Late bookers are in for a treat if they opt for a ski holiday with Ski Safari in March or April 2017. Resorts are snow-sure (with great snowfall already this season), uncrowded and reasonably priced. At Easter, slopes in North America and Scandinavia are generally quieter and prices more affordable than at February half term. Ski Safari has selected six of their favourite resorts with plenty to offer in terms of ski and aprés-ski, for couples and families alike. Choose one and be in good company – these are the places where Ski Safari’s staff choose to ski too.
March Madness in Whistler
North America’s #1 resort for the third year running, Whistler’s March snowfall is nothing short of legendary. The average during this month alone is well over two and a half metres, last year clocking in at over three. Combine all of this powder with longer daylight hours and great value accommodation and you’d be mad not to be tempted!
Canada’s Best Family Resort Big White Offers Big Spring Savings
Big White boasts an incredible 750 cms average snowfall per year with conditions in March and April often being the best. With the largest ski-in ski-out village in Canada and some incredible ski terrain to suit all levels, Big White is an ideal choice for family spring skiing. The resort also offers just as much fun off the slopes. Guests can experience ice climbing, tubing and ice-skating and the resort runs a host of exciting excursions, including dog sled tours, sleigh rides and snowmobile adventures for adults and children.
Ski into Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Spring is the perfect time of year to combine an active ski holiday with a Japanese cultural experience. The snow base is at its best thanks to a steady build up that starts in December and the temperatures are milder with more chance of bluebird days too. In Kyoto and Tokyo, locals gather for Hanami, the blossom festival, to celebrate the arrival of spring with food, drink and songs under the sakura (cherry blossoms). For an all-round experience, try a tailor-made Japanese Ski Safari.
Ski Safari (01273 224068, www.skisafari.com) offers a 10-night stay with seven nights B&B in Niseko, two nights in Kyoto and one night in Tokyo and includes return flights (London to Sapporo) and airport transfers. Departs 08 March 2017.
Mammoth Snow and California’s Highest Ski Area
With a ski season that stretches from November to June, Mammoth in March is not to be missed. Snow conditions are excellent and sunny powder days are almost guaranteed. The resort boasts 3,500 acres of skiable terrain to suit all abilities, including Dave’s Run, a must-do for hard-core skiers and world-class terrain parks. For families looking to stay in ski-in, ski-out accommodation, the Mammoth Mountain Inn is ideal with ski school right on the doorstep. If you prefer to mix with the laidback locals in town, the Alpenhof Hotel has one of the best local bars in town. Combine Mammoth with South Lake Tahoe or an overnight stop in Los Angeles for a tailor-made ski safari.
Ski Safari (01273 224060, www.skisafari.com) offers a 10-night stay at 3* Mammoth Mountain Inn and includes return flights (London to LAX) and car hire. Departs 25 March 2017.
Alternatively a 14-night California Ski Safari including two nights in San Francisco, five nights in Mammoth, five nights in Heavenly and two nights in Los Angeles which includes return flights (London to San Francisco – LAX to London) and car hire. Departs 18 March 2017.
Big Mountain Easter Family Fun at Squaw Valley
A family looking for a holiday offering snow, sun and fun should single out Squaw Valley at Lake Tahoe. Squaw offers great snow conditions and a full mountain experience for intermediates and beginners with the ski school situated at the top of the gondola. The High Camp Pool and Hot Tub also opens in spring here and for other high mountain entertainment the Olympic Ice Pavilion provides unmatched panoramic views of the Squaw Valley Meadow, beautiful Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada. For a little extra excitement, tag on a stay in San Francisco. There’s plenty for the family to do; from visiting Alcatraz to seeing the famous Golden Gate Bridge or riding the famous cable car from Fisherman’s Wharf to Union Square.
Ski Safari (01273 224060, www.skisafari.com) offers a 10-night stay at 5* Resort at Squaw Creek and includes return flights (London to Los Angeles) and car hire. Departs 03 April 2017. Book by 31 January 2017.
Optional, add on a 2 night stay in San Francisco
Spectacular Sophisticated Scandinavia
March is a great month to experience skiing in Scandinavia. It’s when many of the resorts have optimum snow conditions, sunny skies and blissfully quiet slopes. Ski Safari offers unique holidays in both Sweden and Norway, showcasing the best these destinations have to offer. Scandinavian life is all about the great outdoors, coupled with style and efficiency. With breath-taking views, welcoming locals, a modern infrastructure and a rich skiing heritage, skiing in Scandinavia is a truly unique experience.
Alternatively, the 8-night Fjords & Mountains Ski Safari andincludes return flights and transfers. Departs March 2017.