We’re known for desert heat, but skiing is a thriving activity during winter months. Arizona boasts not only the southernmost ski area in the continental U.S. but one of the oldest as well! Downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, and tubing are only a few hours away no matter your location. These slopes are perfect for family outings or getaways with friends. Of course, all locations make great summer excursions, too.
Places to Ski
Location: San Francisco Peaks
Located over 777 acres on the majestic San Francisco Peaks, the Arizona Snowbowl opened in 1938 and is now one of the oldest continually opnerated ski area in the country. Snowbowl’s longest run is two miles long.
Location: Coconino National Forest south of Flagstaff
Renting cross-country equipment to adventuresome skiers, the Flagstaff Nordic Center also offers year-round yurt and hut camping. During the winter season enjoy a cross-country ski or snowshoe to reach your hut or yurt camping experience.
Location: White Mountains
Three mountains at Sunrise Park Resort in the White Mountains offer 65 runs that promise adventure for skiers or boarders of any level. There are also cross country ski trails and a sledding and tubing area. The getaway offers fishing, camping, and mountain biking in the warmer months!
Location: Tucson, AZ
Mount Lemmon Ski Valley is the southernmost ski destination in the Continental United States! A Sky Island topping out at over 9,100 feet, it experiences four seasons, including enough snow for skiing and snowboarding.