The Arizona Snowbowl is only seven miles from Flagstaff and two hours from Phoenix. It's one of the oldest, continually operating ski resorts in the United States and during the ski season of 2012-2013, Snowbowl celebrated 75 years of operation.
With a vertical drop of 2,300 feet, just under 800 skiable acres, and 40 trails, it's perfect for all skiers. The longest run is two miles, and there are four chairlifts servicing them. The Arizona Snowball gets an impressive 260 inches of snowfall annually. And the Sunset Terrain Park has spines, rails, and a variety of boxes to challenge all skill levels. While Elk Ridge Ski Area's peak is just above 8,000 feet, it offers 37 arces and trails for all levels. For more information on the area, the experience of skiing, and the snowboarders guide, read Ski Experience and Snowboarding Zone.
There are lodge-style accommodations on Highway 180 at the base of the mountain and there are two lodges in the ski area as well, for those who want to stay slopeside, both at just about 9,000 feet in elevation. The lodges have food, beverages, and a variety of ski shops and ski items, and one has a bar and nighttime entertainment available. A variety of ski cottages, rental homes, condominiums, bed & breakfast, hotels, and motels are available in the nearby Flagstaff area. At Hart Prairie and Agassiz Lodge ski lifts, you'll find snow shops for your winter clothing needs and gear rentals.
Getting to the Arizona Snowbowl is easy to reach from nearby Flagstaff. You can fly directly into Flagstaff. From there, follow Highway 180 to Snowbowl Road, which is approximately seven miles. Make a right and go another seven miles to the Ski Lift Lodge and Cabins at the base of Snowbowl Road. From I-17 to Flagstaff, follow Milton Road north for three miles. Turn left on Humphreys Street, and the third stop will be Highway 180. Turn left and go seven miles to Snowbowl Road. Turn right onto the road and follow it seven miles to the Ski Lodge. To ski at Elk Ridge Ski Area, take Highway 40 to the historic town of Williams. Drive south on 4th Street about 2.5 miles to Ski Run Road, and you'll see the sign for the resort on the right.
For this family-friendly resort in the San Francisco Peaks, discount ski coupons and discount lift tickets can help make a fun vacation even more budget friendly. With lodging packages for families and adults and a variety of discount promotions and ski and stay offers, Arizona Snowbowl is a great place for a winter vacation.
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