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Skiing Arizona

Snow at the Mogollon Rim

We’re known for desert heat, but skiing is a thriving activity during winter months. Arizona boasts not only the southernmost ski area in the continental U.S. but one of the oldest as well! Downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, and tubing are only a few hours away no matter your location. These slopes are perfect for family outings or getaways with friends. Of course, all locations make great summer excursions, too.

Places to Ski

Snowbowl skiers ride the lift.

Northern Arizona

Snowbowl

Location: San Francisco Peaks

Located over 777 acres on the majestic San Francisco Peaks, the Arizona Snowbowl opened in 1938 and is now one of the oldest continually opnerated ski area in the country. Snowbowl’s longest run is two miles long.

Flagstaff Nordic Center

Location: Coconino National Forest south of Flagstaff

Renting cross-country equipment to adventuresome skiers, the Flagstaff Nordic Center also offers year-round yurt and hut camping. During the winter season enjoy a cross-country ski or snowshoe to reach your hut or yurt camping experience.

Snowboarders slalom at Sunrise Ski Park in the White Mountains.

Central Arizona

Sunrise Park Resort

Location: White Mountains

Three mountains at Sunrise Park Resort in the White Mountains offer 65 runs that promise adventure for skiers or boarders of any level. There are also cross country ski trails and a sledding and tubing area. The getaway offers fishing, camping, and mountain biking in the warmer months!

Southern Arizona

Ponderosa pine forests surrounding Flagstaff are a winter playground for cross-country skiers.
Mount Lemmon Ski Valley

Location: Tucson, AZ

Mount Lemmon Ski Valley is the southernmost ski destination in the Continental United States! A Sky Island topping out at over 9,100 feet, it experiences four seasons, including enough snow for skiing and snowboarding.

Echo of the Peaks:
An Early History of Skiing in Northern Arizona

Who knew? Skiing has a long history in Arizona. And to some, it’s not an activity, it’s a lifestyle. To learn more about the documentary "Echoes of the Peaks" please contact echoesofthepeaks (at) gmail (dot) com.

Who knew? Skiing has a long history in Arizona. And to some, it’s not an activity, it’s a lifestyle. To learn more about the documentary "Echoes of the Peaks" please contact echoesofthepeaks (at) gmail (dot) com.


Skiers have found adventure at Snowbowl for decades.

Looking south along the top of knife edge of Humphrey Saddle at Agassiz. Photo taken by E. D. Groesbeck in 1941.