Best Ski Resorts in Arizona

Best Ski Resorts in Arizona
Mention of Arizona conjures up visions of sun, cacti and the Grand Canyon. Snow-capped mountains and ski trails are probably far from most people's minds. Regardless of the perception, Arizona does have several resorts that offer skiing and are accessible to cities like Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff. So if you live in Arizona or will be in the area during the ski season, don't rule out a trip to the slopes.

Sunrise Park Resort

Arizona's largest resort serves up 65 trails encompassed by three separate mountains. A system of 10 lifts, including a high-speed detachable quad, ensures that skiers and riders are able to access the goods. You'll find a variety of skiing and snowboarding, including groomed lower trails, wide cruisers and a terrain park. Sunrise Park has 1,800 vertical feet and averages 250 inches of annual snowfall.

Arizona Snowbowl

Arizona Snowbowl is the most well-known of Arizona's ski resorts. Located just 14 miles northwest of Flagstaff, it offers 2,300 feet of vertical and 32 trails for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. Snowbowl's 250-inch average snowfall and 11,500-foot top elevation sound more typical of Colorado than Arizona, as does the towering 12,356-foot Agassiz Peak looming over the resort. In addition to ski trails, enjoy hike-to open bowl skiing on Upper Bowl as well as beautiful views that stretch all the way to the Grand Canyon.

Mt. Lemmon

With views of the 9,157-foot Mount Lemmon in the background, the Mt. Lemmon ski area offers 200 acres of skiing and snowboarding. The United States' southernmost resort averages a healthy 200 inches of snowfall on its 950 vertical feet. It is just an hour outside of Tucson.

Elk Ridge

The smallest of Arizona's ski resorts is a great family area known for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Located near the southwestern entrance to the Grand Canyon, the resort also boasts beautiful scenery. The ski area offers 30 acres of skiing with two lifts and seven runs.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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