Located seven miles north of Flagstaff at the foot of the San Francisco Peaks (no relation to the city!), the lodge offers 25 ... More
Located seven miles north of Flagstaff at the foot of the San Francisco Peaks (no relation to the city!), the lodge offers 25 one-room cabins with front porches and gas fireplaces. The longest run is two miles and top elevation is 11,500 feet, which is atop the Agassiz Chairlift. The season runs from December through April. Rental ski equipment packages start at $15 and lift tickets for adults ages 13 and up start at $20 for the afternoon. Prices are subject to change and availability, please call or refer to the web site for updated information.
I was very pleased to find out how great of a ski area Northern Arizona may have. Granted, this passed season was terrific in many places, but I have a BLAST. It is sunny every day (unless it snows), and the temperatures are mild and you can enjoy spring clothing pretty much throughout the winter season.
The chairlifts are not the super speed quads, but get you to the top of the Black Diamond trails in a decent time frame, while you can enjoy the surroundings of the National Forest. Yes, how often DO YOU ski your National Forest. It is even posted around - SKI YOUR NATIONAL FOREST. How cool is that!
I read about their development plans and the obstacles they have to achieve their goals. I am wishing all the best to the ski resort - they do a great job in the conditions they are in.
Do not expect this to be Vail or Aspen. Just enjoy exotic Northern Arizona skiing.
After snowboarding all day, I went to the restorant when they closed the lift (4 PM!) and as it is not allowed to enter with the boards into the restorant, I left it in the outside rack full of boards. In 20 min more my snowboard had disappeard and the resort manager wasn't responsible neither give any solution more than a sorry! 3 more boards were stolen the same day, but the resort seems not to be worry about that, there is even no sign at all advicing for this issue in that area.
For my middle age body, Snow Bowl is a great place to ski. The last three years have blessed them with a good 90 day plus season and with 2,200 vertical ft. drop the Agassiz chair can keep me happy for many afternioons of skiing. Snowbowl has been in operation for over 70 years and they are still going strong!!
There's some decent terrain at Snowbowl. It's a fun place to ski when they have snow. 07-08 has been a good year.
NOTICE TO PARENTS WITH KIDS IN SKI SCHOOL:
Snowbowl has a great deal for kids (On the surface). Three days of lessons including ski rentals for $135. THE PROBLEM: They have a very hard time honoring their end of the deal. Example: I purchased the 3-day ski wee pass earlier this season. In 10 days of skiing I've only been able to get my child into lessons 2 times. On busy days (weekends) they fill up before 9am. On slow days, they don't have enough staff to work as instructors so you're still out of luck. When you talk to their management the attitude is an apologetic "tough luck".
Having worked in the ski industry for 15+ years, I know what a pro ski school is supposed to do. I was very disappointed when I caught up with my kid's class and found the group flailing due to the fact that their boots had not been buckled. The "instructor" was a bored college kid who was obviously not a true professional ski instructor.
If you want your kids in daycare while you have a bit of fun, no problem. If you want your kids to learn how to ski then go to Utah or Colorado. Snowbowl is quite second rate in the ski school department.
Atmosphere, snow and longer lines than Disneyworld
By A Yahoo Contributor, 1/13/08
I've been twice now. Today I was teaching my son to Snowboard. Snowbowl has an ideal layout and atmosphere for teaching, given its ample lot of green runs and laid-back flagstaff personnel; however, both times I've gone the main lift has been closed "due to high winds". You could scarcely fly a kite and there was no indications of wind up higher (such as snow blowing over the peaks). The price for an all-day pass being comparable to larger and more elaborate resorts in other states was only a bad value since the only lifts available had 30 to 45 minute waits. The park was at full capacity for most of the day and I don't know of any return policy for a solid 1/3 of the mountain being unavailable.
Powder was great and runs were well maintained. I'll continue to go there, like all my phoenix dwelling friends (who have little other options), but will continue to see it as over-priced until you can spend more time on the hill than in the lines.
I've been told week days are great but frankly if I'm taking vacation time - I'll be in another state for snowboarding.
Snowbowl is a great place to spend a day and perfect for a beginning skiier or snowboarder. It is not anything comparable to slopes in Colorado, but as far as AZ goes, you can't beat Snowbowl! The atmosphere is great there. There is a really nice lodge with a fireplace that you can sit in to warm up after a day on the slopes. The food is decent and the hot chocolate is perfect to warm you up. The staff has always been friendly and helpful. So overall, I would recommend a day at Snowbowl to anyone!!!
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