I am planning on travelling to either San Francisco or Los Angeles (reversible route we dont mind the start point) with wife two teenage boys in early April 2017.
Our plan at the moment would be:
Arrive LA stay 3nights
Drive Grand Canyon 2 nights
Drive Las Vegas(via Hoover Dam) 2 nights
Drive Mammoth Mountain (via Death Valley)2 nights Ski
Drive to Lake Tahoe 2 nights Ski
Possibly drive to Yosemite Valley for 2 nights and then on to San Francisco for a 3 night stay.
The concerns I have are can we actually get to the ski resorts in a hire car/SUV due to poor weather/conditions and would we need/get chains for the vehicle ?
If we head from Las Vegas to Mammoth /Lake Tahoe would it then be a difficult trip to Yosemite as the pass is closed or would there be better routes that involve other ski resorts and a visit to Yosemite.
Ideally we would like to visit all the above but only if not too many hours stuck in the car.
We have only really just started planning so any advice /observations would be welcome.