Why You'll Love This Place
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The pursuit of love and the thrill of adventure have drawn folks to Granlibakken Valley for almost 100 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.
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. 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.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- Rental fee varies depending on:
- Time of year
- Space reserved
The Inclusive Wedding Package is $8,900 for up to 200 guests and includes 2-nights lodging in the private, 7-bedroom lodge.
- All ceremonies include standard white wedding chairs, 8 heat lamps, and 8 umbrellas.
- All receptions include 5 hours of staffing, tables, chairs, white linens, complimentary cake cutting, tableware, serving items, setup, cleanup, and bistro lighting.
Meals (when priced separately)
Buffets and plated meal receptions include your choice of hors d’ouevres, choice of two entrees + 1 vegetarian entrée, choice of 2 sides, salad, bread & butter, coffee & tea display, and one champagne toast. Upgrades available for an additional fee.
Service Charge or Gratuity
Wedding packages are available that include 2 nights' lodging and breakfast for up to 14 guests. Inquire for details.
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 300.|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Indoors or out, Granlibakken holds up to 300 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Several spaces hold up to 300 seated or 400 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: Groups of up to 300 seated guests can be accommodated.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Elopement Packages
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- On-Site Accommodations
- Honeymoons Details
$ • $$
BYO with corkage fee
Year-round, daily, 6am–10pm.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Banquet Hall / Events Facility
- Conference Center
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
- Resort / Spa
- Ski Resort
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest / Woods
- Landscaped Grounds
- Pool Area
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA, extra charge
Dressing Area: included in wedding package
AV/Meeting Equipment: yes
Parking: ample on-site
Accommodations: 180 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes, extra charge
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQs, extra charge in some areas
View: forest, hills, mountains
Other: event coordination
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: in-house or BYO with corkage fee
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed, or confetti
This venue is so versatile!
Alternate Info: Granlibakken Resort and Conference Center, Granlibaaken Granlibachen granlibacken