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Explore Granlibakken’s ungroomed terrain on skis and snowshoes

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Whether you strap on a pair of long skis or snow shoes, there’s plenty of action off the beaten path around Granlibakken’s 74-acre playground at Lake Tahoe’s west shore.

Strap on cross country skis or snowshoes and begin your adventure at Granlibakken.

Strap on cross country skis or snowshoes and begin your adventure at Granlibakken.

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. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available daily.

You’re in control of how far you want to go and how long you want to push. You can either bring your kids along or leave them at the ski and snowboard hill and separate snowplay area for sledding, beginning and intermediate skiing.

Affordable and packed with thrills, guests can rent equipment (cross country skis and poles, boots, snowshoes and helmets) and then begin their adventure.

For a quick break or nourishment in between cuts through the forest there’s a warming hut and Ski Hut Snack Bar.

Pack in a day’s worth of downhill action at Granlibakken’s ski and snowplay area

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Who says you have to power through crowded mountains and long lift lines to have a good time? Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge offers 74 acres of an outdoor playground including its own intimate ski and snowboard hill and separate snowplay area, ideal for families with children, beginning and intermediate skiers.

All ages are welcome on the Ski & Sled Hill!

All ages are welcome on the Ski & Sled Hill!

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.

There’s even ski school for first-time skiers and boarders or folks looking to fine-tune their turning skills. Lessons are offered twice in the morning and once in the afternoon, Friday through Sunday.

For a quick break or nourishment in between runs there’s a warming hut and the Ski Hut Snack Bar which features Mexican foods, hot soup, chili and daily specials.

The ski hill and snack bar are open Friday through Sunday. Adult lift rates are $24 full day, $16 half day. Full day for children 12 and under is $14 and half day, $10. For private parties and corporate team building you can rent the ski hill for an entire day Monday through Thursday. Call (530) 581-7533 or (800) 543-3221 for information or reservations.

Meanwhile, sledding at Tahoe is a time-honored tradition and for years generations of families have traded their skis for saucers to slide down Granlibakken’s snowplay area.

The snow play hill, open daily, ensures enough gradient for slick and swift rides by way of plastic saucers (tubes, toboggans and metal sleds are not allowed).

Granlibakken also offers plenty of Sierra terrain to explore by way of cross country skis or snowshoes. Guests have easy access to popular trailheads which provide miles of ungroomed terrain. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available daily.

What’s your favorite outdoor winter activity?

Memorable winter weddings at Granlibakken

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

A wedding set in a 74-acre Lake Tahoe winter wonderland makes for unforgettable and picture-esque memories. Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge offers several venues for that special day, including luxurious lodging and receptions.

A snowy backdrop could be the perfect setting for your special day.

A snowy backdrop could be the perfect setting for your special day.

Wedding packages include the ceremony and reception area, lodging, breakfast each morning for guests, a special dressing area for the bride and a living room and kitchen for your rehearsal dinner. Granlibakken offers a variety of memorable sites for year-round Lake Tahoe weddings.

Indoor weddings are featured at the Cedar House, which offers an intimate setting with a massive stone fireplace. The room, which seats 75 (100 with deck) effectively captures the magnificent mountain feeling of the Sierra. The Granhall seats up to 150 and is surrounded with windows overlooking the patio and rustic pines. For larger weddings there’s the Mountain Ballroom, which seats up to 350 guests. The Big Pine offers the intimate indoor Executive Lodge Room with adjoining lawn and deck. Reminiscent of the great room of an old Tahoe lodge with all-wood interior, open beam architecture and an impressive stone fireplace, it is a wonderful setting for any special event.

Outdoor weddings are dependent on the weather and make for fabulous spring and summer spots to tie the knot. The Executive Lodge Lawn seats up to 250 and is designed for weddings and lawn receptions. Set apart from the rest of the resort, the lodge and lawn complement the wooded area surrounding them. The lodge is decorated with warm woods, open beams and a massive stone fireplace. A large outdoor deck opens to a sprawling lawn and natural landscaping including Ponderosa and Jeffrey pines. The Mountain/Garden Deck provides seating for up to 350 and offers an elevated stage for the wedding party and a large seating area for guests.

Receptions include: up to four hours of full wait staff, event set-up and clean-up, tables, chairs, standard linens and tableware. Complimentary to receptions are an event manager, cake cutting, toasting, umbrellas and heat lamps.

Menu selections are varied and suited to your particular desires. Choose a sit-down lunch or a buffet. It’s your wedding and we will work to make the food and service perfect. Optional services include bartenders, a dance floor, microphone and AV equipment and banquet choices.

The dining menu offers elaborate buffets options such as stuffed portobello mushrooms, mahi mahi sauté, and top sirloin with maitre d’hotel butter and a “build your own soup and sandwich” lunch buffet, to theme dinners and elegant banquets with dishes like Petite Filet Mignon and Shrimp Sauté, Granlibakken’s Chef Ron Eber prepares a variety of savory dishes to suit your group’s taste. In addition to mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres, main courses and deserts, Granlibakken offers a complete wine and beer list, as well as a full bar.

For more information call (877) 552-6301.

Are you planning a winter wedding?

New Year’s Eve at Granlibakken

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

With a week’s worth of outdoor holiday adventure at Lake Tahoe’s Granlibakken, nothing compares to the cozy fireside dining that awaits guests inside the lodge on New Year’s Day. Chef Ron Eber and the Granlibakken culinary team — who received a Gold Medal and Judge’s Choice top honors at the 2012 Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival — will prepare a scrumptious New Year’s dinner, featuring an array of seasonal favorite dishes.

Ring in your New Year at Granlibakken!

The New Year’s dinner menu features:

— An assortment of fresh and preserved vegetables with savory dressings

— Arugula, multi-colored beet, and chevre salad with a cranberry vinaigrette

— Granlibakken’s award-winning stuffed mushroom cap with red lentil hash, maple leaf duck breast, chevre and currant jam

— Stuffed tomato with curried bay shrimp

— Salmon with mango salsa

— Chicken Picatta with lemon caper butter

— Vegetarian pot pie

— Roast prime rib of beef au jus (carving station)

— Scalloped potatoes

— Ratatouille

— A special New Year’s dessert

To reserve a table or book a holiday lodging package at a 2012 Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence winner, call (530) 583-4242 or (877) 552-6301.

All accommodations include access to amenities such as heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna, hot breakfast buffets, the Lighthouse Spa, the Tree Top Adventure Park, ski and snow play and the Tahoe Cross Country Center to explore miles of historic cross-country ski trails.

Home to the 1932 Olympic ski jumping trials, Granlibakken maintains its rustic charm while blending tradition and technology with free Wi-Fi throughout the resort and ground transportation from Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Will you be spending your New Year’s Eve at Granlibakken?

North Shore: The Gentle Side of Tahoe’s Ski Scene

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

by Yvette Cardozo, RFT Ski Editor

 

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.

ALPINE/SQUAW APP
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.

Spring skiing means Tahoe’s best lodging packages at Granlibakken

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!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Tahoe City

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?

NASJA Conference comes to Granlibakken

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
winter destination.

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.

 

31st Annual North Lake Tahoe SnowFest

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.

 

 

Stay and Play – Leap Year Edition

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?

 


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