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Skiing and Snowboarding
The ski season usually starts in mid-December and ends in mid-April.
Arizona Snowbowl. Seven miles north of Flagstaff off U.S. 180, the Arizona Snowbowl has 32 downhill runs (37% beginner, 42% intermediate, and 21% advanced), four chairlifts, and a vertical drop of 2,300 feet. There are a couple of good bump runs, but it's better for beginners or those with moderate skill; serious area skiers take a road trip to Telluride. Still, it's a fun place to ski or snowboard. The Hart Prairie Lodge has an equipment-rental shop and a SKIwee center for ages four to seven.
All-day adult lift tickets are $55. Half-day discounts are available, and group-lesson packages (including two hours of instruction, an all-day lift ticket, and equipment rental) are a good buy at $80 ($85 for snowboarding package). A children's program, which includes lunch and supervision 9:30–3, runs $89 (reservations are required). Many Flagstaff motels have ski packages that include transportation to Snowbowl. Snowbowl Rd., North Flagstaff, Flagstaff, AZ, 86002. 928/779–1951; 928/779–4577 snow report. www.arizonasnowbowl.com.
Flagstaff Nordic Center. The Flagstaff Nordic Center is 9 miles north of Snowbowl Road. There are 25 miles of well-groomed cross-country trails here that are open 9–4 daily. Coffee, hot chocolate, and snacks are served at the lodge. A day pass for skiing costs $12 on weekdays and $18 on weekends. An instruction package costs $45, including equipment, day pass, and a 90-minute lesson. Renting equipment by itself is $16. U.S. 180, 16 miles north of Flagstaff, North Flagstaff, Flagstaff, AZ, 86002. 928/220–0550. www.flagstaffnordiccenter.com.
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