California Ski Safari
This sample itinerary is our suggestion of how you could divide your time between skiing, travelling and sightseeing.
Arrive into San Francisco, collect the car and drive 20mins to the city. The 2 night stay gives you 1.5 days to explore the city before heading up to Tahoe early afternoon. The more time you spend in the city, the more you'll be able to explore, though be aware San Francisco hotels are very expensive and generally more reasonable on Fri/Sat/Sun nights.
In the afternoon drive the 3hrs to Squaw Valley. Squaw and Alpine Meadows are both on the IKON Pass. Squaw Valley has some great advanced tree skiing and steep chutes through the red-rock palisades, but still great variety of groomers with easy runs from the top of the mountain. Alpine Meadows has the best views across Lake Tahoe and tends to be less busy at weekends.
Alternatively you can base yourself in South Lake Tahoe for Heavenly ski resort, but this will increase your lift pass costs.
We suggest skiing the morning in Lake Tahoe (or taking a day off), then take the stunning 3hr drive down to Mammoth in the early afternoon. It's quite an easy drive with loads of scenic stops, but we always suggest checking weather and road conditions before departing as snow can increase the drive time. Mammoth Mountain & June Mountain are both on the IKON pass too. Mammoth offers really big mountain ski terrain with a lot of above tree-line powder bowls and miles of groomers. June Mountain is small and so pretty, being off the back on Yosemite National Park, so definitely worth at least a morning's skiing - even if just to avoid the crowds on Saturday mornings in Mammoth.
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14 nights from £1995pp
- 2 nights at the 3* Galleria Park in San Francisco
- 5 nights at the 4* Squaw Valley Lodge
- 5 nights at the 3* Mammoth Mountain Inn
- 2 nights at the 3* Gateway Hotel in Santa Monica
- Return flights and car hire
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