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Squaw Valley offers 3,600 acres across six world-class peaks

Monday, 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.

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?

Sugar Bowl is a time-honored Tahoe resort with all the amenities

Tuesday, 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.

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?

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe offers vertical challenges

Thursday, 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

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.

Step outside Granlibakken and into adventure at nearby Alpine Meadows

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Alpine Meadows is a favorite ski resort to visit among Granlibakken guests and set to open on Dec. 13.

Located in Tahoe City, Alpine Meadows is an easy jaunt from the resort. Midweek stay and ski packages are available to Granlibakken guests.

Alpine Meadows has terrain for every type of skier.  Photo: Alpine Meadows.

Alpine Meadows has terrain for every type of skier.
Photo: Alpine Meadows.

Alpine Meadows was founded in 1961 by a group of avid skiers from San Francisco who discovered the potential at Alpine Meadows while skiing at neighboring Squaw Valley. A number of families pooled resources to develop the resort and John Reily originally founded Alpine Meadows as Ward Peak. Alpine Meadows opened for the 1961-1962 season with three lifts. JMA Ventures purchased Alpine Meadows from Powdr Corporation in July 2007 and operated the resort until the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined forces in November 2011.

Alpine Meadows offers 2,400 acres of breathtaking skiable terrain on more than 100 trails. It has a base elevation of 6,385 feet, a summit elevation of 8,637 feet at Wards Peak. Alpine Meadows has a vertical rise of 1,802 feet.

There are 13 lifts to take you where you want to go. If you like skiing bowls, Alpine has seven of them: Alpine, Estelle, Beaver, Wolverine, Sun Bowl, Big Bend Bowl and S.P Bowl. You can catch all the action on the live skicam here.

If you’re a boarder you’ll gush over Alpine’s terrain parks, featuring the mile-long Firing Line, the Sidewinder, The Bunker, Cannonball and the Barracks.

The resort offers a complimentary shuttle service so it is easy to get to Granlibakken and back. The shuttle provides enough room for equipment so that guests can travel comfortably to and from the mountain while enjoying the view.

Alpine’s main lodge amenities and facilities make it easy for guests to enjoy a day of mountain adventure. Skiers and boarders can relax on the expansive Sundeck and soak up the views facing the mountain and watch as skiers and riders ascend down the slopes.

Family friendly, Alpine offers the The Kid Zone which includes an indoor play area featuring games, indoor jungle gyms for small children, and a dining area for a relaxing lunch or après-ski spot.

Lessons are available for children learning to ski and board in either group or private settings.

Alpine Meadows ski and snowboard instruction for adults is one of Tahoe’s best combinations of instruction, adventure, and fun. Top instructors and coaches provide superior instruction for beginner and novice skiers and riders.

Hungry? Thirsty? Before, during or just finishing up on the slopes, check out any number of on-mountain dining options including the Meadows Cafe, Espresso and Gourmet Coffee Bar, Treats Cafe, Alpine Bar, Treats Bar, Spoon Cafe, Sundeck BBQ, Mid Mountain Chalet or the Ice Bar.

Will you visit Alpine Meadows during your next trip to Granlibakken?

 
 
 
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