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Family-friendly Sierra-at-Tahoe home to Olympic athletes

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Known for its laid back, family-friendly atmosphere, wind-protected slopes, incredible tree skiing and being home mountain for 2014 Sochi Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson and athletes Maddie Bowman and Hannah Teter, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is a true Sierra Nevada ski experience.

Granlibakken has partnered with Sierra to offer stay and ski packages that 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.

Sunshine and good snow abound at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Photo: Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Sunshine and good snow abound at Sierra-at-Tahoe.
Photo: Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Sierra-at-Tahoe expands over 2,000 acres, has 46 trails, holding a vertical rise of 2,212, feet with a bottom elevation of 6,640 feet and top elevation of 8,852 feet.

Beginning skiers have 25% of the mountain to themselves, while 50% is considered intermediate and 25% advanced. Sierra’s longest run is Sugar n’ Spice, a 2.5 miles top to bottom experience. Sierra has five gates to access its popular backcountry Huckleberry Canyon. Sierra offers three Express Quad chair lifts, five double chair lifts, one triple chair lift and five surface lifts.

When it comes to terrain parks, Sierra offers some of the world’s best. And where do the best learn? Sierra of course. At this year’s 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, Jamie Anderson, plucked her first gold medal in a near-flawless run in the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle competition with tricks perfected at Sierra.

For 12 years TransWorld SNOWboarding and their readers have been ranking the best overall resorts, parks and pipes in North America. In 2013 TransWorld SNOWboarding ranked Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort among the Top Ten Overall Resorts, Top Ten Terrain Parks and received the editor’s pick for Best Value.

For those who prefer to be closer to the snow, Sierra offers a tubing and snowplay area  and those looking to walk through the woods, there’s three miles of maintained snowshoe trails.

This season Sierra opened a new 9,000-square-foot Base Area Plaza that enhances the overall après atmosphere, gives guests a place to gather and celebrate winter in the mountains. The Plaza will be the place to be this spring when Sierra hosts a foot-stomping, energetic music series featuring live music from top regional touring music acts. Produced by OnCourse Events and sponsored by Tahoe South, the music series feature bands that will play on three select weekends in the spring. The concerts will give guests a chance to enjoy live music, après, dance, and relax after a fun day on the mountain.

The Burton Star Wars™ Experience continues to grow with the Burton Star Wars Echo Base, a learning experience. Building off of the success of Yoda’s Riglet Park the Burton Star Wars Echo Base now offers a snowboarding program for kids ages 7-12. The new Burton Star Wars Echo Base gives kids 7-12 the opportunity to learn how to snowboard using terrain-based teaching, iconic Star Wars characters, and Burton Learn to Ride technology and techniques. Young snowboarders will get the chance to “defeat the dark side” and become Jedi Knights by conquering their fears of sliding on snow. Kids will learn to snowboard in a one-of-a-kind environment unlike any other in the universe.

Whether you’re looking for a warm-up beverage, a carbo load or a fat and juicy burger, braut, barbecue and a beer, Sierra-at-Tahoe offers a number of food options including Tiki Bar and Grill, Mama’s Kitchen, 360 Smokehouse Barbecue at the top of Grandview Express, the Baja Grill, Happy Hippie, Aspen Cafe, Sierra Pub and Deli and Java Junction.

Will Sierra-at-Tahoe be a part of your spring skiing plans?

Action-packed February lineup

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Lake Tahoe ski resorts look to more snow in the forecast with big events. Granlibakken offers week day stay and ski packages with access to seven different local resorts.

Take a twilight snowshoe tour through the Lake Tahoe area with Northstar. {via}

Take a twilight snowshoe tour through the Lake Tahoe area with Northstar.
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Going on now at Squaw Valley through Feb. 23 is the 2014 Winter Games Festival with televised events, daily drink specials, competitions and ice skating.

Jibs and Jumps guides both skiers and snowboarders into the playful realm of man-made and natural features: boxes, rails, tabletops, tree jibs and wind lips Feb. 28, March 7 and March 14.

Competitions for the little ones are currently being highlighted through Feb. 22 with a weeklong kids extravaganza. Kid-O-Rama offers non-stop fun for kids of all ages. Be sure to check out Big Truck Night in the Village featuring fire trucks, snowplows and grooming machines in the Village.

A twilight snowshoe tour at Northstar California is set for Feb. 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Take in the beautiful Tahoe winter nights in a peaceful and serene mountain setting – all while getting some great exercise. There will be two to three different routes ranging in difficulty and distance so you can choose the group you’re most comfortable with.

Ever wonder how Lake Tahoe’s earliest pioneers got around? Check out the Feb. 22 Snowshoe Through History Tour at Sugar Pine Point State Park. Join a State Park Interpreter at 11 a.m. for an easy, informative and free 90 minute hike along Lake Tahoe’s shore. Discover what attracted Tahoe’s earliest settlers and uncover secrets of the Hellman-Ehrman Estate in Sugar Pine Point State Park.

Looking for some high-flying action? Catch the Butterbox Rail Jam at Northstar California Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Northstar Park Crew will build a custom feature in the beach area of the Village.

Need more adventure? Don’t miss any of the SnowFest! activities during your February stay at Granlibakken.

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?

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?

Ten reasons for visiting Granlibakken this winter

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

If you find yourself sitting in your office cubicle thinking about Lake Tahoe and how much you’d rather be there instead of sitting at work – you’re not alone! And we can help. Granlibakken has 10 reasons to visit the resort before the snow stops.

Everyone could use a snowy escape to Granlibakken!

Everyone could use a snowy escape to Granlibakken!

10) 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 of downhill adventure.

9) Stay and ski packages: Not only does Granlibakken have its great ski and snow play area but it also offers access to eight world class ski mountains. The resort’s popular and affordable stay and ski packages include 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 $145 mid-week.

8) Walk or ski in the wild: Whether you strap on a pair of long skis or snow shoes, there’s plenty of action off the beaten path. The terrain is wide open with trails to glide across or stomp through with specially-fitted cross country skis or snowshoes. You can explore acres of forest trails for a weekday or weekend’s 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.

7) Lighthouse Spa: Relax the mind, kneed the body, tap into your spirit and find balance with a number of spa treatments offered at Granlibakken’s Lighthouse Spa. Whether you’re looking for deep tissue massage, reflexology treatments or a body wrap, the Lighthouse 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.

6) Delicious meals: Dining options and getaway stays go hand-in-hand. Lodge guests are treated every morning to a full-spread and hearty breakfast buffet featuring fresh fruit, homemade muffins, quiches, blintzes, eggs, and the daily chef’s special, plus all the accompaniments. The Cedar House Pub is the resort’s on-site restaurant that offers cozy fireside dining, daily specials and kid-friendly items through March 30.

5) Lodging options: Designed for intimate overnights and large-group getaways, Granlibakken has a number of first rate suites, studios, condominiums, townhomes and chalets available for any need and price range. All guests have rooms equipped with Cable television with DVD; direct dial phone with voicemail and wired/wireless internet access and in-room coffee maker. Options include a kitchen, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. In addition, all guests have access to our heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.

4)  Soar above the trees: Take the wintertime outdoor challenge to another level with 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.

3) A large playground: Granlibakken is a Norwegian name meaning a hill sheltered by trees. The Resort occupyies 74 wooded acres in a picturesque mountain valley.

2) A massive lake: Lake Tahoe – spectacular views of big blue are minutes away from the lodge.

1) Because you deserve it.


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