Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley
Few people think of snow and skiing when they think of Tucson. Cactus, desert, and diamondback snakes more readily come to mind. The Santa Catalina Ranger District, however, is home to the southernmost ski area in the continental United States, which is perched near the 9,157-foot summit of Mt. Lemmon. Ski runs are usually open from mid-December to early April, depending on winter weather and snowfall. Located just an hour’s drive from the sun-drenched resorts of Tucson, area visitors can golf and swim in Tucson, then downhill ski at Ski Valley, all in the same day. Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley offers ski equipment rentals, instruction, the Iron Door Restaurant, a snack bar, and gift shop. Overnight accommodations are available in the nearby village of Summerhaven. The chair lift is in operation all year round, taking visitors to a high overlook from which they can enjoy views of the Santa Catalinas, the city of Tucson, the San Pedro Valley, the Reef of Rocks, and the distant mountains near Globe and Phoenix. These scenic views, combined with the many trails and overlooks in the area, and the Iron Door Restaurant make this a popular place to visit in any season. The highway is paved and suitable for passenger vehicles. Following snowstorms, the road may be closed temporarily; snow tires, chains or 4WD may be required. For obtaining the most current road conditions, please call the Pima County Sheriff’s 24 hour Road Condition Hotline 520-547-7510 (year round).
Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley is a private concession located on the Coronado National Forest and is operated under a special use permit. Learn more.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Road conditions and the most current information can be found on the road closure hotline: (520) 547-7510|
|Operational Hours:||Always check current conditions before making the trip, or phone (520) 576-1400.|
|Fees:||Please contact Ski Valley at (520) 576-1400 for current prices.|
|Operated By:||Santa Catalina Ranger District|
|Information Center:||Santa Catalina Ranger District 520-749-8700|
Northeast of Tucson off of the Catalina Highway just before the village of Summerhaven. Take the Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road in Tucson. Drive 4.2 miles to the Forest boundary and continue 26 miles to the Ski Valley turnoff. Turn right on Ski Run Road and drive 1 mile to the ski area.
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