The Snowbowl's Agassiz ski lift
The Arizona Snowbowl is on the western flanks of the San Francisco Peaks in the Coconino National Forest, minutes north of Flagstaff and only about 2 hours from Phoenix. This 777 acre site boasts 2,300 feet of vertical drop with 31 scenic trails to enjoy. And where else can you go skiing and catch glimpses of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon? Check the map below and you'll see that the ski area is almost surrounded by the Kachina Peaks Wilderness. And Humphrey's Peak is the highest point in Arizona.
The mountain has something for everyone, from beginners to extreme skiers and boarders. The Sunset Terrain Park on the mountain features rails, hits, spines, fun boxes and more. As the Snowbowl has minimal grooming, stark facilities and old clunky lifts, you know you're not in some glitzy ski resort with a bunch of high-end clothes-horses running around. And if the top of the Agassiz lift isn't high enough for you, you can make the hike to the top of Agassiz Peak, adding another 800' to the vertical drop, and take advantage of that remote and untracked back country bowl (but you want to be better than intermediate to do this...)
Quick Facts about the Arizona Snowbowl
- 2 Triples
- 2 Doubles
Average Annual Snowfall: 250"
Skiable Terrain: 777 acres
Snowmaking: currently under construction
Top of Agassiz Lift: 11,500 ft
Vertical Rise: 2,300 ft
Number of Trails: 32
More Difficult: 42%
Most Difficult: 21%
Longest Run: 2 miles
Lower photo courtesy of Frederick Dennstedt, CCA-by-SA 2.0 License
Photo of Humphrey's Peak Trail courtesy of the US Forest Service
Map courtesy of National Geographic Topo!