Arizona Snowbowl is located on the western slope of Mount Humphreys on the majestic San Francisco Peaks, 12 miles outside of Flagstaff. Arizona Snowbowl opened in 1938 and is one of the oldest continually run ski areas in the United States. The ski area offers eight chairlifts (two surface and six aerial) spanning 777 skiable acres. Stunning views of the red rocks in Sedona, the cinder cone volcanic field and Grand Canyon’s rim can be seen from the lifts. In fall 2016, Snowbowl unveiled the Grand Canyon Express: Arizona’s first high-speed, six-person lift which rises 1,500 feet in less than six minutes. Snowbowl has 40 runs and three terrain parks with technical jumps, rails and features. Intermediate and advanced snow riders will enjoy many challenging trails with 2,300 feet of vertical drop. For beginners, Snowbowl has the best learning terrain in the entire Southwest, offering 50 acres in the wide-open, natural meadow of Hart Prairie.
Wing Mountain (closed for the season), Crowley Pit, Peak View Overlook and Walker Lake Watchable Wildlife parking areas provide forest access for various winter activities. Snow play (sledding, tubing, building snowmen, etc.) is not permitted within the Arizona Snowbowl ski area or along Snowbowl Road. Parking is also not permitted along Hwy 180 except in designated areas. Please remember that all these sites have limited garbage service. Littering is against the law and Forest Service Rangers take it very seriously.
Visitors are welcome to play in the snow, snowshoe and cross-country ski. It is a great place to build a snowman and there is a small downhill sledding area. Fort Tuthill offers plenty of parking, picnic ramadas and picnic tables. The park is open from dawn to dusk.
Enjoy ice skating at Jay L. Lively Activity Center. For a small fee, lessons, public skating, figure skating and hockey are offered. Rental skates are also available. Just up the hill Buffalo Park offers a vast network of trails, including access to the Flagstaff Urban Trails System (FUTS), National Forest trails and the Arizona Trail.
Nestled in a snow-pocket of the San Francisco Peaks at an average elevation of 8,300 feet, the Arizona Nordic Village (ANV) is the premier cross-country ski location in Arizona. Located in the foothills of Arizona’s tallest mountain range, you can ski and play in the quaking aspens and pine trees of the Coconino National Forest all the while enjoying the magnificent scenery Northern Arizona has to offer.
The Mormon Lake Lodge Winter Activity Center offers cross-country skiing and guided snowmobile rides. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. when snow conditions are favorable. The latest departure time for snowmobiling is 3:30 p.m. and cross-country skiing is 3 p.m., with a return by 5 p.m.
Elk Ridge Ski Area is a family-oriented ski, snowboard and tubing recreation area located in the Kaibab National Forest on Bill Williams Mountain. Elk Ridge Ski Area offers two surface lifts, 12 scenic alpine trails and the only certified tubing hill in the area.