Average Annual Snowfall: 260"
GOOD, BETTER, BEST
|Snow making percent|
|Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet|
|Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow|
|Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar|
|Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar|
|Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad|
|Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person|
|Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person|
|Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person|
|Lifts-Total number of lifts|
|Lifts-Total lift capacity|
|Runs-Longest run||2 miles|
|General-Annual skier visits|
|General-Back country access|
|General-Total area in bounds||777 acres|
|General-Snow making coverage|
Pros: There is snow...
Cons: Terrible resort administration
Pros: terrain, beautiful mountain
Cons: lift lines are the worst, wind
The terrain is great, steep off the top, a gully to play in, a few tree lines. If you can see the snow blowing off the peak the wind will howl on this lone volcanic peak. The San Francisco Peaks are Arizona's most majestic and tallest mountain.
Untill a new lift is built to the top there are constantly 20+ minute lift lines most of the day so as much as I like the terrain, I don't go here anymore.
Pros: Excelent tree skiing at the top
Cons: Main lift gets busy on weekends, holidays & snow days
Arizona snowbowl is not a destination resort you would drive to from out of state, but it is a nice small resort escape for local dwellers. Of the 2 ski resorts in AZ it has far better advanced terrain; the tree skiing off the top of the main lift is as good as any in CO or CA, especially with recent or fresh snow. It has nice views from the top on clear days, including the north rim of the Grand Canyon. For die-hard skiers willing hike at 11,000ft, you can hike into the main bowl which opens up a lot more advanced terrain.
There is a nice wide beginer area serviced by 2 slow vintage double lifts, and a recent magic carpet for 1st timers. The kids ski school is OK for beginers. The intermediate terrain is somewhat limited serviced by a midway drop-off from the the main lift and another tripple that services the terrain park and two short intermediate runs. The main lift can get long lines on weekends, holidays and snow days. Stay away during the Christmas holidays; it can get way too crowded, parking gets full and the return traffic is a nightmare. Snowbowl is planing an expansion this year which should relieve the congestion issue.
The quality of fresh snow in February can be very good; nice dry powder comparable to Utah.
Pros: Skiing in Arizona
622016-2017 Four Corners (S.CO/AZ/NM) Weather Discussion
106Good terrain with affordable lift ticket list
7102015-2016 Four Corners (S.CO/AZ/NM) Weather Discussion
36James Coleman pushing Southwest collective in NM, AZ, with Purgatory in CO
31Early season skiing (1st week of Dec 2015) in Alta/Snowbird or elsewhere?