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 has State-of-the-art snowmaking to help guarantee a season from mid-November through mid-April to enjoy 777 acres, eight lifts and great amenities plus 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 (closed for the season), 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. The Flagstaff Snow Park located at Fort Tuthill is dedicated to providing exceptional snow play opportunities with activities from groomed tubing runs to a designated kiddie hill or build a snowman, or relax and watch the action, it's entirely up to you! Roast a New Year’s Day marshmallow at one of the many outdoor fireplaces and create memories to last a lifetime. 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.