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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.

Homewood offers big adventure along cozy mountainside

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

From groomed boulevards to its trademark hidden powder stashes and incredible lake views, Homewood Mountain Resort has it all with more than 1,260 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain.

Homewood has unbeatable lake views to complete your day of skiing in Lake Tahoe.

Homewood has unbeatable lake views to complete your day of skiing in Lake Tahoe.

Located a few miles from Granlibakken, Homewood is easy to access by vehicle or you can take the shuttle with daily pick-up at the front steps of Granlibakken at 8:30 a.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. When you’re done for the day, the shuttle brings you back.

Granlibakken has partnered with Homewood and offers value-added ski and stay packages for the 2013-14 ski and board season.

With an average seasonal snowfall of around 450 inches and a 300 days of trademark Tahoe sunshine, there’s a reason SKI Magazine ranked Homewood among the Top 10 resorts in California and Nevada last year.

Homewood has a base elevation of 7,230 feet and a summit of 7,880 feet that amounts to a 1,650 vertical foot elevation gain. There are 8 lifts providing access to 64 runs. Among those runs, 15 percent is considered beginner terrain, 50 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced, plus terrain parks. The longest run is the 2-mile long “Rainbow Ridge.”

Lifts open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (weather and conditions permitting). With Ellis Peak sheltering the entire Homewood mountain from high-ridge winds, the term “wind hold” is almost unheard of. Check out the interactive trail map here.

New to the slopes or looking for a refresher? Check out Homewood’s ski and snowboarding school, which offers all-ages beginner to advanced classes as well as “learn to ski and ride” packages for adults. Homewood is one of the only resorts of its kind to offer free intermediate and advanced lessons, Sundays through Fridays during non-peak dates throughout the season.

Among Homewood’s well-tuned terrain parks are:

  • Lakeview Park at the bottom of Rainbow Ridge run
  • Kolby’s Escape Park, at the top of Old Homewood Express Chairlift;
  • Happy Park (also known as Shredwood), next to Happy Platter at the North Lodge beginner area featuring a 10 foot up box, a 10 foot down box, a 20 foot flat box jump, a 17 foot jump, a 20 foot A-frame rail, and a 20 foot hip with a rail.
  • Madden Ridge Terrain Park near the top of the Madden Chairlift and Money Booter, just down from the Big Blue View Bar on Cradle run.

Will you visit Homewood during your stay at Granlibakken?

Winter brings plenty of thrills and adventure

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Considering a winter vacation at Lake Tahoe? Granlibakken has 10 activities lined up for you when you arrive.

Enjoy all the winter fun Granlibakken has to offer during your stay.

Enjoy all the winter fun Granlibakken has to offer during your stay.

  1. Ski and stay packages: Not only does Granlibakken have a great ski and snow play area but it also offers access to your choice of seven world class ski mountains.  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 $150 mid-week.
  2. 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 worth of downhill adventure.
  3. Snowshoeing: Strap on a pair of snow shoes, and explore the action off the beaten path at the Tahoe Cross Country Center. The terrain is wide open with trails to stomp through with specially-fitted snowshoes.
  4. Cross country skiing: Tahoe Cross Country Center can also hook you up with a pair of cross country skis so you can explore acres of forest trails for a weekday or weekend 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.
  5. Swing through the snowy trees: Looking for a winter skiing alternative? Guests 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.
  6. Go snowmobiling: Mount a sled and take a high octane snowmobile adventure in the Sierra’s winter backcountry. Among a handful of tour operators near Granlibakken, Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours offers all-ages tours of more than 100 miles into the back country.
  7. Ice skating: Grab a pair of blades and head for the ice. There are nearby skating facilities at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Ice Pavilion, Squaw Creek, and at the Village at Northstar.
  8. Mush with the dogs: Wilderness Adventures offers dog sled tours throughout the winter. Experience the thrill and excitement of touring in complete safety behind a team of eager huskies. Share the beautiful sights and open spaces as a dog sled team guides you on a great adventure. Bring your camera and enjoy a dog sledding adventure at Lake Tahoe under the reigns of experienced musher Brian Maas.
  9. Cruise the lake: You’ll never believe how majestic the snowcapped mountains look from the middle of Lake Tahoe. Take a ride on the Tahoe Gal any time of the year for the ultimate, 360-degree view of Lake Tahoe.
  10. Take in a spa: Relax the mind, kneed the body, tap into your spirit and find balance with a number of spa treatments offered at Granlibakken’s Day Spa. Whether you’re looking for deep tissue massage, reflexology treatments or a body wrap, the Day 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.

What are your favorite Lake Tahoe winter activities?

Granlibakken delivers 2013-14 ski and stay packages

Monday, October 28th, 2013

With winter and the holiday season around the corner, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge again offers value-added ski and stay packages for the 2013-14 ski and board season.

Granlibakken offers options including lift tickets to ride at seven nearby Lake Tahoe ski areas, high-flying zip rides and ropes courses at the Treetop Adventure Park, a day of cross country skiing or snowshoeing at the Tahoe Cross Country Center or a trip to the onsite Day Spa.

Hit the slopes at nearby Homewood Mountain or one of the other local mountains with our Ski and Stay Package. Photo: Homewood Mountain Resort.

Hit the slopes at nearby Homewood Mountain or one of the other local mountains with our Ski and Stay Package.
Photo: Homewood Mountain Resort.

The resort’s popular and affordable stay and ski packages includes lodging and lift tickets to your choice of Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe with rates starting at $150 mid-week.

If you prefer to cross-country ski try the Tahoe Cross Country Center. Granlibakken offers plenty of Sierra terrain to explore. Guests have easy access to popular cross-country trailheads which provide miles of ungroomed Lake Tahoe skiing and snowshoeing terrain. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available, and our warming hut is open 7 days a week to help keep the chill off. We’re currently offering early season snowshoe rentals for $5.

Looking for a winter skiing alternative? Guests 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.

Maybe you’re instead wanting some added relaxation during your stay. If so there’s the Granlibakken’s Day Spa option which offers a menu of wellness packages including therapeutic massage, skin care, holistic body treatments from a staff of professional therapists.

Accommodations range from cozy lodge rooms to studios with fireplaces and kitchens to one to eight bedroom townhomes. Packages include Granlibakken’s famous hot buffet breakfast – heavy carbs optional, and comfortable amenities such as a heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna. There’s also an on-site ski and sledding hill, plus downhill and cross-country skis, snowboards and snowshoe rentals available. Community ski shuttles operate Saturday, Sundays and holidays. The Homewood shuttle operates daily to and from Granlibakken.

The lodging on the midweek ski package is valid Sunday through Thursday nights and skiing is Monday through Friday. Rates are per person, per night double occupancy, plus 10% room tax. There is a two night minimum stay on weekends.

Where do you plan to ski during your winter getaway?

 
 
 
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