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Things to Do in Arizona During the Summer

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Few places in the country offer the diversity of climate, scenery and culture as Arizona, particularly during the summer. The elevations range from nearly sea level to over 12,000 feet, which gives the state a rare biological diversity. Whether you like temperatures scorching hot or near freezing, the landscape from nearly barren to lush alpine meadows, you’ll find it inside Arizona’s 113,998 square miles.

Although Arizona doesn’t have the population density found in other states, its cities and towns have all the offerings found in larger cities, from food to lodging, the arts, and major league sporting events. You can stay at primitive campgrounds for two weeks at a stretch, tiny cabins in the woods, or take advantage of seasonal rates at the world’s finest resorts.

Arizona Summertime Activities In the Cities


The state’s largest city copes with hot Arizona summers by air conditioning virtually every interior space and using water for those outdoors. You’ll find aquatic-themed parks from large to small, major league baseball in a domed stadium, and women’s pro basketball team. The rates at the city’s luxury destination resorts fall during the summer, where you can play on championship golf courses at reduced rates and enjoy yourself pool-side at their lavish water features.

The area also has award-winning museums, galleries, and restaurants, some of whom use misting systems to drop temperatures by 30 degrees on their outdoor patio seating. There is no lack of shopping in the area, from bargain basements to high-end retailers. Attractions like the Heard Museum, the Arizona Science Center, the Musical Instrument Museum, and the iconic Old Town Scottsdale are must-sees for visitors and residents alike.

Sedona and Flagstaff

Just a few hours north of Phoenix, you’ll find Sedona, where breathtaking red rock geological formations ring the city. Sedona is a year-round destination with plenty of world-class resorts, fine dining, shopping and golf. Just up the road from Sedona is Slide Rock State Park, where you can glide down a short length of Oak Creek Canyon without any kind of floatation device.

Just up the road from Sedona is Flagstaff, home of Northern University and the place to shop for your outdoor outfitting needs. Just outside the city is Walnut Canyon National Monument, an ancient Indian ruin. The trails in this park are easy and it has an educational and unique gift and information center.

You can take in the night sky at Lowell Observatory. The dry air and dark sky create ideal conditions for star-gazing, but if your schedule won’t allow an evening visit, check out the Observatory’s daytime solar viewing programs.


While Tucson can boast all the big-city amenities Phoenix offers, it has a completely different urban flavor. Also called the Old Pueblo, you’ll glimpse the early days of Arizona urban development in this city, and have an opportunity to escape the heat by cruising to the Catalina Mountains. Its highest elevation of 9,157 feet on Mount Lemmon may have you reaching for your sweaters and rain gear if you visit during the monsoon, Arizona’s dramatic summertime stormy and rainy season.

If you have time in Tucson, head southeast out of town to see historic Tombstone, home of the shootout at the OK Corral, and take in the historic mining town of Bisbee, where you can tour a naturally cool underground mine by rail. Bisbee has a lively arts scene and its elevation over 5,000 feet provides cool temperatures and a green landscape set among the colorful mountainsides into which the town was built.

In the Mountains

Northern Arizona

The Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona has the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine trees in the world, and elevations that range from 2,600 to 12,633 feet. The highest point lies inside the San Francisco Peaks where you can visit the Snowbowl, whether you hike the rugged trails or take a scenic ride on the ski lifts.

The gateway to this forest is Flagstaff. From here, you can travel northwest to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, one of the natural wonders of the world for a rigorous hike or backpacking trip to the Colorado River. You can stay in luxurious comfort at the Grand Canyon Lodge or at a camping site.

If you’d rather avoid the summertime crowds at the south rim, drive north out of Flagstaff to explore the north rim of the Canyon. You’ll trade off conveniences and a few amenities, but the quiet and pristine views are more than enough reward.

Eastern Arizona

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, found in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona, is no less stunning than the Coconino Forest. This region is dotted by full-service towns and wide stretches of pine and aspen forests. You’ll find all the services you need along the scenic roads, including campgrounds, hiking trails, a gaming casino, and lakes and streams for fishing, especially at Big Lake, northern Arizona’s best trout fishing lake.

The tallest peak in eastern Arizona is in this forest at the top of Mount Baldy, whose elevation is 11,409 feet. It’s an arduous day hike to the top, but the stands of spruce and the views as you approach the summit give you plenty of reasons to rest, camera in hand.

If you can’t make it to the Grand Canyon, check out the east and west forks of the Little Colorado River that eventually drain into the Colorado miles away. These forks of the river join together in Greer, an alpine village at 8,356 feet where you’ll find luxurious resorts with authentic log cabins and stone fireplaces. The waters of the Little Colorado in this region offer trout fishing and bird watching nestled in verdant mountain meadows.

Arizona is one of the few places where you can experience the best that man and nature have to offer, all within a day’s drive from one end to the other. From food to culture, pristine wilderness to the inventions of man, the one thing you won’t find in abundance in this striking state is boredom.

7 Amazing Fishing Spots in Arizona

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The majority of Arizona might be a vast desert, but anyone who loves a day on the water will be pleased to learn this desert is absolutely teeming with lakes and rivers. In fact ― surprising to everyone but Arizona natives ― this hot, dry, Southwestern state is actually one of the best destinations in the U.S. for boaters and fishers.
Whether you live nearby and need a new fishing hole or you are looking for an amazing place for a fishing-filled vacation, here are seven of Arizona’s best and biggest places to drop a line.

1. Alamo Lake

Lakes and rivers in Arizona don’t look like most other states’ waterways; most spring up in canyons, which make for narrow, deep fishing holes. However, Alamo Lake looks just like a beloved fishing spot you might find in the Midwest: It is long and shallow, choked with vegetation, and a perfect home for a number of types of fish. About 40 miles upstream of Lake Havasu, Alamo Lake offers out-of-state anglers a familiar sight.

2. Lake Havasu

One of the most popular watering holes in the state, Lake Havasu is an absolutely pristine place to drop a line year-round. Hugging the border between Arizona and California, this lake is more than 25 miles long, giving you ample opportunity to find a place where fish are biting. Even better, Havasu boasts one of the best varieties of swimmers, to include large- and smallmouth bass, striped bass, channel and flathead catfish, crappies, bluegill, and redear sunfish. You might even bring your younger anglers out for a few fishing lessons on this plentiful lake.

3. Roosevelt Lake

One of the largest lakes in Arizona ― and the largest of the six Salt River Project lakes ― Roosevelt Lake has nearly everything an angler needs right outside the Phoenix Metro Area. Easily the best place in the state for bass, Roosevelt has regular bass fishing tournaments that are highly regarded by fishers around the country; however, the lake also has healthy populations of crappie and catfish for fishers reel in.

4. Lee’s Ferry

Located just inside the Arizona border on the Colorado River, Lee’s Ferry is a fly fisher’s paradise. The spot is one of the only regions of the mighty Colorado accessible on both sides, which provides anglers plenty of space to practice their casting. Nearby lodges offer guides, gear, and more, but experienced fishermen will want to stock up on fishing rods ahead of time to beat the crowds that amass during the fishing season.

5. Black Canyon Lake

Another dream for fly fishers, Black Canyon Lake is beautifully scenic, nestled in the cool, comfortable Mogollon Rim. Primarily populated by huge rainbow trout, which are best caught from a boat or float tube, this lake also has a few opportunities for some bass and sunfish that lurk in the weeds near the sides of this deep lake. Unfortunately, the lake is only open during the day due to forest damage during a wildfire in 2002, but nearby campgrounds allow you to get on the water as soon as the sun is up.

6. White River

White River ― which is not to be confused with the Apache Indian Reservation called Whiteriver, though White River is located on protected native lands ― is wonderfully forked into dozens of branches, giving fly fishers privacy and space during their time on the water. Trout teem in these waters, especially in the North Fork, where you will easily feel in rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat, and Apache, as well as a few catfish. However, because White River is on reservation property, you will need a special license to fish in this spot.

7. Lake Powell

The go-to destination for most water-based recreation in Arizona, Lake Powell is big, beautiful, and fun. The scenery is nearly indescribable; surrounded by magnificent red rock formations in Glen’s Canyon, the lake is exciting just to see and explore.
Once you peel your eyes off your surroundings, you can reel in a good amount of fish, including bass, catfish, walleye, crappie, and bluegill. However, if you come during the summertime, it might take you a while to find a tranquil place, as Powell’s warm waters tend to attract thousands of swimmers, jet skiers, and other water sport enthusiasts.

Shell Vacations at Legacy Golf Resort Timeshares

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Stunning red rocks, warm sunshine, mountain peaks, and vibrant city life–Phoenix offers all of this and so much more. Discover rich culture, impeccable deserts, and some of the most beautiful golf courses located within this soulful southern destination. If you are looking for pristine resort accommodations, value, and a challenging 18-hole golf course, there is one resort that stands out among the rest.

Legacy Golf Resort offers an unparalleled vacation experience. Composed of 328 luxurious timeshare suites spread across 12 individual buildings, this prime resort is ideal for anyone looking to experience the best of Phoenix. Without even leaving the resort grounds, you’ll have exclusive access to an 18-hole championship golf course, beautiful pool area, a deluxe health club, spa services, and a variety of recreational activities. As a timeshare resort, you are getting so much more for your money with the quality of amenities, services, and accommodations offered. If you’re not interested in timeshare ownership, you have the opportunity to rent one and experience the resort first hand for less. SellMyTimeshareNow.com is a great resource that offers a selection of incredibly affordable Legacy Golf Resort timeshare rentals to ensure you get more out of your Phoenix vacation for less.

Property Description

The suite-style condo accommodations at Legacy Golf Resort offer rich amenities that add comfort and convenience to your stay. Feel right at home with in-unit kitchens, a personal washer and dryer, living room, separate dining area, private bedroom(s), private balcony or patio with beautiful views, and a full bathroom with marble vanities and two hair dryers. The timeshare suites come available in studio, one-, and two-bedroom and feature Spanish mission-style decor to give off a unique cultural vibe.

Property Location

The prime location of Legacy Golf Resort gives you convenient access to popular areas of exploration. Choose to take a day trip and walk the Apache Trail, take in views of the Grand Canyon, or discover ancient artifacts at Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park. You’ll also find local family fun parks including Big Surf, Castle & Coasters, and Water World. Phoenix is also home to an abundance of shopping centers, theaters, and a unique local eateries.

Part of the Shell Vacations Club

Legacy Golf Resort is owned by Shell Vacation Club (SVC), now managed by the reputable Wyndham brand. Shell Vacation Club has over twenty quality resort locations in desirable destinations including Hawaii, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Canada.
Shell Vacations Club at the Legacy Golf Resort is part of Shell Owners Club – Americana along with Starr Pass Golf Suites, Salado Creek Villas, Little Sweden, and other popular resorts.

SVC provides quality vacation experiences for its owners with exceptional resorts, services, and amenities for a lifetime of wonderful getaways. Learn more about Shell Vacation Club through the aforementioned timeshare rental and resale resource, SellMyTimeshareNow.com and see all the incredible member benefits they offer for their owners. Outside of the great resort selection between the various Shell Owners Clubs, SVC offers benefits such as the ability to use your Shell Vacation Points as currency for other travel expenses (air travel, dining, cruises etc.), a Premium Perks program, and the opportunity to explore thousands of destinations worldwide with Interval International exchange.

Becoming a member of the Legacy Golf Resort and Shell Vacations Club allows you easy access to your unit every year, avoiding the pain of trying to book during peak golf seasons, while also giving you the ability to stay in any one of the popular resorts found in the Shell Vacations catalog.

Cactus League Spring Training 2016

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Why Wait for Spring?

Arizona has one very unique asset that draws tourists the year round: a cooperative climate suitable for sports enthusiasts, site seeing and enjoying a sunny clime without trudging through mounds of snow or slipping on ice. There’s one other hidden treasure ahead in Arizona which is the Cactus League Spring Training 2016. The winter months are often endlessly bleak, especially for baseball fans. In the northeast, even spring training is still at least three months off. Why wait for spring to enjoy America’s number one sport, Especially when travel arrangements to Arizona are plentiful in winter months and quite reasonable?

Arizona Invites You

Tourism in Arizona is more like returning to a childhood home where you are welcomed with all the attractions that create lifetime memories and nostalgia. There’s nothing like the roar of the crowds at the Cactus League Spring Training. In 2014, there was a record breaking 1.68 million fans that flocked to Arizona to catch the Cactus League Spring Training teams in action at the brand new Cubs Park. In the Phoenix area, 15 teams played spring training games that year. Teams included the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals. Loyal baseball fans might want to check the Cactus League Spring Training Schedule 2016 before making travel arrangements to Arizona. The schedule can be found at http://www.springtrainingonline.com/features/master-schedule-cactus.htm.

Arizona – A Tourist’s Treasure Chest

Even if baseball isn’t at the top of your itinerary of things to do and see in Arizona, the Cactus League Spring Training 2016 Schedule is sure to place high on the list. Everyone who has ever visited Arizona knows golfing is second to none among US states. For golfers, the top courses are impeccably maintained and a more picturesque golf setting is difficult to imagine. This shouldn’t surprise tourists to Arizona. Most discover the beauty of the lush green hills and valleys from the minute their plane lands or they cross over the state line by car, train or bus. Not even the famous landscape photographer could capture the scenic sights in Arizona that never fail to thrill tourists. This is one of the reasons hikers flock to Arizona. Coupled with ever cooperative weather and a treasure chest of hiking trails like Camelback Mountain for hikers who want a true hiking challenge or the outstanding Grand Canyon Rim Trail advanced hikers prefer. For less challenging hiking, there is Schnebly Hill or Pinnacle Peak. After an exciting day at a Cactus League Spring Training 2016 game, a day of hiking is great antidote to spectator sports.

Arizona Attractions Not to Be Missed

While the world loves Arizona’s Grand Canyon and Grand Canyon National Recreation area, there are many other attractions not to be missed. Artists and photographers thrill to the wondrous colors in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Tourists find this one of Arizona’s most breathtaking sights. There is also the famous Hoover Dam, a marvelous tribute to engineering design. Whether tourists prefer Phoenix, Tucson, feel the magnetic pull of Scottsdale or choose to venture off the beaten path to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, be sure to plan an itinerary that includes the most important tourist sights. Some tourists are true architectural buffs and feel San Xavier del Bac built in the 1700s; El Presidio Historic District or the Mexican Baroque style of St. Augustine Cathedral increases their knowledge of architecture.

Adults and children always enjoy the Old Tucson Studios, a fascinating Western town in true “make believe” tradition. Tucson is also home to the Tucson Children’s Museum built in 1901. East of Tucson off Highway 10 is the legendary Colossal Cave Mountain Park that some believe has buried booty from a stagecoach robbery. Most tourists choose the stagecoach rides, butterfly garden, hiking opportunities or the horse trails. Arizona doesn’t disappoint when it comes to that iconic Arizona desert scenery. There’s nothing like the spires of cactus in Catalina State Park to remind tourists of Arizona’s history and its western style. Intersperse scheduled Cactus League Spring Training games with the bounty of things to do in Arizona that just might require an extended stay. Most tourists to Arizona find a week isn’t enough, especially when the Cactus League Spring Training begins.

And Last But Not Least, Night Life In Arizona

All visits to Arizona are not complete without a bit of night life. Phoenix, Tucson and most of the major Arizona cities all offer a well rounded offering of food, entertainment, music and fun. Most romantics want to spend time together in one of the most scenic sites like the night tours at the Desert Botanical Gardens in the heart of Phoenix. Others prefer a candlelight dinner in one of Arizona’s upscale restaurants, followed by a stop at the Crescent Ballroom for a night of dancing. Save the other evenings for listening to various styles of music from blues to R&B. Adventurous tourists take in the Davis Circle of Illusion venue for exciting magic acts and a wide range of performing artists.

Artsy Arizona

Perhaps, it’s the rainbow colors that are so prevalent throughout Arizona that inspires the artistic side of this state. There are plenty of art galleries in Phoenix and many Arizona cities. For ballet entertainment, there’s the Arizona Ballet Theater with regular performances. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster for any of the ballet performances scheduled. Opera fans will love the performances in Phoenix and Tucson of the Arizona Opera at 1636 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. Take in a symphony at the Symphony Concert Hall or Phoenix Symphony. This is artsy Arizona tourists look forward to after a day at the Cactus League Spring Training grounds. It’s the perfect balance between the sports and entertainment world Arizona offers in true Arizona style.

Food and Fun in Arizona

With tickets to the Cactus League Spring Training 2016 in hand, fun is not far behind. Food is always important to tourists and Arizona is certainly the place to enjoy a broad range of cuisines. Arizona does indeed have an Arizona cuisine that manages to satisfy every palate. Arizona pizza is definitely part of this state’s signature menus.

There are plenty of breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurants in every city. Dining al fresco is the norm in Arizona, owing to the amazing weather. Tourists find that Arizona chefs don’t feel the need to compete with menus in other major US cities. By offering the freshest and most tantalizing menus is a variety of cuisine styles, tourists have much to choose from. Grilled foods are one of the most irresistible items on menus in Arizona restaurants, most of whom have received four or more stars for quality and presentation. By combining ambiance and atmosphere, tourists find Arizona restaurants the perfect way to satisfy their hunger.

Ah Spring and the Cactus League Spring Training 2016

Snowflakes may fall elsewhere. In Arizona, the Cactus League Spring Training 2016 has already scheduled the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Angels. Plan to visit Arizona with a power packed itinerary and escape Old Man Winter.

Where Can I Ski in Arizona

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The Best Places to Ski in Arizona

Skiing in Arizona is one of our best kept secrets. Most people think of deserts, hiking and golf when they think of Arizona but did you know that Arizona has one of the oldest ski runs in the United States? Did you also know that you could be playing golf in the morning in Phoenix or Tucson and skiing in the afternoon based on the close proximity of these ski resorts. We put together some information that you should find useful about skiing in Arizona.

Where can I ski in Arizona? There are 5 places to ski in Arizona:

  • Sunrise Park
  • Snow Bowl
  • Flagstaff Nordic Center
  • Elk Ridge Ski Area
  • Mount Lemmon

Each ski area has its own personality and amenities. Read below to find out more.

Types of Activities

Like other states, you have the option of five snow sports. First, you can enjoy the slopes with the traditional skis. However, if you are looking for more of a challenge, use a snowboard. The ski runs in Arizona allow snowboarding.

If regular skiing is not your forte, try cross-country skiing. Instead of navigating hills, you can ski across the land as if you were on a hike. If the skis trip you up, invest in snowshoes. Snowshoes will allow you to hike through the mountains as if you were walking in the summer.

Sunrise Park Resort

Operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe, this is the largest of the Arizona ski resorts, Sunrise Park Resort has over 65 different runs and is advertised as Arizona’s premier family skiing and snowboarding destination. The resort accommodates any level of skier with ski runs, snowboarding area, cross country trails and a children’s ’ski-wee’ area.

The ski resort is located near Greer, Arizona in the White Mountains. The ski lodge is located near Sunrise Lake. It is a large hotel that includes dining options, lounge, game room and an indoor pool. If you need to relax those muscles, you can do so in the hot tub.

If you are a beginner or advanced, there are plenty of runs for you. Out of the 65 runs, 40% are green, 20% are black, and 40% are blue. This means you will never have to worry about getting bored on one slope. Bring your own ski equipment, or rent equipment from the rental store as well. Rentals can be obtained at multiple locations on the mountain. The multiple locations make it easy to upgrade, exchange or make adjustments to your rental equipment.

Absolute beginners can sign up for the snow school. The resort does recommend making reservations as it helps keep the numbers down in each class. If you are uncomfortable taking a class alone, you can sign up for a group class with members of your own party. The classes that are available include: FunLand (Ages 6 and under), Explorer (Ages 7-12), Adult Lessons (13 and up) and private lessons.

Advanced snowboarders and skiers can try new tricks in the Terrain Park. This park includes metal rails and strategically placed trees to allow you to hone your skills. There is even a ramp there to allow you to perfect your jumps!

If skiing and snowboarding are not your thing, the resort does off tubing, cross-country skiing, or snow shoeing. You can find the equipment for these activities in the rental store. Cross country ski trails are located at the base of the mountain. For more information on cross-country skiing at Sunrise, call (855-735-7669 extension 2180.) You can go sledding or tubing near the resort in designated areas at no charge. If you grow tired of the mountain, you can also obtain a fishing license and try your hand at ice fishing.

Young children can enjoy time in the Funland Childcare Center. If your child is 2 months to 12 years old, they can enjoy a fun day while you hit the slopes. Be careful though, you will need to make reservations, although they say walk-ins are welcome.

Dining Options at Sunrise Mountain

There are a number of dining options at the resort including:

  • Burrito Bar – Located at the mountain Base, this restaurant features Indian Fry Bread and of course, as the name implies, Burritos.
  • The Summit Restaurant – Recently featured in Food and Wine magazine this award winning restaurant is located at the hotel and open during the regular operating hours of the hotel.
  • The Chef’s Table – This is located inside the Summit Restaurant and features a special tasting menu. Reservations are required in advance.
  • Sunset Grill – The grill is located at the lower level of Sunrise hotel and is open during hotel operating hours. Expect typical bar and grill fare.
  • Black Diamond Bar – This venue is open specifically for large parties and special events.

Address: P.O. Box 117 Greer, AZ 85927

Phone: 928-735-7669

Toll Free: 800-772-SNOW(7669)

Google Map to Sunrise Mountain Resort

Are there hotels near Sunrise Mountain Park?

There are a number of options for hotels near Sunrise Mountain Park. Check out the list below for accommodations.

Sunrise Park Resort Hotel

The Sunrise Hotel is located just 3 miles from the Sunrise and Cyclone Base Areas between Sunrise Mountain and Sunrise Lake. This 96 room Hotel features a table service restaurant, bar & grill, bar, conference center and complimentary wireless internet in common areas.

Enjoy breakfast before you hit the slopes or hang out at the open fireplace after a long day of snowboarding with a adult beverage. When you stay at the resort you don’t have to leave the mountain and the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to the slops and hotel parking is free of charge. Pets are allowed within the hotel with an open credit card.


  • Hot Breakfast menu available
  • Coffe in-room
  • Gift Shop
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Complimentary Shuttle Service

Book the Sunrise Park Hotel and Conference Center – 928-735-7669

Hon-Dah Hotel and Casino
At over 7,000 feet and nestled in great Northwoods of Arizona, this hotel, conference center and casino is located in Pinetop, Arizona near the ski resort. The hotel has 128 rooms and features an RV park along with the casino and conference center. Check out their website for room promotions and discounts on ski gear rentals.

Dining options at the Hon-Dah include the Indian Pine Restaurant. The restaurant is open 7 days a week from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm and includes a large menu sure to satisfy any appetite. Check for specials throughout the year and enjoy their champagne brunch on Sundays. Their pricing is very reasonable.

Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center

Address: 777 Highway 260 Pinetop, Arizona 85935
Phone: 800-929-8744

Flagstaff Nordic Center

Being near a major city has its advantages. The Nordic Center is located just 15 miles from Flagstaff on highway 180. The center is nestled in the San Francisco Peaks. If you are looking for a good place to cross-country ski, this is the perfect location. It has multiple hiking trails to help you enjoy the outdoors without worrying about getting in the way of regular skiers and snowboarders.

The Flagstaff Nordic Center boasts over 25 miles (40 kilometers )of cross-country ski trails. Current trail conditions are posted on their website.

You can also download overview maps from their website that show the ski and snowshoe trails.

What trails can I expect at the Nordic Ski Center?

Skate – Classic Ski Trails

These trails are tailored for skate skiing and Classic skiing. The trails are approximately 16-feet wide with Classic ski tracks on one side and the remaining area groomed to a corduroy finish.

Classic Ski Trails

Classic-ski trails are tailored for Classic skiing. The Classic ski trails range from 4 – 8 feet wide with one or two sets of Classic tracks laid in when conditions permit.

Snowshoe – Multi-Use Trails

Multi-Use – Snowshoe Trails are open to everyone. Multi-use trails are sometimes packed by a snowmobile to accommodate snow-biking.

Where is the Flagstaff Nordic Ski Center

The Flagstaff Nordic Center is located in the Coconino National Forest a short 15 miles northwest of Flagstaff, Arizona. To get there from Flagstaff, follow the Highway 180 signs to Grand Canyon. The Ski Center parking lot is located alongside Highway 180 at Mile Marker 232. Use this address for your GPS device: 16848 U.S. 180 Flagstaff, AZ 86001.

Arizona Snowbowl

One of the most popular Arizona skiing locations is the Arizona Snowball and just like the Nordic Center, it is located just outside of Flagstaff. If you want to explore more take a day trip as Snowbowl is located just 70 miles from the Grand Canyon. Located on the west side of Mount Humphrey’s, skiers of all ages can explore the 777 acres. You will never have to worry about running out of snow, as the average snow accumulation is 260 inches a year. If you are looking to hit the slopes, you have 32 ski runs to choose from; however keep in mind that 37% of them are for beginners, 21% are for advanced, and 42% are for intermediate skiers. Arizona Snowbowl is one of the oldest, continually run ski areas in the U.S.

Some quick facts about Arizona Snowbowl

* Base elevation — 9,200 feet

* Summit elevation — 11,500 feet
* Vertical drop — 2,300 feet

* Skiable acres — 777
* Runs — 32
* Chair lifts — four – five during the peak season
* Average season — mid-December to mid-April depending on the weather
* Average snowfall — 260 inches

During the peak season, Arizona Snowbowl will have five ski lifts running. There are two extra lifts that serve as surface conveyors. Be prepared to adjust to a high climate as Arizona Snowbowl base elevation is 9,200 feet and one of the aerial lifts goes up to 11,500 feet on the mountain. . If you are looking for a slope that will challenge you without ending too quickly, there is a run that is two miles long.

For snowboarders and skiers alike, the Sunset Terrain Park features obstacles, spines, rails, and fun boxes. The fun boxes include a 24-foot flat box, a 24-foot flat down box, a 20-foot C-box, and a 24-foot house box.

Like Sunrise, if you need a refresher course, there are ski schools you can attend. Just make sure you call for a reservation. You can choose between different packages. The most common packages would be the three day pass. Also, you have the choice of staying in two locations at Arizona. You can stay in the main lodge where you can enjoy the amenities like fine dining. If you would prefer more privacy, you can opt for a cabin. Select cabins contain gas fireplaces

Unlike other places, Arizona Snowball creates man made snow to enhance the snow they have naturally. This will help with the consistency of the snow for the skiers. They do not use it all over the slopes, just on about half of them.

Snowbowl is located on N Highway 180 & N Snow Bowl Rd Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone: 928-779-1951
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Elk Ridge Ski Area

Located on Bill Williams Mountain in Williams, Arizona, this family friendly resort offers many of the same features as the other resorts mentioned above. It offers skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. The 37 acre site is in a great location, just 21 mile from Flagstaff and nestled near the south entrance of the Grand Canyon.

There are family discounts as well as deals for individuals. The recreation area features 2 lifts and 10 trails. the trails are for both skiing and snowboarding and are set up for beginning and intermediate skiers.

Skiing rentals are offered every day and feature Elan equipment. Premium snowboards are also offered for rentals. You can take lessons for both snowboarding and skiing.

For family fun you may consider tubing. Check out the family discounts.

If you are looking for a lodge, the newly remodeled lodge has a beginners slope nearby. The White Stag Cafe at the base lodge serves American grill food for lunch and dinner.

There is also day lodge with a snack bar.

Location: Three miles south of the town of Williams on Route 66 – 2467 S Perkinsville Rd, Williams, AZ 86046
Phone: 928-814-5038 You may consider using chains and/or 4WD during heavy snows.

Mt Lemmon Ski Valley
The final ski resort with a summit elevation of over 9,000 feet is located just 25 miles outside of Tucson. There are 2 chair lifts, 1 surface tow on the 200 acre site featuring 21 ski trails, with beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs. Lessons and rentals available.The rates are daily and affordable for all. Contact Ski Valley at 520-576-1400 for current rental and lift pricing.

The ski runs are generally open between from mid-December through April depending on the amount of snowfall.

Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley offers ski equipment rentals, cla, the Iron Door Restaurant, a snack bar, and gift shop.

Accommodations are available in the nearby town of Summerhaven.

Make sure to check road conditions prior to going up the mountain as the road can be closed after snowstorms. Chains and 4WD may also be required. You can check road conditions by calling 520-547-7510




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