Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

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 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).

At a Glance

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

General Information

Directions:

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 and drive 1 mile to the ski area.


Activities


Hiking

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Winter Sports

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Skiing/Snowboarding

One hour from Tucson and the warm desert, Scenic drive, Summer "sky ride". 2 chair lifts, 1 surface tow, 200 acres, 21 ski trails, Beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs. Lessons and rentals available.
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
200 acres

  Latitude : 
32.440556

  Longitude : 
-110.784722

  Elevation : 
8,200 feet - 9,150 feet