Granlibakken Tahoe’s Executive Chef Ron Eber has received recognition once again for his culinary innovativeness and expertise. Chef Ron has been working as the Executive Chef of Granlibakken Tahoe since 1978, and has wowed guests with his innovative cuisine as well as his adaptability to new trends and dietary needs. Chef Ron takes great pride in his work, and is constantly striving to create new dishes and to remain involved in the local culinary community in Northern California. He has received numerous accolades and awards for his work, both regionally and statewide.

The American Culinary Federation High Sierra Chapter was founded in 1976. Its goal is to promote and improve the quality of the food industry in the Northern California and Western Nevada regions. The ACF High Sierra Chapter serves to connect chefs in the region, while fostering educational and promotional programs for the culinary industry.   As a member of the ACF High Sierra Chapter, Chef Ron has engaged in dialogue with other chefs about how to remain current in the industry, and has also served as a mentor and a friend to many local chefs.

Chef Ron Eber was nominated for Chef of the Year for his long-standing relationship with the ACF, as well as his culinary acumen.  Jay Rathmann, Chapter President of the ACF High Sierra Chapter, says, “Chef Eber has been a member of the ACF High Sierra Chefs Association since 1988 and has achieved and excelled at his profession in that time. We are students our entire life and having chefs like Chef Eber helping to educate, mentor and elevate our profession to new standards and levels is what the Chef of the Year award is about. Chef Eber has dedicated his life to our profession and for that reason we as the High Sierra Chefs Association chose Chef Ron Eber as the Chef of the Year.”

We are so pleased that Chef Ron has been recognized for his hard work and commitment to the culinary industry. Granlibakken Tahoe is known for its food—thousands of guests have enjoyed creations by Chef Ron through the daily breakfast included for all guests, as well as through Granlibakken’s all-inclusive conference packages. Chef Ron has retained a passion for his profession that is unequaled, and his contribution to both Granlibakken Tahoe and the larger culinary community is vast.

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Workshop Leaders and Schedule Announced for the Third Annual Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival.

Early-Bird Rates Available Through March 1, 2019.

Restorative Arts and Yoga

The third annual Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival (RAY) will be taking place at Granlibakken Tahoe from May 31-June 2, 2019. RAY will feature three days of health and well-being workshops designed for all abilities in the Sierra Nevada Mountains just one mile from Lake Tahoe. Instructors for RAY are all based out of the Truckee/Tahoe region, creating a vibrant festival that highlights Tahoe’s thriving wellness community.

Early-bird discounted pricing is available for RAY 2019. The full weekend of events—three days of workshops, meals, and social hours, is just $287 when booked prior to March 1, 2019. On March 1, prices will increase to $299 for the full weekend. Workshops can also be purchased individually. Discounted lodging at Granlibakken Tahoe is available—allowing for an immersive weekend of well-being in the Sierras.

Schedule Released:

The final schedule for RAY has been released. Building off of the schedule for the 2018 event, RAY 2019 will feature daily social hours, a marketplace showcasing local artisans and services, a Shakti Creative Space, and of course, three days of inspiring classes taught by Tahoe professionals.  

The schedule for RAY features three tracks of workshops per day designed for people of all abilities. The workshops encompass a wide range of topics—from Aromatherapy to Iyengar Restorative Yoga. The popular shinrin-yoku forest-medicine meditative hike will be offered twice this year, and Kundalini Yoga and Sound Healing meditation will also return. All classes welcome people of all abilities and walks of life, and are designed to teach and inspire everyone from beginner yogis to advanced practitioners.

The RAY program is designed to complement the natural surroundings of Granlibakken Tahoe-the indoor and outdoor workshops and social hours pay homage to the mountain valley that the resort is nestled in. The 74-acre wooded valley offers a sense of peace and serenity to the weekend, allowing attendees to enjoy an immersive and rejuvenating experience.

Workshop Leader Lineup:

The instructor bios for RAY have just been released. With a diverse group of workshop leaders-ranging from Tahoe-based yoga instructors to massage therapists and energy workers, the instructors have been carefully selected to present a diverse array of wellness modalities, capitalizing on the expertise found in North Lake Tahoe. RAY offers ample opportunity to learn, grow, and practice under the tutelage of some of the Tahoe region’s most esteemed wellness practitioners.

Granlibakken’s unparalleled setting in a wooded valley a short distance from Lake Tahoe offers the perfect setting for health and wellness retreats, and their relationships with health and wellness experts in the Tahoe region allows visitors and locals alike to engage with the Tahoe wellness community in an intimate and personalized way.

The snow is falling, and Tahoe is calling! Opening dates of December 14 have been set for all of the below activities and onsite concessions.

Tahoe Holiday Party

Ski & Snowboard Hill

Open 9AM-4PM Fridays-Mondays, and daily during holiday periods.

Granlibakken’s onsite ski and snowboard hill is perfect for beginner to intermediate skiers and riders. An intimate and approachable slope, a low-key atmosphere, and affordable rates are a few of the reasons why generations of Tahoe skiers and riders have learned to ski and ride here. 

Lessons and rentals are available at affordable rates, and the entire hill can be viewed from the ski hut deck–perfect for getting the kiddos on the slopes this winter!

Lodging guests at Granlibakken Tahoe receive half-priced full-day lift tickets. Learn more>>

Sled Hill

Open 9AM-4PM Daily

Granlibakken’s popular sledding hill is also scheduled to open December 14. A full day of sledding is just $17 ($18 holidays), and is half-priced for lodging guests. All day passes include a saucer rental. 

New this year! Skip the lines–buy your sledding tickets in advance here

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Open 7AM-6PM Daily

The pristine 74-acre wooded valley that Granlibakken calls home is great for winter exploration. Granlibakken offers two groomed trails when weather permits. One is a 1.5 mile loop around the property, and the other is a 2 mile groomed portion of the trail up to Paige Meadows, a popular cross-country ski and snowshoe destination. 

Rentals are available daily for cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment, learn more here. 

Granlibakken’s Rental Shop

Open 7AM-6PM Daily

Granlibakken’s rental shop offers daily rentals at affordable rates. Alpine ski, snowboard, snowshoe, and cross-country ski equipment is all available daily. Rentals are on a 24-hour basis, so feel free to take your equipment to another resort and return it the next morning!

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Tahoe ski history
The Ski Hut in the 50s

Rusty’s Kitchen

Open 11AM-4PM Fridays-Mondays, and daily during holiday periods.

Located in the historic ski hut at the base of Granlibakken’s ski and sled hill, Rusty’s Kitchen serves up freshly-made authentic Mexican fare as well as beer, wine, and snacks. Named for Kjell “Rusty” Rustad, the man who gave Granlibakken its name and who also constructed the ski hut, Rusty’s Kitchen offers some of the best Mexican food around at affordable rates. 

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Gran Spot Barbecue

Open 11AM-4PM Fridays-Mondays, and daily during holiday periods.

Located near the Ski Hut deck, the Gran Spot Barbecue serves up hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers. Grab a quick bite between sledding sessions and warm up at the outdoor fire pit.

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Gran Spot Coffee Cart

Open 8:30AM-4PM Fridays-Mondays, and daily during holiday periods.

Stay caffeinated and make the most of your vacation! The Gran Spot Coffee Cart offers specialty coffee drinks, baked fresh daily pastries, and light snacks and drinks. Don’t forget the s’mores–s’more kits are for sale, toast up a marshmallow and enjoy skiing, sledding, and s’moring.

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Cedar House Pub

Open 5-9PM Thursdays-Sundays, and daily during holiday periods.
Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

The Cedar House Pub serves up delicious Pub food in an old-Tahoe lodge atmosphere. The Pub offers daily specials, a full bar, live music, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Stop by the Cedar House Pub for an après-drink or bite to eat.

Get 2-for-1 entrees every Thursday and Sunday at the Cedar House Pub!*

*Excluding holiday periods

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North Lake Tahoe just received its first major snowstorm–the best way to welcome December in our opinion. All signs are point to a white holiday season here in North Lake Tahoe, and what better place to spend the holiday season than at Granlibakken’s winter wonderland?

Holiday Festivities at Granlibakken Tahoe

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade:

The Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade at Granlibakken Tahoe is an annual tradition. Follow the turns of generations of skiers after closing, carrying your own torch. This nod to Granlibakken’s Olympic history ends with a visit and gifts with Santa, snacks, and hot drinks in Granlibakken’s historic warming hut. 

The Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade is free and open to the public.

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Christmas Day Festivities

Let Granlibakken do the work so that you can enjoy a relaxing holiday surrounded by loved ones. Granlibakken’s Christmas Dinner Buffet comes with all of the fixings and a carving table. The buffet is accompanied by a full bar and a gingerbread house competition. 

Christmas Dinner is included for all lodging guests, and is available to non-lodging guests for an additional fee. 

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New Year’s Eve Party

Ring in 2019 in style at Granlibakken Tahoe. The New Year’s Eve Party starts with a buffet dinner, followed by drinks, dancing with a live DJ, and a full bar. A balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast at midnight tops off the evening. Kid-friendly activities and a movie night are available as alternate activities.

New Year’s Eve Festivities are included for all lodging guests, and is available to non-lodging guests for an additional fee. 

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Christmas in Tahoe

Onsite Activities

There are plenty of activities onsite at Granlibakken guaranteed to make your holiday season merry and bright. All of these activities can be enjoyed by the public all winter season, some fees apply.

Ski & Snowboard Hill

Granlibakken Tahoe’s Ski and Snowboard Hill is great for beginner and intermediate skiers. The historic slopes have been used for winter activities since 1922, and generations of skiers have fond memories of learning to ski at Granlibakken Tahoe.

Granlibakken keeps that tradition alive with affordable lift prices, affordable rentals, and affordable lesson options for skiers and snowboarders. The intimate hill is perfect for beginners who want to give winter sports a try without breaking the bank. The entire hill can be viewed from the ski lodge, perfect for keeping an eye on the little ones. 

Also, did we mention that full-day lift tickets are half-priced for lodging guests, and include a pass to the sledding hill?

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Sled Hill

Granlibakken’s onsite sled hill is fun for the whole family! Passes are half-priced for lodging guests, and just $17/day ($18/day during holiday periods) for the public. The hill is groomed and supervised, and all passes include a saucer rental. 

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Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Granlibakken is situated on 74 peaceful acres of National Forest land. This offers ample opportunities for exploration. Granlibakken offers rentals for cross-country skis and snowshoes, and when the weather permits, a 1.5-mile track around the property is groomed for guest use. Paige Meadows, a popular cross-country ski and snowshoe destination, is just 3 miles away. When weather permits, Granlibakken grooms the first mile of trail up to Paige Meadows.

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Relax at the Day Spa

Granlibakken’s onsite Day Spa offers a variety of treatments–perfect for rejuvenating those tired muscles after a day on the slopes. The mountainside location is beautiful, and monthly specials are available.

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Namaste in Tahoe

Through a partnership with The Yoga Room Tahoe, Granlibakken is now offering Saturday classes in the newly-renovated Soul Shelter. The Mountain Flow Yoga Class is designed for all abilities, and offers the perfect mix of movement and meditation to start your weekend off right.

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Go Swimming!

Yep, Granlibakken’s pool, hot tub, and sauna are open year-round. Have you ever soaked in a hot tub while snowflakes fall around you? It’s the perfect way to unwind after a spectacular day in the snow. 

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Add Some Zip to Your Trip

The Treetop Adventure Park aerial trekking course is open on weekends in alternating locations during the winter months, and daily during winter holiday periods. The course is fun for people of all abilities ages 5+, and includes a number of obstacles, bridges, and ziplines high up in the Tahoe pines. 

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

Granlibakken has expanded its eateries for the 2018-19 winter season. Check out expanded hours, specials, and options below.

Start Your Day Right

Hot buffet breakfast is included in all lodging packages at Granlibakken Tahoe. Granlibakken knows how to do breakfast right. From eggs and bacon to fresh fruit and yogurt, there’s something for even the most discriminating diner out there. 

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The Cedar House Pub

The Cedar House Pub is an institution in North Tahoe. The Pub serves up delicious pub food and daily specials in a family-friendly atmosphere. Enjoy an après-ski drink fireside at the expanded bar area, or come in for some warm comfort food after a day in the snow.

The Cedar House Pub is open Thursdays-Sundays, 5-9PM

Get 2-for-1 entrees every Thursday and Sunday!*

*Excluding holiday periods

Learn More>>

Rusty’s Kitchen

Rusty’s Kitchen was formerly called the Ski Hut Snack Bar. As a nod to the man who gave Granlibakken its name, Kjell “Rusty” Rustad, Rusty’s kitchen is located in the historic warming hut. Serving up freshly-made authentic Mexican cuisine and American favorites, Rusty’s Kitchen is a great place to fuel up during the winter months.

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Gran Spot Coffee Cart

The Gran Spot Coffee Cart will be located at the Ski and Sled Hill this year. The coffee cart will be serving up specialty coffee, beer, wine, and light snacks by the fire-pit. 

Learn more>>

There is so much to do this holiday season here at Granlibakken. We hope that you spend your holidays with us, and happy winter!

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Any tips on maintaining healthy eating habits during this time of year?

The holiday’s can be a tricky time for healthy eating habits. Everywhere you look there is something sweet to eat whether it’s office treats or parties and festivities.  To maintain a healthier status, let’s start our day right and hydrate. Before we do or consume anything, try a glass of room temperature water with a slice of lemon, mint, cucumber or basil. Water is essential for our vitality, both daily and long term. Water maintains cell to cell communication and is required for all cellular function. Adding lemon, mint, cucumber or basil brings electrolytes to water allowing chemical properties for the water to penetrate cells and carry out its cellular function. Continue to drink water throughout the day, in between and with meals.

Another tip includes carrying snacks with you – cheese, nuts, protein bars, fruit, salami slices, vegetables & dip, dried fruit, vegetable crackers, jerky. Eat your snacks about 2-3 hours after your meal. Snacking allows for steady blood sugar levels. It is when we allow our blood sugar to fluctuate, either high or low, that we lose our ability to make a focused decision. Keeping steady blood sugar levels will help us ward off impulsive food decisions which typically spike blood sugar levels.

Lastly, don’t forget the power of moderation, food awareness and discipline. Eat only one treat, not the whole display or box/bag. Say no only to relish in a yes the next time. When it’s time to relish, take a breath before consuming, say thank you to whoever brought or bought it.  Say thank you to yourself for allowing the moment and granting the permission. Do not feel guilty. Eat shamelessly and bright, because you occasionally deserve a delight – you are awesome!

Answered by Shawna Lee West, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Granlibakken wellness event program designer. To connect with Shawna, click here.

Learn more about the Sierra Soul Connections: Ask a Wellness Expert program here.

What are some simple steps to calm a racing mind? How can one stay focused when there are a million thoughts running through the mind?

Your nervous system can be regulated through controlling your breath. Take deep, slow breaths – count slowly as you breathe evenly in and out to 4-8 counts, lengthening your exhale longer than your inhale when you feel especially stressed. Place your hand on your belly, feel the breath. Create a simple affirmation that calms you, for example: I am calm, I am at ease.  It’s important to make your affirmation in present tense and to speak it as if you know it and believe it. Also, try to do things that ground you whether that is art, writing, gardening, taking walks. You want to literally stop and smell the roses sometimes – your senses are your best friend.

Answered by Ashley Cooper, licensed yoga instructor, nature lover and creative writer. To connect with Ashley, click here.

Learn more about the Sierra Soul Connections: Ask a Wellness Expert program here.

Question: What are some good yoga poses for lower back aches?

Child’s Pose is great- letting your hips remain heavy towards your heels as you stay center, walk your hands right and left alternatively; Goddess with your hands on either leg and dipping one shoulder at a time to look over the opposite shoulder and press against your leg as you gently twist. Cat-Cow, anything that brings gentle, curvy movements into your spine in every direction. Simply forward folding with your knees bent deeply and your back curving, swinging gently from side to side. A lot of times, your back is sore because your hamstrings are tight. Try stretching the backs of your legs and hips, coming into a deep yogi squat will feel good and if your heels don’t touch the ground, put a rolled up towel under your heels or a block under your bum.

Learn more about the Sierra Soul Connections: Ask a Wellness Expert program here.

Question: What can I do to stay positive during the holidays? The Holidays for me is not a happy time of year and I have fallen victim to depression during this time of year. Any tips to stay positive.

Most people are hopeful that the Holiday Season will be merry and bright. However, as the end of the year approaches, it is common for conflicting emotions to arise for many people. The seasonal focus on cheerful celebration and togetherness can be a trigger for people who don’t feel cheerful or feel like celebrating, especially for those who are lonely and isolated. A byproduct of our consumeristic holiday season is the overwhelming sense people experience of not having enough: enough money to buy the gifts they want to give, enough friends with whom celebrate, or enough time to slow down and enjoy the season. At this time of the year, people are easily frazzled and overwhelmed. Being frazzled and overwhelmed are unpleasant feelings for everyone.

During the holiday season, despite the emphasis on goodwill and cheer, people tend to focus on the negatives they perceive in their world. It is easy for people to become self-critical, and to feel emotionally depleted. Their inner dialogue often turns from commenting on the magic of the season to focusing on what they think is missing from their lives. This leads to the reinforcement of dark feeling of unhappiness and loneliness.  These sad feelings are easily reinforced by pictures they see posted online, where people look festive and happy and are celebrating together.  People feel left out, and then dwell on not feeling included. This leads to ruminating about how they don’t feel happy or want to celebrate anything. This cycle, no matter the time of year, is depressing.

If you are struggling, try to remind yourself, that some of the most meaningful magic of the holidays is best expressed through giving to others. The holidays are often more enjoyable and feel better, when people give thanks, and focus on other people. When the focus is on other people, everyone benefits.  The statement that it is better to give than to receive can be a motto for getting through the Holidays.  No matter what people have to give, everyone can share the gift of grace, grace to themselves, and grace to others.

The concept of giving grace can be described as being willing to show up authentically, with an open heart and an open mind, and to be present to what is experienced at the moment.

The idea of giving grace is to better people’s’ lives.  Focus on bettering the lives of everyone you meet, including your own life. This can be done through giving material items, by sharing your time with people, or by being patient when people are rushing, by offering a smile to a stranger, by sharing a compliment, or through the simple act of noticing another person and offering recognition of their existence. By focusing on how to better other people’s’ lives, you might experience the holiday season in a different and more meaningful way, and you might enjoy the holiday season more than you expected.

The gift of grace is kindness, both in inward and outward expression.

Answered by Amy Vail, Psy.D, a practicing psychologist in the North Lake Tahoe area. To connect with Dr. Vail, please click here.

Learn more about the Sierra Soul Connections: Ask a Wellness Expert program here.