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Terrain Parks - Arizona Snowbowl & Elk Ridge

Rider's Guide

With all the cactus and sand in the state, it's a surprise to discover that the Arizona Snowbowl is one of the best mountains in the Southwest, with an average snowfall of 260 inches and four lifts that can take up to 5,000 people per hour to the top of 40 runs. These runs are divided for different ability levels including beginner at 37 percent, intermediate at 42 percent, and advanced at 21 percent. Elk Ridge gets an average snowfall of 150 inches. Elk Ridge has two lifts to take guests to a variety of runs, divided as follows: beginner 30 percent, intermediate 50 percent, and advanced 20 percent, there are plenty of snowboard opportunities on the 600 feet of vertical drop. Elk Ridge is a smaller and intimate resort that boasts dozens of runs and the perfect opportunity for boarders to get in some great riding in an easily navigable ski area.

Parks and Pipes

Elk Ridge allows snowboarders only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, which suits the mostly entry-level weekend boarder crowd there. However, Arizona Snowbowl's Sunset Terrain Park offers rails, boxes, and jumps perfect for all levels of riders and freestyle skier.

Out of Bounds

The Arizona Snowbowl is situated just 14 miles from Flagstaff, where guests will find endless opportunities for outdoor exploration. The Williams, Arizona area around Elk Ridge is a paradise of off-road exploration with snowmobiles, cross-country trails, and more. From Williams take the Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim, one of the most wonderful 2.5 hours anyone can spend on a train. Also, don't miss the chance to see some incredible natural wonders like the red rocks of Sedona as well as a host of other beautiful, scenic escapes in the region.

Hangout & Hookup

Flagstaff is filled with great places to eat, drink, and hang out. Ardrey Auditorium features great concerts. NAU is located in Flagstaff, so there are plenty of bars and clubs that cater to a younger crowd. For a touch of Mexico in Arizona, check out San Felipe's Cantina. In Williams, get your karaoke fix at Miss Kitty's Saloon, which is great for underage snowboarders because it doubles as a steakhouse serving enormous portions. Definitely check out Pancho McGillicuddy's, which frequently features live entertainment. The Sultana Bar is the place to go in Williams for serious drinking, dart playing, and pool shooting.