What’s 9,200 feet high, 777 acres, with 32 trails, and white all over? A winter wonderland called the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort which will open in mid-December. Thanks to several storms that have brought over 20” of wet, dense snow, the season is off to a good start.
Located on the majestic San Francisco Peaks, the Arizona Snowbowl lies 14 miles outside of Flagstaff and is only two hours from Phoenix. It’s Mecca for locals and ski enthusiasts alike.
Snowbowl is an escape for anyone interested in partaking in winter sports with Sunset Terrain Park. Designed for skiers and snowboarders the park features obstacles, spines, rails, and fun boxes that come in several varieties to include a 24-foot flat box, a 24-foot flat down box, a 20-foot C-box, and a 24-foot house box.
New for 2012 are thirty-five acres of intermediate trails to enhance the skiing experience. The trails were designed as glades and have many islands. Access this year will be via a new catwalk from Logjam, just below Midway Catwalk. Skiers can access both Hart Prairie and Agassiz lifts from the bottom of the trails. A new chairlift is planned for this area in the near future. Upper Volcano will hold snow and allow for an earlier opening of the upper mountain in lean snow years. Here is a trail map with more details.
For good old fashioned sledding, tubing and an area to build snowmen, what Snowbowl refers to as “Snowplay,” venture to Wing Mountain and the Crowley area. For safety reasons, they’ve allotted these sections for these types of activities away from the ski trails. It’s perfect for little ones to enjoy the snow. Here’s a winter recreation map that you can download.
Two lodges located at the ski area, Hart Prairie and Agassiz offer food and beverages, rental equipment, Ski & Ride School and all the basic comforts needed to enjoy the slopes. To check powder conditions, call 928.779.4577 or refer to their blog to keep up with their activities.
If you’re planning to stay a few days in Flagstaff, Ski Lift Lodge & Cabins are located at the base of Snowbowl Road. They offer special room rates and ski packages. Additional hotels in town are also a good option and are conveniently located near the ski resort. The town isn’t a spread out overgrown metropolis like Phoenix. Hotels, restaurants, sites, etc. are within a short distance of each other. Here’ more information about lodging.
Lift passes are priced for every different age and based on the amount of time you want to use them at the resort. Here’s the rates and how to order you pass online.
Phone: (928) 779-1951
Fax: (928) 779-3019
SNOW / ACTIVITY LINE
(Daily recording of ski conditions and activities)
Phone: (928) 779-4577 or (602) 957-0404
LODGING AT SKI LIFT LODGE & CABINS
(Cabin reservations and rate inquiries)
Phone: (928) 774-0729
Toll free: (800) 472-3599 (AZ and CA only)
GUEST SERVICES DESK
(Ski area information/tickets/lost and found season passes/gift certificates)
Phone: (928) 779-1951 x120 (winter only)
Phone: (928) 779-1951 x127 (winter only)
E-mail: email@example.com (winter only)
RATES FOR SEASON PASS
2011/2012 Season Pass
DIRECTIONS TO SNOWBOWL FROM I-17
Once you reach Flagstaff, continue north on Milton Road for 3 miles. Milton will go under the railroad tracks and the road will bear to the right. Take a left at the first stop light (Humphreys Street). At the third stop light (Hwy 180), turn left. Continue 7 miles to Snowbowl Road and then turn right. The resort is 7 miles up Snowbowl Road.