Hello! I have been looking into a road trip with my boyfriend starting from Las Vegas in late November for two weeks. I have been to the area before in September 2007 but am unsure as to what to expect in winter. He really wants to go skiing, so we were thinking of going to Vegas first and ending the holiday in a ski resort. There are lots of different opinions and it's made me more unsure as to what may be the best option for us. At the minute we plan to spend 2-3 days in Vegas, 2-3 days at the ski resort and the rest of the time sight seeing/travelling. I had thought of a couple of options:
Fly to Vegas from London, spend couple of days there, pick up car and travel to Grand Canyon NP (have been before) possibly via Lake Mead. Spend the night(s) in the local area, then travel to Monument Valley, stay overnight, followed by Zion NP/Bryce Canyon NP going towards Death Valley with overnight stop(s) along the way. I'd then like to visit Yosemite NP with another overnight stay before travelling to Lake Tahoe for skiing and finally onto SF for flight home.
Fly to Vegas and as above except spending more time in Nevada/Utah before travelling to a ski resort in Colorado possibly Arapahoe Basin and flying from Denver.
I would appreciate advice on: how achievable either route would be in winter, what sort of level of hire vehicle would be acceptable, what sort of weather to expect where and also the whole concept of snow tyres-have read conflicting reports on people carrying these and also using them on hire cars. Also am worried November may be too early for skiing? Any advice very much appreciated