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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?

Holidays filled with events, festivities at Granlibakken and around Tahoe

Monday, December 9th, 2013

A winter wonderland is happening now at Granlibakken, with plenty of snow, food, holiday entertainment and activities.

The Cedar House Pub will be decorated accordingly for Christmas Dinner.

The Cedar House Pub will be decorated accordingly for Christmas Dinner.

Book your rooms for the holidays – starting at $205 a night, enjoy the cozy setting of a lodge room or try condos ranging from two to eight bedroom condos and Christmas dinner.

Granlibakken will host its annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade featuring a visit from Santa with gifts, cookies and hot chocolate for the kids, mulled wine for adults. The popular Christmas buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m.

The Treetop Adventure Park will be open daily throughout the holidays plus the Sledding Hill is open now with the Ski Hill and snack bar to follow shortly. A family of four can ski and sled all day for $60 if they are Granlibakken guests. The Cedar House Pub opens Dec. 19 from 5 – 9 p.m. and offers casual dining by the fire. Don’t forget to wake up each morning and enjoy a hot breakfast buffet.

Upcoming events begin this weekend in Tahoe City and include a daylong visit by Santa Claus at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park at Tahoe City Golf Course Dec. 14. Join the Tahoe City Public Utility District and the Rotary Club of Tahoe City for a day of sledding, pancakes and Santa.

Now through Dec. 30 you can visit the Holly Arts at North Tahoe Arts in Tahoe City. This traditional holiday festival features gifts, holiday decorations and décor. Eleven local artists share their original winter and holiday themed art and gift items that are perfect for holiday shopping, such as wreaths, cards, fine art, photography, soap, botanicals, glasswork and knitware.

If you’re at Mt. Rose Ski Area on Saturday, Dec. 14 and see more than one Santa Claus, don’t worry, you’re not losing your mind; you’ve just stumbled upon the annual Santa Ski Crawl where skiers who dress in Santa garb receive lift ticket discounts.

Ongoing holiday events include Holidays at Squaw Valley, Dec. 14-31. Celebrate the holidays and enjoy the winter conditions, Santa on the slopes, festive cheer in The Village and plenty of surprises. Grab a hot chocolate and nestle up next to the fire pit while you listen to the carolers or take the family to SnoVentures for snow tubing.

Elsewhere there’s Noel Nights at Northstar California the first three Thursdays of December from 5 – 8 p.m. This winter wonderland features a decorated 35-foot tree, ice skating until 9 p.m., fire pits to warm you, holiday carolers and shopping deals. Don’t forget to bring the little ones because Santa will be there for photos and to find out what’s on their Christmas lists.

Daytime and nighttime Christmas festivities at Northstar California get underway Dec. 21 through Dec. 24 and feature live music in the Village and Santa at different locations in the Village from 12 – 2:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy Village sleigh rides, refreshments, cookie decorating and ice skating at the 9,000 square foot skating rink.

What will your holiday plans include during your visit to Granlibakken?

Food, birthday cake and barbecues highlight Labor Day weekend at Lake Tahoe

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Memories and history will be made at Lake Tahoe over Labor Day weekend with a blowout 150th birthday celebration that include food and wine tastings, a free concert, barbecue and the grand opening of a museum that highlights the the history of high Sierra skiing and the 1960 Winter Olympic Games.

Find out why the locals love Tahoe City with a Labor Day birthday bash.

Find out why the locals love Tahoe City with a Labor Day birthday bash.

This year Tahoe City celebrates its 150th year with its own Labor Day bash to celebrate. Festivities begin with a kickoff celebration at the Lake Tahoe Dam Friday, Aug. 30, followed by the grand opening of the Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Olympics at Boatworks Mall.

The celebration continues Saturday, Aug. 31 with free guided walking tours around Tahoe City beginning at 10 a.m. and the TC150 Sesquicentennial Dinner on Aug. 31 at the Gatekeepers Cabin Garden.

Sunday, Sept. 1 events at Commons Beach include a pancake breakfast, guided walking tours, games, a community aerial photo, a community picnic celebration and free concert.

Granlibakken’s own history involves the evolution of skiing in the Sierra. The Lake Tahoe Ski Club had already put the Tahoe on the map for winter recreation, having hosted the 1931 Winter Olympic Tryouts, as well as the 1932 National Jumping and Cross-Country competitions. This all took place at present-day Granlibakken, then known as Olympic Hill, which was owned by the Tahoe Tavern.

The Labor Day weekend will also launch the 28th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival featured at ski resorts throughout the North and West Shore’s of Lake Tahoe. The festival pairs savory adventures with the finest in regional food and wine delicacies. Foodies are invited to enjoy nine days of cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings and food-themed excursions.

Activities kick off Saturday, Aug. 31 with the Farm to Peak Mountaintop Dinner at Homewood Mountain Resort, the Taste of South America Wine Walk at the Village at Northstar, the 24th annual Foam Fest at Squaw Valley, Uncorked Tahoe City Winemakers event, and the Tahoe City Celebration Dinner at Gatekeeper’s Cabin.

Sunday, Sept. 1 events feature the Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, the 25th annual Alpen Wine Fest at the Village at Squaw Valley and the Northstar Brew Walk.

Monday, Sept. 2 includes the Labor Day Dinner Cruise with Mark Tahoe aboard the Tahoe Gal Paddlewheeler in Tahoe City and a Bloody Mary Brunch at Jake’s on the Lake.

How do you plan to spend your Labor Day weekend in Tahoe City?

Easter weekend at Granlibakken holds plenty of egg hunt opportunities

Monday, March 18th, 2013

With spring officially arriving this week, two things come to mind, spring skiing and Easter weekend.

Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge offers great lodging opportunities for a holiday weekend filled with dining, music and Easter egg hunts.

Where will you search for Easter eggs during your holiday stay at Granlibakken?

Where will you search for Easter eggs during your holiday stay at Granlibakken?

Here’s what’s going on for the weekend:

On Friday, March 29, the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform selections from Part II of Bach’s masterpiece sung in English. Soloists include Daniel Paulson as the Evangelist and Stuart Duke as Jesus. This performance is at St. Patrick’s Church.

Get a head start on the Easter egg hunts with the Spring Eggstravaganza & Egg Hunt at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. The Egg hunt is free and features games, balloons animals and face painting.

Start your Easter off by enjoying Granlibakken’s infamous hearty, hot breakfast buffet featuring fresh fruit, homemade muffins, quiches, blintzes, eggs, the daily chef’s special, and all the accompaniments.

Sunday, March 31, is the All-Mountain Easter Egg Hunt & Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt at Alpine Meadows from 9 to 11 a.m. Adults can comb the mountain for a golden egg containing a Bronze Season Pass in the free Adult Easter Egg Hunt. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden, but only one will be gold. For Kids seven and under there will be an Easter egg hunt beginning at 10:15 a.m. at the Kids Camp Magic Carpet. For children 8-13 there is an Easter egg hunt at the Magic Carpet located off of Subway Chair also at 10:15 a.m.

The On-Mountain Easter Egg Hunt at Squaw Valley is also set for Sunday. The search begins the moment the lifts open. Get your Easter basket ready and hunt for colored eggs all over the mountain.

The Kids Ghirardelli Easter Chocolate Hunt at Homewood begins at 11 a.m. Kids 12 and under are invited to search for Ghirardelli Easter chocolate hidden throughout the Snow Rangers Kids’ slopes at Homewood’s South Lodge. The Easter Bunny will also be on hand.

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt and PEEPS Diorama Contest at Northstar. Other Easter activities will be available throughout the day in the Village and on the mountain for everyone to enjoy.

Tahoe Donner will hold its annual Easter egg hunt beginning at 1:30 p.m. Meet at the top of Eagle Rock and look for eggs, including special golden one.

Diamond Peak will hold its annual Easter egg hunt beginning at 9 a.m. at School House.

How are you spending your Easter weekend?

Get your Viking green on St. Patty’s weekend at Granlibakken

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Granlibakken may have its Norwegian roots, but once a year even the Vikings become green with envy and turn to the Irish for some “top of the morning” good cheer.

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Sunday, a weekend of adventure awaits at Granlibakken. There will be plenty of onsite skiing, sledding and high-flying zipline action at the Treetop Adventure Park. Weekend lodging options and family getaway packages are both available. Start your day off right with a hearty breakfast at Granlibakken’s famous breakfast buffet that will fill the belly before venturing out for fun filled celebrations.

Will you see a leprechaun skiing?

Will you see a leprechaun skiing?

Nearby Tahoe City and ski mountains have plenty of festive weekend plans to add to the mix.

Even the Irish will indulge now and then with chili. Tahoe City Parks and Recreation will host its annual Soup and Chili Showdown at Rideout Community Center on Friday, March 15, 6-8 p.m. This event is where amateurs and professionals show off their culinary talent with delicious soups and chili. The event is open to the public and the costs $5 to sample all the entries. Beer and wine are also available.

Ever seen a Leprechaun on a pair of skis? You will at the St. Patrick’s Day Bash at Homewood Mountain Resort from noon to 3:30 p.m. Chase the Leprechaun around the mountain for a chance to win a pot ‘o gold (Homewood Season Pass 2013-14)! Get a picture with him and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to automatically be entered to win. Don’t forget to tag Homewood in your post! Additional festivities will include a DJ at the Big Blue View Bar, Jameson drink specials, and a raffle.

Alpine Meadows will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with live music, Irish food and drink specials and plenty of green costumes on and off the slopes.

Squaw Valley has two days of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations planned on Saturday and Sunday. Squaw’s St. Patty’s Spring Party weekend features plenty of cold beverages, hot tubbing, food and drink specials, and a live DJ.

Enjoy green food and drink specials at Northstar. TC’s Pub will be celebrating with house cured corn beef with a potato cabbage hash and Guinness stout mustard, $3 green beer and $5 shamrock milk shakes. Summit Deck and Grille will feature corned beef with cabbage, carrots, onions and red potatoes and $5 Guinness pint cans.

Looking for some more fun after hitting the slopes? River Ranch Lodge will be offering corned beef and cabbage, $4 Jameson, beer and Irish Coffees, and $10 Car Bomb specials. Don’t forget to wear your green!

How do you plan to spend your St. Patrick’s Day weekend at Granlibakken?

Fall family activities within minutes of Granlibakken

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Whether you’re looking to stay in or venture out, there’s plenty to do and see within minutes of Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge. Summer is winding down, but there’s no shortage of activities now through fall in and around Tahoe City. Here are a few you won’t want to miss:

Who doesn’t like fine food and wine? Take a stroll and sample Lake Tahoe’s finest gourmet dishes during the 27th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, Sept. 1-9 at multiple venues around Lake Tahoe’s west and north shores. The annual Tahoe City Grape Stomp, a favorite during this festival, at the Cobblestone Center in the middle of Tahoe City is Friday, Sept. 7 from 5-7 p.m. Teams of four will stomp their feet for a  chance to win great prizes. Come and watch or participate.

Bring a picnic, chairs and blankets and enjoy the music of North Tahoe Jazz Band a Commons Beach Sunday, Sept. 9 at 3:00 p.m. If you don’t pack a picnic, enjoy community barbecue and beer garden.

Ever look up at the night sky and wonder which constellation is what? Bring the family and join with fellow star gazers from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 for a guided star tour and hike adventure. Tahoe Adventure Company and professional astronomer Tony Berendsen feature the telescopic tours, beginning with a 2-hour guided sunset hike, followed by a brilliant 1.5 hour tour of the sky where Berendsen shows you what to look for through high-powered Celestron telescopes.

Mountain bikers unite at the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival, Sept 20-23, at Squaw Valley. This inaugural event celebrates all things mountain biking and features cross country, short track and gravity racing, rides, trail work, demos and vendor expos. Let the kids ride with you during the day and then at night enjoy the beer garden which features movie screenings and local bands.

The Gatekeeper’s Museum will feature Native American intricate basket making Sept. 22-23, during the 9th Annual Basketweavers’ Gathering. Weavers throughout California and Nevada will provide demonstrations. Also featured will be “Soup to Nuts” where participants will process acorns from the raw nut to the finished soup. Ancient traditions of the Washoe will be shared and explained throughout the events.

Celebrate OktoberFest at Squaw Valley Saturday, Sept. 29. The event will feature traditional Bavarian music, folk dancers, bratwursts and sauerkraut, beer and games for adults and kids. The event runs from 2-6 p.m.

Even more fine food will be dished up with the 3rd annual Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week, Oct. 7-14. The week gives food aficionados an opportunity to enjoy a 3-course, prix-fixe menu at over 25 participating restaurants, both new and established favorites, throughout the Lake Tahoe region for $20-40 per person.

Looking for a good run? Check out two events: The Truckee River OktoberFest Trail Run, Oct. 6 and the Snowfest Scarecrow Sprint & Stroll, Oct. 13. The OktoberFest run is a 7.9 mile trek from scenic Tahoe City along the Truckee River with a finish at Squaw Valley. The Oct. 13 Scarecrow Run starts at Commons Beach and goes along the new Tahoe City Trail. It offers 5K and 10K races or races designed for kids. Scarecrow costumes are encouraged!

North Shore: The Gentle Side of Tahoe’s Ski Scene

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

by Yvette Cardozo, RFT Ski Editor

 

Photo courtesy Homewood Mountain Ski Resort.

 

Think Tahoe in winter and what comes to mind? Skiing at Heavenly? Casinos? Headliner shows?

Ah, but there is another Tahoe … less intense, gentler, slower and yes, more family friendly.

The thing about Tahoe is it’s never been 100 percent about skiing in winter (or hiking, kayaking, whatever in summer). In a way, Tahoe is a bit like Europe, where skiing is only a fraction of the experience with inns on the ski hills and long, leisurely lunches and so much more to do besides keep track of your vertical on your wrist GPS.

So … enter North Tahoe, which is oddly what folks call stuff along the west side of the lake. And Bleu Wave’s yacht ferry. And Homewood. And Granlibakken. And, well, yes, a very special kid-wow run at Alpine Meadows.


Ski Via Yacht

The start of all this was via a slick yacht-ski package started last season by Bleu Wave. We arrived at the dock in South Lake Tahoe to board the ferry, which is actually a rather upscale yacht, at 8 a.m. We were dressed for skiing. As we pulled away, we munched on breakfast, which was a decent continental affair … muffins, fruit, yogurt, hot chocolate, coffee. But the star of the morning was Lake Tahoe’s scenery. Jagged, snow capped mountains rose around us, reflected in the still dawn water of the deep blue lake.

An hour later, we pulled up at the foot … and I do mean very foot … of  Homewood Mountain Ski Resort. The runs seem to spill down onto the beachfront. And actually, they do end just a hundred or so yards away from where you dock.

What's better than a cruise across Lake Tahoe to terrific ski venues?


Though we were transferring to stay on this side of the lake, others were there for the day package, which for $99, gets you a shuttle from your hotel, round trip ferry, lift ticket, and discount on lunch. And though Homewood might seem smallish compared to say, Heavenly, its 1,260 skiable acres and 1,650 vertical, with everything from beginner runs to expert trees,  provides more than enough fun for a day.

Nearly every run offers a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe. Photo courtesy Homewood Mountain Resort.

The stunning lake views are what sets this place apart. You’re so busy gawking, it’s almost dangerous. The dropoff along Rainbow Ridge just after Mid Mountain Pavilion (it’s the white tube tent with the picnic chairs) will blow your mind. A friend once said the drop on some of Tahoe’s lake view runs make you think you need to wear a life jacket. This is one of those places.

There are hefty plans for expansion. Some half a billion dollars of condos, base lodges, restaurants and lifts are expected to stretch to 2020. But meanwhile, Homewood is nice and laid back for a day of something different.

Our lodging was at Granlibakken, a resort that meanders up a thickly wooded hill with 200 hotel and condo rooms and a main lodge that reminds you of those family-owned resorts of the Northeast where generations would spend their holidays. The name, by the way, is Norwegian for “a hillside sheltered by fir trees,” and ski history in this area goes back nearly 100 years.

This is about as family friendly as it comes. There’s a small ski hill (300 vertical with two poma lifts), swimming pool, trails through the woods and a treetop adventure with rope bridges and platforms.

From Granlibakken, we day skied at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Squaw has the reputation, the Olympic history, and the crowds. Alpine Meadows has Hot Wheels Gully.

Don't get carried away by the incredible views while skiing the runs at Homewood Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy Homewood Mountain Resort.

If you are on the west side of the lake you, of course, have to ski Squaw. This is where the big guys go, along with enough waist high future racers to make your head swim. While the Lake Tahoe area has dreams of a new Olympic bid for 2022, it’s interesting to remember a bit about the original one in 1960.

The Olympic venue back then wasn’t supposed to be in Squaw Valley, but while the Olympic committee argued over which European ski hill should be the spot, Alex Cushing, owner of what there was of Squaw, pointed out that maybe, since the Olympics were supposed to be a ‘world’ activity, it was time to hold them in North America.
Those Olympics included an amazing list of firsts … first use of instant replay (courtesy of grainy videotape), first use of skis that weren’t all wood, first athlete’s village, first really blow-out opening ceremony. (Walt Disney, himself, designed it with Disneyland-style statues and fireworks much to the whining from Europeans). Oh yes, and first sale of exclusive broadcast rights … to CBS for $50,000m which led to a young, new hire Walter Cronkite at CBS hosting it.
For those with inquiring minds, London’s 2012 Olympic broadcast rights went to NBC for $1.1 billion … that’s with a B.

Alpine Meadows: Hot Wheels Gully

Okay, now on to Alpine Meadows. It’s smaller than Squaw, a bit more intimate, but definitely one of Lake Tahoe’s ‘big seven’ ski resorts, which include Heavenly, Northstar, Squaw, Alpine Meadows, Mt. Rose, Sierra at Tahoe, and Kirkwood Meadows.
You can get hairy chutes and mellow groomers just about anywhere in the Tahoe area. But only Alpine Meadows has Hot Wheels Gully.

No matter how old (or young) you are, you can learn to ski at Tahoe's GranlibakkenLodge. Photo courtesy Granlibakken Lodge.

I was leaving the base area at the end of the day when a 10-year-old bounced by me, calling to his father.

“We skied the funnest thing of my whole, entire life. The FUNNEST!” he yelled while literally jumping up and down (in skis).

It was called … Hot Wheels Gully!”

The run traces a narrow riverbed that twists and drops through the forest … not for anyone on long skis and, honestly, best enjoyed by someone about 4 1/2 feet tall. You slingshot from side to side like in a mini halfpipe and, at one point, actually hit a short drop. It is, honestly, a pre-teen’s dream run.

Dinner is a pleasure in the main lodge at Granlibakken. Photo by Granlibakken Lodge.

The week we were in Tahoe, it was hot and sunny. Perfect spring skiing. But snow was on the way and within a couple of days, four feet of fresh had fallen. Sigh. We figured we’ll just have to go back.

ALPINE/SQUAW APP
If you want a true giggle on the mountain at Alpine Meadows or Squaw Valley and you have either an iPhone or Android phone, go to your online market and download the free interactive apps for those two resorts. It’s more than just a map, it even shows you where you are on the mountain along with a real time list of what trails are open, where the restaurants are, weather, real-time webcams, some amazing thing that lets you find your friends on the hill and, best of all, a real time record of your own personal stats (speed, vertical, lifts and more). You need to activate your GPS and, as I found out the hard way, if you turn your GPS off at the end of the day to save battery, your personal stats will reset to zero. Just don’t try looking at it WHILE skiing.

– by Yvette Cardozo, RFT Ski Editor

Check out Yvette’s favorite Tahoe after-ski snack, West Shore Café and Inn’s Mushrooms with Dipping Sauce.

Enjoy a Fun and Festive Easter Weekend at Granlibakken

Friday, April 6th, 2012

What is Easter without an egg hunt and brunch? Folks staying at Granlibakken this Easter weekend will definitely not have a shortage of Easter events to choose from. North Lake Tahoe celebrates the holiday with family-friendly events all weekend as well as scrumptious Easter Sunday brunches at our favorite lakefront restaurants.

Easter egg hunts start in Tahoe City with its annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt on the Commons Beach at 10 AM on Saturday, April 7. Truckee will also host their Great Easter Egg hunt at 11:30 AM on Saturday, April 7, at Truckee Regional Park.

Northstar will be celebrating Easter in every way this Sunday, April 8. Start Easter off with a tasty Easter brunch from Petra in the Northstar Village 9 AM-1 PM. After brunch be on the lookout for those hidden eggs in the Northstar Village at 10:30 AM when the hunt begins. And don’t miss your chance for a photo with the Easter Bunny from 12:30-2:30 PM. If you’re skiing or riding on Easter you’ll have your chance to celebrate Easter on the mountain as well. The Easter Bunny will be taking ride breaks from 9 AM-4 PM so make sure you find him on the mountain for a fun photo. The Lodge at Big Springs will have Easter specials at the café and bar and you’ll want to search for the hidden Easter eggs that may contain drink coupons and $5 off coupons.

Try to find the Easter Bunny skiing at Northstar on Sunday for an unforgettable picture.

You won’t want to miss the annual On-Mountain Easter Egg Hunt at Squaw on Sunday, April 8. As soon as the lifts open you can start searching for the hidden eggs. One lucky winner will find the Golden Egg containing a 2012-13 Bronze season pass! Make sure to pay attention to Squaw’s Twitter feed, Facebook timeline and smartphone app throughout the day for clues as to where the Golden Egg lies. The Easter bunny will also be hopping around The Village Events Plaza from 10 AM-4 PM.

Alpine is joining in on the Easter fun with an all mountain Easter egg hunt starting as soon as the lifts open on Sunday, April 8. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden across all of Alpine’s 2400 acres, but only one will be gold. The gold Easter egg will contain a 2012-13 Bronze season pass. There will also be two separate Easter egg hunts for the kids. Kids 7 and under can participate in an Easter Egg Hunt taking place at 10:15am at the Kids Camp Magic Carpet. And children 8 – 13 are invited to join the Easter Egg Hunt taking place at 10:15am at the Magic Carpet located off of Subway Chair.

Homewood is tying in an Easter favorite Ghiradelli with their Easter hunt.  Kids 12 and younger can participate in the Little Bunny Ghiradelli Easter chocolate hunt next to the Snow Rangers Academy at the South Lodge starting at noon. Chocolate eggs, chocolate squares and Homewood gifts will be hidden for the kids to discover. But the fun doesn’t stop with the kids. Ghiradelli chocolate eggs and squares will be hidden all over the entire mountain for everyone to find as soon as the lifts start turning. Be on the lookout for the Golden Egg which will contain a 2012-13 season pass.

There will be no shortage of Easter eggs in North Lake Tahoe this weekend.

Easter egg hunts aren’t the only way to enjoy Easter on Sunday. For those not skiing Jake’s on the Lake will be serving an Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $24 per adult and $12 per child age 12 and under. Kids may even find a few Easter eggs. Reservations recommended.

Or relax at a table overlooking the river with brunch at the River Ranch on Sunday from 10 AM-2 PM including traditional brunch items and some lunch favorites from $12.95-$18.95. Reservations recommended.

What are your Easter plans?

NASJA Conference comes to Granlibakken

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge will host 16 snowsports journalists and guests this weekend to showcase the region and provide attendees an authentic flavor for the area, its residents and the activities that make Lake Tahoe a leading
winter destination.

Following a five-day conference at Tahoe South, which includes skiing, concerts, dinners and a cruise on Lake Tahoe, the travel and ski journalists representing national magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs and social media outlets will tour the West Shore of Lake Tahoe and three ski resorts as part of a post trip of the North American Snowsports Journalist Association National Conference. The event designed to generate significant editorial coverage for the area as a leading winter destination.

Jessica Kunzer of Ski Utah poses with the Travelocity gnome on an après cruise on Lake Tahoe.

Members attending this conference represent the Associated Press, SKI Magazine, Snow.com, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, Examiner.com, 7×7 Magazine, San Jose Mercury News, LA Daily Breeze, Contra Costa Times, Trenton (New Jersey) Times and NJ.com.

“The West Shore of Lake Tahoe and our world class ski resorts provide for the perfect cap on the NASJA conference,” said Kay Williams, general manager of Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge. “Journalists will learn about the significant changes underway here to share with readers throughout the country.”

In addition to overall destination stories, conference attendees will be provided updates on major plans at Homewood Mountain Resort and capital improvement at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

The West Shore post-trip of the NASJA National Conference includes land, lake and air. Attendees will take the Tahoe Bleu Wave yacht from South Shore, arriving at Homewood Mountain Resort for a tour and skiing. An opening night reception will include an overview presentation of the area and a welcome from the evening’s sponsors. The journalists will ski at Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics on Saturday with a visit to Alpine Meadows on Sunday.

Established in 1963, first as the United States Ski Writers Association, the North American Snowsports Journalists Association is a professional group of more than 250 writers, authors, photographers, filmmakers and broadcasters who report ski- and snowboard-related news, information and features throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, via the various media. Corporate members include media contacts or employees of ski/snowboard-related businesses, such as resorts, convention and visitor associations, equipment and clothing manufacturers, or any others who have a commercial interest in the journalistic coverage of those sports.

 

Stay and Play – Leap Year Edition

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Ski at Squaw or Alpine and leap into a night or more stay at Granlibakken. Wednesday’s Leap Day only happens every four years, so the timing is ideal for an all-out midweek ski getaway at either Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows with a few nights lodging at Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.

To celebrate the arrival of fresh powder and the odd calendar day, Squaw and Alpine are offering $29 lift tickets on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Adults, young adults and kids can all take to the hill and enjoy 5,000 acres and over 30 lifts between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows – all on a $29 lift ticket. But you will have to act fast. In order to take advantage of the incredible $29 lift tickets, guests must purchase by midnight of Tuesday, Feb. 28. Leap day tickets are available for purchase online at www.squaw.com and www.skialpine.com, or by calling 1-800-403-0206.

Meanwhile, you can check-in at Granlibakken, which offers affordable and luxurious stay and ski lodging packages and the resort’s comfortable amenities such as its famous hot buffet breakfast (optional), the Lighthouse Spa, heated outdoor pool, sauna and hot tub and plenty of on-site hills to ski, sled and snowshoe.

Accommodations range from cozy lodge rooms to studios with fireplaces and kitchens to one to eight bedroom townhouses. (800) 543-3221

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 delivering a high-tech vacation headquarters for families, groups and travelers: free Wi-Fi throughout the resort and transportation from the Reno-Tahoe airport. Situated on 74 forested acres, the property feels quiet and secluded, yet is located one mile from downtown Tahoe City.

 

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