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The Parson Family has been dedicated to being socially responsible for Granlibakken’s environmental impact in the Tahoe Basin since the family purchased the resort in 1978. Today, green business practices are an integral part of the daily operations of the 74 acre resort located in Tahoe City on the West shore of Lake Tahoe.


Over the years Granlibakken is proud to have hosted hundreds of environmental conferences for groups that continue to stay at the resort and conference center year after year because of the progressive green policies and practices that have been enacted.


On September 5th, 2019 Granlibakken was recognized by Sierra Business Council as the first business in Tahoe to be certified Green. Granlibakken is now a member of the greater California Green Business Network alongside thousands of participating green businesses in California. The Green business certification required completing an extensive checklist evaluating Granlibakken’s energy, solid waste, transportation, wastewater, water, transportation and community policies. Multiple departments worked together to complete the process forming a ‘Green Team’ that now meets monthly.


“Granlibakken completed the certification process much faster than we had expected any of our businesses would. We encourage any business in Tahoe to contact us at Sierra Business Council to get the certification process started”  – Benjamin Maritato, Planning Technician at Sierra Business Council


Recently, it was announced by Gov. Newsom that The State of California would ban small single use plastic bottles in all hotels by December 2023. In the summer of 2019 Granlibakken completed the process of switching all soap and lotion plastic bottles into refillable glass bottles and all our bathrooms now feature large refillable bottles for shampoo, conditioner and body wash.


Granlibakken has also committed to reducing single use plastic products in all aspects of daily operations. Our resort and conference center serves over 500,000 cups of coffee a year to our hotel and conference guests. The green-libakken guest experience begins by offering reusable coffee cups at all coffee stations in dining areas. This “small” change has lead to the dramatic reduction of the number of single use coffee cups that need to be purchased for guests throughout the year and saving the company thousands of dollars a year in supplies.


Granlibakken has also added a new water bottle refill station in the hotel lobby through a grant provided by The Tahoe Fund encouraging the use of local Tahoe tap water to guests upon arriving instead of buying a case of single use water bottles from Savemart or Safeway in Tahoe City.


“I believe Tahoe City and Truckee have the potential to become the greenest zip codes in the country. People choose to vacation in Tahoe because of the endless amount of outdoor recreations available, clean air and clean water. I believe that we should do all we can to preserve Tahoe for future generations to enjoy. We try to educate our guests on how they can be more environmentally responsible through the example we set at Granlibakken the moment they arrive.” – Ron Parson, Owner Granlibakken Management Company


Granlibakken is looking forward to hosting a Green Business conference in the Spring of 2020 in partnership with Sierra Business Council to share and educate the local hotel industry about the green business practices which is ingrained in each department from our kitchen’s green purchasing plan, to our maintenance team’s forest & water management program to the cleaning products used in each room.


Granlibakken would like to encourage all Tahoe businesses to begin the green certification process by visiting


Granlibakken’s Green Business Report


These environmental benefits are calculated from certain quantitative measures that Granlibakken completed when filling out the checklist. The column titled Per Year savings show the environmental outcomes each year that the measures are implemented and the column titled Since Recognition shows the total environmental outcomes since your recognition on Sept 5, 2019.


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There aren’t enough to block out the sun, but social media posts out of the Lake Tahoe area show enough swarming butterflies to get just about anyone who encounters them to pull over and start taking pictures. While some think the butterflies are migrating monarchs — which have been declining at an alarming rate in California — the Reno Gazette-Journal identifies them as California tortoiseshell butterflies that are visiting the Sierra in search of the remnant of our winter snowpack. The butterflies are known to frequent beaches and puddles in search of salt from the soil, according to the newspaper. The bugs can be identified by their orange and red wings, and social media posts show them swarming in a few locations around the region.

Will Richardson, executive director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, told the paper that while migrations of the tortoiseshell butterflies through the region have occurred frequently, even predating humans, this year’s crop is “exceptional.”

Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle Massive butterfly swarms becoming the talk of Tahoe”


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"Granlibakken Tahoe is a historic, family-owned and operated resort located just outside Tahoe City. Situated on a private, 74 acre wooded valley, just one mile from Tahoe City and the shores of Lake Tahoe, Granlibakken is easily accessible year-round and breathtaking in all four seasons. First used in 1922 as a winter sports grounds for the Tahoe Tavern, Granlibakken has truly been in the business of making Lake Tahoe memories for generations.

Lodging here ranges from rustic themed rooms to townhouses for larger groups. Onsite, guests can enjoy a ski and sled hill, yoga, cycling, and the TreeTop Adventure Park, one of the most unique ropes courses you will ever experience!"

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Unhustle® Retreat Burnout to Peace Out In partnership with our astrology friends, Sandy and Alex from Intention Beads.

Located at Granlibakken Tahoe on Sept 19th - 22nd

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Focused on people who need to take time to learn astrology, unhustle, connect with what's important, recharge, and experience life in the moment while taking time for themselves. Get out of your to do list and into your being and higher self.

Welcome in the Autumn Equinox together as we unplug, unwind, and unhustle. Learn the basics of Astrology in a personalized, easy to understand way. Become more familiar with your own astrological chart with an emphasis on Mercury- our communication methods. Learn to live life Unhustled, starting with your morning.

By the end of the retreat, you will have the tools and techniques to continue your wellbeing journey and live with more clarity, joy, freedom, energy, and intention every day. Take home an easy set of mindful movement techniques, meditation and breathing practices for centering, reducing stress, increasing your energy levels and healing your mind and body. Learn to appreciate the healing powers of Nature and cold therapy. Get familiar with biohacking and digital wellbeing.

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Meet The Instructors

Milena Regos

Milena is the co-founder of Unhustle®, a Certified Human Potential Coach and Bulletproof Biohacker. An award-winning digital marketer and entrepreneur, she understands entrepreneur's challenges first hand. She loves to spend time with her husband and her dog Taz, unhustling. She has thousands of hours doing yoga, QiGong, mindfulness under the instruction of Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, and Erin Woo, cold therapy with Wim Hof, meditation with Light Watkins, and biohacking with Dave Asprey.

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Sandy Rueve

A Spirited Creator. Having studied astrology for nearly two decades and widely known as the Optimistic Astrologer, Sandy Rueve hand creates clay beads with precise astrological timing to take on the energies available. Sandy blends art, astrology, and alchemy to help her clients reach their desires thru mindfulness and talismans.

Alexandra Rueve

A Calming Force. At a very young age, Alex began teaching meditation and mindfulness with noteworthy Gurus like Dr. Joe Dispenza, Wright Institute, and, of course, her mother & business partner, Sandy Rueve. Alex has facilitated retreats around the world dedicated to helping bring light, calmness, and clarity to those who are in search.

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Not long after, she moved to San Francisco to be with him; later, he got down on one knee at the top of KT-22 chair lift at Squaw Valley.

Tahoe would prove to also be the perfect wedding venue for the pair; Richard had grown up coming here, and the place would offer plenty of activities for the couple's out-of-town guests. They chose Granlibakken Resort as home base.

"Granlibakken had the accommodations we were hoping for, a low-key vibe, and a lot of natural beauty," Whitney says.

With the surrounding forest lending all the fairytale feels, all it took was a small bit of rustic decor with some "boho vibes" to set the perfect scene. A few somethings-blue were inspired by the bride's home state—"I am from Alaska and our state flower is the Forget-Me-Not"—and terrariums bursting with blooms topped the tables at the reception. Richard, who dabbles in calligraphy, wrote the escort cards, while his longtime friend officiated.

Read more: Wedding Inspiration: A Wooded Fairytale at Lake Tahoe's Granlibakken Resort [7X7 San Francisco]

"Like many families in Marin, it's something of a tradition for us to spend some time in the Lake Tahoe area on an active summer vacation. One of the activities that my kids always love to do is to challenge themselves and have a blast on one of the aerial adventure ropes courses operated by Tahoe Treetop Adventures. We've had the opportunity to try out all three of the courses that they run—at Granlibakken, Squaw Valley, and North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista, and each offers its own unique setting and set of challenges. For us, it's a must-do interactive activity on a Tahoe getaway!"

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"Participants can be 5 years old and up, and of course grownups are welcome to tackle the aerial courses, too. (You're welcome to stay on the ground and watch, too—it's up to you.) Younger kids have a limited number of runs they're allowed to access, while those above 49 inches can usually access all the courses. Expect a session to run about 2 to 2.5 hours.

Of the three parks, our favorite is the one at Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City, due to its challenging combination of courses and lovely setting in the woods. The Tahoe Vista park is similar, with slightly fewer courses. The one at Squaw Valley is the smallest of the three, and slightly less expensive than the other two. We highly recommend any of the three, as the kids had a great time at each one."

Challenge Yourself on a Treetop Adventure in Tahoe [Marin Mommies]

Granlibakken Tahoe, a secluded condominium resort, is located in a 74-acre valley. Amenities include a year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub, Wi-Fi access, hiking trails, tennis courts, and a winter ski and sled hill. A hot buffet breakfast is served daily, and the accommodations include multifunctional bedroom condos—plus standard lodge rooms. For almost a century, Granlibakken has been a retreat center and resort built around the idea that guests deserve bespoke treatment.

The Best Hotels In North Lake Tahoe [Forbes]

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Opened in 1928, Granlibakken Tahoe is one of the oldest ski resorts in town, and with 74 acres of beautiful forested meadow, it’s a stunning retreat in summer with direct access to hiking and biking trails. What’s more, their Soul Shelter yoga studio offers free community classes on Saturdays this summer.

Hidden Lake Tahoe: 20 Best-Kept Secrets [Style Magazine]



Keep the vacation expenses down and the adventure level up with these affordable, kid-friendly hotels that are perfect for your next family vacation.

Don’t think that these are bare bones spots—scroll through to see all the amazing resort perks that are in store for your “budget” vacation! With rates of $200/night or less, you’ll have more bucks to spend on exploring the local area.

TreeTop Adventure Park at Granlibakken in Tahoe City, CA

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Home to the largest alpine lake in North America and the largest concentration of ski resorts in the US, North Lake Tahoe will keep adventurous families exploring all vacation long. This summer, families can traverse the new Via Ferrata, a protected climbing route open to all ages, or experience the new Emerald Bay Underwater Heritage Trail, which reveals a sunken ship graveyard. Or try a dual sport day––by paddle boarding in the morning, and hiking or rock climbing in the afternoon.

The charming family-friendly Granlibakken resort sprawls across acres of forested meadow and features both hotel rooms and cabin-style lodges, as well as a complimentary continental breakfast. Families can traverse the on-property Tahoe Treetop Aerial Adventure Park, enjoy access to many trails, sled or ski down the beginner-friendly snow hill, or head to the nearby beach.

Rates start at $139/ night. See all there is to do in the summer and winter in Tahoe.

725 Granlibakken Rd. Tahoe City, CA


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Concerts at Commons Beach June 16th – September 1st, 2019 

From bluegrass and southern rock to afro-samba-funk and alternative rock, get ready for an incredible 12-week concert series at Commons Beach in Tahoe City.


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June 16th from 7:00-11:00 AM

Join us on Father's Day at Granlibakken Tahoe for Brunch featuring drinks, fresh fruits, salad bar, waffle station, avocado toast bar, carving station, fresh seafood and desserts including house made tie shaped cookies for each Dad.

Cost: $45/adults and $20/kids

Call for Reservations: 530-583-4242

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Father’s Day Brunch Menu


Mimosas Prosecco Bloody Mary’s Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Juice Fresh Fruits


Oatmeal, Cereals, Bread, English Muffins, Bagels, Croissants Artichoke & Sundried Tomato Quiche Eggs Benedict & Avocado Benedict Homestyle Fried Potatoes w/ Sauté Onions & Bell Peppers Sausage & Vegetarian Sausage Scrambled Eggs Crab Cakes w/ Roasted Red Pepper Coulis on The Side American

Artisan Cheese Assorted Gourmet Cheese Display

Sliced Salami & Mortadella Assorted Dried Apricots, Nuts Sliced Baguettes, Crackers, Bagels


Power Berry Salad w/ Blackberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Mangos, Quinoa & Honey Dressing w/ Basil & Mint

Waffle Station

Mixed Berries, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Syrup, Waffle Syrup, Butter Balls

Avocado Toast Bar

Sliced Avocados, Cherry Tomatoes Halves, Diced Red Onions, Chopped Cilantro, Capers, Assorted Breads

Carving Station

Roast New York Strip, Au Jus, Creamed Horseradish Sauce Assorted Rolls, Slider Buns


Shrimp Cocktail & Cocktail Sauce Smoked Salmon Platter w/ Cream Cheese, Sliced Tomatoes, Caper, Sliced Red Onions Desserts Jill’s House Made Specialty


Cannoli’s Filled w/ Mascarpone Cheese Served w/ Berries Jill’s House Made Chocolate Cake

House Made Tie Shaped Cookies for Each Dad

Don’t have time for a long yoga practice? Take just 2 minutes today to reset your body and mind through a flow focused on breathwork and posture. Your body will thank you, and your mind will feel refreshed and refocused.

This video is courtesy of Kate Leist, who will be teaching Sacred & Soulful: A Kundalini Journey to Self-Love & Empowerment at the third annual Restorative Arts & Yoga Festival.

Kate Leist is a yoga teacher, breath-work guru, beagle-lover and passionate founder of Soulrise Movement; ‘Sacred & Simple Tools for Busy Lives’. Kate loves variety and she expresses that love for variety in her classes through mixing Kundalini, Breath-work, Yin, Flow, Meditation & Dance. She will awaken your playful side, challenge you on a soul-level, and ignite your inner fire while also making you feel safe, nurtured, calm, and at home with yourself. Kate is passionate about simple practices for effective transformation that help guide us back to our truest selves so that we can show up in our lives more fully. The slogan for Soulrise Movement is “Own your shit, live your truth.”…asking us to look at ourselves and our lives honestly and take ownership, be vulnerable, and rise above our own perceived fears, doubts, and shadows. “We all have stuff. We are all healing. We are all trying to fit into some unrealistic mold of who we should be and how we fit in. It’s time we unravel from all the untruths we’ve been taught to get back to our own truth. It’s time to stop playing small and start being real. It starts with taking more time for yourself to breathe deeper, move slower, and listen to your inner wisdom.” Join Kate’s class on Saturday 1-2:30 Sacred & Soulful: A Kundalini Journey of Self-Love & Empowerment. Website: IG: @soulrisemovement 

Lake Tahoe, oh Tahoe, how we love thee. Your beauty and majesty, beyond compare. All seasons you beckon, “Come, find rest.” 

I’ll pause my spontaneous poetry to get to the point.

This legendary lake is just shy of 4 hours from Silicon Valley, so when you go you need somewhere to stay. Today’s article is about my favorite place to stay in all of Tahoe. It’s called Granlibakken. (Write that down.)

Here are 5 reasons why it’s at the top of my list:

The History.

Granlibakken is the first Tahoe ski resort! That’s right, quite the claim to fame. It was founded in 1947 by a Norwegian named Kjell “Rusty” Rustad. Granlibakken means, “hill sheltered by fir trees.” Rusty was an accomplished skier and sailor. He built the ski hut in 1947 out of logs he harvested from the ski slopes (see photo at the end of this article). There are framed pictures of old Tahoe life throughout the resort. I love to stop in the halls and read the story they tell. Many a native Tahoean learned to ski at Granlibakken, my step mom and her siblings included.

The Breakfast.

Your stay includes a complimentary breakfast feast every morning. This isn’t some “continental breakfast” with nary a gram of protein in sight. The options are hearty, healthy, delicious, and seemingly endless. The hours are also generous: during my recent stay, breakfast was open for a 3-hour window, from 7-10 am. The breakfast is so filling we needed only a snack for lunch.

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Meet Jorge, everyone! Jorge is originally from Mexico, and has been working at Granlibakken for over 30 years–he originally started as a dishwasher at Granlibakken!

Today you’ll find Jorge as our Morning Banquet Captain, setting rooms, doing A/V, and making sure that meals go smoothly. Jorge loves helping his team at Granlibakken, making sure that all events go smoothly.

Fun Fact about Jorge: His favorite place in the world is Puerto Vallarta!

Tony is our Morning Chef Extraordinaire here at Granlibakken. He churns out that breakfast that we’re known for, and always does it with a smile on his face!

Tony has been working at Granlibakken since 2005, and is originally from Gunajuato, Mexico. Tony loves working at Granlibakken because he loves his coworkers, and he also loves the hustle and bustle of the kitchen.

Fun Fact about Tony: He is a fantastic dad to 4 kids!

Meet Gene Roberts! Gene is the Evening Chef here at Granlibakken, and has been working here for a whopping 32 years. He loves working at Granlibakken, because he loves the people-both the guests and coworkers who spend time here.

Gene hails from Maine, but has been living in Tahoe for quite some time now.

Fun Fact about Gene: He just discovered a long-lost sister! Gene was adopted, and has been going through the process of finding his biological family.

Chelsea works as a Senior Account Manager at Granlibakken, and has been working here for about 5 years. Chelsea is originally from Brainerd, Minnesota, and traded the cold climate for the slightly warmer winters of Tahoe.

Chelsea loves working at Granlibakken because she loves her coworkers!

Fun Fact about Chelsea: She enjoys digging for crystals and making jewelry–and her handmade jewelry is gorgeous!

Alexandra began working at Granlibakken in 2016, and today is our Health and Wellness Account Manager. Alexandra hails from the East, but has lived in many different locations, and now she calls Tahoe home.

Alexandra loves working as the Health and Wellness Account Manager because she loves the Sierra Soul events. They are a great opportunity to meet new people while learning about yourself and your needs.

Fun Fact about Alexandra: She dabbles in the performing arts. You can see her on stage in productions by the Truckee Community Theater.

Alex was born in Mexico City, and has been working at Granlibakken since 2009. In the winter months, Alex is our Ski Hut Supervisor, and during the spring, summer, and fall months, he works in dining/banquets.

Alex loves working at Granlibakken because he loves meeting coworkers and guests from around the globe!

Fun Fact about Alex: He loves to work on technical stuff, and enjoys helping others with audio/visual and technical problems.

Julie is from Southern California, and has been working at Granlibakken for 2.5 years. Julie’s official title is Assistant Executive Chef, but she’s really the glue that holds the kitchen together. You can find Julie working with the kitchen and sales staff to ensure that menus are put in, food is ordered, and dietary needs are met.

Julie loves working at Granlibakken because of the friendly staff and fabulous food.

Fun Fact about Julie: She has a big sweet tooth, and is an awesome baker to boot!

Meet Max everyone! Max hails from Hayward, California, and has been working at Granlibakken for 7 years.

Max is the Group Reservations Manager here, and loves working at Granlibakken for the friendly staff, family-friendly nature of the business, and the fact that Granlibakken is family-owned.

Fun Fact about Max: He is an avid fisherman, and goes fishing whenever his busy life allows it!

Evan has been working in the Ski Hut in the rental shop and as a cashier, and also in the dining and banquets department for 4 years.

Evan was born and raised in Tahoe, and he loves working for Granlibakken because it is like one big family.

Fun Fact about Evan: Evan is a bit of an amateur ghost hunter. Ask him about the Ski Hut hauntings next time you see him!

Ron Eber is one of our longest-serving team members here at Granlibakken–he has worked here for nearly 40 years! Ron is our Executive Chef, and hails from Chicago, although he has lived all over.

Ron got his start in fine dining-working for a number of restaurants throughout the nation, including Stonehenge in Connecticut, a well-known restaurant. He’s also worked in Memphis and in the Florida Keys.

Chef Ron loves the challenge of working at Granlibakken. He works with each group to create thoughtful and appropriate cuisine, and he loves innovating and staying on top of trends. Chef Ron says that he loves seeing people enjoy the Granlibakken food, and he loves the challenge of bringing fine dining to volume.

Fun Fact about Ron: Ron worked as the Director of Food and Beverage at the Olympic Training Center at Squaw Valley before being hired on as Executive Chef at Granlibakken Tahoe.

Joe Santen is a Front Desk Supervisor, Reservations Agent, and Concierge Agent here at Granlibakken. He has worked here for 2.5 years, and is a wealth of knowledge of the Tahoe area.

Joe was born in Florida, but spent his childhood in Arizona and Southern California before heading for the hills of North Lake Tahoe. Joe says he came for the skiing, but stayed for the mountain biking. Completely understandable.

Joe loves working at Granlibakken because he loves the staff, the woodsy location, and his concierge duties. He loves being able to send guests to discover some of his favorite Tahoe spots.

Fun Fact about Joe: When not working, you can usually find Joe in the forest trying to find a new waterfall, trail, or vista point.

Chris Parson manages the Ski, Snowboard, and Sled Hill at Granlibakken Tahoe. You can find him in the Ski Hut all winter, helping to make the winter operations run like a well oiled machine.

Chris has worked various roles at Granlibakken since 2002, and is a Tahoe City native. He loves working at Granlibakken for the family feeling of the place, where everyone knows each other well.

Fun Fact about Chris: Chris has hiked 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Go Chris!

Alejandro Gonzalez is our Maintenance Supervisor here at Granlibakken. He has been working at the G for 7 years, doing all manner of maintenance-from snow removal to room repairs.

Alejandro is a Tahoe local, he was born and raised here. He loves working at Granlibakken because he loves the staff–and with his ready smile and great sense of humor, the staff loves him!

Fun Fact about Alejandro: He loves to make people laugh!

Meet Jen everyone! Jen is our Director of Sales here at Granlibakken, and has been working here for 19 years! She started out as a front desk agent, and has worked her way through the company since then–she’s done everything from front desk to wedding sales to group sales!

Jen was born in Orange County, California, but spent most of her young life in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Jen loves working at Granlibakken because of the people! She says that the staff is like family–she has grown up with the majority of them. She’s never met such kind, genuine, and loving people. They make coming to work a joy! And with her fantastic attitude and warm smile, Jen makes coming to work a joy for her colleagues!

Fun Fact about Jen: She was a dancer on American Bandstand with Dick Clark when she was 8 years old!

Antonio hails from Gunajuato, Mexico, and he has been working for Granlibakken since 2007. Antonio does just about any job he’s asked to do in the winter months. Most often, you’ll find him grooming the ski hill or operating the Poma Lift.

Antonio loves working at Granlibakken because he loves operating the machinery. You can certainly tell from his permanent infectious smile that he finds his job fun!

Fun Fact about Antonio: He grew up on a family farm! They milked cows and grew corn, strawberries, and squash.

As our General Manager, Stephanie oversees all operations at Granlibakken Tahoe. She started here in 1995, working as the Assistant Events Coordinator. She has moved up in the company, first taking over as Director of Sales, and then Director of Sales and Marketing. In June 2019, Stephanie was promoted to her current role of General Manager.

Stephanie was born in Southern California, but was raised in Oregon, where she lived until she was 20 years old.

Why does Stephanie love Granlibakken? She loves that Granlibakken feels like one big family–specifically, like one big crazy family.

Fun Fact about Stephanie: She is the swim coach for the North Tahoe High School!

Polly Triplat offers embodiment practices to open your awareness to the sacred potential you have in your body, mind and soul. Weaving tapestries of music with movement and creative inquiry, a dance is born.  We learn to thread the wisdom from our dance with our desires for connection, community and spirit in our every day lives. Polly has over 20 years of experience in somatic healing practices including Feldenkrais®, NIA, Soulmotion, and Open Floor Conscious Dance. She has a healing practice in Truckee California where she offers Visionary Craniosacral Work, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, Shamanic Healing and SoulCollage®.

Polly recently completed her Open Floor teacher training and is now an internationally recognized embodiment teacher. The Truckee/Tahoe community is fortunate to have such a committed and resourced teacher offering this essential movement practice. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to deepen your awareness, open to your potential and have a joyful evening connecting with community. This is a dance practice where we open our embodied intelligence, we are able to stay present, feel vital and alive, our mind is clear and able to perceive choices. Our perspective is more likely to be broader; we understand we are not the only human struggling on the planet today.

Polly Triplat will be leading a Conscious Dance workshop at the third annual Restorative Arts & Yoga Festival, May 31-June 2, 2019.

What is Open Floor?

Open Floor is a healing practice of movement, dance and the arts. We learn to track thoughts, stories and patterns that hold us back and turn them into creative fuel. Using universal movement principles, such as breath, grounding and centering, our aim is to become more embodied or at home, for this beautiful ride of life, present for anything and everything – loving, losing, learning, creating, colliding, connecting.

Open Floor is a dance meditation practice for building muscular and emotional intelligence, mindfulness and soulfulness. We cultivate the forces that fuel our creativity, our connections and our ability to change, which we all know is the only constant in life.

Why We Move

Pure and simple, we were born to move. When we move, we feel better. When we don’t, we literally atrophy – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Life is a constant balancing act, navigating both obstacles and opportunities. When we move we practice becoming nimble, open to change and more comfortable in our own skin.

What’s In It for Us?

Conscious dance practice helps us move and include the juicy times of joyful release, as well as the challenging moments. To be fluid, flexible and free to experience all our wild and subtle bits is one of the greatest life skills we can give ourselves.

When we host a retreat through our Sierra Soul Series of Wellness Events, we do our best to showcase many different modalities designed to inspire and to teach. However, we often get asked the difference between the different types of yoga that we feature at these events.

Below are descriptions of just a handful of the many types of yoga that exist. Our expert instructors at the third annual Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival have helped to explain the types of yoga that they will teach at the three-day weekend, May 31-June 2, 2019.

Thai Massage with Anastasia Bobadilla

Thai Massage is an ancient form of yoga and massage. This modality purportedly has its roots in Buddha’s physician, Shivago Kormapaj and has been practiced for over 2,500 years. Thai Massage combines acupressure and yogic principles to stretch muscles deeply. No oils or lotions are used, and Thai Massage can be considered an assisted yoga practice.

Mandalas on the Mat with Meghan Ruiz

Mandalas are most commonly seen as geometric figures in a circular form whose center represents the universe and all designs moving from that center as expansion of the universe. While that all sounds quite abstract and serious, this class is like a color therapy book. Once the design has been laid, the flow of linking breath with movement will color the experience and leave you feeling inspired, calm and centered. Join Meghan for a fun, playful practice that moves through sun and moon salutes that create a living, moving mandala on your mat!

Kundalini Yoga with Kate Leist

Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is designed to give you a direct experience of your soul. This form of yoga combines mudra (hand gestures), mantra (repeated words or sounds), movement, breathwork.

These practices combine to bring balance to the glandular and endocrine system, freeing negativity held within the body. It raises practitioners to a more positive vibration and gives those who practice Kundalini the awareness to step fully into their true self. It empowers those who practice to embody their purpose and passion, and aligns practitioners with their highest potential.

Yoga Medicine with Deanna Kay

Yoga medicine involves creating a life-long practice incorporating postures, breath and meditation. Movement therapy is an intuitive approach to each individual that delivers exactly what the body and nervous system are asking for.

Yoga Medicine is a practice of fluidity, connection and inspiration. It pulls us back to our most subtle and truest nature through specific pranayama (breath), meditation and asana (posture). This practice encapsulates foundation and strength while allowing the body to move in its most inherent rhythmic way.

Hatha Yoga with Ashley Foy

Hatha Yoga is a form of yoga that we might consider “traditional” today. It focuses on asana (postures) and pranayama (breath) to engage the muscles and the mind through flowing practice. Hatha translates from Sanskrit to “a union through discipline of force” and provides the means to build strength, promote relaxation, and to focus the mind.

Iyengar Yoga with Deborah Lapkin

Iyengar Yoga focuses on precision. Postures are held for longer periods of time, and props are used. This allows for practitioners of Iyengar to sink more deeply into poses. This also allows practictioners to perform micro-adjustments and generate awareness of the influence of certain postures on the body and the mind. Iyengar Yoga is a form of yoga that was founded by B.K.S. Iyengar, a yogi who is largely credited with helping to popularize yoga in both Western and Eastern hemispheres.

Do you want to grow your yoga practice, or learn a new type of yoga? Join us at the third annual Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival for three days of elevated well-being.

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

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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. 

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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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