Family tradition brings parents back with their kids to Granlibakken |

Family tradition brings parents back with their kids to Granlibakken

Photo courtesy of GranlibakkenSanta gliding down the ski hill during the Torchlight Parade.

TAHOE CITY ” Remember your first time on skis, bundled up with too many layers Mom demanded, more gear than little arms could carry and working to perfect snowplowing down the bunny hill?


Granlibakken, Lake Tahoe’s oldest ski resort, continues to offer a safe, crowd-free setting for kids to learn how to “pizza” and “French fry.”


The family lodging package guarantees a peaceful day on the hill, with the knowledge that the kids will have fun while learning a lifelong sport.


Great for kids convenient for parents, the Ski Hill is within walking distance of the lodge, rental equipment, snow play area and ski school is onsite and private and group lessons are available in the morning and afternoon. A Learn to Ski or Snowboard Package for beginners starts at $49 and includes a lesson, lift ticket and equipment rental.


Granlibakken offers a Ski and Stay Package for $109 per person per day midweek (double occupancy) and $122 per person on weekends. Packages includes accommodations at Granlibakken Lodge, full breakfast buffet and one adult lift ticket per day valid at either Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose or Sierra-at-Tahoe.


In addition to ski packages, Granlibakken hosts other on-property holiday events. There’s the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade that includes caroling and a visit from Santa with gifts and cookies for the kids and hot chocolate, a popular Christmas Buffet Dinner and New Year’s Eve Party for guests.


With options from full rooms to studios, one to eight bedroom townhouses, Granlibakken’s variety provides units with kitchens, fireplaces and private decks. Breakfast is included with each stay. And even though the resort is tucked away in its own valley, free wireless keeps connectivity with the outside world.


In addition to its longtime family appeal, Granlibakken has found a niche with conference and meeting space for groups of 4 to 400. With the recent expansion of the Executive Lodge complete, Granlibakken now features more than 16,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 16 meeting rooms. Groups can meet and ski free this winter for $177 per person.


To unwind over a hearty meal, the Cedar House Pub is the spot in the main building with dinner from 5-9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and weeknights during the holidays.


Granlibakken opened in 1928 and hosted the Olympic Trials for ski jumping in 1931. A few years later, a 450-foot rope was installed to the top of the Ski Hill.

Granlibakken Lodge and Conference Center is located just outside of Tahoe City, Calif. on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Combining old Tahoe charm with European hospitality and modern amenities, Granlibakken is small, family-owned resort on 74 acres just two minutes from Lake Tahoe. The Norwegian name translates to, “a hill sheltered by fir trees.”  For more information, visit or call (530) 877-543-7116.

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