There are only a few places in the United States that have truly great skiing, and Nevada is one of those places. Nevada takes great skiing one step further with world-class ski resorts near thriving, bustling cities brimming with nightlife and countless things to do.
The best skiing in Nevada - and possibly the United States - is at Lake Tahoe. Many Olympic athletes train on the snowy slopes surrounding the lake, and every year hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Nevada to discover what makes this a top ski destination.
Two more things make Lake Tahoe the perfect ski destination: affordable hotel rooms and shuttle service from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The South Tahoe Express motor coach runs between the airport and Lake Tahoe hotels all day long, year-round. During the winter, stops are made at the various ski resorts, too, so travelers never have to worry about driving.
Overlooking the sapphire-blue waters of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly ski resort is one of the most unique snowsports destinations on the planet. A holiday at Heavenly is all about choices. With more recreation and entertainment options than any other winter resort destination, you'll have plenty of decisions to make at Heavenly.
For starters, Heavenly is one of the largest ski resorts in North America, boasting 4,800 acres of ski-able terrain and a whopping 3,500 ft / 1,067 metre vertical drop. Do you take in the jaw-dropping views of America's largest alpine lake, or the spectacular beauty of the high Nevada desert? Will it be 34 miles / 55 km of wide-open, groomed cruisers? The 1,600 ft / 488 metre plunges in the double-black Mott and Killebrew canyons?
So what happens when the ski lifts close, the sun sets and it's time to go back to your hotel room? That's when the "après ski" fun begins. "Apres ski" is the fancy way of saying "after-hours party," and nearly every Lake Tahoe hotel, casino and ski resort has its own après ski event. The south shore hotels, including Harrah's, Harveys, MontBleu, Horizon and Lakeside Inn, put together post-ski drink specials, music, contests and giveaways to keep the party going all night long.
And then there's Las Vegas, the 'entertainment capital of the world'! Only one hours flight from Reno/ Tahoe airport and the perfect start or end to your skiing holiday. From elaborately themed nightclubs that stay open until dawn to the new wave of trendy, ultra-chic lounges sweeping the Strip - visitors know when they step out in Las Vegas for the night; it will be an experience they won't forget!
Las Vegas & Heavenly
Combine the unforgettable 'Las Vegas experience' with superb skiing at Heavenly (one of North America's largest and most scenic ski resorts) and enjoy the best of both worlds. Convenient flights between Las Vegas and Reno (1¼ hrs from Heavenly) make the most of skiing and exploring time.
Direct return flights from London to Las Vegas with Virgin Atlantic
3 nights in Las Vegas and 7 nights in Heavenly
Return flights Las Vegas to Reno airport
Return transfers Reno airport to Heavenly
3*+ Mont Bleu Hotel (Heavenly) and 3* strip hotel (Las Vegas)
Fly into Las Vegas and choose to either take a connecting flight straight away to Reno and transfer to Heavenly ski resort, or spend the first part of your holiday soaking up the vibrant atmosphere and bright lights of Las Vegas. Heavenly ski resort offers over 4,800 acres of superb ski terrain catering for all abilities and, being on the California Nevada border, from certain spots on the mountain you're treated to views of both the stunning Lake Tahoe on one side and the dry Nevada desert on the other - extraordinary! Fly back to Las Vegas where you'll either catch your direct flight back to London, or enjoy the final part of your holiday in this unforgettable city.
Based on travel 17 Jan 2011 for 10 nights this adventure starts from £1,025 pp based on two travelling
Las Vegas & Lake Tahoe Ski Safari
This itinerary combines varied and skiing and boarding at Lake Tahoe's ski resorts with an extraordinary drive through Death Valley to Las Vegas - an experience not to be missed!
Fly from London into San Francisco and return from Las Vegas with Virgin Atlantic
7 nights in Heavenly
3 nights in Las Vegas
All inclusive SUV hire for the duration
3*+ Ridge at Tahoe in a 2 bedroom condo (Heavenly) and two standard rooms 3* strip hotel (Las Vegas) based on four people travelling; or
3*+ Mont Bleu Hotel (Heavenly) and 3* strip hotel (Las Vegas) based on two people travelling
Fly into San Francisco and pick up your SUV to head to Heavenly, your base for the next 7 nights to explore the varied ski resorts around the stunning Lake Tahoe. On the 8th day you begin what is a truly extraordinary experience - the drive to Las Vegas through Death Valley. This is an 8 hr drive but it is worthwhile taking your time and appreciating the dramatic changes in scenery - it's a great experience being on a mountain in the morning and then 200 ft below sea level in the desert a few hours later. Finish off this amazing trip with 3 nights in the party capital of the world. Whether you gamble or not, everyone has to experience the extravagance and exuberance of Las Vegas at night. You can choose to take a drive to the Hoover Dam, do a bit of Factory Store Outlet Shopping or just lounge by the pool, sipping cocktails and people watching before fly back to London from Las Vegas.
Based on travel 17 Jan 2011 for 10 nights this adventure starts from £1.015-£1,075pp based on 2-4 people travelling.
For further information, details and a quotation to suit your travel dates
Please call Ski Safari on 01273 224 060 or visit www.skisafari.com
Offer prices above are subject to availability at the time of booking.