campfire in eveningGranlibakken Tahoe is a destination that has brought people together for the better part of a century. Nestled in a 74 acre wooded valley near Lake Tahoe, Granlibakken provides the perfect setting for events, conferences, and weddings. With 24,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor gathering space, accommodations onsite, and a helpful and professional event coordinating staff, Granlibakken offers all of the tools needed to  make events successful, fun, and memorable.


Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place to hold your next retreat, and Granlibakken Tahoe’s setting naturally fosters productivity and team building. Granlibakken is situated in a peaceful valley just outside of Tahoe City, one mile from the shores of Lake Tahoe, and a short distance from some of Tahoe’s premier attractions and resorts. Granlibakken’s variety of meeting space options allow groups of 4-400 to be hosted comfortably, while also providing opportunities for  break-outs and social gathering spaces. It is a beautiful location for a social event like a wedding or reunion, but it also offers all of the amenities and conference packages needed for corporate retreats and meetings.


Granlibakken’s location is unparalleled, the staff is helpful and professional, and they have the ability to accommodate a variety of needs. Whether you are hosting an academic convention, a corporate retreat, or a relaxed reunion, Granlibakken’s unique packages will make any gathering a success. Granlibakken’s Mountain Ballroom can accommodate up to 400 people, and their experienced staff will work with you to ensure that the room is set up perfectly and that all of your conference needs are met. Planning something more casual? Check out the warming fire pit, with log benches surrounding a crackling fire and space to barbeque, perfect for a relaxing evening after a day on the lake.


Food is included in most of Granlibakken Tahoe’s conference packages, which is a great value. Granlibakken’s kitchen staff have been winners at the North Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival twice now for their delicious concoctions, and they are able to easily accommodate dietary requests of any type. Whether you would like to indulge in a tasty Mexican build-your-own taco spread, or eat clean with one of the many vegan options, the food is sure to impress.


Granlibakken’s wide variety of activities onsite will ensure that everyone is entertained, and the possibilities for team building are endless. Their expansive outdoor space is peaceful, and provides a great setting to make connections and get some fresh mountain air. For those looking for more challenging activities, the Treetop Adventure Park ropes course is located on Granlibakken’s property, and is fun for people of all ages and abilities. The ropes course will challenge your group, and is a fantastic way to foster communication and to encourage teamwork. Granlibakken’s historic ski and sled hill is a great way to get on the slopes in the winter, and offers a more relaxed atmosphere than some of the larger resorts in the area.


The outdoor heated pool, hot tub, and sauna provide a great place to relax after a day in sessions, and the on-site Day Spa offers a wide variety of treatments to relax and unwind. Granlibakken’s five tennis courts provide a great place to have some friendly competition and to enjoy the outdoors, and their front desk staff is happy to supply you with racquets and balls.  Walking or riding the miles of hiking and biking trails adjacent to Granlibakken, is a great way to explore the surrounding area and stay active.


Whether you are planning a wedding, organizing a retreat, or hosting a conference, Granlibakken offers the tools and space to make your event unforgettable. Granlibakken has been in the business of inspiring connections for decades, and will be sure to make your next event truly special.


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Kay Williams, Resort Manager

Kay Williams, Resort Manager

Last night at the 62nd Annual Community Awards Dinner hosted by the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association, our Resort Manager, Kay Williams, was recognized for her important role in our local community, receiving the Distinguished Community Service award. Anyone who has ever met Kay will know of her talent for making great conversation, her friendly smile, and her knack for great customer service. Kay plays an important role here at Granlibakken, and she has also played an important role in shaping the North Lake Tahoe community.

Kay is a pioneer in North Lake Tahoe. She helped to found a number of cultural events, like Snowfest, the Autumn Food and Wine Festival and the Tahoe Music Festival series. Kay was also a member of the North Tahoe Rotary Club and the Soroptimist Women’s Organization. Kay continues to improve the offerings of North Lake Tahoe, making it a vibrant place to live and to visit.

Kay has also played a huge role in helping to get North Lake Tahoe on the map as a premier vacation destination. Kay was the Director of the Visitors and Convention Bureau for North Lake Tahoe, where she established the central reservation service.  She helped to develop the Conference Sales Program for the North Lake Tahoe region and was Director of Marketing for North Tahoe Resort Association.  As the owner and operator of the family owned Tahoma Lodge for 36 years, Kay is dedicated to developing strong guest relationships.

Throughout her career, she has been involved in many North Tahoe organizations and numerous tourism associations, including West Shore Association Lodging Committee, Lake Tahoe Music Festival Board, North Tahoe Chamber of Commerce Advisory Committee and the Boys and Girls Club Board.

As Resort Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe, she has been the advocate for individual owner issues, fostering a warm customer service culture. We hope that you all get the chance to meet Kay, and to congratulate her on her outstanding service to the North Lake Tahoe community throughout the years.


Are you planning a conference or a retreat? Lake Tahoe is a sure way to generate interest in your event. As one of America’s premier destinations, with world-class skiing, breathtaking vistas, and stunning hiking trails dotted around the shores, the destination alone will boost attendance. While Lake Tahoe is a wonderful destination, you also want to ensure that your meeting is a prodInspire connections with your peers near the shores of Lake Tahoe.uctive one. Granlibakken has all of the tools to ensure that your goals, whether it be team-building or education and productivity, are achieved.

With 20,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space, comprehensive audio/visual, and a variety of packages available, a meeting at Granlibakken is a win-win for everyone. Interested in facilitating teamwork and communication with your team? Consider our Meet and Play Package, which includes meals, meeting space, and credits to a number of activities, from the challenging (but fun) Treetop Adventure Park to relaxing spa treatments at our on-site Granlibakken Day Spa. Granlibakken Tahoe is also well-equipped to handle large conventions, with meeting space and accommodations for up to 400 people, and a variety of options for break-out space. Granlibakken’s conference packages also offer three meals per day, prepared and served by our award-winning kitchen and dining staff.

Granlibakken’s location nestled in a 74 acre wooded valley near the shores of Lake Tahoe is the perfect setting for your next event. With access to miles of hiking and biking trails and shopping, dining, and entertainment within easy walking distance, as well as a number of amenities onsite, attendees will be sure to enjoy a productive but also relaxing stay.

Let Granlibakken’s experienced conference staff make your retreat unforgettable. Whatever your goals are, and whatever your group size is, Granlibakken has all of the components as well as a knowledgeable and helpful staff to make your next event a success.

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Meeks Bay

Meek’s Bay

North Lake Tahoe is known for it’s world-class skiing and its great variety of summer activities, from lounging to boating to paddle boarding. However, we here at Granlibakken think that spring is one of the best seasons to visit Tahoe.

Spring in Tahoe, first of all, is gorgeous. The snow gives way to wildflowers, and the Aspens along the lake start budding. The weather is beautiful, with long, sunny days, and mild evenings. Spring is also an amazing transitional time in Tahoe. The ski resorts aren’t closed yet, so you can take a few quintessential California laps in your t-shirt, and enjoy a cold beer on the deck. Then, afterwards, at the lower elevations, it is mild enough to paddle-board, bike, or boat on the same day. Where else can you ski for a half day and then paddle-board or bike afterwards?

Spring in Tahoe is also the time to see this area through a local lens. There are fewer crowds, and so you can have that perfect beach day without having to share the beach. You can explore the sights and vista points without dealing with any traffic. You can enjoy a leisurely bike ride or hike, and have the trail to yourself. Spring is also an affordable time to enjoy Tahoe, with many hotels and restaurants offering shoulder-season specials. Here at Granlibakken, The Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park is offering 20% off sessions to Granlibakken guests this spring, which is an amazing deal for North Tahoe’s #1 rated activity.

We hope that you will visit Tahoe this spring. It is an unforgettable experience, and you’ll want to come back again every spring to experience Tahoe’s more peaceful season.


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Some morning yoga at last year’s retreat

We are getting pretty excited for our annual Spring Into Summer Yoga Retreat this May! We have been working hard with our instructors and our chef to create a schedule, delicious meals, and activities for attendees to enjoy.

What can you expect from this retreat? Upon arrival, we will host a mellow, calming Vinyasa to get everyone ready for a weekend of yoga and wellness. Following the Vinyasa will be dinner, with a bounty of healthy meal options to suit every dietary need. In the past, we have found that a social fire ceremony at the start of a retreat is a great way to meet everyone and to set intentions for the retreat. A fire ceremony hosted at our warming fire pit will be a great way to wrap up the evening and to mentally prepare for the next two days of yoga, friendship, and wellness.

Every morning after breakfast, we will host an invigorating Iyangar flow to set intentions for the day, and to align and purify the body. After getting your muscles and your mind ready for the day, guided meditation will be offered, followed by lunch and personal time. The personal time can be used to take advantage of Granlibakken’s great amenities, from our onsite Day Spa, to our pool, hot tub, and sauna. You may also want to use this time to enjoy a nature walk on one of the many trails that intersect with our property, or to perhaps to spend a peaceful afternoon at Lake Tahoe, located just a mile and a half away.

Following your personal time, we will offer the option of two wellness sessions each day, from a guided nature hike, to a Chakra workshop, to an intermediate Vinyasa flow. This is a great way to explore a new area of your practice, or to expand your knowledge in an area that you are already involved in.

In the evening, enjoy a dinner of healthy and cleansing options that our chef  has prepared, followed by another calming session, like our Sound Healing Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra session that we are very excited about. This session will introduce you to singing bowl therapy, with restorative Yin poses and Savasana with guided imagery. Each evening we will also host social time, which is a great way to enjoy some food and drink and to get to know your fellow yogis better.

The Spring Into Summer Yoga Retreat is the perfect way to set your intentions for the summer. Whether you have an interest in yoga, or if you have already started a yoga practice, our knowledgeable instructors will be able to guide you through a weekend filled with meaningful yoga practice, connections with other like-minded people, and inspiration for a summer filled with healthy intentions. We will see you there!

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reunionEaster is one of our favorite holidays. It is a time to get together with family, eat good food, and welcome the warming weather and the coming of spring. Granlibakken has sweetened the deal by offering 30% off all of our room rates from now until Easter Sunday, March 27th.

Not only is Granlibakken offering unbeatable rates, we are also offering all of the activities needed to make your Tahoe Easter a memorable one. Brunch will be served from 8:30-10AM, and will include such classics as Eggs Benedict, home fries, crepes, and fresh fruit. Our award-winning chefs will do all of the work to make your Easter brunch satisfying, delicious, and easy.

While all of that delicious food is digesting, the kids will have a grand time at Granlibakken’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. With eggs hidden around the property by our skillful Easter Bunny, kids will have a blast finding the colorful eggs stuffed with treats, and one lucky winner will get a sledding season pass at the Granlibakken Sled Hill!

Both brunch and the Easter Egg Hunt are included in all reservations. Did we mention that by using the promo code EAST16 at checkout you can get 30% off all room types?

Enjoy a memorable, fun-filled Easter on us. Click here for more information.


Bonkers-Fun for the whole family!

Bonkers-Fun for the whole family!

We here at Granlibakken are so excited to host the third annual Bonkers Ski and Board Race on March 6, in conjunction with SnowFest. SnowFest is an annual celebration in North Lake Tahoe, including a week of festivities to appreciate the fun that winter brings in Tahoe. Bonkers is held as a part of this celebration, and is fun for the whole family!

This year, we are doing Bonkers a bit differently. Rather than individuals competing against each other, we are encouraging teamwork. Kids 5-12 can sign up with someone over the age of 12, and the best combined time wins. Come in your most outrageous ski gear, and families are encouraged to compete together for double the fun!

If you don’t ski, come anyway! Bonkers is a full day of fun activities at our snow play area, with contests like our Chubby Bunny Contest, where the contestants fit as many marshmallows in their mouths as they can. There will also be helmet-decorating and a ski and board tuning clinic, as well as s’mores, hot chocolate, and sledding (additional fees may apply).

We here at Granlibakken are so looking forward to a day of laughter, friendly competition, and zany ski gear. We guarantee that you will have a blast with your family at the Bonkers Ski and Snowboard race!

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Perfect for outdoor gatherings.

So you’ve just registered as a conference participant at Granlibakken Tahoe. What next?
Well, first you can set up transportation to and from the Reno airport by calling our reservations line at 530-583-4242. The Reno Tahoe International airport is about an hour away, and our service is the most affordable way to get to and from Granlibakken Tahoe.

When you arrive, our friendly front desk staff will check you in, and will also give you any materials that the conference organizers may want to pass on to attendees. Once in your room, you’ll kick your feet up in front of the fireplace of the studio that you booked, and perhaps watch some TV or catch up on some reading to relax.

Tahoe City is only a mile away, easy walking distance in the summer. Perhaps you’ll head to The Bridgetender for a burger and a beer, or Christy Hill for some wine and views of the lake. Our front desk will be happy to help you find a good restaurant and some nearby entertainment.

Free breakfast comes with all reservations at Granlibakken Tahoe.

Breakfast is included with all reservations at Granlibakken Tahoe.

Every day at Granlibakken Tahoe starts with breakfast. Our hot buffet-style breakfast has something for everyone, and is a great way to mingle and get to know your fellow conference attendees. When session starts, you’ll head into our Mountain Ballroom, set up for the speakers and presentations of the day. Our banquets staff will make sure that the pre-function area is kept well-stocked with water, coffee, tea, juice drinks, and light snacks. They will also work to ensure that all of the presentations and events go off without a hitch.

After session ends, it is time for lunch. Executive Chef Ron Eber and his kitchen staff will be sure to serve up something yummy, whether it be a flavorful build your own taco bar, or a relaxed outdoor barbeque.

Inspire connections with your peers near the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Inspire connections with your peers near the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Maybe you have some free time in the afternoon, which can be spent hiking or snowshoeing some of the trails that intersect with Granlibakken Tahoe’s property and extend through the 74 acre valley that Granlibakken Tahoe is situated on. You might choose to rent the bikes available at Granlibakken Tahoe to explore the bike paths through North Lake Tahoe. Attractions like Emerald Bay and world-class ski resorts like Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are also just a short drive away. Or for a more relaxing afternoon, hang out on one of Tahoe’s many nearby beaches, and book a spa treatment at Granlibakken’s onsite Day Spa.

In the evening, our kitchen and dining staff will have your meal ready for you, whether it is a casual barbecue, a hearty buffet, or a delicious plated dinner. You might grab a couple of drinks with other attendees at the open bar, and then head down to the outdoor hot tub and sauna to unwind and relax.

Read more about our Lake Tahoe conference, corporate meetings and corporate retreats offerings.  Granlibakken Conference and Corporate Retreats

That night, as you turn in, you will think about how much you did that day, and look forward to another day of learning, networking, and more fun.



CoolCalifornia recently selected the winners of the Small Business Awards. Granlibakken Tahoe was recognized as a leader in the community for our efforts to become more environmentally sustainable while remaining economically healthy.

CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards recognizes small businesses in California that have taken measures to become more sustainable by reducing carbon emissions and by engaging in environmentally friendly practices, while maintaining a healthy economic balance. Granlibakken Tahoe has recently made a number of upgrades to improve sustainability, from renovating our kitchen with new, energy-star approved appliances, to installing a more efficient heating and cooling system for our conference center. Additionally, Granlibakken Tahoe works to make its guests aware of the impact that they can have on our emissions by requesting that guests re-use towels and sheets when possible, and by displaying educational signage throughout the dining area and the guest rooms about water and resource conservation.

Granlibakken Tahoe was also recently recognized as a leader in environmental sustainability as a part Placer County’s mPower program in conjunction with the United States Department of Energy. As an older property with a long history in the Lake Tahoe region, Granlibakken has been making a number of changes to stay current and to become a leader in small business sustainability in the Lake Tahoe area. We recognize that it is important for us to make changes, not only to make our business economically and environmentally sustainable in the long-term, but also to preserve the natural beauty that keeps visitors coming back to Lake Tahoe year after year.

We hope that you will join us in our efforts, and we look forward to making improvements to integrate environmentally responsible practices into our business. Click here for more information about our efforts.


Orrin Ellingsen standing by his skis." ( Dave Bienert)
Orrin Ellingsen standing by his skis.” ( Dave Bienert)

It is no contest that Tahoe is one of the premier vacation destinations in the world, and as and one of the first ski resorts to open in Tahoe, Granlibakken has been host to generations of visitors who come to the 74 acre wooded property to make memories and seek thrills. From its incarnation as a winter recreation hill for the posh Tahoe Tavern to its current operations as a family-owned conference center, lodge, and ski/sled hill, Granlibakken has a rich and varied history in the Tahoe region.

In 1926, the valley just outside of Tahoe City where Granlibakken is situated was acquired by the Tahoe Tavern for use as their winter sports grounds. Granlibakken’s location and sheltered ski hill were a winning combination, and Granlibakken’s renown in the snow sports world was cemented.

In 1929, the ski hill won the bid to host the Olympic ski jumping trials for the 1932 Lake Placid Olympics, putting Tahoe on the map as a winter sports destination. In the years before WWII, the Olympic ski hill became a staple in the Tahoe community, as a proving ground for many of Tahoe City’s youth and visitors alike.

In 1947. Kjell “Rusty” Rustad and his wife Marion leased the land from the Tahoe Tavern, naming the hill “Granlibakken,” reminiscent of a ski hill that Rusty enjoyed in Norway. Granlibakken means “hill sheltered by fir trees” in Norwegian. Rusty extended the existing rope tow, and added a smaller rope tow for beginners. The Granlibakken ski hill began to gain a reputation as one of the most accessible and best places to ski in Tahoe City, with ski jumps for adults and juniors alike and transportation to and from Tahoe City via a Weasel snowcat. Rusty built a log warming hut and some lodging rooms at the base of the ski hill, making Granlibakken’s first foray into the world of hospitality.

In 1958, the UC Berkeley International House purchased the land across the road from the Granlibakken ski hill, and built a lodge, swimming pool, and dining area for Berkeley alumni use. In 1978, the property was purchased by its current owners, the Parson family.

Since the Parsons acquired Granlibakken, they have preserved its old-Tahoe charm, while making improvements. Granlibakken Tahoe is now known as a family-friendly resort with a number of great amenities onsite. Granlibakken’s successful conference center has become a favorite for conference planners, and is also host to family reunions and weddings. The wide variety of lodging room options and the choice of several types of meeting spaces onsite make Granlibakken the perfect location to hold a gathering for groups of any size.

Granlibakken’s ski and sled hill is now one of the oldest continually operated ski resorts in California. You can still picture the early days of Granlibakken when you enter the log and post beamed ski hut at the base of the hill, which still boasts some architectural components from its original construction. The Granlibakken ski hill is the perfect place for beginners and families to get on the slopes while avoiding the crowds at larger resorts. The whole hill can be viewed from the lodge, and the terrain is approachable for beginner and intermediate skiers and riders.

Sledding was added by the Parsons to expand Granlibakken’s offerings. The sledding hill is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, fun for kids and adults alike. And if you can’t decide between the activities, fear not, because a skiing day pass is also valid for sledding at Granlibakken.

Granlibakken has come a long way from its humble roots as a recreational hill for The Tahoe Tavern. Granlibakken Tahoe has been in the business of making memories for generations, and will continue to provide families unforgettable experiences for many years to come.