Snow safaris are the new kind of safari, and more and more families are opting to book in for them every year.
You’ll swap warm weather for cold weather; open-air Jeeps for skis and snowboards; giraffes for moose; desert lodges for mountain lodges; and have an incredible family ski holiday along the way, with a group of like-minded traveling ski and snowboard families.
One Australian ski and snow travel company is leading the snow safari travel trend with organised multi family safaris to Big White in Canada. Snow Safaris will do all the hard yards for you, all you and your kids have to do is show up, meet some like minded families and go skiing.
Snow Safaris is a family-operated ski touring company hosted by Kim and Simon Mason, who found their love of snow in the home mountains of Perisher and used that passion to find the best mountains overseas. They’ve travelled and skied all over the world with their kids, and know exactly what it takes to pull together a ski holiday to satisfy and entertain the entire family while keeping everything stress-free.
It’s all organised for you by experts
Kim has over 22 years of travel agent experience and will sort out your deluxe accommodation, group dinners, lift passes, local activities and everything else you need to ensure your holiday is an epic one.
They also pick the best possible location for the snow safari – Big White Ski Resort in British Columbia, Canada, which is a ski-in, ski-out resort paradise with minimal crowds and maximum family-friendly activities.
You get to have the best time as a family with other families
Ski holidays are all about stepping out of your comfort zone in the best possible way, while also exposing kids to a skill they can learn for life. In years to come, the entire family can take ski holidays together and bond over everything from the chairlift rides to the epic stack that someone had on the ice-skating rink.
Snow Safari knows the value of family time and organises trips accordingly to make the most of it. This includes activities such as a group sleigh rides through the forest to a warming hut, which the kids will love; or group dinners, where everyone gets together at the end of the day to debrief on what they loved best about the day.
All families on a Snow Safari have group social get togethers so your kids will make friends for life.
All the finer kid details. Sorted.
This means accommodation that’s ski-in, ski-out – because nothing’s worse than lining up for a bus and missing it because one of the littlies suddenly has to go to the bathroom.
You’ll also enjoy staying in full apartments (including a kitchen for meals you’d like to prepare on your own), featuring evening kids club, a heated outdoor pool with a waterslide, hot tubs, a cinema, sauna, gym, daily room servicing and on-demand shuttle with easy access to other areas of the resort.
The kids will make new friends on the slopes and have a ball in the pool with their new friends – and you can kick back with a local wine in the hot tub. Sorted.
Big White Ski Resort is also known for its variety of activities, If you have a non skier in your family, there’s still plenty to do, with snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice-climbing and snowmobile rides all on offer, along with an on-mountain day spa, an excellent variety of restaurants, shopping and plenty more.
There are even mini snowmobiles for the kids to rip around on, along with free daily activities, such as Carnival Night and Bingo Night.
There’s always someone there to help
Once you travel with a tour host, you’ll never go back. It’s the major benefit of having an extra hand to help you out with any information, book in a special dinner, get you in touch with a babysitter, or anything else that pops up.
Snow Safaris give you not one but two hosts on call at any time as well as 2 expert mountain Ski hosts to show you around Big White’s 118 runs, serviced by 15 different lifts.
They’ll show you all the local’s favourite runs and secret powder stashes and get you instantly familiar with the mountain for four entire days of your trip.
Book a family snow safari and your family gets:
Return shuttle transfers from Kelowna Airport to Big White, seven nights accommodation in a two bedroom ski-in ski out Apartment, 6-day lift passes, four days hosted skiing with very knowledgable local hosts, welcome drinks on your first night, two Family group dinners (excluding drinks), one specialty dinner – Sleigh Ride to warming hut for dinner (BYO drinks), one Après-ski evening (shared platters) includes one beverage plus two Aussie Hosts for the duration of the tour.
All this for AU$7999 per family of 2 adults and 2 children (5-11 years of age). Travel from 4th – 11th January, 11th – 18th January or 18th – 25th January.
When you purchase your holiday through Snow Safaris you also have the surety of TravelManagers Australia, Part of the House of Travel Group
Meet Snow Safaris at the Snow Travel Expo
Chat to Kim Mason at the Snow Travel Expo in Sydney on May 26 and Melbourne on May 19. You’ll find them at the Ski Max Holidays booth.