January 29th, 2014
One of the largest ski areas in the U.S., Heavenly Mountain Resort boasts 4,800 acres of skiable terrain that straddles the border of California and Nevada at Lake Tahoe‘s south shore.
Test your skills at one of Heavenly’s terrain parks.
Photo: Shutter Steez.
Whether you’re looking to bring your spouse, significant other or packing up the family for a ski trip, Granlibakken’s partnership with Heavenly is a great deal. The stay and ski packages begin at $150 and include lodging, a lift ticket, access to onsite skiing and sledding hills, heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna, plus Granlibakken‘s famous hot breakfast buffet.
Rounding January and moving into February, the promise for new snow is looking good. Adding to earlier snow from December and Heavenly’s extensive snowmaking system that produces three-and-a-half feet of snow across one acre in an hour and and able to cover 73 percent of the resort’s trails, the season is anything but over.
Snow reports can be found online, while webcams provide real-time views every five minutes of the latest conditions.
By the numbers: Heavenly has a base elevation of 6,540 feet on the California side and 7,200 feet on the Nevada side with a summit elevation of 10,067 feet providing for a vertical rise of 3,500 feet.
There are 29 lifts that take skiers and boarders to 97 trails. Of the trails, 20% are considered beginner, 34% intermediate and 35% expert/advanced. Heavenly averages around 360 inches of snowfall in a season.
Skiers and snowboarders are thrilled with varied terrain that includes rolling glades, terrain parks and challenging technical steeps. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, Heavenly offers something for everyone, including easy groomed runs, back-country-like terrain, tree runs and exciting terrain parks. You can see the full layout by going to the trail maps.
From beginning, intermediate to expert, Heavenly offers all-ages ski and snowboard instruction with a staff of trained coaches. You receive your instruction in a group or if you prefer, privately.
Whether you’re heading up to start your day of skiing and riding or going to Café Blue on the observation deck to grab a bite to eat, take a 2.4 mile ride in the Heavenly Ski Resort Gondola. At the observation deck you’ll see panoramic views of the lake and see the town from above the trees.
Heavenly Mountain’s newest 14,720-square-foot restaurant and lodge, Tamarack, at the top of the Gondola (that’s 9,150 feet) offers guests views of both the Nevada and California slopes of Heavenly in Lake Tahoe. Tamarack is home to Unbuckle Après Ski Party featuring DJs, food and drink specials, and the Heavenly Angels each Friday and Saturday from 3:30 pm to 5:30pm.
Hungry or thirsty? Heavenly offers plenty of on-mountain dining options, from morning breakfast and hot coffee warm-ups, to afternoon sandwiches, burgers, pizza and beers.
Have you made Heavenly Mountain Resort a part of your 2014 stay and ski plans?
January 27th, 2014
A short drive from Granlibakken is Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and one of Lake Tahoe‘s world class resorts with 3,600 skiable acres and 30 lifts accessing wide open bowls, impeccably groomed trails, small to large terrain parks and steeps that will challenge any novice skier or rider.
Test your skills in one of Squaw’s six terrain parks.
Photo: Squaw Valley.
Granlibakken’s stay and ski packages begin at $150 and include lodging, a lift ticket, access to onsite skiing and sledding hills, heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna, plus Granlibakken‘s famous hot breakfast buffet. There is shuttle service that runs from Granlibakken to Squaw so getting there could not be easier.
Because of its Olympic reputation and terrain that is spread across six mountain peaks, Squaw Valley is consistently ranked as one of the top ski areas in the country by national ski publications.
Squaw Valley begins with a base elevation of 6,200 feet and tops out with Granite Chief at 9,050 feet. With an average of 450 inches of snow annually and snowmaking capabilities that stretch over 600 acres, skiers have plenty of options to choose across Snow King, Broken Arrow, KT-22, Emigrant, Squaw Peak and Granite Chief. Check out the trail maps before you go.
Squaw offers an impressive number of lifts to choose from including a 110-person Aerial, a 28-person Funitel gondola, four Express 6-pacs, three Express Quads, a Fixed-Grip Quad, nine Triple Chairs, six Double Chairs, three Surface Lifts and two Magic Carpets. Check out the live webcam for current conditions.
Squaw has six challenging terrain parks and was ranked No. 6 Resort and No. 10 Pipe in the 2013 Transworld SNOWboarding resort poll.
Squaw Valley also offers Lake Tahoe’s most extensive night skiing terrain including the 3.2 mile Mountain Run – all under the light of a specially-made floodlight system, utilizing 1000 watt, color-corrected High Pressure Sodium bulbs, that allow for superior contrast and easier vision on the snow.
Are you looking to brush up on your skiing or boarding skills or are a first-timer, Squaw Valley offers private, group or specialty lessons that allow skiers and boarders of all ages to feel comfortable on the snow.
Burton’s Learn to Ride program is designed to make learning to snowboard fun and easy by combining proven teaching methodologies with beginner-specific equipment. As part of the Learn To Ride program, Squaw offers specially designed equipment for beginner snowboarders for kids and adults.
Off the slopes, The Village at Squaw Valley is famous for its breakfasts, burgers and beer set around a fire pit surrounded by mountain peaks. Whether you’re up for a sushi lunch or a steak dinner or would rather sip a microbrew, The Village has 25 different restaurants to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite.
Shopping opportunities in Squaw Valley abound. Whether you’re looking for a new pair of skis or snowboard, gloves, goggles, home accents, fine jewelry or little knick knacks to take home, they’re easy to find at the Village.
Is Squaw Valley a part of your winter or spring ski vacation plans at Granlibakken?
January 14th, 2014
Perched atop Tahoe’s Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Resort, established in 1939, is one of the country’s oldest ski areas and is the closest major resort to Sacramento and the Bay Area.
Catch some air at Sugar Bowl Resort when you stay at Granlibakken.
Photo: Sugar Bowl Resort.
Stay and ski packages begin at $150 and include lodging, a lift ticket, access to onsite skiing and sledding hills, heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna, plus Granlibakken‘s famous hot breakfast buffet.
Sugar Bowl offers terrain to accommodate beginners and challenge experts, spreading across four peaks with 103 trails serviced by 13 lifts and 1,650 acres with 1,500 vertical feet. Seventeen percent of the resort’s trails are reserved for beginners, 45% intermediate and 38% advanced. Check out the terrain on their webcams.
Sugar Bowl is a favorite because it maintains a classic ski atmosphere while providing modern amenities, with more than $20 million in upgrades made in 2013. The upgrades include a new chairlift that opens an entire new peak to lift-served skiing and riding, a new fitness and aquatic center and a ski-in/ski-out campus for Sugar Bowl Academy.
More than three miles long, Crowley’s off of Mt. Lincoln is Sugar Bowl’s longest run, while the steepest would be The Palisades. Skiers and boarders say Sugar Bowl’s best kept secret is Strawberry Fields. Find out where you’re going before you hit the slopes with their trail map.
Sugar Bowl’s terrain park is off Mt. Judah Express and divided into three parks — Golden Gate, Coldstream and Caboose — all featuring jump lines, boxes, rails, spines, and mini boarder-x to name a few.
If you’re a first-time skier or boarder, or looking to brush up on your skills, Sugar Bowl offers lessons for children and adults, plus clinics and rentals. For children, The Den is a terrain-based learning school that simplifies and animates the process of getting kids on the slopes with a staff of accomplished instructors.
Meanwhile adults can take advantage of the Mountain Sports Learning Center which offers Progression Sessions that take you from first-time skier to intermediate skill level.
Whether you’re looking for some nourishment to jump start your day, or looking to wind down after skiing the Sierra Vista Bar & Grill at the Mt. Judah Lodge offers breakfast and lunch.
There’s also the Mid Mountain Lodge between Christmas Tree and Mt. Lincoln chairlifts that offers cafeteria and grill options such as pizzas, burgers and sandwiches as well as an upstairs loft bar for libations. There’s an outside barbecue area on weekends with a mountain-side deck that provides for stunning views of Disney’s East Face.
Meanwhile, The Village Lodge offers The Dining Room with French-inspired California cuisine in a classic high-alpine Lodge. Fine dining selections feature Scottish seared salmon, elk tenderloin and vegetarian penne pasta, complete with an extensive wine.
How will you enjoy Sugar Bowl?
January 13th, 2014
Olympic greatness returns to Lake Tahoe Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 with the Nordic Legends Dinner at Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge featuring 1960 Olympic medal winner Joe Pete Wilson.
The event is part of Olympic Heritage Celebration week, Jan. 11-19. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Cedar House Pub and features live music, Olympic athletes from around the region, presentations and an all-inclusive gourmet dinner prepared by Granlibakken head chef Rob Eber, featuring Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Hungarian dishes. The cost is $35 and reservations are required. Call 530-581-7582 or email to ensure your spot.
Cedar House Pub will donate 50% of the evening’s profits to the Sierra State Parks Olympic Snow Trail Restoration efforts.
Guest speakers include Nordic Olympian Wilson who represented the U.S. along with his teammates in the 1960 Olympics held at Squaw Valley. The team won the bronze medal in the four-man bobsledding event.
It is widely held that the seeds of Squaw’s Olympic glory were sown at Granlibakken, famous for its Olympic Hill ski jump and home of the 1932 ski jumping trials. Guest speakers will talk about Tahoe and its contributions to Nordic skiing and the Olympics.
Wilson, a well-known administrator in the resort industry, a founder of what would become the Cross Country Ski Areas Association and author of several books, is now a consultant with Granlibakken’s ski and sled operation.
Olympic Heritage Celebration week champions Tahoe’s place in Olympic history with special events, guided snowshoe tours and meet and greets with past Olympians. Don’t miss your chance to relive Olympic history!
January 13th, 2014
A short drive from Lake Tahoe‘s west shore, Northstar California combines Sierra cool with on-mountain excitement that makes for a great ski and board experience.
Partnering with Granlibakken, stay and ski packages begin at $150 and include lodging, a lift ticket, access to onsite skiing and sledding hills, heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna, plus Granlibakken’s famous hot breakfast buffet.
Northstar is known for its impeccable grooming, world-class terrain parks and enough variety to challenge every level of skier. It offers 3,170 acres of skiable terrain on 97 trails, 20 lifts, two gondolas and a six-pack express. Of the terrain, 27% of the mountain is considered advanced, 60% intermediate, 13% beginner.
Northstar’s elevation ranges from 6,330 feet at the village, 6,800 feet at mid-mountain, and 8,610 at the summit for a total of 2,280 vertical feet.
The longest run is the 1.4 mile Logger’s Loop and the mountain offers nine additional runs that are one mile long with advanced runs on The Backside. Lookout Mountain offers 443 acres of advanced terrain, while Sawtooth Ridge has 344 acres of backcountry terrain open for experts when conditions permit. Northstar has the largest snowmaking system of any resort in North Lake Tahoe, covering more than 50% of the resort’s trails.
Northstar has built-in enhancements this season including a complete makeover of the Big Springs Gondola. Guests will now enjoy a comfortable ride to mid-mountain in refurbished cabins that feature new doors and windows, more cushioning in the seats, upgraded ski and snowboard racks that accommodate the newest technology, and a new exterior.
Northstar has seven terrain parks — the Burton Progression Park, Moonshine, The Straits, Pipeline, The Stash, Lil’ Stash, Pinball — as well as the 22-Foot Superpipe designed by two-time Olympian Shaun White.
Learning to ski or just need a refresher? Northstar offers a ski and snowboard school for children and adults, with group and private lessons. For snowboarders, Northstar offers the Burton Snowboard Academy that offers a unique terrain-based teaching method.
Northstar’s Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Center offers 35km of groomed and tracked trails for track, skate, snowshoe and Telemark.
Off the slopes there’s ice skating at the 9,000 square foot skating rink surrounded by plenty of shops at the Village at Northstar.
Northstar offers plenty of on-mountain and village with food ranging from on-the-go breakfasts to jump start your day, mid-day lunch choices, casual and fine dining, to Après Ski, bars and nightlife.
What is on your must do list when you visit Northstar?
January 2nd, 2014
Known as Tahoe‘s highest base resort, with an elevation of 8,260 feet and a summit of 9,700 feet, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe has more than 1,200 acres of some of the Sierra’s best powder dropping more than 1,800 vertical feet.
Mt. Rose is the closest resort to Reno and easy to get to from Granlibakken.
Photo: Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
Located a few miles north from Tahoe City, Mt. Rose has partnered with Granlibakken and offers value-added ski and stay packages for the 2014 ski and board season.
With an average annual snowfall of 350 inches, Mt. Rose has been named one of the “10 Hippest Ski Areas You Rarely Hear About” by MSN.com and one of the “10 Best Areas You’ve Never Skied” by SKI magazine.
Of the 60 trails, approximately 20% of the resort runs are for beginners, 30% intermediate, 40% advanced (black diamond), and 10% expert (double black diamond). The longest run is 2.5 miles. Get a feel for things before you go with their trail map.
Mt. Rose has two “six pack” high speed detachable chairs, two fixed grip quad chairs, two fixed grip triple chairs, and two surface lifts, the Flying Jenny and Little Mule. Check out the mountain with their webcams.
Mt. Rose has three terrain parks: DoubleDown, Badlands and the Pondo Parks. Each park is unique in both location and features offered. Parks are redesigned and adjusted on a regular basis.
Looking to brush up on your skills or are you a first-timer? Skiers and boarders can take lessons daily by any number of skilled instructors. First timers have access to three dedicated beginner lifts and are provided beginner-specific rental equipment.
Noteworthy runs are 200-acre The Chutes, an extreme challenge that offers some the longest vert in North America. This means you don’t just get a quick glimpse of a steep run, you get 1000-plus feet of north facing slopes with pitches from 40-55 degrees.
Dining at Mt. Rose includes eight restaurants, bars, and coffee shops with a variety of offerings.
Opened in 2009, Winters Creek Lodge is Mt. Rose’s newly built facility on the “Slide” side. The glass facade lodge and 8,000 square-foot outdoor deck accommodates up to 150 guests inside and features a panoramic view of Washoe Valley and Washoe Lake, fine dining and a Sky Bar.
December 23rd, 2013
From groomed boulevards to its trademark hidden powder stashes and incredible lake views, Homewood Mountain Resort has it all with more than 1,260 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain.
Homewood has unbeatable lake views to complete your day of skiing in Lake Tahoe.
Located a few miles from Granlibakken, Homewood is easy to access by vehicle or you can take the shuttle with daily pick-up at the front steps of Granlibakken at 8:30 a.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. When you’re done for the day, the shuttle brings you back.
Granlibakken has partnered with Homewood and offers value-added ski and stay packages for the 2013-14 ski and board season.
With an average seasonal snowfall of around 450 inches and a 300 days of trademark Tahoe sunshine, there’s a reason SKI Magazine ranked Homewood among the Top 10 resorts in California and Nevada last year.
Homewood has a base elevation of 7,230 feet and a summit of 7,880 feet that amounts to a 1,650 vertical foot elevation gain. There are 8 lifts providing access to 64 runs. Among those runs, 15 percent is considered beginner terrain, 50 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced, plus terrain parks. The longest run is the 2-mile long “Rainbow Ridge.”
Lifts open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (weather and conditions permitting). With Ellis Peak sheltering the entire Homewood mountain from high-ridge winds, the term “wind hold” is almost unheard of. Check out the interactive trail map here.
New to the slopes or looking for a refresher? Check out Homewood’s ski and snowboarding school, which offers all-ages beginner to advanced classes as well as “learn to ski and ride” packages for adults. Homewood is one of the only resorts of its kind to offer free intermediate and advanced lessons, Sundays through Fridays during non-peak dates throughout the season.
Among Homewood’s well-tuned terrain parks are:
- Lakeview Park at the bottom of Rainbow Ridge run
- Kolby’s Escape Park, at the top of Old Homewood Express Chairlift;
- Happy Park (also known as Shredwood), next to Happy Platter at the North Lodge beginner area featuring a 10 foot up box, a 10 foot down box, a 20 foot flat box jump, a 17 foot jump, a 20 foot A-frame rail, and a 20 foot hip with a rail.
- Madden Ridge Terrain Park near the top of the Madden Chairlift and Money Booter, just down from the Big Blue View Bar on Cradle run.
Will you visit Homewood during your stay at Granlibakken?
December 16th, 2013
Ring in the New Year at Lake Tahoe‘s Granlibakken with a cozy room, plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities and a New Year’s party with a delicious dinner, dancing, dessert and champagne.
Sip champagne while you ring in the New Year at the Cedar House Pub.
Whether you’re bringing the family, your spouse or significant other, Granlibakken has lodge rooms to eight bedroom condos, abundant ski, sledding, snowshoe and snowplay opportunities available for your holiday.
Granlibakken offers its famous hearty breakfast buffet each morning and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Cedar House Pub.
Celebrating the arrival of 2014, Granlibakken will serve a delicious New Year’s Eve dinner for two to guests featuring Salmon with Mango Salsa, Chicken Picatta with Lemon Caper Butter, Butternut Squash Lasagna with Shitake Mushrooms, Roast Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus, scalloped potatoes steamed seasoned mixed vegetables, mixed green fresh vegetables, butternut squash and Arugula salad, Leek and avocado salad with cherry tomatoes and special New Year desserts.
Following dinner will be dancing, dessert and champagne.
The onsite ski and sledding hill are open daily throughout the holidays as well as the equipment rental shop and snack bar. Feel like relaxing after a day on outdoors, check out the Granlibakken Day Spa, which offers a variety of options and wellness packages from a staff of professional therapists specializing in therapeutic massage, skin care, and holistic body treatments. Renew your body, mind and soul for an hour or a full day.
How will you celebrate New Year’s at Granlibakken?
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.
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?