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Ski & Stay with a Hot Winter Deal

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?

Stay, Play and Party at Granlibakken

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.


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.











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?

Grab your horns and head to Homewood this Saturday!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Pre-pow Bjorn.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!

Favorite Holiday Traditions – Ron Parson – Holland, Belgium, Switzerland

Friday, December 24th, 2010

As you all know, Granlibakken is a family-owned and operated resort. Today, we bring you holiday memories and cheer from Ron Parson, Owner and General Manager of Granlibakken.

Ron spent his childhood throughout Europe including Holland, Belgium and Switzerland where Christmas, or rather Sinterklaas, was celebrated on December 5th and 6th. Like Toni from Germany, Ron and his family would put shoes out on the front porch for St. Nicholas, who would fill them with candies, fruits and nuts the next morning. Over the years, Ron, Lauren and their four kids have carried these traditions on in their celebrations stateside placing wooden clogs on the porch, to be filled with Dutch candies, shipped from friends in Holland.

Ron’s mother directed the Christmas Pageant in Antwerp. Year after year, he would play the Little Drummer Boy. When he finally told his mother that he had outgrown the role, he was re-cast as the peddler. Ron’s brought the pageantry of his childhood to Granlibakken with the Torchlight Parade, visit from Santa Claus and most recently, Bjorn t’Party, our Viking in-residence. Just as his mother did, Ron’s cast his family in Granlibakken’s festival. His father plays Santa.

For Ron, the holidays have always been about family. With the holidays, the Parson family grows to include the extended Granlibakken family of Luis, Toni, Isti and the entire staff as well as Granlibakken’s friends in the Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City community.

On behalf of the Parson family, we at Granlibakken wish you a safe and merry holiday.


Perfect your snow angel making technique with Granlibakken’s on-site expert.

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Emma, from San Rafael, shows us how to make the perfect snow angel at Granlibakken’s snow play area.

Snowflakes descend upon Granlibakken

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

With snow fall increasing rapidly throughout yesterday and into the evening, North Lake Tahoe awoke to as much as two feet of fresh powder at higher elevations. A pillowy blanket of snow covered Granlibakken’s sled and ski hill at sunrise this morning to add to the base layer now firmly in place from the Thanksgiving storms. The snow expected Friday and Saturday and into next week will make our Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade and holiday festivities all the merrier.

Sunrise at Granlibakken

Sunrise at Granlibakken

Fun on the Ski Hill for Any Age

Friday, December 10th, 2010

We at Tahoe Mountain Sports have to share what our friend Makenna’s been up to! Though she’s only 16 months, she’s hit the slopes 4 times this season already! It sure is a hard life growing up in Tahoe.

makenna on skis

If you’re visiting Granlibakken with kids and want to get them up on the hill, know that skiing can be super fun at a young age. Though Makenna isn’t quite making her own turns yet, she’s getting the feel for the snow under her feet, and is charged up to hit the slopes, even wearing her ski boots around the house!

makenna skiing 2

Read Makenna’s blog post on the Tahoe Mountain Sports blog for her tips and tricks to skiing when you’re little. Kids must be at least 7 years old to take a ski lesson at Granlibakken, but you can always access the hill on your own, or goof around in the snow play area.

This post is brought to you by Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach, on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Stop by while you’re in town, or visit us anytime online!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa is coming December 12th!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Every year, the Tahoe City Rotary Club hosts a Sled and Santa Day at Granlibakken. Pack up the kids and join us on December 12th for free sledding plus gifts from Santa, who arrives, not by sleigh, but by Tahoe City fire truck. Festivities kick off at noon.

Santa's come to Granlibakken!

Santa's come to Granlibakken!

Thanks for the Snow, November!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Did you get a taste of Tahoe’s big November snowstorm? We at Tahoe Mountain Sports made the cold-hardy Granlibakken Vikings proud by getting out and playing in the deep stuff.

We headed just a few miles from Granlibakken on Tahoe’s West Shore, where the snow is always the deepest… our tracks had us breaking snow up to our thighs! Black Diamond skis were definitely the tools of choice and the Black Diamond Megawatt made its earliest season debut in years. Enjoy this photo from the Lake Tahoe backcountry, and come enjoy the snow yourself! It will just keep coming down in December.

lake tahoe backcountry

This post is excerpted from the Tahoe Mountain Sports Blog. Check it out for more photos and video! And shop Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach while you’re here, and online anytime, anywhere – we ship to more than 100 countries worldwide.

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