Ski Safaris

A Ski Safaris is a planned ski trip that visits multiple ski areas in one itinerary (aka a multi-resort ski trip). Unlike an African Safari, your “game” is skiing snowy mountains, not seeking lions and tigers in the bush. Ideally, each ski resort in your “safari” is no more than an hour drive apart. In some sections of the western US, the distances can be 2 – 3+ hours drive between ski areas. Some ski resorts or regions you may stay at a few nights, depending on the size of the ski area and terrain plus the off-slope things to do in the resort or ski town. Some “ski areas” are just that, a good ol’ fashion ski area with a few lifts and no lodging so you ski the day, or just a few hours, then move to the next resort or resort town for your lodging.

We could call it “Ski Touring” but that term has come to mean when a skier sets off out-of-bounds on an AT adventure for the day. It could be called a “Ski Itinerary”, but that sounds so clinical, a ski safari is a fun adventure where you ski several independent ski areas in a circuit and experience different mountains and ski town cultures along the way.

Ski Safaris generally involve driving, renting a car. If you want to fly in and out of different airports, be sure to check on any car drop off fee before making flight reservations. If your ski safari crosses the US/Canadian Border, we have yet to find a car rental that would allow you to return to a different country than your origin.

We’ve done ski safaris using Swiss trains and buses, but we warn you that lugging your gear it is not easy. Ski safaris are also not entirely conducive to renting ski equipment as you have to get set up at each ski area – time consuming and expensive.

Here are some recommended Ski Safaris:

Colorado Ikon Pass TripWinter Park – Steamboat – Copper Mountain – Arapahoe Basin
Denver – Winter Park – 1:45
Winter Park – Steamboat – 1:55
Steamboat – Copper Mountain – 1:55
Copper Mountain – Arapahoe Basin – 35 Minutes
Arapahoe Basin – Denver – 1:40

Colorado Front Range SafariArapahoe Basin – Keystone – Breckenridge*– Loveland
Denver – Arapahoe Basin – 1:40
Arapahoe Basin – Keystone – 10 Minutes
Keystone – Breckenridge – 27 Minutes
Breckenridge – Loveland  – 40 Minutes
Loveland – Denver – 1:30

South West Colorado SafariBreckenridge – Monarch – Crested Butte – Telluride – Purgatory – Wolf Creek
Denver – *Breckenridge – 2 Hours
*Breckenridge – Salida – 1:35 stay in Salida. Ski Monarch Mountain – 30 Min from Salida
Monarch – Crested Butte – 1:26
Crested Butte – Telluride – 3:15
Telluride – Purgatory (at Durango) – 2:20
Purgatory – Durango for lodging– 35 Minutes
Durango – Wolf Creek – 1:50
Wolf Creek – Denver – 4:45

EPIC Colorado Safari Keystone – Breckenridge – Vail – Beaver Creek
Denver – Keystone – 1:45 Hours
Keystone – Breckenridge – 20 Minutes
Breckenridge – Vail – 50 Minutes
Vail – Beaver Creek – 15 Minutes
Beaver Creek – Denver – 2:20 to Denver (or 30 Minutes to Eagle Airport)

Heart of Colorado Ski Safari
Copper Mountain – Vail – Beaver Creek – Snowmass – Aspen Mountain – Aspen Highlands
Denver – Copper Mountain – 1:50
Copper Mountain – Vail – 30 Minutes
Vail – Beaver Creek – 20 Minutes
Beaver Creek – Snowmass at Aspen – 1:45
Snowmass – Aspen Mountain – 20 Minutes
Aspen Mountain – Aspen Highlands – 10 Minutes
Aspen Highlands – Denver – 3:50

Utah Powder Ski Safari – Solitude – Brighton – Snowbird – Alta
Salt Lake City (SLC) – Solitude – 45 Minutes
Solitude – Brighton – 2 Miles apart or you can ski between the two (lodge in Solitude)
Brighton – Snowbird – 45 Minutes
Snowbird – Alta – 1.5 miles apart. You can ski between the two areas too! Lodge at Alta or Snowbird
Alta – SLC – 38 Minutes (Alta – No Snowboarding)

Utah 4 Pack Ski Safari – Park City – Deer Valley – Snowbasin – Powder Mountain 
SLC – Park City – 30 – 40 Minutes – Canyons Base vs Park City Village Base
Park City – Deer Valley – 2 miles apart. You could ski between the two however it is not allowed! Also Deer Valley does not allow Snowboarding!
Deer Valley – Snowbasin – 1:15
Snowbasin – Powder Mountain – 35 Minutes – Lodge in Eden between the two resorts
Powder Mountain – SLC Airport – 1:10

Central Idaho Ski Safari – Boise – Bogus Basin – Brundage – Tamarack – Sun Valley – Soldier
Boise – Bogus Basin – 45 Minutes – Lodge in Boise
Bogus Basin – McCall Idaho for Lodging 2:45. 15 Minutes to Brundage Ski Area
McCall Idaho – Tamarack – 35 Minutes
Tamarack – Sun Valley – 4:50
Sun Valley – Soldier – 1:20
Soldier – Boise – 1:50

Idaho/Washington Ski Safari – Spokane – Silver – Lookout Pass – Schweitzer – 49 Degrees North
Spokane WA (GEG)– Silver Mountain Idaho – 1:05
Silver Mountain – Lookout Pass (ID – MT Border) – 30 Minutes (Day Visit)
Silver Mtn – Schweitzer – 1:50
Schweitzer ID – 49 Degrees North WA – 1:35
49 Degrees – Spokane – 1:20

California – Lake Tahoe – Reno NV – Mt Rose – Diamond Peak – Heavenly Valley – Kirkwood – Sierra at Tahoe – Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows) – Sugar Bowl – Northstar at Tahoe.
Reno NV – Mt Rose – 30 Min (no Lodging at Mt Rose)
Mt Rose – Diamond Peak – 20 Min
Diamond Peak – Heavenly Valley – 45 Minutes
Heavenly Valley – Kirkwood – 45 Minutes
Kirkwood – Sierra at Tahoe – 50 Minutes
Sierra at Tahoe – Palisades Tahoe – 1:30
Palisades Tahoe – Sugar Bowl – 30 Minutes
Sugar Bowl – Northstar at Tahoe – 30 Minutes
Northstar at Tahoe – Reno – 50 Minutes

Drive Ski Safaris New England

Maine Skiing
Boston – Sugarloaf – Saddleback
Boston – Sugarloaf – 4 hours.
Sugarloaf – Saddleback – 50 Minutes
Saddleback – Boston – 4:30

New Hampshire-Maine 4 Mountain Ski Safari
Boston – Cranmore – Attitash – Wildcat – Sunday River
Boston – Cranmore NH – 3 Hours – Lodge in North Conway or Jackson
Cranmore – Attitash – 16 Minutes – Lodge North Conway or Jackson
Attitash – Wildcat – 25 Minutes – Drive to Gorham, Bethel or Sunday River for lodging after skiing
Wildcat – Sunday River – 50 Minutes
Sunday River – Boston – 3:30

New Hampshire “Ski 93” Ski Safari
Waterville Valley – Loon – Cannon – Bretton Woods – the ol’ “Ski 93 Route”
Boston – Waterville Valley – 2:15 – Lodge in Lincoln Woodstock
Waterville Valley – Loon – 30 Minutes Lodge Lincoln/Woodstock
Loon – Cannon – 15 Minutes – Lodge at Bretton Woods
Cannon – Bretton Woods – 23 Minutes – Lodge at Bretton Woods
Bretton Woods – Boston – 2:30

Southern/Central Vermont Ski Safari – Mt Snow – Stratton – Okemo – Killington – Pico
New York City/Boston – Mt Snow – NYC: 4:40 – BOS: 3:20
Mt Snow – Stratton – 37 Minutes
Stratton – Okemo – 53 Minutes
Okemo – Killington – 33 Minutes
Killington – Pico – 11 Minutes
Pico  – New York City/Boston – NYC: 5 Hours. Boston: 3:15

Central/Northern Vermont Ski Safari – Sugarbush – Stowe – Smugglers’ Notch – Jay Peak
New York City/Boston – Sugarbush – NYC: 6 Hours – BOS: 3:30
Sugarbush – Stowe – 1 Hour
Stowe – Smugglers’ Notch – 1 Hour (do not follow GPS thru Smugglers’ Notch – closed in winter)
Smugglers’ Notch – Jay Peak – 52 Minutes
Jay Peak – New York City/Boston – NYC: 6 Hours. Boston: 3:45

Canada Ski Safaris

Canada – Quebec Ski Tour – Mont St Anne – Le Massif – Charlevoix – Mont-Grand Fond
Quebec City – Mont St Anne – 50 Minutes
Mont St Anne – Le Massif – 45 Minutes
Le Massif Charlevoix for Lodging – 20 Minutes
Charlevoix – Mont-Grand Fond – 50 Minutes
Charlevoix – Quebec City – 1:10
Note: Stoneham Ski Area can be added to this Ski Safari. It is just 25 minutes from Quebec City but we did not find the terrain here worthwhile.

6 Western Canada Ski Areas – Banff/Norquay – Lake Louise – Revelstoke – Kicking Horse  – Panorama–Ski Sunshine
Calgary Airport (YYC)– Banff/Norquay – 1:30 – Lodge in Banff – Ski Norquay – 15 Min
Banff – Lake Louise – 46 Minutes
Lake Louise – Revelstoke – 2:40
Revelstoke – Kicking Horse  – 1:55
Kicking Horse  – Panorama  – 2 hours
Panorama – Banff/Ski Sunshine – 2 HoursBanff – Calgary Airport (YYC) – 1:30
Note: we are recommending driving past Kicking Horse on the way to Revelstoke and skiing Kicking Horse on your return towards Calgary as the pass to Revelstoke can often close with snow.
Also This can be shortened significantly by not skiing Panorama and/or Revelstoke and making this a 4 or 5 ski resort tour.
Heli Skiing: A day of Heli Skiing can be added to this Western Can ski tour, near Kicking Horse at Purcell Heli Ski. Panorama also offers day Heliskiing with RK Heliski. Revelstoke is a major heli ski hub for a day or longer with CMH, Eagle Pass, Selkirk Tangiers.

7 Western Canada Ski Areas – Castle Mountain Resort – Fernie – Kimberly Panorama – Banff Norquay – Ski Sunshine
Calgary Airport (YYC) – Castle Mountain Resort: – 2:40
Castle Mountain Resort – Fernie – 1:25
Fernie – Kimberly – 1:30
Kimberly – Panorama – 1:40
Panorama –  Banff Lodging – 2:10 (Norquay 15 min, Ski Sunshine 15 min, Lake Louise 36 min)
Banff – Calgary Airport (YYC) – 1:30

EUROPE – THE ALPS

Amazing Après Austria Ski Safari – Sonnenkopf – St Anton – Ischgl’s Paznaun Valley – Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis – Solden – Obergurgl Hochgurgl
Note: you could spend at least a week, month, if not an entire ski season, exploring just The Arlberg Region, the Paznaun Valley or the Otztal Valley (Solden/Obergurgl). If you have time, these great skiing regions are not far apart, ideal for a ski tour with great après ski at every stop!

Fly into Zurich, Munich or Innsbruck
Sonnenkopf – St Anton – 10 Minutes from Stuben
Stuben to St Anton – 15 Min drive (or you can ski – all interconnected in the Arlberg including Lech Zurs)
St Anton – Ischgl’s Paznaun Valley – 40 Minutes – 4 ski areas in Paznaun Valley – Ischgl, Galtür, Kappl, Lake
Ischgl – Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis – 55 Minutes
Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis – Solden – 1:10
Solden – Obergurgl Hochgurgl – 13 Minutes
From St Anton you can ski to the following 8 Arlberg ski villages: St Christoph, Stuben, Zurs, Zug, Lech, Oberlech, Warth and Hochkrumbach

17 Innsbruck Austria Ski Areas Safari with Innsbruck as your base – all under an hour.
Nordkette – Innsbruck – 5 Min – 1396 m (860 m – 2256 m) – 13.9 km. 6 Lifts (in town)
Muttereralm – Mutters/​Götzens – 15 Min – 907 m (897 m – 1804 m) – 16.4 km. 6 ski lifts
Patscherkofel – Innsbruck-Igls – 15 Min – 956 m (1009 m – 1965 m) – 19 km. 6 ski lifts
Rosshütte – Seefeld – 25 Min Northwest – 834 m (1230 m – 2064 m) – 19.1 km. 13 ski lifts
Rangger Köpfl – Oberperfuss – 30 Min West – 1180 m (820 m – 2000 m) – 13 km. 6 ski lifts
Axamer Lizum – 30 Min Southwest – 780 m (1560 m – 2340 m) – 38.5 km. 9 ski lifts
Schlick – 24 Min South – 2000 – 1231 m (1009 m – 2240 m) – 22 km. 9 Lifts
Bergeralm – Steinach am Brenner – 43 Min South -1132 m (1048 m – 2180 m) – 29 km. 7 ski lifts
Kühtai – 43 Min West – 582 m (1938 m – 2520 m) 47km – 12 Lifts
Stubai Glacier (Stubaier Gletscher) – 45 Min South – 1515 m (1697 m – 3212 m) 65km, 26 Lifts
Glungezer – Tulfes- 20 Min East – 1354 m (950 m – 2304 m) – 23 km. 6 ski lifts
Kellerjoch – Schwaz – 30 Min East – 535 m (1352 m – 1887 m) – 14 km. 3 ski lifts
Spieljoch – Fügen – 37 Min East – 1444 m (610 m – 2054 m) – 17.1 km. 11 ski lifts
Ski Juwel  – Alpbachtal Wildschönau – 43 Min East -1195 m (830 m – 2025 m) 97km, 46 Lifts
Karwendel Bergbahn (Zwölferkopf) – Pertisau – 41 Min Northeast – 600 m (960 m – 1560 m) 12 km. 5 Lifts
Christlum – Achenkirch – Schwaz Achensee – 50 Min Northeast – 850 m (950 m – 1800 m) – 27 km 10 Lifts
Rofan – Maurach – 50 Min Northeast – 890 m (980 m – 1870 m) – 11 km. 5 Lifts

Austria’s Zillertal Valley – 6 Ski Areas within 1 Hour of Innsbruck
Spieljoch – Fügen – 37 from Innsbruck – 1444 m (610 m – 2054 m) – 17.1 km. 11 ski lifts
Kaltenbach – Hochzillertal/​Hochfügen – 10 Min – 1778 m (600 m – 2378 m) 85km, 39 Lifts
Zillertal Arena – 8 Min -1920 m (580 m – 2500 m) 150 km. 52 ski lifts
Gerlosstein – 5 Min – 907 m (929 m – 1836 m) – 10 km – 5 ski lifts
Mayrhofen – Penken/​Ahorn/​Rastkogel/​Eggalm – 8 Min – 1237 m (1793 m – 3030 m) 112km, 26 Lifts
Hintertux Glacier –  25 Min -1750 m (1500 m – 3250 m) – 60 km – 21 ski lifts

SWITZERLAND

10 Ski Areas – Heart of Switzerland – Engleberg/Brunni – Haslital – Murren – Wengen – Grindelwald – Adelboden/Lenk – Engstligenalp
Zurich (ZUR) – Engleberg/Brunni/Titlus – 1:10
Engleberg – Haslital – 1:06
Haslital – Murren and the Jungfrau region– 38 Min
Murren – Wengen – 15 Min via Train
Wengen – Grindelwald – Ski/Shuttle Bus
Grindelwald – Adelboden/Lenk – 1 Hour (Engstligenalp & Elsigenalp are also in Adelboden valley)
Adelboden/Lenk/Engstligenalp – Zurich – 2:10

8 Mountain Central Swiss Tour – Andermatt-Sedrun – Disentis – Brigels – Obersaxon – Flims/Laax/Falera
Zurich – Andermatt-Sedrun – 1:30
Andermatt-Sedrun – Disentis – 1:20 via Car Train (you can also ski to Disentis)
Disentis – Brigels – 27 Minutes
Brigels – Obersaxon – 25 Minutes
Obersaxon – Flims/Laax/Falera – 27 Minutes to Flims
Flims/Laax/Falera – Zurich Airport – 1:37

Southwest Switzerland 13 Ski Area Tour – Savognin – St Moritz – Bivio – Arosa-Lenzerheide – Davos/Klosters
Zurich – Savognin – 1:56
Savognin – St Moritz – 45 Minutes. St Moritz is comprised of 4 Ski Areas – Corviglia, Corvatsch, Diavolezza and Lagalb
St Moritz – Bivio – 15 Minutes
Bivio – Arosa-Lenzerheide – drive to Lenzerheide – 50 Minutes
Lenzerheide – Davos/Klosters – 45 Minutes. Davos/Klosters has 5 ski areas – Parsenn/Madrisa/Rinerhorn/Jakobshorn/Pischa. Parsenn is synonymous with Davos/Klosters.
Davos/Klosters – Zurich – 1:50

12 Mountain Heart of Switzerland Tour – Andermatt-Sedrun – Aletsch Arena-Bettmeralp/Fiescheralp/Rideralp – Blatten-Belalp – Rosswald – Saas Fee – Zermatt
Zurich – Andermatt-Sedrun– 1:30
Andermatt-Sedrun– Aletsch Arena-Bettmeralp/Fiescheralp/Rideralp – 1:10
Aletsch Arena-Bettmeralp/Fiescheralp/Rideralp – Blatten/Belalp – 30 Minutes
Belalp – Rosswald – 20 Min
Rosswald – Saas Fee – 40 Min (Saas Fee has 3 ski areas including Saas Grund and Saas-Almagell)
Saas Fee – Zermatt – 40 Min (From Zermatt you can ski to Cervinia Italy)
Zermatt – Zurich – 3:30

Portes du Soleil Swiss/France Ski-a-thon – 2nd Largest Interconnected Ski Region in the World.
Champéry, Les Crosets, Champoussin, Torgon, Morgins, Avoriaz, Chatel, Morzine -all interconnected as Portes Du Soleil: 200 lifts and over 300 pistes (trails) spanning 14 valleys and 12 ski resorts villages.
Just 1:20 Minutes from Geneva Airport.

Rhone River Valley 16 Swiss Ski Area Tour – Leysin – Glacier 3000 – Villars-sur-Ollon – Les Marécottes –  Verbier –  Les 4 Vallées – Ovronnaz – Nax/Tele Mont-Noble – Anzère – Crans Montana – Vercorin –  Grimentz/Zinal – Ski St-Luc and Chandolin – Leukerbad – Jeizinen
Geneva – Leysin – 1.5 hrs
Leysin to Glacier 3000 – 30 Min, near Gstaad – 20 Min
Glacier 3000 – Villars-sur-Ollon – 50 Min
Villars-sur-Ollon – Les Marécottes –  50 Min
Les Marécottes – Verbier – 45 Min (Les 4 Vallées)
Verbier – Ovronnaz – 50 Min
Ovronnaz – Nax/Tele Mont-Noble –  45 Min
Nax/Tele Mont-Noble –  Arolla – 50 Min
Arolla –  Anzère – 1 Hour (Espace Dent-Blanche – 3 ski areas in this valley – Arolla – Evolene – La Forclaz)
Anzère – Crans Montana – 30 Min
Crans Montana – Vercorin –  39 Min
Vercorin –  Grimentz/Zinal – 20 Min
Grimentz – Ski St-Luc and Chandolin – 20 Min
Ski St-Luc and Chandolin – Leukerbad – 1 Hour
Leukerbad – Jeizinen – 35 Min
Jeizinen – Geneva – 1:55

Biggest Ski Areas in The World Tour – Switzerland to France – Trois Vallées-Courchevel/Méribel/Val Thorens – La Plagne/Les Arcs – Val d’Isère/Tignes
3 Lodging Properties – 7 Ski Areas
Geneva (GVA)– Courchevel/Méribel/Val Thorens – Les 3 Vallées 2:15 hours
Courchevel – La Plagne/Les Arcs – 1:12
La Plagne/Les Arcs – Val d’Isère/Tignes – 1:08
Val d’Isère – Geneva – 2:45

ITALY

Italian Dolomites Sella Ronda 10 Ski Area Ski Safari
Venice– Cortina – Alta Badia – Arabba Marmolada – Kronplatz – Plose – Gitschberg Jochtal – Val Gardena
Venice (VEN) – Cortina – 1:55 (Ski Cortina’s Faloria, Tofana, Cinque Torri)
Cortina – Alta Badia – 50 Minutes  (Ski Sella Ronda to Arabba Marmolada)
Alta Badia – Kronplatz – 25 Minutes
Kronplatz – Gitschberg Jochtal – 30 Minutes
Gitschberg Jochtal – Plose – 25 Minutes
Plose – Val Gardena – 45 Minutes (Ski Sell Ronda and Seiser Alm)
Val Gardena – Venice – 3:15

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Top Western Ski Resorts for Families
Top Family Ski Resorts in Utah
Top Canada Ski Resorts for Families
Top European Ski Resorts for Families