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California Ski & Sun

San Francisco, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, Mammoth Lakes, Death Valley, Las Vegas & Los Angeles

Why choose between a winter sun break and a skiing holiday? After the culture and sights of San Francisco and the Napa Valley, you’ll spend a week skiing the slopes of  Lake Tahoe before heading south to the sun of Las Vegas and LA. A great road trip, best taken in March.  


California Ski & Sun 14 days

All of our American road trips can be tailored to meet your requirements. Do you have more or less than 14 days for your road trip? No problem, we can bolt on extra nights to allow more time to explore or shorten the number of destinations as required. Just let us know when requesting your quote.

Great skiing and a great tan all in one trip!


Golden Gate Bridge

Day 1

Head across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County

Collect your rental car and head through the historic streets of San Francisco and over the Golden Gate Bridge. The Bridge links the headlands of San Francisco and Marin County and is one of the world's most beautiful bridges. You'll then spend your first night in a lovely Marin County town like Sausalito or Tiburon.

  • Key location: San Francisco
  • Sausalito/Tiburon
  • 30 Miles

Napa Valley winery

Day 2

Wine Country, Sacramento and onto Lake Tahoe

A packed day of scenic driving today. Cruise through the Valleys of Napa and Sonoma, taking in the beautiful views of vineyards on rolling hills. Alternatively spend the day in Sacramento on the way to Lake Tahoe, stop by and admire some of the State Capital's buildings and sights. Then onto Lake Tahoe. Split in half by the California/Nevada state line and completely surrounded by alpine mountains, this natural wonder is quite a sight to behold. Casinos welcome you to the Nevada portions of the shoreline, whilst classy ski resorts can be found all around.

  • Key location: Napa Valley
  • Lake Tahoe
  • 193 Miles

Snow Time!

Day 3

Your first of 5 days on the slopes

Lake Tahoe boasts 7 major ski resorts here including the Olympic resort of Squaw Valley to the north. Why not start in Alpine Meadows? It features 12 lifts and a surface lift for beginners and children. Alpine Meadows has than 100 runs covering 2,000 acres, kid programs a family ski area and more challenging runs for the more accomplished.

  • Key location: Lake Tahoe
  • Lake Tahoe

California snow & sunshine

Day 4

Ski Northstar

Your Road Trip Pack will give you more information on the various skiing options. Perhaps try Northstar today? Consistently rated among the finest ski resorts in the West, Northstar offers 63 runs on 2,400 acres. Excellent, fast lifts with short lines. Activities and facilities for every age and experience level. Northstar is the all-round family fun resort.

  • Key location: Lake Tahoe
  • Lake Tahoe

Just Heavenly

Day 5

Ski Heavenly

Heavenly, on Lake Tahoe South, is one of the most visited resorts as it offers 4,800 acres and 27 lifts, not counting the spectacular tram ride to the top. It also offers 82 runs at elevations up to 10,000 feet, the highest of any other resort. Heavenly is a particularly good place for snowboarders too. Heavenly is also best known for the awesome lake views that are seen from the ski slopes.

  • Key location: Lake Tahoe
  • Lake Tahoe

Amazing Mammoth

Day 6

Time for a new challenge, the Mammoth Lake slopes await

Enjoy the epic drive from Tahoe to Mammoth with an eerie pit stop at the Ghost Town of Bodie. Great for beginners and pros alike, there are 28 lifts that will whisk you away to fantastic views and great trails which will you keep you busy all day. The high runs offer wide open runs whilst the lower ones offer shelter from the trees.  

  • Key location: Mammoth Lakes
  • Mammoth Lakes
  • 139 Miles

Enjoy the ride

Day 7

A second day to master Mammoth Lake Mountain

With the best annual snowfall of all the US, conditions rarely fall short of perfect. This really is a gem of a place that once you visit you’ll want to go back. You’ll get to max out your mountain time here too as the lift queues are rarely lengthy.

  • Key location: Mammoth Lakes
  • Mammoth Lakes

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