As of early January, more than 10 feet of snow has already fallen at Arizona Snowbowl, with expectations for more coming in the next few weeks. With machine groomed conditions and fresh powder everywhere, all 48 of the lift-accessed trails are open, as are the 7 hike-to trails for those seeking the adrenaline rush of double-black-diamond adventures.
Whether you prefer skiing, snowboarding, or ski biking, Snowbowl has plenty of terrain for every skill level. (Don’t forget to give a call to Pine Canyon’s concierge service, which can arrange your trip to the slopes.) You’ll definitely want to take advantage of their current specials, which include discounted tickets if you purchase in advance online, military appreciation discounts with valid military ID, and Boomer Thursday tickets for walk-up purchase if you’re 50+.
To get the full scoop about the mountain, lift tickets, lessons, and rental options, visit the Arizona Snowbowl website.
All that fresh pow-pow also has Arizona Nordic Village (just 10 minutes past Snowbowl) fully open on all trails. The village’s skate/classic trails are groomed in the winter season to accommodate both types of cross-country skiing: They’re about 16 feet wide, with classic track set when possible on one side and the remaining area groomed to a corduroy finish who prefer skating. Depending on the weather and conditions, the facility grooms in the evening or in the morning.
Not a skier? There’s still plenty of snow fun to be had. The Nordic Village’s multi-use/snowshoe trails are open to all users, including snowshoers and fat bikes with minimum 3.8”-wide tires. Nordic skiers are welcome, too, but the trails are generally packed by snowmobile and not specifically for skiing. If the family pooch is up for the challenge, these trails are also dog-friendly. (Note: Electric fat bikes are not permitted.)
To learn more about trail conditions, trail passes, and lessons, visit the Arizona Nordic Village website.