the Travelocity gnome on an après cruise on Lake Tahoe.
Members attending this conference represent the Associated Press, SKI Magazine, Snow.com, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, Examiner.com, 7×7 Magazine, San Jose Mercury News, LA Daily Breeze, Contra Costa Times, Trenton (New Jersey) Times and NJ.com.
“The West Shore of Lake Tahoe and our world class ski resorts provide for the perfect cap on the NASJA conference,” said Kay Williams, general manager of Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge. “Journalists will learn about the significant changes underway here to share with readers throughout the country.”
In addition to overall destination stories, conference attendees will be provided updates on major plans at Homewood Mountain Resort and capital improvement at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
The West Shore post-trip of the NASJA National Conference includes land, lake and air. Attendees will take the Tahoe Bleu Wave yacht from South Shore, arriving at Homewood Mountain Resort for a tour and skiing. An opening night reception will include an overview presentation of the area and a welcome from the evening’s sponsors. The journalists will ski at Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics on Saturday with a visit to Alpine Meadows on Sunday.
Established in 1963, first as the United States Ski Writers Association, the North American Snowsports Journalists Association is a professional group of more than 250 writers, authors, photographers, filmmakers and broadcasters who report ski- and snowboard-related news, information and features throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, via the various media. Corporate members include media contacts or employees of ski/snowboard-related businesses, such as resorts, convention and visitor associations, equipment and clothing manufacturers, or any others who have a commercial interest in the journalistic coverage of those sports.
Friday, March 2nd, 2012
With plenty of fresh snow giving the region a sunny disposition, check out the 31st Annual North Lake Tahoe SnowFest on the west shores of Lake Tahoe, March 2 – 11.
To celebrate SnowFest, we’ve picked a few “Must Attend” events through the week. For more information about SnowFest and a complete list of events, visit the organization’s redesigned website here.
Friday, March 2: Opening Night Ceremonies, Laser Show, Torchlight Parade and Fireworks at Squaw Valley USA, which has partnered with World Champion medalist and former alpine ski racer Daron Rahlves. Rahlves and his Olympic buddies will officially kick off SnowFest with the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour at the Opening Night Ceremonies. Channel your inner ski bum around 9 p.m. for the 3rd annual Hot Dog 80s Retro Party at the Cornice Cantina — Olympic Valley. If you haven’t seen Hot Dog the Movie take a night and rent the cult classic. Hot Dog was made at Squaw Valley, and has numerous “local celebrities” in the film. Everyone is encouraged to dress the part of your favorite character from the movie, and come ready to dance the night away in that good old ’80s style we all knew and loved so well. Some “celebrities’ from the film will be on site as guest bartenders so look sharp, and maybe you can catch a picture with your favorites.
Saturday, March 3: Either watch or take the plunge into Lake Tahoe if you dare for the 22nd annual Gar Woods Polar Swim at Garwoods Grill & Pier, 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Annual Gar Woods Polar Swim
Sunday, March 4: The Great Ski Race® begins in Tahoe City, at the Tahoe XC Center and goes over the hill, ending at the Cottonwood in Truckee, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday-Wednesday, March 7-8: A SnowFest favorite, a Tahoe City tradition, the Fastest Bartender Competition, continues in Truckee at the Tourist Club, 7 to 11 p.m. Participants compete in a timed competition making various drinks from the menu. Winners will be awarded prizes for best time.
Contenders can register on the night of the event. Meanwhile, every bartender thinks they make the “Ultimate Bloody Mary”
but Thursday you’ll find out who wins title of “Bloody Mary Master.”
This competition will be coveted by all to try and come up with their special ingredients to claim the title for the North Tahoe Region. Cornice Cantina, Olympic Valley, 4 to 7 p.m.
Thursday,March 9: Enjoy great ribs at the Bridgetender during its 4th annual Rib Fest. This extravaganza of barbecue ribs takes place on the outside patio & bar of the Bridgetender in Tahoe City from 4 to 7 p.m.
SnowFest Kings Beach Parade
Friday, March 10: Bring out your “best pooch” sweaters on Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. to the North Tahoe Events Center in Kings Beach for a howlin’ good time. Go to watch or bring your own pooch and dress them up in their “Saturday best”, “cutest”, “scariest” or other fun costumes. All dogs welcome and will be entered in the must-attend SnowFest Kings Beach Parade, 11:30 to 12:30 at Kings Beach. Afterwards head over to Kings Beach Chevron for the New York Hot Dog Stand Hot Dog Eating Contest. This is not about eating a bunch of steaming dogs but a competition to devour one giant custom-made 5 pound hot dog. Eat it in a record time and you’ll have a chance of winning the cash purse prize. Entry fee is $20 but if you’re not in the mood to eat, you’ll want to watch.
Meanwhile, check-in at Granlibakken for a number of overnight lodging options in time for SnowFest revelry. Enjoy the resort’s comfortable amenities such as its famous hot buffet breakfast, the Lighthouse Spa, heated outdoor pool, sauna and hot tub, and plenty of hills to ski, sled and snowshoe. Accommodations range from cozy lodge rooms to studios with fireplaces and kitchens to one to eight bedroom townhomes.
Monday, February 27th, 2012
Ski at Squaw or Alpine and leap into a night or more stay at Granlibakken. Wednesday’s Leap Day only happens every four years, so the timing is ideal for an all-out midweek ski getaway at either Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows with a few nights lodging at Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.
To celebrate the arrival of fresh powder and the odd calendar day, Squaw and Alpine are offering $29 lift tickets on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
Adults, young adults and kids can all take to the hill and enjoy 5,000 acres and over 30 lifts between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows – all on a $29 lift ticket. But you will have to act fast. In order to take advantage of the incredible $29 lift tickets, guests must purchase by midnight of Tuesday, Feb. 28. Leap day tickets are available for purchase online at www.squaw.com and www.skialpine.com, or by calling 1-800-403-0206.
Meanwhile, you can check-in at Granlibakken, which offers affordable and luxurious stay and ski lodging packages and the resort’s comfortable amenities such as its famous hot buffet breakfast (optional), the Lighthouse Spa, heated outdoor pool, sauna and hot tub and plenty of on-site hills to ski, sled and snowshoe.
Accommodations range from cozy lodge rooms to studios with fireplaces and kitchens to one to eight bedroom townhouses. (800) 543-3221
Lighthouse Spa offers a menu of wellness packages including therapeutic massage, skin care, spa manicure-pedicures, holistic body treatments, body waxing and health consultations from a staff of professional therapists.
Granlibakken, home to the 1932 Olympic ski jumping trials, maintains its rustic charm delivering a high-tech vacation headquarters for families, groups and travelers: free Wi-Fi throughout the resort and transportation from the Reno-Tahoe airport. Situated on 74 forested acres, the property feels quiet and secluded, yet is located one mile from downtown Tahoe City.
Where are you spending your leap day?
Thursday, January 26th, 2012
Welcome back winter! There is new snow and great skiing all around Lake Tahoe. Granlibakken is Tahoe’s original ski resort near Tahoe City, with central lodging and ski and stay packages for 8 area resorts.
For $139 a person you get one adult all-day lift ticket to your choice of one of Tahoe’s 8 ski resorts, one night’s lodging, a hot breakfast buffet and use of sauna, heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
Located on 74 secluded acres on the northwest corner of the lake, Granlibakken offers accommodations ranging from cozy lodge rooms to studios with fireplaces and kitchens to one to eight bedroom townhomes. Not really interested in skiing or snowboarding? No problem! The lift ticket is exchangeable for a $50 credit for on-site amenities at the Lighthouse Spa or the Tahoe Cross Country Center to explore miles of historic cross country ski trails. But if the mountains are calling you, choose one of the close resorts that best fits your interest.
There's plenty of snow to make a few turns.
For a smaller mountain with spectacular views of the lake you’ll definitely want to make the short trip to Homewood Mountain Resort. Only 6.1 miles away from Granlibakken, Homewood offers 1,260 skiable acres, 8 lifts and 60 trails. Make the most of your day at the smaller resort of Homewood then head back to Granlibakken to snuggle up next to the fire.
Alpine Meadows is a known local favorite. Ski or snowboard across 2,400 acres with 14 lifts, 100 trails and 7 bowls. You don’t have to go far for dining and shopping as Alpine Meadows has both on location. A short drive of 8.3 miles will put you at Alpine in no time for a day filled with skiing or snowboarding.
Squaw Valley USA, home of the 1960 winter Olympics, offers visitors skiing/snowboarding, shopping, and dining. With 4,000 skiable acres across 6 peaks, 30 lifts and 170+ trails Squaw is consistently one of the top destinations for skiers and snowboarders around the world to visit in Lake Tahoe. The Village at Squaw offers shopping, first class restaurants, live music as well as other events throughout the year. Don’t miss Squaw’s High Camp which offers ice skating, an Olympic museum and a pool and hot tub. Just 8.5 miles from Granlibakken, Squaw is guaranteed to keep you busy and entertained all day.
Vail Resorts newest addition, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, also has a lot to offer and was recently named two-time Olympic gold medalist Shawn White’s home mountain. Northstar has 3,170 skiable acres, 20 lifts, 97 trails and 7 terrain parks for your skiing pleasure. If you tire quickly from skiing the Village at Northstar offers ice skating, premium dining and shopping. Located 10.4 miles from Granlibakken, Northstar is another excellent resort with an abundance of activities.
Another local favorite is Sugar Bowl. With 1,500 skiable acres across 4 peaks, 13 lifts and 95 trails Sugar Bowl, like Homewood, is a smaller option, but one that is not void of great runs and a fun day of skiing or snowboarding. A little further of a drive at 24.8 miles, Sugar Bowl will show Granlibakken guests a different side of the north shore of Lake Tahoe.
For panoramic views of both Lake Tahoe and Nevada Mt. Rose is the place for you. Mt. Rose has 1,200+ skiable acres, 8 lifts and 60+ trails available. Located 25.5 miles away from Granlibakken, it is a bit further of a drive but definitely worth it for the unbeatable views.
Wool socks and a cozy fire are perfect on cold winter nights.
The largest resort Heavenly, offers 4,800 skiable acres, 30 lifts and 97 trails. 31.8 miles away from Granlibakken, Heavenly has more than enough to keep a family entertained for a day. Other than skiing and snowboarding with incomparable views of the lake, the Heavenly Village offers ice skating, a variety of dining options, shopping, a movie theater and Après happy hour deals both on and off the mountain.
A South shore favorite is Sierra-at-Tahoe, with 2,000 skiable acres, 14 lifts, 46 trails and 5 terrain parks to keep skiers and snowboarders wanting more. One of the best places to have lunch in Tahoe is the 360º Smokehouse BBQ at the Grandview lodge at Sierra. The delicious menu and panoramic views of the Lake Tahoe basin make the 40.1 mile drive from Granlibakken worth it.
Any of these 8 resorts are an easy drive for a day filled with skiing and/or snowboarding, shopping and dining. And the best part is at the end of the day you get to return to your cozy and personal lodging at Granlibakken.
Don’t miss this opportunity! Have you booked your winter retreat to Granlibakken yet?
Friday, December 30th, 2011
3…2…1… Happy New Year! New Years Eve always brings parties, family, friends and resolutions. Still no plans for New Years Eve? Start the year off right and make a reservation at.
Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge
Granlibakken Resort is the perfect place to be for the New Year’s Holiday. Don’t worry about having to drive on New Year’s Eve because Granlibakken offers a party and a place to stay. For $195 you have lodging, festivities and an abundance of fun.
Enjoy a New Years Eve buffet party with all the guests ($195 rate includes two seats) at the Cedar House Pub. Dance the night away with music all night. Take a break from dancing for dessert and champagne at 11:30 p.m. As the countdown to the New Year stats make sure you have your date to kiss at midnight! Sip on champagne in traditional New Years Eve fashion and enjoy an evening with your friends and/or family.
Cheers to 2012!
While you’re visiting make sure to check out Tahoe City for the Shop Local Contest! All day every day Shop Local and win Prizes. For every $20 spent at a participating business earn a sticker, 3 stickers and you can enter to win prizes. 13 or more stickers and you are eligible for a Grand Prize worth $500.
So if you are undecided about New Years come to a place that has it all. Granlibakken is always happy to have you and is sure to offer an unforgettable celebration. Happy New Year!
Dance the night away.
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.
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?
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
This Saturday, April 2nd, at Homewood Mountain Resort, Bjorn t’ Party, our Nordic spokesman, will be leading the charge as armor-clad skiers and snowboarders take over the slopes to “velcome” spring with Viking costume contests, tug-of-war, a snowman building competition and more.
Skiers and boarders who arrive in Viking regalia will receive a $5 discount on lift tickets for the day and will find additional savings throughout the resort food and beverage venues.
Additionally, if you upload a photo of yourself pillaging secret stashes of powder, horns or armor and all, to Granlibakken’s Facebook page, you will be entered to win a stay at Granlibakken, complete with lift tickets to Homewood.
As we like to say at Granlibakken, everything’s better with horns on. We’ll see you on Saturday!