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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?

Hit the slopes at Northstar California access to North Tahoe’s most skiable terrain

Monday, January 13th, 2014

A short drive from Lake Tahoe‘s west shore, Northstar California combines Sierra cool with on-mountain excitement that makes for a great ski and board experience.

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Partnering with Granlibakken, 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.

Northstar is known for its impeccable grooming, world-class terrain parks and enough variety to challenge every level of skier. It offers 3,170 acres of skiable terrain on 97 trails, 20 lifts, two gondolas and a six-pack express. Of the terrain, 27% of the mountain is considered advanced, 60% intermediate, 13% beginner.

Northstar’s elevation ranges from 6,330 feet at the village, 6,800 feet at mid-mountain, and 8,610 at the summit for a total of 2,280 vertical feet.

The longest run is the 1.4 mile Logger’s Loop and the mountain offers nine additional runs that are one mile long with advanced runs on The Backside. Lookout Mountain offers 443 acres of advanced terrain, while Sawtooth Ridge has 344 acres of backcountry terrain open for experts when conditions permit. Northstar has the largest snowmaking system of any resort in North Lake Tahoe, covering more than 50% of the resort’s trails.

Northstar has built-in enhancements this season including a complete makeover of the Big Springs Gondola. Guests will now enjoy a comfortable ride to mid-mountain in refurbished cabins that feature new doors and windows, more cushioning in the seats, upgraded ski and snowboard racks that accommodate the newest technology, and a new exterior.

Northstar has seven terrain parks — the Burton Progression Park, Moonshine, The Straits, Pipeline, The Stash, Lil’ Stash, Pinball — as well as the 22-Foot Superpipe designed by two-time Olympian Shaun White.

Learning to ski or just need a refresher? Northstar offers a ski and snowboard school for children and adults, with group and private lessons. For snowboarders, Northstar offers the Burton Snowboard Academy that offers a unique terrain-based teaching method.

Northstar’s Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Center offers 35km of groomed and tracked trails for track, skate, snowshoe and Telemark.

Off the slopes there’s ice skating at the 9,000 square foot skating rink surrounded by plenty of shops at the Village at Northstar.

Northstar offers plenty of on-mountain and village with food ranging from on-the-go breakfasts to jump start your day, mid-day lunch choices, casual and fine dining, to Après Ski, bars and nightlife.

What is on your must do list when you visit Northstar?

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?

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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