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Heavenly Mountain Resort: The best of two states

Wednesday, 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.

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?

Spend your holidays at Granlibakken

Wednesday, 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?

Spring skiing means Tahoe’s best lodging packages at Granlibakken

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

With several winter storms having pushed through the Sierra in March leaving up to 9 feet of new snow atop many resorts, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore continues its tradition of offering the best spring ski and boarding lodging packages around.

There is still plenty of sunshine and a few more weeks left of prime skiing and Granlibakken is offering ski and board packages that start at $139/person weekdays and $156/person weekends. Deals include lodging at Granlibakken, hot breakfast buffets, plenty of resort amenities and lift tickets to your choice of Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA, Sugar Bowl or Heavenly. As an option, tickets can be used at the Tahoe Cross Country Center (equipment, and use of the trails) or the Lighthouse Spa on site at Granlibakken with a $65 credit toward any the spa services offered.

Spring skiing is full of sunshine and fun in Lake Tahoe.

There is also an on-site ski and sledding hill, plus downhill and cross-country skis, snowboards and showshoe rentals available. Rates are per person, per night double occupancy, plus 10 percent room tax. There is a two night minimun stay on weekends. The lodging on the midweek ski package is valid Sunday through Thursday nights and skiing is Monday through Friday. Midweek rate valid weekends from April 1, 2012 through the end of the ski season at the eight resorts. Weekend rates are valid until the end of the ski season. The ski hill at Granlibakken closes April 1, 2012 and the sledding hill closes April 8, 2012.

Are you looking for a place away from your business to hold a retreat? Granlibakken has spring conference packages now through May 31, 2012 that are designed with business and corporate managers in mind. Bring your group of four to 400 to our productive, flexible, comfortable setting on 74 wooded acres of peace, quiet and comfort. Rate includes: Lodging with 3 full meals each day; cocktail reception and coffee service; meeting facilities with audio/visual; resort-wide wireless and scalable Internet; on-site pool, hot tub, spa, gym, sauna, tennis, trails. Call (877) 552-0185 for information or click here.

Planning that special day in advance to make it official and tie the knot? Weddings in Lake Tahoe happen daily and Granlibakken offers the most splendid backdrop in all of Lake Tahoe. The resort’s Executive Lodge is an ideal spot for wedding parties with such amenities as: an outdoor ceremony and reception area; two nights lodging in the 7-bedroom townhouse with breakfast each morning for 14 guests; special bridal dressing area; a living room and kitchen for your rehearsal dinner for up to 40 people. For more wedding information and options click here.

Don’t miss out on these great spring deals at Granlibakken!

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?


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