California Ski Safari

This trip offers not only has fabulous skiing in multiple resorts, it also take in the unique scenery of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra Mountains, as well as a chance to experience the USA's most vibrant cities.
Andy Knights
Sales Consultant - North America
This trip offers not only has fabulous skiing in multiple resorts, it also take in the unique scenery of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra Mountains, as well as a chance to experience the USA's most vibrant cities.
Andy Knights
Sales Consultant - North America

Driving Times

San Francisco airport - Heavenly 3 hours
Heavenly - Mammoth 3 hours
Mammoth - Las Vegas 5 hours
Mammoth - Los Angeles 5 hours

Summary

Self-drive between Lake Tahoe’s ski resorts, visit Mammoth Mountain and take a road-trip to LA or Las Vegas.

Enviable sunshine, laidback culture and spectacular desert scenery: skiing in California is truly unique. Our whole staff team have experienced this ski safari, and it’s become one of our favourites thanks to California’s great snow and huge diversity.

Lake Tahoe’s nine resorts are the focus of your adventure. Here, the largest resort of Heavenly is our favourite base, while Squaw Valley has superb backcountry. Smaller resorts, such as Northstar and Kirkwood, are easy to visit by car, shuttle bus, or even by taking the paddle-steamer across the lake.

California’s scenic driving routes add another dimension and, beyond Tahoe, lesser-visited resorts such as Mammoth Mountain create a real feeling of exploration and discovery.

Flying into San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz are obvious reasons to stay a night or two, and we can’t recommend Chinatown enough – it’s the largest one outside Asia. Self-driving your way south through California, you could finish your adventure either with Los Angeles’ city beaches and the Hollywood Hills, or with the glitzy shows and 24-hour casinos in Las Vegas.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

Suggested Itinerary

This sample itinerary is our suggestion of how you could divide your time between skiing, travelling and sightseeing.

All our ski safaris are completely customisable, and you can adjust the itinerary to suit your preferences - more skiing, more time in the cities, or by following our route in reverse.

San Francisco

Fly direct to San Francisco, arriving early afternoon. You’ll have enough time to experience the spectacular shopping at Union Square before heading into Chinatown for dim sum and steamed dumplings.

Wake up early for a boat cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and out to Alcatraz. Spend the afternoon exploring at your leisure - we recommend visiting the art museums and famous cable cars, as well as Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39.

Lake Tahoe

Drive to Lake Tahoe at your leisure and enjoy the 3-4 hour road-trip, taking your time around the lakeshore to enjoy the beautiful views. Take the rest of the day to settle-in and sort out your ski gear.

Heavenly - On Tahoe’s south shore, California’s largest resort has slopes that cross into Nevada, and casinos in the resort village. Completely unique, it’s our favourite Tahoe base. Kirkwood and Sierra at Tahoe are two of the nearest neighbouring resorts.

Squaw Valley - This north shore resort has both challenging back country and excellent beginner slopes, as well as good value luxury hotels. It’s an hour’s drive from heavenly, while Northstar, Alpine Meadows and Mount Rose are nearby.

Mammoth Mountain

Tahoe road-trip - From Lake Tahoe, make a three or four hour road trip through the Sierra Nevada mountains to Mammoth. It’s worth timing your drive to see lakes Mono and Topz at sunset.

Mammoth - Spend three days enjoying huge open bowls and steep glades in this super-sunny resort. The Terrain Parks are also some of the best in the world and the après bars are excellent.

Las Vegas & Death Valley

Vegas road-trip - Drive to Las Vegas through the Death Valley and go from 10,000ft high at Mammoth to 200ft below sea level on the desert floor. Stop at sunset and watch the shadows shift across the desert.

Las Vegas - Stay a night in Vegas and experience the light shows, casinos and flamboyant hotels. With more time, you could drive out to the Hoover Dam, go Factory Store Outlet Shopping, or take a helicopter tour to Grand Canyon.

Los Angeles - Alternatively, fly home from Los Angeles to visit Universal Studios, spot Hollywood celebrities and stroll along Venice Beach.

Price Guide

From £1,619pp for a 14-day California Ski Safari based on 4 adults travelling and includes accommodation, flights and SUV hire.

All our holidays are tailor-made. This gives you complete flexibility and allows us to negotiate the best prices for you. With so many potential options, we don’t publish set prices for our ski safaris.

Request a quotation or call 01273 224 060 for a tailored price with your choice of resorts, activities and accommodation.

Reviews

Read honest reviews from valued customers who have experienced our California Ski Safari. If you’ve returned recently, we’d love to hear from you.

If no reviews are available yet, ask for advice from members of our team who have experienced this holiday. Call us on 01273 224 060.

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27/04/2016 Justin Tidmarsh

We are regular skiers but wanted to do something different to celebrate a big birthday. Ski Safari provided excellent advice and with their California Safari provided an excellent itinerary. The holiday was excellent, with the companies in resorts used by Ski Safari all providing excellent service, exceeding what we expected. I happily recommend Ski Safari and their California Safari.

16/03/2015 John Glen

Had a great time on this trip and loved every part of it.

09/02/2015 Cheryl Holder

My husband and I have just returned from our ski safari around Lake Tahoe / Mammoth Mountain and had a wonderful time despite the low snow levels. The accommodation which you recommended was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed all the space at the Forest Suites Resort in our one bedroom apartment. Across the 13 days of skiing we skied at nine different resorts, with Sugar Bowl and Mammoth the best of the larger resorts, and Diamond Peak and June Mountain the best of the smaller resorts. We would highly recommend anyone staying at Mammoth, or travelling between Mammoth and South Lake Tahoe to spend ½ or even a full day at June Mountain. The staff were incredibly friendly, and whilst a small resort it does have skiing to suit all abilities. The snow was also better than at some of the other resorts we skied at. Our top tips from our trip would be to eat at Evans America Diner in South Lake Tahoe and ski June Mountain.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

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