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Ski Experience - Arizona Snowbowl & Elk Ridge

The Arizona Snowbowl has one of the most unusual and compelling ski experiences in the country—this is a ski resort set amid the San Francisco Peaks, from which you can see the northern rim of the Grand Canyon. The Kachina Peaks Wilderness provides a wide variety of winter activities including snowshoeing nature hikes, cross-country skiing and skijoring. The Coconino National Forest is also at the base of the mountain, and the local environment is such that you can enjoy great groomed snowy trails one day, then off the mountain, enjoy relatively warm weather.

The town of Flagstaff is just minutes away from the Arizona Snowbowl, and the area is home to Humprey’s Peak, the highest point in the state. The Arizona Snowbowl is also one of the oldest continually run ski resorts in the country, celebrating 75-year anniversary during the 2012-2013 ski seaon.

Just 30 miles east is Elk Ridge Ski and Outdoor Recreation area, formally known as Williams Ski area, near Williams, Arizona. The smaller resort is the southern gateway to the Grand Canyon and is home to great tubbing for the whole family.

Ski Levels

At Snowbowl, trails are kept groomed with fresh snow added daily. On your way down the mountain you can enjoy sunny conditions and vistas of green forests, as well as the desert off in the distance below—creating an interesting juxtaposition of environments. The mountain offers roughly 40 trails, which are serviced by four chair lifts. Its proximity to different environments and local attractions makes it a flexible hub for your next winter vacation. In addition, a terrain park has been added to the resort. Try out a variety of tricks on the rails, spines, boxes, and hits.

At Elk Ridge, the beginner and intermediate level skiiers and snowboarders will love the freedom to learn and experience the winter activities without the crowds and pressure. With 10 total ski runs on 37 acres, the trails are broken out into 30 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, and 20 percent advanced.

Après Ski

With the town of Flagstaff right nearby and a fully equipped lodge and local nightlife, you will be able to choose from a wide selection of après ski activities, restaurants, clubs, and so on. The Arizona Snowbowl gives you the full experience from beginning to end and lets you plan a vacation with the full range of activities.