Tahoe City Wedding Venue
725 Granlibakken Road
Tahoe City, California 96145
The pursuit of love and the thrill of adventure have drawn folks to Granlibakken Valley for more than 75 years. In the 1920s, tourists tobogganed down its slopes. In the ’30s and ’40s, Olympic hopefuls soared off Tahoe’s first ski jump, which was built here. Then in 1947, Norwegian Ski Jumper Kjell “Rusty” Rustad arrived on the scene. Smitten with the place, he built a log cabin ski hut near the base of the alpine canyon. In the decades since, Granlibakken has grown into a modern, all-season resort and conference center. Today Rustad’s hut has become a favorite spot for bonfires, barbecues and casual rehearsal dinners. And though the jump site is no longer in use, couples still come to this 74-acre mountain getaway to take their own jump into matrimony.
Tie the knot just outside the Main Conference Center and Lodge, where a stand of pine and fir trees lends privacy to a landscaped patio with an elevated stage. If you want to have your reception on the same patio, the staff will set it up with umbrella-shaded tables.
You can also eat, drink, and be married in any of the Center’s three main rooms. Guests celebrating in the spacious Granhall enjoy the view of trees through the room’s wide windows or from the adjoining patio. Within the sedate Mountain Ballroom, neutral tones blend easily with traditional wedding décor and heavy sliding panels can be opened or closed to accommodate the size of your group. For a warm ceremony on a snowy day, the massive fireplace in Cedar House provides a cozy backdrop. The nearby cedar deck makes a casual setting for a post-ceremony cocktail hour, while the newlyweds take the short drive to the lake for photographs.
The Big Pine Lodge, just a bouquet toss further up the hill, is a mini mountain retreat by itself. A vaulted open-beam ceiling and stone fireplace add old-lodge ambiance, and with a living room, bridal changing room, kitchen, and seven guest rooms, it’s an ideal hideaway for close family and friends. You can have an intimate rehearsal dinner in the main room, and later host your entire wedding outdoors on the expansive lush lawn. Surrounded by flowers and tall pines, it features a stunning two-tiered stone ceremony stage with rock stairs flowing down both sides. There’s also enough space to dine al fresco at tables shaded by umbrellas.
Granlibakken’s staff will make sure your celebration unfolds just as you imagine it. A wedding reception requires a minimum two-night stay; barbecues and banquets are typically prearranged with the resort’s event coordinator; and a hot breakfast buffet is included for all overnight guests. The facility’s lodges and townhouses offer comfortable rooms and suites decorated to complement the resort’s natural setting, and there’s plenty to do: Play on one of the five tennis courts, or relax in the heated swimming pool and hot tub; hike the well-traveled footpaths up to the Tahoe Rim Trail or down into Tahoe City; or, in the tradition of those who’ve come to the valley for both love and a winter adventure, ski with your new spouse down Granlibakken’s fir-sheltered slopes.
Note that wedding ceremonies held at Granlibakken must be followed by a reception on site. However, you can get married elsewhere, and still host your reception here.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Indoors or out, Granlibakken holds up to 350 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, several spaces are available, holding up to 350 seated or 400 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: Groups of up to 350 seated guests can be accommodated.
The room rental fee and/or the wedding package cost is required to reserve your date. Rental fees range $500–6,500 depending on space rented. Meals range $30–52/person. Tax, alcohol, and an 18% service charge are additional. Wedding packages are available; please see www.granlibakken.com for details.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA, extra charge
Bride’s Dressing Area: included in wedding package
Meeting Equipment: yes
Parking: ample on-site
Accommodations: 190 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes, extra charge
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQs, extra charge in some areas
View: forest, hills, mountains
Other: event coordination
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided or BYO with corkage fee
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed or confetti
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Year-round, daily, 6am–10pm.
Alternate Info: Granlibakken Resort and Conference Center