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
— 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?
December 17th, 2012
Christmas at Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge will be packed full of warm tidings and great cheer. The resort’s special holiday rates package has arrived, promising all the flavor of the holidays that includes cozy lodging, a Christmas Torch parade, skiing, sledding, plenty of family challenges at the Tree Top Adventure Park and award winning dining.
The Cedar House Pub will offer two seatings for Christmas dinner.
Granlibakken offers entertainment for the whole family whether it’s mom, dad or the kids. Standard Lodge rooms to eight bedroom townhomes are available throughout the holiday season.
There will be plenty of colorful photo opportunities on Christmas Eve during Granlibakken’s Torchlight Parade staged at the ski hut. Intermediate skiers are invited to join in the Torchlight Parade, a pleasant night time run down the ski hill making for a festive holiday display. Santa will be there bringing gifts, cookies and hot chocolate for the kids, while parents can sip hot mulled wine and everyone can join in on caroling.
Hungry for holiday activities and food? Granlibakken’s famous hot buffet breakfast will be served each day. There will be plenty of outdoor fun at the skiing and sledding hill, Tree Top Adventure Park and nearby ski resorts. Christmas Day will feature dinner selections of smoked salmon and trout garnished with capers and red onions, slow roasted turkey, apple glazed spiced ham and an assortment of fresh and preserved vegetables with savory dressing.
Stay through the week and enjoy a New Year’s Eve buffet party to ring in 2013 with dinner, music, dancing, dessert and champagne. For the kids, there will be movies and games for their amusement.
Enjoy a holiday without the stress and book your stay at Granlibakken!
December 4th, 2012
Even if the weather outside is frightful, a Granlibakken weekend getaway or ski vacation does lend itself to holiday shopping opportunities. Nearby Tahoe City has a number of shops that hold plenty of ideas for gift-gifters.
Start your holiday shopping off at the Cobblestone Center in nearby Tahoe City.
Aplenglow Sports Center focuses on cross country skiing and backcountry skiing and carries all the brands to make the adventurer in your life happy. Sports Tahoe totes itself as the premier clothing and ski wear store. With that reputation it will easily be able to outfit your entire family in the latest ski and snowboard equipment. Tahoe Daves offers a full retail shop and rentals or demo a set of skis or a snowboard before you commit to a sale.
A Bavarian-style village with shops, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. and a movie theater can be found at the Cobblestone Center. From clothes to art the Cobblestone Center has a variety of shops that will accommodate everyone’s wish list. Still looking for a few more gifts? Stop at the Boatworks Mall where you can browse through jewelry, fine glass and art. Steve Schmier’s Jewelry inside the Boatworks Mall and Bluestone Jewelry both provide options for the perfect gift for your special someone.
For those looking for gifts or furnishing try Girasole Home and Gift which offers high end home furnishings, antiques, home accessories and other unique gifts. Art lovers may want to browse works of fine art at James Harold Galleries for exclusive Tahoe art.
Tahoe Shoe & Clothing Company has an array of top brand names such as Dansko, Crocs, Merrell, Ugg, Clarks, Reef, Privo, Keen and Teva. Mumbos Mountain Outfitters also in the Boathouse Mall, is a year-round headquarters for men’s and women’s resort-wear and apparel. They feature clothing from Fresh Produce, Nomadic Traders, Ex Officio, Woolrich, and Columbia, as well as a unique selection of men’s Hawaiian shirts. T-shirts make for great stocking stuffers and you can find a plethora of them at Tahoe T-Shirtery.
Head over to the Gatekeepers Museum on Dec. 14 from 5-8 p.m. where noted authors will be signing books while you enjoy refreshments and do a little holiday shopping. This is a great chance to pick up a special inscribed book, other Tahoe-themed gifts or bear-themed gifts.
What’s on your holiday shopping list?
November 28th, 2012
With the holidays around the corner, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge welcomes guests to celebrate the holidays indoors and out. Granlibakken’s new Treetop Adventure Park will be open throughout winter season on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
California’s first-of-its-kind Treetop Adventure Park has been described as “ropes course meets zipline on steroids.” It’s set along the tree tops, 30 feet off the ground where fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk and maneuver their way through a number of obstacles, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges.
For more adrenaline-packed action, Granlibakken has partnered with Squaw Valley USA, Northstar California, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly and Sierra-at-Tahoe to offer ski and lodging packages starting at $145 mid-week. Lift tickets to ski or snowboard Granlibakken’s Ski and Sledding Hill are $24 for adults, $14 for kids or a saucer and all-day access is $12. Skis, snowboards, cross-country skis and snowshoes are available to rent.
Don’t want to ski? Exchange your lift ticket for a $65 credit for on-site amenities at the Lighthouse Spa or the Tahoe Cross Country Center to explore miles of historic cross-country ski trails. Lighthouse Spa has a menu of wellness packages including therapeutic massages, skin care, spa manicures, pedicures, holistic body treatments, body waxing and health consultations from a staff of professionals.
There are a plethora of holiday activities lined up now through Christmas around Tahoe City and nearby resorts. Here are a few worth noting:
Santa will be traveling around Tahoe City the month of December.
Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Rideout Community Center. Who doesn’t like a big plate of flap jacks with Santa on a Saturday morning? Activities and games for the kids, arts, crafts and local merchants will make this an ideal place for parents to get some of their holiday shopping done. Meanwhile, Santa will take his travels at various locations through Tahoe City Dec. 12-14.
Northstar California presents Noel Nights a holiday celebration the first three Thursdays of December from 5-8 p.m. The festive Village at Northstar holds a decorated 35-foot tree, ice skating until 9 p.m., fire pits to warm you, chocolatey s’mores, holiday carolers and shopping deals.
Learn to Ski and Board Weekend at various resorts Dec. 8-9. First timers can get a taste of the thrill of skiing or riding at Granlibakken or other participating resorts. This special program offers gear rental (skiing or boarding), a group lesson and beginner’s lift ticket all for $30 per day.
Like adventure films? Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series continues, Thursday, Dec. 13 with speaker Greg Hill, who attempted to climb and ski more than two million vertical feet in 2010. The free event, titled “Greg Hill’s 2 Million Reasons & The Manaslu Disaster” takes place at Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley at 7 p.m.
Northstar California’s 40th Anniversary with Shaun White is Dec. 22. Celebrate the resort’s 40th year with a party hosted by famed snowboarder and Northstar athlete Shaun White.
How will you celebrate the holidays during your stay at Granlibakken?
November 6th, 2012
Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge will add additional ways challenge yourself this 2012-2013 winter season by including access to eight world class ski mountains and their Treetop Adventure Park.
The resort’s popular and affordable stay and ski packages includes 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. Or guests can choose the ultimate physical challenge at California’s first-of-its-kind Treetop Adventure Park, where ropes course meets zip line on steroids. This action-packed playground is an obstacle course 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.
With lodging packages including lift tickets to eight different mountains why would you go anywhere else?
As part of the midweek package, which offers Sunday to Thursday night lodgings and Monday through Friday, all-day skiing and Adventure Park access through April 1, there’s also the resort’s famous hot buffet breakfast – heavy carbs optional and comfortable amenities such as a heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.
Accommodations range from cozy lodge rooms to studios with fireplaces and kitchens to one to eight bedroom townhomes. The lift ticket is exchangeable for a $65 credit for on-site amenities at the Lighthouse Spa or the Granlibakken Ski and Snowboard Hill.
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 while delivering a high-tech vacation headquarters for families, groups and travelers including free Wi-Fi throughout the resort and transportation from Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
November 1st, 2012
Who says Thanksgiving should be spent at home? Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge says forgo kitchen and dining room tradition and make it an adventure-filled family holiday at Lake Tahoe instead. With 74 acres of playground and trails nestled in the pines along the Lake’s west shore, Granlibakken has become a tradition for many family holiday gatherings. This year Granlibakken has added the Treetop Adventure Park to its activities list. Guests can spend Thanksgiving morning working up an appetite by climbing, zipping and soaring 30 feet off the ground and then warm up inside with a traditional, hearty holiday dinner.
Granlibakken can take care of all the work so you can simply enjoy your holiday.
Lodging packages with dinner for two are currently available. Rates start at $156 and the price for four in a suite is $389/night. The price includes lodging, hot buffet breakfast and a home-style Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all your favorite sides. Non-lodging guests can also enjoy Thanksgiving dinner for $45/adults and $15/children under 12.
Thanksgiving guests must make reservations for a specific seating. Change it up this year and enjoy dinner at Granlibakken and its many amenities, including nearby ski and snowplay activities (weather permitting), heated outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna and access to Lighthouse Spa. The Treetop Adventure Park will be open for Thanksgiving and throughout the winter season on Saturday/Sunday and holidays, weather permitting.
October 26th, 2012
A positive energy always surges through our annual Women’s Wellness Weekend.
It is palpable, born of varying generations of women sharing life experiences and a collective desire to learn the latest in Western and alternative medical and health practices.
For over 30 years in our casual and intimate setting, we have gathered the best of national, regional and local authors and practitioners to impart their expertise and passions.
In 2012, the enriching tradition continues over November 10 – 11.
Among the subjects covered will be sex talks, medicine with supplements and the all-important power of humor. Cancer awareness and intuitive eating are also included as are achieving optimal health with exercise and naturopathic medicine.
Darwin Labarthe, M.D., recently honored with the American Heart Association’s highest citation – the Golden Heart Award, puts a new spin on matters of heart health. Catch his thoughts on the “Revolution of Thinking of Cardiovascular Health Instead of Disease” on Saturday afternoon.
Sunday’s final speaker is the motivational Donna Hartley. Having survived cancer, heart surgery and a plane crash, her books “Fire Up Your Life” and “Fire Up Your Intuition” offer inspiration when despair looms.
Audience participation is always welcome, and sometimes extends off-stage once the seminar has ended.
Annually, among our towering pine trees new friendships are made, and old ones strengthened as inhibitions are lost while confidence and knowledge is gained. This is most evident during the yoga and other group exercise sessions. No one is judged by their age or fitness ability. Instead, a welcoming invitation – just to participate – is extended to everyone.
Further enhancing the wellness experience, a Saturday night sip and shop is included. While enjoying wine, a visit to vendor booths offers a head start on holiday shopping.
Goods and products range from healthy coaching to handmade goods such as jewelry, handmade woolens and felt purses. Beautifying one’s self and aura can be had by purchasing essential oils for aromatherapy and makeup, calming CDs and handmade lotions and soaps. Recipe books, filled with healthy food preparation ideas, make maintaining a healthy lifestyle easy.
Local vendors attending include Sue Waters from Lather & Fizz and artisan Krista Tranquilla with her Sierra-inspired jewelry.
Knowing food is an important element of any retreat our chefs create meals healthy and full of flavor. No wimpy single lettuce leaf salads are served here. Homemade oatmeal, soups and salads come with a host of healthy additives from cranberries to a sprinkling of sprouts. Protein loaded entrees are trimmed of fat. Our famous brownies are only slightly sinful and packed with the power of dark chocolate’s antioxidants.
Two breakfasts and lunches are included, and an optional dinner on Saturday night. Those attending the dinner will receive a free financial health seminar by Robert Ayres.
Sunday’s concluding interactive Health Fair is where East meets West through sessions of acupuncture, massage and skin screenings. Informational gateways to living healthy include speaking to experts on nutrition, chiropractry and astrology among other disciplines.
The wellness finale also includes a Zumba Party.
We will be looking for you.
October 22nd, 2012
With fall colors firmly set and those night time Lake Tahoe temperatures dropping, the snow has already begun to fly. Ahead of the holidays is Harvest and Halloween.
Downtown Tahoe City’s “Great Pumpkin” can be found Oct. 27 during the Community Festival and Pumpkin Patch at Rideout Community Center, 740 Timberland Lane in Tahoe City. This family event features costume contests, carnival games, pony rides, bounce house and face painting. Back for the third year is the Giant Pumpkin Seed Hunt, a favorite activity for kids and perfect photo opportunity for parents.
Don't miss the Pumpkin Patch at Rideout Community Center Oct. 27.
Night time pre-Halloween venues include Bride of Bounce-O-Ween at Lakeside Pizza and Sports Bar, Saturday, Oct. 27. This glitch-hop dubstep party features Ft Russ Liquid, Thriftworks and Hamm FM. Show begins at 9 p.m.
You’re sure to find plenty of drink and food specials for Halloween at any number of downtown bars and restaurants including the Blue Agave, the Bridgetender, Pete N’ Peter’s, Lakeside Pizza and Sports Bar, The River Grill and Rosie’s Cafe.
October 18th, 2012
Congratulations to our photo contest winners for the month of August – Tor Rolf Johansen and Denise Ellison! After some incredible photos submitted via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email, we saw that Johansen and Ellison brilliantly captured the exhilaration and excitement of California’s first Treetop Adventure Park. Each will receive a two-night stay at Granlibakken.
Tor Rolf Johansen caught this guy mid scream.
Stay tuned for our September winner which we’ll announce soon. You still have time to capture images and submit for your chance to win.
If you win your photos will appear on our Facebook page.
Denise Ellison captured her friend at a great height.
Have any great photos of your family or significant other making it through one of the high-endurance obstacle courses? How about a pic of your friends zipping 30-feet above the ground from tree to tree? Enter and you could win a two-night stay for four with all the great Lake Tahoe indoor and amenities including hot buffet breakfast, courtesy of Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge.
— Take a photograph of your Adventure Park experience at Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge.
— Share your photos on Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter with the hashtag #Granlibakken. Facebook users, upload your photos and tag the official Granlibakken Facebook Fan Page right on the photograph. If you would like to email photos, send to email@example.com.
— Enter as many times as you like.
Entries for each month are due by the last day of the month. Winner will be chosen and notified early the following month by Granlibakken staff.
Open to everyone, 18 years of age or older at date of entry.
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October 15th, 2012
By Tim Hauserman
Fall at Lake Tahoe…you never know what you are going to get, but it is all good. This September we were treated to Summer Part Two with warm temperatures, light winds and with all those kids back in school, no crowds. The entire month was perfect for kayaking, paddleboarding and whatever else you wanted to do on Lake Tahoe. Even swimming in the lake remained somewhere between bracing and refreshing, instead of what it will soon be: bone chilling. It was a great month for hiking into Desolation Wilderness and dipping into the barely bearable waters of Fontanillis and Dicks Lakes, or enjoying those classic Tahoe locales that get a bit too busy in the summer, like Emerald Bay and the walk to Vikingsholm.
Desolation Wilderness, looking towards Dicks Peak
What’s up for October?
It could be more of the same, but more likely we are in for a cool down, which is just fine, because the crisp mountain air just adds to the beauty of a great Sierra tradition: the yellowing of the aspen trees. Granlibakken is just a four mile hike or mountain bike ride from one of the best places to see those fall colors: Page Meadows. The Tahoe Rim Trail passes just above the Treetop Adventure Park, and after an initial steep climb, gets more gentle before entering the first of a series of interconnected meadows all bordered by aspen trees. Each meadow displays it’s own version of fall paradise, and the combination of green meadow, colorful trees and Twin Peaks standing tall in the background is the stuff of good photos. Keep your eyes open for a Basque sheepherders oven constructed in the 1950s on the edge of the lowest meadow.
An easier route for mountain bikers to Page is to catch the trail behind the tennis courts which heads up to Rawhide Drive. From the top of Rawhide, follow the dirt road past the top of the Granlibakken ski lifts up to Page Meadows. Riders will enjoy the smooth riding conditions and after a mile of steady climbing, the trail begins to level out. Another half mile brings you to a right turn that takes you downhill, past a little snippet of meadow to a junction with the Tahoe Rim Trail. Here a right turn takes you back to Granlibakken and Tahoe City on the TRT. A left turn dishes out some of the best riding on the whole TRT, twisting and turning to the edge of the meadows.
Where else to find fall colors?
Marlette Lake, above the east shore, is one of my favorites. You can park at Spooner Lake, or head up Highway 50 about a half mile towards Carson City to the Tahoe Rim Trail parking area on the north side of the highway. From here your path takes you through a thick grove of aspens to Spooner Lake, where you follow the North Canyon Road to the Marlette Lake Trail. Four miles of hiking brings you to the aspen lined shore of Marlette Lake, along the route you enjoy views of the fall color bonanza that is Snow Valley.
Fall in Page Meadows
Hope Valley and Blue Lakes Road is the place to go for a fall spin on your road bike. Begin at the junction of Highway 88 and 89 south of Meyers, and head towards Kirkwood through miles of lush yellowness. Looking for more? Take the lightly used Blue Lakes Road on its delightful 12 mile journey through some of the best terrain the high sierra has to offer. Wherever you choose to go, times a wasting. Before you know it instead of looking at yellows and reds in the Sierra, we will be looking at the cold white stuff. So carpe diem.
Tim Hauserman wrote the guidebook
to the Tahoe Rim Trail, the 3rd edition of which was published in August. He lives a stone’s throw from Granlibakken.