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Granlibakken offers family affordable family ski package

Monday, March 17th, 2014

With spring arriving this week, there’s still plenty of on-mountain action to be found at Lake Tahoe.

Granlibakken celebrates spring with its affordable family lodging deal. Book now and receive 50% off lift tickets and sledding at Granlibakken’s own snow play area, ideal for families with children, beginning and intermediate skiers.

Treat your kids to a day on Granlibakken's sled and ski hill this spring.

Treat your kids to a day on Granlibakken’s sled and ski hill this spring.

The package includes a delicious hot breakfast buffet each morning, plus access to the on-site outdoor heated pool, hot tub and sauna. Granlibakken has a variety of lodging options, from bedrooms, studios and suites to one to eight bedroom townhouses, each decorated to complement the resort’s natural Tahoe City setting.

Affordable and packed with as many thrills as are found at nearby ski mountains, guests can rent equipment (skis, snowboards, poles, boots, cross country skis, snowshoes and helmets) or saucers for a full or half-day worth of downhill adventure.

While you’re on the hill, grab a bite to eat at Granlibakken’s Ski Hut Snack Bar, which serves authentic homestyle Mexican food, hot soup, chili, hot cocoa, coffee and delicious specials. The snack bar is open weekends.

Private and group lessons are available at the Granlibakken with two morning sessions and an afternoon.

Families can choose the ultimate physical challenge at California’s first-of-its-kind Treetop Adventure Park, recently voted No. 1 as a Lake Tahoe activity by TripAdvisor.com. This action-packed playground is an obstacle course set along the tree tops, 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’s your idea of an affordable family trip to Lake Tahoe?

Spring it On: Spring break arrives at Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

With February dropping several feet of snow, March has arrived at Lake Tahoe with the roar of thousands of fresh faces ready to ski and board over spring break.

Whether you’re a college student in between semesters or are a parent with kids looking for some quality family time on the slopes before the snow melts, Granlibakken is the place to stay.

Tahoe’s best ski packages start at $113 with the Homewood Mountain Resort plan to $150 where you can ski Alpine Meadows, Mt. Rose, Northstar California, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl and Heavenly. Weekend lodging options are available as well as getaway packages.

Granlibakken offers onsite skiing, sledding, and high-flying zipline action at the Treetop Adventure Park or you could venture to a nearby resort for spring skiing fun.

The more outrageous your gear the better when it comes to the Pain McShlonkey. Don't miss the 4th annual Saturday, March 29. Photo: Squaw Valley.

The more outrageous your gear the better when it comes to the Pain McShlonkey. Don’t miss the 4th annual Saturday, March 29.
Photo: Squaw Valley.

Enjoy free live music every Saturday on the Sundeck at Alpine Meadows beginning at 1 p.m.

March 19-23, you can catch the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley. The U.S. Alpine Championships are a culmination of the ski racing year which brings the U.S. Ski Team and young athletes from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association clubs across the country together.

Show off your superhuman dance moves March 21 in Tahoe City at the Superhero Dance Party with music by Jeremy Curl and Mr. Rooney at Jakes on the Lake. Dress as your favorite super hero or create your own.

Looking for a new snowboard and want try it out first? Check out the Boards in Motion Demo Day at Sugar Bowl, March 22. Boards in Motion staff and factory reps will offer free demos to everyone interested in riding 2015 snowboards all day. Manufactures reps from Capita, Ride, Burton, K2, Lib Tech, Academy, Arbor, Rome, Lobster, Batelon and Jones will have tents set up across from the Judah Lodge.

Legendary skier Shane McConkey will be celebrated March 29 with the 4th annual Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw Valley. Dress up in your most outrageous ski duds and come out for a day full of celebrating McConkey. Stick around Sunday for the Skinny-Ski-a-Thon at KT-22. Participants will get pledges from family, friends and businesses for each lap they ski. They will then strap on a pair of skinny skis (70mm or less) and see how many laps they can complete in a day. All proceeds benefit the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation.

April 5 brings the Pond Skim Beach Party at Winters Creek Lodge at Mt. Rose Ski Area. Come out for some laughs as skiers skim across water in a party atmosphere.

Shred the love at Sugar Bowl April 5 for its Boarding for Breast Cancer event. The resort will host a rail jam in the Switching Yard Terrain Park with all entry fees benefiting the Foundation. Sugar Bowl will also be selling pink lanyards with proceeds going towards B4BC. A DJ will be featured in the park during the Jam with live music performing after the awards.

More pond skimming is planned for April 6 at Northstar California with Spring It On! Pond Skim, Party and Retro Dress Day. Soak up the California sun and spring skiing scene at Northstar as the winter season winds down.

How do you plan to spend your spring break at Lake Tahoe?

Even the Vikings turn to the Irish for plenty of “top of the morning” good cheer

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on Monday, March 17, a weekend of adventure awaits at Granlibakken, with plenty of onsite skiing, sledding, and high-flying zipline action at the Treetop Adventure Park. Weekend lodging options are available as well as getaway packages. Dining options feature Granlibakken’s famous breakfast buffet that will fill the belly and warm the noodle before before venturing out.

Find the leprechaun at Homewood on March 16 for your chance to win a 2014-15 season pass. Photo: Homewood Mountain Resort.

Find the leprechaun at Homewood on March 16 for your chance to win a 2014-15 season pass.
Photo: Homewood Mountain Resort.

Arrive at Granlibakken on Friday and enjoy a sunset snowshoe tour hosted by Tahoe Adventure Company. Watch the sun cast a purple alpenglow onto the Sierra while trekking through Tahoe’s peaceful forest. Experience the solitude of winter at this special time of day while learning local, natural and human history.

Squaw Valley will host a Jibs and Jumps event, Friday, March 14. Jibs and Jumps guides both skiers and snowboarders into the playful realm of manmade and natural features: boxes, rails, tabletops, tree jibs, wind lips and more. Learn to play in the terrain parks and off the trails with confidence, awareness and safety. For solid intermediate to advanced riders; whether just starting out in the park or looking for some coaching to take your skills to the next level.

Saturday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. brings the Burton Women’s Ride & Yoga Special at Squaw Valley. Start the day with an all-levels yoga class with Sherry McConkey. Spend the morning riding. End the day relaxing and treating your body to mini-treatments at Trilogy Spa.

If you’re up at Alpine Meadows, be sure to catch Joy & Madness, live beginning at 1 p.m. on the Sundeck for an afternoon of funky beats and good times during the spring season at Alpine Meadows. The music series is free and open to the public.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is Jibs for Kids at Homewood Mountain Resort. The event geared towards kids 12 years old and younger. The competition will be in the beginner area at Happy Park. All competitors are welcomed. Helmets are mandatory.

An afternoon family snowshoe tour hosted by Northstar from 1-4 p.m. is a wonderful way to introduce your little ones to the great outdoors in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.

Saturday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. settle in for a snowshoe trek before dinner at Sugar Pine Point. Explore Lake Tahoe‘s beauty in a different light as the full moon reflects off the water. Discover the natural and cultural history of the area with a ranger on a 90 minute snowshoe tour. Reservations required.

A pre-Irish warm-up begins Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Homewood Mountain Resort with its St. Patrick’s Day Urban Park Competition & 2014 Bash. Not only is Homewood hosting the St. Patrick’s Day bash, but it is also throwing an urban slopestyle competition in its new slopestyle park, located at mid-mountain with a full view of the lake. If you chase the skiing leprechaun and catch him you may just get lucky and win a 2014-15 Season Pass.

Tahoe bars and restaurants will be featuring food and drink specials for additional Irish fun.

How will you celebrate this festive day?

Granlibakken adds adventure to traditional Thanksgiving fare

Monday, November 18th, 2013

More than just a great meal, Granlibakken offers a Thanksgiving tradition that celebrates family and friends with a hearty holiday feast around the dinner table and boundless opportunities to work up an appetite or work off the satisfying dinner.

Enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving feast with some Granlibakken twists.

Enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving feast with some Granlibakken twists. {via}

Served family-style, Granlibakken’s Thanksgiving dinner includes all the homemade favorites: roasted turkey carved table side, mashed potatoes, stuffing, buttered spaghetti squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and additional desserts. Keeping its European roots and hospitality in mind, the resort will also wrap any leftovers for turkey sandwiches the next day. Vegetarian options are also available.

Thanksgiving lodging packages for four start at $150 per person, per night and include the holiday dinner and hot breakfast buffet.

Guests can choose any lodging from a standard room with fireplace to a five bedroom townhome. Prices vary with room type. Additional lodging options include rustic lodge rooms, studios and condos from one to five-bedrooms.

If you’re not a guest but want to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with leftovers the cost is $40 and $20 for children.

Guests can work up an appetite outdoors at Granlibakken’s Treetop Adventure Park, recently voted No. 1 Tahoe Activity by TripAdvisor.com. Set 30 feet off the ground, the ropes course and zip line will be opened Thanksgiving (weather permitting) and throughout the winter season on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk and maneuver their way through a number of obstacles, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges.

The Treetop Adventure Park reflects the resort’s passion toward outdoor enjoyment by complementing on-site amenities including cross country and snowshoe trails, Tahoe’s original ski hill, heated outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna and a full-service spa – all surrounded by 74 acres of trees in a quiet valley setting.

Granlibakken also hosts other holiday events as well. The Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade includes a visit from Santa with gifts, cookies and hot chocolate for the kids, a popular Christmas buffet dinner and New Year’s Eve party for guests.

How will you spend Thanksgiving?

Tough Mudders grind through Tahoe Fall challenge Sept. 28-29

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Fall at Lake Tahoe is a season known for bringing out the inner-competitor. Last week’s Ironman competition is followed by this weekend’s running of the Tough Mudder at Northstar California Resort, Sept. 28-29.

Founded in 2010, Tough Mudder bills itself as “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet” with each Mudder taking on endurance challenges that test toughness, fitness, strength, stamina, mental grit and teamwork.

Tough Mudder isn't about personal records, it's about teamwork.

Tough Mudder isn’t about personal records, it’s about teamwork.

Costume-clad and fired up, Tough Mudders run through a series 10 to 12 miles of hardcore obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test a competitor’s all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Featuring wide runs, steep terrain and plenty of mud, Northstar offers an ideal location for Tough Mudder Tahoe Fall 2013.

If you’re planning to participate or just to watch, Granlibakken offers several lodging options where you’re guaranteed a nutritious carbo-fueled breakfast and a good night’s sleep before taking on the endurance challenge.

With the most innovative courses, over one million inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder bills itself as the premier adventure challenge series in the world.

But it doesn’t take itself too seriously, either. After competitors have gone through it all, there’s a mob of folks and a live band waiting at the finish line with beers in hand, food on the barbecue and a full-on party to celebrate those participating in the toughest organized human event ever created.

Veterans say it is more than an event: Tough Mudder is a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, participants say they’ve unlocked a true sense of accomplishment while discovering a deep camaraderie with fellow runners. At Tough Mudder, participants don’t get through it alone. It takes the help of fellow Mudders to cheer ‘em on and push them through.

Tough Mudder by the Numbers:

  • 78 percent of participants finish a Tough Mudder
  • 80 percent of Tough Mudder participants do it as part of a team
  • 1,000-plus participants have the Tough Mudder logo permanently tattooed on their body
  • 3.5 hours is the average time it takes to finish a Tough Mudder course which is usually between 10 to 12 miles.

It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for next year’s Tough Mudder. Granlibakken offers High Altitude Training options featuring cycling, biking, hiking and its Treetop Adventure Park, recently voted No. 1 Tahoe activity by TripAdvisor.com readers.

Where do you plan to stay and train for the Tough Mudder?

Leave your laptop at home and reunite at Granlibakken with friends and family

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Connecting with family and friends has been made easier over the years thanks to social media. But there’s more than a few things websites cannot do.

Laptops cannot hug or handshake, raise a glass to propose a toast, race down a mountain on a pair of skis or zip through a challenging obstacle course set on platforms above the trees.

Sure Facebook is an important tool but nothing beats being in a room full of family and friends, sharing details and memories that usually get overlooked in our written thoughts. There’s only one true way to engage in conversation and laughter and that’s being right in the center of it, side by side and face to face.

Get your family together for a reunion at Granlibakken!

Get your family together for a reunion at Granlibakken!

Granlibakken makes it easy for you to get your extended family, high school class or college chums together for some quality catch up time. Spacious lodging, an abundance of activities and delicious meals all figure into planning a reunion and all are available at Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge making it an ideal place for your reunion plans.

With 74 secluded acres of onsite play area, the resort is designed for large groups and offers packages to accommodate families and friends of 4 to 400. Granlibakken offers spectacular lodging options, and plenty of onsite amenities, including a spa, onsite yoga, a luxurious pool, hot tub and sauna, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, beach combing or boating and nearby golf courses.

A favorite onsite activity among family and friends is Granlibakken’s Treetop 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 a initial tree platform and then travel through the forest on an aerial trek anywhere from 15 to 50 feet in the air.

So whether it’s the youngest of tykes in the family tree or your college chums with competitive edges, the adventure park is an ideal place to gather, test skills and have some camaraderie in the name and spirit of togetherness.

This winter you and your extended family can can ski all day at nearby resorts, on-site at Granlibakken’s own ski hill or you can go sledding and then head into the woods on cross country skis and snowshoes. Return to the lodge from your day’s adventure to a nice banquet dinner, with dancing, entertainment and memories made for a lifetime.

Where do you plan to spend your next college or family reunion?

Granlibakken is helping you give Mom what she deserves this Mother’s Day

Monday, May 6th, 2013

In more ways than one, Mom is always first. She was there for you when you scraped your knees, lost your baby teeth, and got your first report card. She cushioned your fall on your first attempt at riding a bike, was there with a video recorder to capture your first piano solo, hit at home plate, and your first prom date. She was even there for you during your very first break-up.

She’s always had your back, even though you sometimes thought she didn’t — even if you were defiant as you began charting your own path. Mom always knows, remembers and therefore never forgets.

Neither should you.

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With Sunday being Mother’s Day you can return some of those favors by treating her with a weekend stay at Granlibakken and a trip to the Lighthouse Spa. Now through May 23 Lighthouse Spa offers a Mid-Day Spring special which provides for $25 off treatments of an hour or more daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can book online for the special or purchase a gift certificate so Mom can take advantage of the special anytime she wants.

Weekend or midweek escapes for Mom are ideal for battery re-charging and rejuvenation. 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 for an ideal Mother’s Day gift.

Wellness packages include:

  • Blissful Retreat: A sinus and head clarifying treatment with 60 minutes worth of hot stone massage
  • Sweetheart Treat: A 60 minute massage and a 60 minute facial
  • Tahoe Sampler: A 30 minute massage, a 30 minute refresher facial and a 30 minute detox body wrap treatment.

Lodging  can feature rooms with kitchens, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. Curious? Take our virtual tour.

If you’re planning to stay through the Mother’s Day weekend, there’s a full-range of outdoor recreation options — from swimming, tennis, mountain biking, hiking and the Treetop Adventure Park where Mom can put to rest any notion she’s slowed down since you’ve left home.

How will you treat your Mom this Mother’s Day?

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a festive weekend at Granlibakken

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The first week of May at Lake Tahoe brings sunny skies, warm temperatures and a festive atmosphere – oh and Cinco de Mayo. Granlibakken provides an ideal weekend with lodging options, a daily delicious breakfast buffets and recreation opportunities at the 74-acre resort, including tennis, hiking, biking, swimming and the Treetop Adventure Park.

Shake those maracas and enjoy some margaritas in Tahoe City this Cinco de Mayo.

Shake those maracas and enjoy some margaritas in Tahoe City this Cinco de Mayo.

In nearby Tahoe City there are plenty of zesty weekend venues and Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Here’s a few of them:

Grab a bike from Granlibakken and peddle to nearby Blue Agave at the Tahoe Inn in Tahoe City for the best Mexican dining with a lake view. The menu offers dozens of Latin selections and you won’t want to miss the famous Blue Agave Margarita. Blue Agave will also be offering some Cinco de Mayo specials such as $3 Pacificos, Tecate cans, Cabo Wabo Silver shots, Herradura Reposado shots, two for $5 cans of beer, and half price quesadillas.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a festive party at River Ranch from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Mexican beers and margarita specials with complimentary mini appetizers.

Not into tequila? Try local wines and sample sumptuous appetizers on Sunday at Sunnyside with an Auction & Wine Tasting by the Kiwanis Club of North Lake Tahoe starting at 3 p.m. Sign-in at the silent auction for an opportunity to get discounts on vacations, dining packages, home maintenance services, clothing, jewelry and accessories.

The party gets loco with Cinco de Madness featuring Afrolicious Soundsystem at Hacienda Del Lago in Tahoe City. The party begins at 9 p.m. with funky Latin-infused beats by San Fran’s own Afrolicious Soundsystem joined by DJ’s Pleasuremaker and Se with Diamond Vibes on percussion.

Where do you plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Outdoor recreation options abound at Granlibakken as weather warms

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Lake Tahoe, locals refer to the transition between spring and summer as the “shoulder season.” But that does not mean there is a shortage of outdoor fun.

It’s a time when mountains are winding down their operations, while at the same time preparing for the sun-soaked days and the refreshing cool nights that Tahoe summers are known for.

With plenty of biking, hiking and other recreation opportunities, the shoulder season lends itself to outdoor activities, without the large crowds often found in the peak periods of winter and summer.

Explore the grounds of Granlibakken and Tahoe city on a bike or your feet.

Explore the grounds of Granlibakken and Tahoe city on a bike or your feet.

Whether you’re looking for a midweek escape or a romantic weekend getaway, choose from several lodging options and book a first-class room, studio or suite that’s loaded with amenities, including free high-speed internet service in case you need to do business in between activities.

After you’ve checked in you, you’re on your way to enjoying the peace and serenity that comes with the season with onsite tennis courts, wide open nature trails along the Truckee River and the nearby Tahoe’s Rim Trail, which borders the resort. If you’re ready to trade your skis for mountain bikes, Granlibakken has them available, too.

Before you start your day, you’ll need the added fuel if your plans demand quick energy and high-endurance. Granlibakken is well known for its hearty, hot breakfast buffet served daily for guests. Featuring fresh fruit, homemade muffins, quiches, blintzes, eggs, and the daily chef’s special, plus all the accompaniments – the buffet is always a crowd pleaser.

You can take your spring step further with the added physical challenge of 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.

After spending the day taking command of those nearby hills by mountain bike, hiking shoes or at the Adventure Park, you can return to a luxurious pool, sauna and hot tub area to relax and rejuvenate. If you need your tired muscles worked, try a massage at the Lighthouse Spa.

What’s your favorite “shoulder season” activity?

16 Facts about Granlibakken

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

With spring’s transformation and renewal at Lake Tahoe underway, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge is gearing up for the season with plenty of hiking, biking and outdoor recreation opportunities at its 74-acre playground.

The Granlibakken Treetop will soon be open  seven days a week.

The Granlibakken Treetop will soon be open seven days a week.

As the weather warms and the snow melts, choices abound. Here are a few facts to consider for your visit.

  1. Choose from a variety of lodging options like a first-class room, studio or suite that’s loaded with amenities, including free high-speed Internet service.
  2. Meet up with long-lost friends, classmates and family members at Granlibakken for a reunion.
  3. Walk to Tahoe City or the Truckee River along the resort’s 1.4-mile forest path and take in the surrounding beauty of the nature trail.
  4. Play a game of tennis on one of the resort’s five courts or sign-in for a refresher course at the Lake Tahoe Nike Tennis Camp held annually in summer.
  5. Enjoy the sun beside a luxurious pool and hot tub area.
  6. Relax and rejuvenate in the resort’s sauna.
  7. Build up a sweat at the Lodge’s outdoor par course.
  8. Hike Tahoe’s Rim Trail, which borders the resort.
  9. Zip, launch and ascend 15 to 50 feet above the trees along more than 50 platforms at the Treetop Adventure Park ropes course.
  10. Grab a mountain bike, available onsite, and go for a ride.
  11. Relax and unwind inside the Lighthouse Spa.
  12. Attend the annual Women’s Wellness Weekend in the fall. The summit offers workshops, speakers, health screenings, socials and continuing education certification.
  13. Build a better business through teamwork. Granlibakken is nationally recognized as a destination for corporate retreats and conferences. Company leaders can outline goal-setting and mission statements for half of the day, and send their fearless crews out into the woods for mountain biking and hiking adventures or in the spirit of friendly competition, settle scores on either the tennis courts or at the Treetop Adventure Park.
  14. Dine in and feast. Granlibakken is well known for its hearty, hot breakfast buffet served daily for guests and its exquisite dining opportunities during conferences, reunions and weddings.
  15.  Tie the knot or watch couples who do. Granlibakken offers several year-round indoor and outdoor venues for that special day, including luxurious lodging and receptions with Lake Tahoe serving as the backdrop.
  16. During the winter you can stay at Granlibakken and ski at your choice of eight different Lake Tahoe Mountains – Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl and Heavenly Mountain Resort. Ski and stay packages start at $145.

What activities do you enjoy during your stay at Granlibakken?


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