Arizona Snowbowl Summer Skyride / Winter Ski Area
Winter Ski Area
Offering exciting runs down Arizona's highest mountain, the SnowBowl Ski Resort is a full service downhill ski area. Eight chair lifts provide access to 40 trails with a maximum rise of 2,300 feet. Runs range from beginner to advanced, so there's opportunities for everyone to have fun. The resort offers rentals, lessons, and childcare. The Snowbowl usually opens in early December and remains open until mid-April.
See our Winter Recreation page for a recreation map, backcountry permit information, and more info!
Flagstaff Winter Recreation Hotline (Flagstaff CVB)
Long after the skiers and snowboarders have left the slopes of the San Francisco Peaks, the Arizona Snowbowl springs back to life as the wheels start turning once again on its main ski lift. This ski lift turned Sky Ride provides the quickest and easiest way to get to the highest point in Arizona accessible by land based motorized travel. The triple chair takes you to the upper slopes of Agassiz Peak at 11,500 feet. Here, above tree line, you can see the Grand Canyon's North Rim over 80 miles away. The view of the dormant volcano field surrounding Flagstaff is striking as well, with Kendrick Peak, Wild Bill Hill and Wing Mountain standing out as prominent landmarks.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Be aware the Summer Skyride shuts down any time there is lightning. Scheduled to open for winter skiing on Nov 20. For current weather, visit National Weather Service.|
|Closest Towns:||Flagstaff, AZ|
|Operated By:||Concessionaire - Contact Flagstaff District - 928-526-0866|
General InformationGeneral Notes:
Attractions: Downhill skiing, day lodge/meals, sightseeing, photography. No snowmobiles.
Facilities: 4 chair lifts, Day lodge/rest rooms, Snack bar and restaurant, Pro shop/rentals, Ski school, First Aid room, Accommodations
Season: December through mid-April, 9am-4pm. The main chair-lift remains open as a scenic sky-ride in summer. (Call for schedule or see Arizona Snowbowl web-site.)
Snow Report: Call 779-4577 in Flagstaff, or 957-0404 in Phoenix. For more information, call (928) 779-1951 or toll free 1-800-352-5777 in state, and 1-800-526-1004 out of state.
Road Conditions: Roads are paved and generally plowed, but they can be hazardous due to winter conditions. Chains may be required, especially for the last 7 miles. Travel time is usually around 30 minutes.
Pre-Season Snowbowl Road Closures - Snowbowl Road may be closed on weekends when hazardous winter conditions exist and the ski area is not open or maintaining the road. Arizona Snowbowl is responsible for snowplow and cinder operations on Snowbowl Road to maintain access to the ski area under a Road Use Permit with the Coconino National Forest. However, when pre-season storms occur on non-business days the road is not maintained. Please anticipate Snowbowl Road closures on stormy weekends until the ski area has enough snow to open.
Also, see Flagstaff Area Winter Recreation Map, courtesy of Flagstaff Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
For winter backcountry information see Kachina Peaks Avalanche Center, Inc.
Season: Mid-June through the October fall colors season. The skyride is usually open only on weekends from Labor Day until closing. A fee is charged.
Attractions: Panoramic views, Mountain top experience, Fall Colors
Facilities: Day lodge, restaurant, and gift shop, triple chair ski-lift/skyride
- Don't forget a jacket and sunscreen. It's cool up there.
- Hiking up the mountain from the Sky Ride is prohibited to avoid damaging the Peaks' fragile alpine tundra and the endangered plants that live there.
Location: 14 miles north of Flagstaff. Elevation ranges from 9,200 to 11,500 feet.
GPS (Map): 35°19'49.1"N 111°42'27.4"W
Access: Drive 7 miles north of Flagstaff on US 180 to the Snowbowl Fort Valley Center, then either catch a shuttle bus or drive 7 more miles to the lodge and lifts.
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