Ski Arizona (Snowboard too!)
We rode on the skyrider all the way to the top of the mountain and I got to go skiing back down to the bottom! I felt really stupid wearing the big fluffy pants, but when I fell down in the snow, I was really glad I had all the extra padding as cushion! Just so ya know, if you fall down, it's really hard to get back up on your own without tripping over your skis.
Located in the beautiful San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, Arizona Snowbowl is one of the oldest, continually run ski areas in the United States. The area is a lovely place to visit no matter what time of year you go. The weather is beautiful and lush during springtime, pleasant and cool during the summer, fall brings beautiful foliage and photography ops, and winter is a snow-lovers paradise.
Sitting at a summit elevation of 11,500, the area has 40 runs available for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. The longest run is nearly two miles and there are six lifts available to transport visitors from base to summit. Since the Snowbowl is located at such a high elevation point, the average winter season runs from mid-December to mid-April and the area receives an average of 260 inches of snow, making it one of the most popular snow sport destination points around. Two lodges are located at the base of the ski area and provide visitors with a range of amenities and services. Visitors can rent equipment, visit the bar, enjoy entertainment, purchase lift tickets and more at either of these locations.
The great thing about the Arizona Snowbowl is that the fun doesn't stop when the snow disappears! The summer brings its own fun as visitors are able to hike the mountain trails, ride the scenic skylift to the top of the summit for unsurpassed views of the surrounding areas, enjoy the popular sunset skyride on the second Friday of each month and more! Those who are interested in learning more about the area will want to check in with the National Park Service Rangers at the top of the mountain to listen to one of the Ranger Talks that shares information about the forest, the view and the past volcanic activity that created the region millions of years ago.
The skyride takes approximately 25 minutes in each direction, so visitors should plan their time accordingly and make sure to include time for exploring or simply taking a break to enjoy the majestic views! An important note is that even during the dead of summer, there can be as much as a twenty to thirty degree difference between the top and bottom of the skyride life. Dress appropriately, but layer warmer clothing so you are comfortable during the entire outing.
9300 N. Snowbowl Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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|Jacob Tip: Skip skiing, learn snowboarding! Takes about 3 days - do 1/2 day lessons and your own the other half!|
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