Arizona Snowbowl

The Arizona Snowbowl is a popular ski and snowboarding destination just a short drive from Flagstaff. It is the oldest ski resort in the state of Arizona and one of the oldest continually operating ski areas in the entire United States. It is not a huge resort, but it is perfect for family ski vacations and groups of friends who can take advantage of affordable Flagstaff Arizona Snowbowl hotels and lodges, as well as the convenient proximity to the city and the ability to buy groceries and enjoy nightlife and dining. This Flagstaff ski resort is handy for those winter enthusiasts in the Phoenix area who only have to drive a couple of hours to get here. The resort is also just 70 miles from the Grand Canyon. People come from all over the state to enjoy the prime skiing and boarding, as well as summer activities such as disc golf and hiking.

It all starts with the downhill winter sports at the Arizona Snowbowl. The San Francisco Peaks provide the idyllic setting for the 777-acre ski area at the Flagstaff ski resort. The summit elevation is a formidable 11,500 feet and the base elevation reaches 9,200 feet. The 2,300-foot vertical drop will thrill skiers and snowboarders alike as they rush down the 32 separate runs. There is a nice array of runs to suit all skill levels. 37 percent of the ski runs are for beginners, 42 percent for intermediates, and 21 percent for advanced skiers and boarders. There are four continuously running lifts, so you will not have to worry about waiting in long lift lines. The Snowbowl gets about 260 inches of snow every year and is generally open from mid-December to mid-April.

There are a wide variety of options for Flagstaff Arizona Snowbowl hotels, but there are also some slope-side accommodations available. The Ski Lift Lodge and Cabins are owned and operated by the Arizona Snowbowl. The resort offers ski vacation packages that include discounted rates on this accommodation. These are rustic and simple accommodations, but cozy and ideal for people looking for cheap ski vacations. If you would rather stay in one of the Flagstaff Arizona Snowbowl hotels, you will not have a problem finding one. There are over 4,000 rooms in the city of Flagstaff for you to choose from.

You will also enjoy two daytime lodges at the Snowbowl—the Hart Prairie and Agassiz. There are food and beverages, a sports shop, lift tickets, and entertainment in both lodges. There is a ski school at the Hart Prairie Lodge and you can take lessons in a variety of settings, from adaptive group learning to private sessions.

The Sunset Terrain Park is one of the top attractions for snowboarders at this popular Flagstaff ski resort. It features all kinds of obstacles, rails, fun boxes, and spines. Even the most adventurous boarders will get their kicks at this awesome terrain park. There are all kinds of packages and incentive deals that you can take advantage of to make sure you make the most of your upcoming trip to the Snowbowl in Arizona.

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