Arizona Snowbowl Review


Arizona Snowbowl Overview

Arizona Snowbowl is a small downhill area located on the San Francisco Peaks, near Flagstaff, Arizona. AZ Snowbowl is best known as a local resort servicing Northern Arizona as well as Phoenix and Las Vegas visitors.

Arizona Snowbowl caters to skiing, snowboarding, telemark skiing and back country skiing (with permit). Snowbowl has many of the amenities of a larger resort but with a small, hometown feel.

The addition of snow making has given this resort a longer season, but it is still the southwest. Warm temperatures, longer days and long periods without snowfall make Arizona Snowbowl a crap shoot when it comes to conditions. There could be 3’+ of fresh powder and conditions rivaling any resort in North America, or there could be rocks and trees trying to ruin your new board at every turn. Be sure to check conditions and weather prior to your trip to Arizona Snowbowl. If you must schedule a trip at the beginning of the season, you can be reasonably assured that they will be open with skiable terrain.

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The Winter Review of the Arizona Snowbowl

Note: Arizona Snowbowl has added two lifts since this review was written including the high speed, 6 person Grand Canyon Express that services intermediate terrain. Visit our Submissions page to submit a new WinterReview of this ski area.

When most people think of Arizona, they think of hot temperatures and vultures circling lost desert travelers. But get away from the average 70+ degree winter temperatures of Southern Arizona and you’ll find mountain towns that are home to some great local ski areas. If you thought you couldn’t find use for those sticks in the desert southwest, think again.

Arizona Snowbowl is located on the San Francisco Peaks close to Flagstaff, Arizona.

Amenities: Arizona Snowbowl offers two lodges and a restaurant at the base of the mountain.

  • Hart Prairie Lodge is the largest and has a cafeteria and bar. There are also restrooms, a pro shop, lockers, rental shop, lift ticket sales, ski school sales and guest services.
  • Agassiz Lodge has a much smaller cafeteria and a cozy bar. Agassiz Lodge offers restrooms, lockers and lift ticket sales
  • Ski Lift Lodge is located at the bottom of the mountain, about 7 miles from Hart Prarie Lodge, has a full restaurant and bar as well as “cabin” lodging options. The cabins are just duplex style hotel rooms.

Customer Service: Most of our reports and experiences have been of mediocre service at AZ Snowbowl. Restaurant and bar staff aren’t overly friendly, but they don’t scowl at you unless you show up with a sled. Lifties are always smiling, but you know how lifties are. Rental and ticket lines can be cumbersome on the weekends and holidays but employees are generally upbeat and helpful.

Terrain: Arizona Snowbowl has everything from beginner conveyors to advanced terrain. ·

  • Beginner, 37%: The beginner terrain is best suited for ski school and lessons. There are two conveyors for the little ones and two small lifts for beginners. Hart Prairie and Aspen Lift both move slowly and stop a lot due to beginner users. The terrain is groomed with a few opportunities to dabble through the trees.
  • Intermediate, 42%: There are two lifts servicing intermediate terrain. Sunset and Agassiz to Midway. Sunset also services the terrain park and Agassiz is the only lift to service advanced terrain. Both lifts are slow and become congested on weekends and holidays. Lots of riders on Sunset are riding the terrain park and intermediate users should jump off Agassiz at Midway. The intermediate terrain is nothing special, lots of wide open groomers and a few introductions to play in the trees.
  • Advanced, 21%: There is only one lift servicing advanced terrain. Some would note the need to hike “Upper Bowl” to get to double black terrain, but those in the know will ski or ride in the trees. There are several steep mogul runs, bowl skiing when conditions permit and some long, wide open groomed runs. The advanced tree skiing is some of the best. Snowbowl does some tree work in the off season to clean up the trees and offer advanced users the chance to ride in open forest or ski in tight trees.

Terrain Park: The terrain park at Arizona Snowbowl leaves something to be desired. Beginner riders and skiers just getting into freestyle will find it challenging and not too intimidating. Snowbowl works hard to create features that are popular, they just have limited terrain and snow to work with. In good snow years Arizona Snowbowl will build larger features that will excite more advanced users. As with most things Snowbowl, the terrain park is great for local and nearby riders that don’t get to ride big mountains every day like their Rocky Mountain brethren to the North.

Arizona Snowbowl Details

Elevation: 9200’ to 11500’ Skiable Acres: 777
Average Yearly Snowfall: 260 Food Services: 2 Cafeterias
Alcohol: 2 Full Bars Beginner Lifts: Yes
Lifts: 6 lifts and 2 conveyors High Speed Lifts: 1, Grand Canyon Express
Rentals: Yes Ski School: Yes
Family Friendly: Yes Snowmaking: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes Lodging: 7 miles away
Runs: 40 (35% beginner, 39% intermediate, 21% advanced) Disabled Friendly: Unknown
Activities: Skiing, Snowboarding, Telemark Skiing, Back Country Skiing Experience Level: Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate

Arizona Snowbowl Contact Details

Address: 9300 N Snowbowl Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone: (928) 779-1951

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