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Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge

Lodge or Resort
1936. Wayne Poulsen jumping on Olympic Hill at Granlibakken. – Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge

Driving Directions

From Sacramento (100 miles) Take Interstate 80 East toward Reno/North Lake Tahoe. Take Exit 185 for State Highway 89S at the traffic circle. Take the first exit onto CA-89 S. Drive 15 miles to Tahoe City, CA. As you enter Tahoe City, before the stop light in Tahoe City, bear to your right and continue on 89 South one-half mile to Granlibakken Road. Turn right. Drive one-half mile to Granlibakken Registration Desk located at the Porte Cochere at the main entrance.

From Southern California Take I-405 North toward Sacramento. Continue on I-5N. Take exit 522 to merge onto I-80 E toward Reno. Follow directions listed above from Sacramento to North Lake Tahoe/Granlibakken.

Alternate from Southern California Take I-5N to 14 N exit toward Lancaster/Palmdale. Turn right on CA-14 and take slight left at US 395 to Highway 495 to East 14 to US 395 N. Continue to follow US-395 entering Nevada. Turn left at US-50. Turn right at NV-28 entering California. Continue on CA-28/North Lake Blvd to Tahoe City. Turn left at the stop light in Tahoe City onto CA-89 S. Drive one-half mile to Granlibakken Road and turn right. Drive one-half mile to Granlibakken Registration Desk located at the Porte Cochere at the main entrance.

From Reno/Tahoe International Airport (54 miles) Take Highway 395 North on-ramp from the Airport to I-80 West/Sacramento to Exit 185 (Truckee) to CA-89 S to Tahoe City. Follow directions listed above from Sacramento to North Lake Tahoe/Granlibakken.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Keep the Sierra Green business member certification.

Norwegian for "a hillside sheltered by fir trees," Granlibakken Resort was built on an area rich in history. Granlibakken ski hill was once called Olympic Hill, site of an ice rink, toboggan slide and jump hill since 1928. The area was first developed during the era of the Steamer Tahoe (which transported mail, freight, and passengers from Glenbrook to Tahoe City from the 1890s - 1930s) and the Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company railroad line from Truckee to Tahoe City. During this time the Tahoe Tavern (a lodge and restaurant) was built and became known for its winter activities. It was also the founding site of the Lake Tahoe Ski Club in 1929 (which has had more national championship members than any other Ski Club in the US), and was often chosen as the site for contests and exhibitions such as the 1936 California State Championships and the 1939 National Ski Association meet.

The area is known for being one of the first ski resorts in Tahoe. The ski resort was developed in the 1940's by "Rusty" Rustad. The Granlibakken Lodge and Conference Center we see today was once UC Berkeley's International House, a UC Alumni education/rec center and a Four Seasons. Throughout all these changes, the history and memories of Olympic Hill live on.

Lodging Style and Amenities

Bedrooms, studios, suites and townhouses (one to eight bedrooms).

Each room has: Cable television with VCR and/or DVD Direct dial phone with voicemail, dataport and wireless access Complimentary hot breakfast buffet In-room coffee maker

Other options include a kitchen, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. In addition, all guests have access to a heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.

Meeting rooms, conference facilities, wedding facilities, ski packages. All amenities are open year-round.

Pet Friendly Notes

Sorry, no pets allowed.

Recreational Opportunities


Groomed ski hill, groomed sledding hiil, cross-country ski or snowshoe around the lodge. Golf, tennis, ropes course, nature trails. Hiking on the Tahoe Rim Trail, which borders the resort.


Ski and snowboard down world-famous Lake Tahoe slopes, groomed cross-country and skating, ice skating, snowmobile rides/skiing. Mountain and road biking, hiking, fishing at Lake Tahoe or the Truckee River, rafting, kayaking, sailing, motorboating, paddleboarding, horseback rides, cruise ships, 43 golf courses.


Seasons Open

Year Round


Rate Range

$109 - 294 per room, +20% tax

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