Granlibakken Ski Resort

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Granlibakken Ski Resort
United States
Phone: 530 581-7533

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About the Ski Resort

In the mid-1940s, a renowned Norwegian ski jumper and retired sea captain, Kjell "Rusty" Rustad purchased 74 acres in a small valley just above Lake Tahoe, California. In 1947, Rusty opened his new resort, "Granlibakken," named in honor of an area in Norway where he skied as a boy. Granlibakken meant "a hill sheltered by fir trees" in his native tongue. Granlibakken's ski hill quickly became a popular destination for both tourists and locals - the valley's bountiful snowpack provided alpine skiing from early fall to late spring.

During the 1950s the hill flourished, hosting the 1952 Junior Olympics among other events. Granlibakken continued on more or less the same, until 1978, when the resort was purchased by Bill and Norma Parson. Although they stayed true to Rusty's original vision, the Parsons also saw the potential of this small ski resort. They combined Granlibakken's breathtaking surroundings with exemplary service and welcoming accommodations to create a unique atmosphere of inspiration and relaxation for everyone.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: No
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: No
Cross country: 3 km
Snow tubing: No

 Easiest:  50 %

 More Difficult:  50 %

 Most Difficult:  0 %

 Experts only:  --

Not rated

Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  6,310 ft
Summit elevation:  6,610 ft
Vertical drop:  300 ft
Skiable area:  10 acres
Annual snowfall:  200 in
Snowmaking:  0 %
Number of trails:  1
Number of lifts:  2
Types of lifts:  1 Rope Tow,
 1 P-Bar

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  No
Adaptive skier:  No
Nearby lodging:  Yes
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  Yes
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  Yes