March 21st, 2013
Spring has arrived at Granlibakken and with it comes fresh weather systems, sunshine and a mountain of ski, board and relaxation opportunities.
Tucked away nicely on the west shore, Homewood and Granlibakken have teamed up to offer a ski package that promises great views of Tahoe, easy access to the mountain, un-crowded runs, lodging at Granlibakken, and a full hot buffet breakfast. The cost starts at $99 which is quite the deal!
Ski in a t-shirt this spring at Homewood. You won’t be cold.
Photo Courtesy of Homewood Mountain Resort
Looking to explore other mountains? Granlibakken offers its timely spring ski and board packages that include the Treetop Adventure Park option. Lake Tahoe’s premier ski resorts are just a short drive from Granlibakken. The $145 ski/board package is one of the best ways to experience Tahoe. The package provides lodging, a hot breakfast buffet and lift ticket access to the nearby world class ski mountains including Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly Mountain Resort or Sierra-at-Tahoe.
With this deal, you can also choose the option of spending the day at the Tahoe Cross Country Center, get a $60 credit at the Granlibakken’s Lighthouse Spa, or if you’re up for another kind of physical challenge besides those found on the slopes, you can take your spring step to California’s first Treetop Adventure Park, “where ropes course meets zip line on steroids.” The high-tree intertia-bending course consists of platforms installed along tree tops that are connected by various configurations of cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through various obstacle courses, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges that promotes teamwork at 30-feet above the ground.
How do you plan to spend your spring in Lake Tahoe?
March 18th, 2013
With spring officially arriving this week, two things come to mind, spring skiing and Easter weekend.
Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge offers great lodging opportunities for a holiday weekend filled with dining, music and Easter egg hunts.
Where will you search for Easter eggs during your holiday stay at Granlibakken?
Here’s what’s going on for the weekend:
On Friday, March 29, the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform selections from Part II of Bach’s masterpiece sung in English. Soloists include Daniel Paulson as the Evangelist and Stuart Duke as Jesus. This performance is at St. Patrick’s Church.
Get a head start on the Easter egg hunts with the Spring Eggstravaganza & Egg Hunt at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. The Egg hunt is free and features games, balloons animals and face painting.
Start your Easter off by enjoying Granlibakken’s infamous hearty, hot breakfast buffet featuring fresh fruit, homemade muffins, quiches, blintzes, eggs, the daily chef’s special, and all the accompaniments.
Sunday, March 31, is the All-Mountain Easter Egg Hunt & Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt at Alpine Meadows from 9 to 11 a.m. Adults can comb the mountain for a golden egg containing a Bronze Season Pass in the free Adult Easter Egg Hunt. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden, but only one will be gold. For Kids seven and under there will be an Easter egg hunt beginning at 10:15 a.m. at the Kids Camp Magic Carpet. For children 8-13 there is an Easter egg hunt at the Magic Carpet located off of Subway Chair also at 10:15 a.m.
The On-Mountain Easter Egg Hunt at Squaw Valley is also set for Sunday. The search begins the moment the lifts open. Get your Easter basket ready and hunt for colored eggs all over the mountain.
The Kids Ghirardelli Easter Chocolate Hunt at Homewood begins at 11 a.m. Kids 12 and under are invited to search for Ghirardelli Easter chocolate hidden throughout the Snow Rangers Kids’ slopes at Homewood’s South Lodge. The Easter Bunny will also be on hand.
There will be an Easter Egg Hunt and PEEPS Diorama Contest at Northstar. Other Easter activities will be available throughout the day in the Village and on the mountain for everyone to enjoy.
Tahoe Donner will hold its annual Easter egg hunt beginning at 1:30 p.m. Meet at the top of Eagle Rock and look for eggs, including special golden one.
Diamond Peak will hold its annual Easter egg hunt beginning at 9 a.m. at School House.
How are you spending your Easter weekend?
March 6th, 2013
Granlibakken may have its Norwegian roots, but once a year even the Vikings become green with envy and turn to the Irish for some “top of the morning” good cheer.
With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Sunday, a weekend of adventure awaits at Granlibakken. There will be plenty of onsite skiing, sledding and high-flying zipline action at the Treetop Adventure Park. Weekend lodging options and family getaway packages are both available. Start your day off right with a hearty breakfast at Granlibakken’s famous breakfast buffet that will fill the belly before venturing out for fun filled celebrations.
Will you see a leprechaun skiing?
Nearby Tahoe City and ski mountains have plenty of festive weekend plans to add to the mix.
Even the Irish will indulge now and then with chili. Tahoe City Parks and Recreation will host its annual Soup and Chili Showdown at Rideout Community Center on Friday, March 15, 6-8 p.m. This event is where amateurs and professionals show off their culinary talent with delicious soups and chili. The event is open to the public and the costs $5 to sample all the entries. Beer and wine are also available.
Ever seen a Leprechaun on a pair of skis? You will at the St. Patrick’s Day Bash at Homewood Mountain Resort from noon to 3:30 p.m. Chase the Leprechaun around the mountain for a chance to win a pot ‘o gold (Homewood Season Pass 2013-14)! Get a picture with him and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to automatically be entered to win. Don’t forget to tag Homewood in your post! Additional festivities will include a DJ at the Big Blue View Bar, Jameson drink specials, and a raffle.
Alpine Meadows will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with live music, Irish food and drink specials and plenty of green costumes on and off the slopes.
Squaw Valley has two days of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations planned on Saturday and Sunday. Squaw’s St. Patty’s Spring Party weekend features plenty of cold beverages, hot tubbing, food and drink specials, and a live DJ.
Enjoy green food and drink specials at Northstar. TC’s Pub will be celebrating with house cured corn beef with a potato cabbage hash and Guinness stout mustard, $3 green beer and $5 shamrock milk shakes. Summit Deck and Grille will feature corned beef with cabbage, carrots, onions and red potatoes and $5 Guinness pint cans.
Looking for some more fun after hitting the slopes? River Ranch Lodge will be offering corned beef and cabbage, $4 Jameson, beer and Irish Coffees, and $10 Car Bomb specials. Don’t forget to wear your green!
How do you plan to spend your St. Patrick’s Day weekend at Granlibakken?
February 28th, 2013
If you find yourself sitting in your office cubicle thinking about Lake Tahoe and how much you’d rather be there instead of sitting at work – you’re not alone! And we can help. Granlibakken has 10 reasons to visit the resort before the snow stops.
Everyone could use a snowy escape to Granlibakken!
10) Ski and snowplay: Granlibakken has its own intimate ski and snowboard hill and separate snowplay area, ideal for families with children, beginning and intermediate skiers. 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 of downhill adventure.
9) Stay and ski packages: Not only does Granlibakken have its great ski and snow play area but it also offers access to eight world class ski mountains. The resort’s popular and affordable stay and ski packages include lodging and lift tickets at Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly Mountain Resort or Sierra-at-Tahoe with rates starting at $145 mid-week.
8) Walk or ski in the wild: Whether you strap on a pair of long skis or snow shoes, there’s plenty of action off the beaten path. 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.
7) Lighthouse Spa: Relax the mind, kneed the body, tap into your spirit and find balance with a number of spa treatments offered at Granlibakken’s Lighthouse Spa. Whether you’re looking for deep tissue massage, reflexology treatments or a body wrap, the Lighthouse Spa offers two treatment rooms and a number of wellness packages each aimed at taking the edge off those things that stress the body and mind.
6) Delicious meals: Dining options and getaway stays go hand-in-hand. Lodge guests are treated every morning to a full-spread and hearty breakfast buffet featuring fresh fruit, homemade muffins, quiches, blintzes, eggs, and the daily chef’s special, plus all the accompaniments. The Cedar House Pub is the resort’s on-site restaurant that offers cozy fireside dining, daily specials and kid-friendly items through March 30.
5) Lodging options: Designed for intimate overnights and large-group getaways, Granlibakken has a number of first rate suites, studios, condominiums, townhomes and chalets available for any need and price range. All guests have rooms equipped with Cable television with DVD; direct dial phone with voicemail and wired/wireless internet access and in-room coffee maker. Options include a kitchen, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. In addition, all guests have access to our heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.
4) Soar above the trees: Take the wintertime outdoor challenge to another level with California’s first Treetop Adventure Park, “where ropes course meets zip line on steroids.” The high-tree intertia-bending course consists of platforms installed along tree tops that are connected by various configurations of cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through various obstacle courses, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges that promotes teamwork at 30-feet above the ground.
3) A large playground: Granlibakken is a Norwegian name meaning a hill sheltered by trees. The Resort occupyies 74 wooded acres in a picturesque mountain valley.
2) A massive lake: Lake Tahoe – spectacular views of big blue are minutes away from the lodge.
1) Because you deserve it.
February 20th, 2013
Whether you’re looking to get your extended family together for some quality catch up time or you’re considering a reunion of your high school class or close college friends all it takes is creative effort and help to get a destination organized.
The key to a successful reunion is lots of space and activities for everyone.
Spacious lodging, an abundance of activities and delicious meals all figure into planning a reunion, which makes Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge at Lake Tahoe an ideal place for your reunion. With 74 secluded acres to explore and play, the resort is designed for large groups and offers package plans to accommodate families and friends of 4 to 400.
This winter you and your extended family can ski all day at nearby resorts, on-site at Granlibakken’s own ski hill or head into the woods on cross country skis and snowshoes. In summer there’s onsite tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, not to mention the beach, boating, and nearby golf courses.
A new amenity that has become a sure-fire hit with families is the ultra-challenge known as the Tree Top Adventure Park. Made up of a series of courses linking tree platform to tree platform with a variety of bridges and zip lines, those up to the challenge can ascend to an initial tree platform and then travel through the forest on an aerial trek anywhere from 15 to 30 feet in the air. The Treetop Adventure Park offers a variety of courses suitable for ages 4+ and all levels of athleticism. See what the park is about.
Reunion packages at Granlibakken can include: daily hot breakfast buffet, box lunches for day trips, family dinners or themed dinner options, one hour complimentary cocktails for every two night’s lodging as well as a planning and coordination staff and on-site event coordinator to plan activities.
So whether it’s the youngest of tykes in the family tree or your college chums with competitive edges, Granlibakken is an ideal place to gather, test skills and have some camaraderie in the name and spirit of togetherness.
Where do you plan to spend your next reunion?
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.
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.
February 8th, 2013
Outdoor winter adventure at Lake Tahoe is usually reserved for the ski slopes and backcountry traversing on skis or snowshoes.
Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge, however, take the wintertime challenge to another level with California’s first Treetop Adventure Park, “where ropes course meets zip line on steroids.”
The adventure course consists of platforms installed along tree tops that are connected by various configurations of cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges.
Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through various obstacle courses, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges that promote teamwork at 30-feet above the ground.
Outfitted in climbing harnesses and helmets, guests are connected to a belay system for added safety where adventurers of all ages can take to more than 50 platforms and bridges. There’s even a Flying Squirrel zone that caters to the young adventurers, ages 4+ and beginning climbers. The Flying Squirrel zone consists of 3 different kids’ ropes courses and includes a variety of bridges and zip lines, some nearly 300 feet long.
The Treetop Adventure Park is open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through winter and any day for groups of 10 or more. Looking to change-up your Lake Tahoe weekend? The Family Getaway Package includes lodging, hot breakfast, sledding, deals at the Granlibakken Ski Hill and access to the Treetop Adventure Park.
How do you plan to spend your winter weekend at the lake?
February 6th, 2013
With Valentine’s Day landing on Thursday, it’s all the more reason to book a midweek or extended weekend romantic getaway for you and sweetheart.
Whether you’re spending the day in quiet retreat in a cozy room with a fireplace or stepping outdoors into the heart of the Sierra Nevada and nearby Lake Tahoe, Granlibakken offers lodging, amenities and memories that can last a lifetime.
Spend a night in with your Valentine at Granlibakken.
Lodging options feature rooms with kitchens, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. Get a better idea of their options with a virtual tour.
Getaways can work wonders for relationships and provide for some much-needed tranquility from hectic lives. A massage takes the edge off things that stress out the body and mind. Lighthouse Spa offers deep tissue massage, reflexology treatments and body wraps at its two treatment rooms. A full body massage by a licensed therapist makes an ideal gift for your sweetheart.
Lake Tahoe’s ski/snowboard package is great for the outdoor adventurers looking to spend a day on the slope, the onsite ski hill, Tahoe Cross Country Center or Treetop Adventure Park.
Guests can start off their Valentine’s Day with a hot breakfast buffet and then choose a lift ticket at Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl and Heavenly.
Where do you plan to take your sweetheart for a Valentine’s getaway?
January 24th, 2013
Sure there are those tried and true team-building exercises used by companies all over to hone areas of trust, leadership and cooperation. But what kind of place gives executives and sales managers the opportunity to see the world suspended 30 feet above the tree-tops, with magnificent backdrops of the Sierra and Lake Tahoe?
No matter the season the Treetop Adventure Park is a great team-building experience for your work group.
Put another way, which would you rather be at? A retreaded corporate retreat inside four sterile white walls practicing role playing communication scenarios that are propped with paper cups and string, peanut butter and loaves of Wonder Bread? Or would you rather run, swing, climb and glide along jaw-dropping zip line and rope courses with your co-workers in physical and mental challenges that will leave you and your comrades breathless and wanting to do it again and again?
Yes, we thought so too.
Now is the time for your company managers to warm up to winter or spring ahead before summer hits with an unforgettable retreat. Meet in the treetops; change your viewpoint and your approach.
Granlibakken will bring out that high-level thinking for your team. All you have to do is be up for the challenge. The Treetop Tour conference center package includes:
- Treetop Adventure Park Team Building
- Lodging at Granlibakken Conference Center & Resort
- Three delicious meals daily
- Meeting facilities for 4 to 400
- Standard A/V equipment
- Coffee breaks
- Complementary cocktail hour for two nights booked at conference center resort
Not one to hang out in the trees, the flexible nature of Granlibakken provides a veteran staff an opportunity to bend the rules and try something new when unique requests arise.
And some of those requests in recent years have been beyond imaginative, such as:
- A make-shift midnight candy room with collections of sweet and salty treats for late-night creative sessions.
- A handcrafted ice bar buffet atop the mountain accessible only by snowshoe or ski followed by overnight camping in a snow cave.
The tech group with the midnight sugar rush was amped for the meeting and beyond, claiming it a “sweet” success. The science experts who high-tailed it to the ice bar literally stepped and slept outside the box – and four walls of a meeting room for a peak experience.
That’s what meeting planners and company conference reps can expect at Granlibakken, Tahoe’s original ski resort and conference center that has a long history of catering to groups of various sizes and types, as well as thought patterns.
So, anyone need their own mountain? Groups also have the option to host outdoor team building activities with private reservation of the Granlibakken Ski and Sled Hill. If a more traditional meeting room set-up is desired – the kind with lights, heat, ceilings, windows and the latest in connectivity, Granlibakken can handle it. Resort lodging runs the gamut from one to eight bedroom condominiums.
What’s your ideal corporate retreat look like?
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!
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?