February 18th, 2014
Lake Tahoe ski resorts look to more snow in the forecast with big events. Granlibakken offers week day stay and ski packages with access to seven different local resorts.
Take a twilight snowshoe tour through the Lake Tahoe area with Northstar.
Going on now at Squaw Valley through Feb. 23 is the 2014 Winter Games Festival with televised events, daily drink specials, competitions and ice skating.
Jibs and Jumps guides both skiers and snowboarders into the playful realm of man-made and natural features: boxes, rails, tabletops, tree jibs and wind lips Feb. 28, March 7 and March 14.
Competitions for the little ones are currently being highlighted through Feb. 22 with a weeklong kids extravaganza. Kid-O-Rama offers non-stop fun for kids of all ages. Be sure to check out Big Truck Night in the Village featuring fire trucks, snowplows and grooming machines in the Village.
A twilight snowshoe tour at Northstar California is set for Feb. 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Take in the beautiful Tahoe winter nights in a peaceful and serene mountain setting – all while getting some great exercise. There will be two to three different routes ranging in difficulty and distance so you can choose the group you’re most comfortable with.
Ever wonder how Lake Tahoe’s earliest pioneers got around? Check out the Feb. 22 Snowshoe Through History Tour at Sugar Pine Point State Park. Join a State Park Interpreter at 11 a.m. for an easy, informative and free 90 minute hike along Lake Tahoe’s shore. Discover what attracted Tahoe’s earliest settlers and uncover secrets of the Hellman-Ehrman Estate in Sugar Pine Point State Park.
Looking for some high-flying action? Catch the Butterbox Rail Jam at Northstar California Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Northstar Park Crew will build a custom feature in the beach area of the Village.
Need more adventure? Don’t miss any of the SnowFest! activities during your February stay at Granlibakken.
February 11th, 2014
With fresh snow at Lake Tahoe ski resorts and more in the forecast, Granlibakken looks to move towards this year’s SnowFest! celebration, Feb. 28 through March 9.
SnowFest! arrives with a Kick off to SnowFest! Party, Feb. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Garwoods Grill. Every spring since 1982, North Lake Tahoe comes alive with ten action-packed days and nights of events and activities for all ages. This kick-off event starts with great food, Garwoods signature drink – the “Wet Woody,” raffle prizes and music.
SnowFest! opening ceremonies and fireworks will be Friday, Feb. 28. The 33rd annual event pays tribute to Lake Tahoe’s north and west shores with winter activities. Squaw Valley will kick of the celebration with a colorful fireworks show, extreme food eating challenge, and live music. SnowFest! action continues through March 9 with games, events, activities, competition and snow.
The Granlibakken Ski Hut can take care of all of your race needs.
Catch high-flying action when the US Airbag Tour at Homewood touches ground Feb. 28 through March 2, daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A 14 foot kicker launches willing daredevils into a 50-foot-by-50-foot giant airbag overlooking Lake Tahoe. Stomp that trick you have always wanted to do – without fear and get killer pictures doing it.
As part of 2014 SnowFest! activities, Granlibakken joins in the winter madness festival with the Granlibakken’s Gone Bonkers Kids Ski and Snowboard Race, Sunday, March 2 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The first-time event features a top to bottom race on Granlibakken’s ski area’s natural terrain, complete with gates, obstacles, bumps and thrills.
Race registration is $5 for Granlibakken guests and $25 for non-guests. Competition will be divided by age groups: 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12 with one race per participant. The prizes include gift certificates for pizza, ice cream, art shops and items provided by local ski shops.
Besides the competition, there are family activities including the resort’s Tree Top Adventure Park voted No. 1 as a Lake Tahoe activity by TripAdvisor.com. The obstacle course playground is set in the trees, 30 feet off the ground. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through a number of obstacles, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges.
What SnowFest! events are you looking forward to seeing?
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?