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When most people think of visiting Arizona, going skiing is probably the last thing they think of doing in this hot and dry desert landscape. But in Flagstaff, there is a ski resort called the Arizona Snowbowl where you can hit the slopes and have a really fun time in the snow!
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This ski resort is located on the San Francisco Peaks, which stand tall at 9,500 feet above sea level. It’s only about 14 miles from Flagstaff and a couple hours from Phoenix. In the winter snow sport season, regular lift ticket rates range from $44 to $79 for an all-day pass (9am to 4pm) and from $39 to $59 for an afternoon pass, depending on your age. Powder Pass season passes to the Arizona Snowbowl actually include access to six resorts in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico.
Something else that travelers to Arizona may not realize is that the Arizona Snowbowl makes a really fun summertime destination too. Once all the snow has melted away, you can stop by to go summer tubing, bungee trampolining, barrel rolling, treasure panning, or try the new mini ropes course adventure. It’s also fun to take a scenic chair lift ride in the summer to see the surrounding landscapes. On a clear day, you can see the Grand Canyon and Sedona’s iconic red rock formations!
Regardless of what season you visit, you can stay at the Ski Lift Lodge at the Arizona Snowbowl, which has 26 rooms, 18 cabins, 7 motel-style rooms, one suite, and one studio. Lodge guests receive free breakfast (including hot breakfast on weekends), access to outdoor games, free Wi-Fi, and some rooms are even pet-friendly. For dining after your big day on the mountain, you can stop by Agassiz Restaurant & Bar for burgers and craft beer, the Ski Lift Lodge Restaurant at the base of Snowbowl Road, the Trails End food truck at the bottom terminal of the Grand Canyon Express lift for grab-and-go snacks.
Although the Arizona Snowbowl certainly isn’t the largest ski resort in the country, it’s a really fun, laid-back, and accessible one for Arizona locals and travelers who are visiting the Flagstaff area. The Snowbowl is a popular spot for weddings and has everything you need to make lasting mountain memories. Grab your ski boots or your hiking boots and head to the Snowbowl to get outside in the mountains of Northern Arizona!
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