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Sunrise Park Resort

 

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AIR TRANSPORTATION

 

Show Low Regional Airport
Airlines operating from Show Low include Great Lakes.   
     
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Airlines operating from Phoenix include Aeromexico, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Continental, Delta Airlines, Frontier, Great Lakes, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Midwest (now Frontier), Southwest, Sun Country, United, US Airways and WestJet.

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Lodging
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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Sunrise Park Lodge

 

The lodge has 100 rooms and offers indoor pool, whirlpool and game room.  Extra person charges may apply

$50 and up

 

Americas Best Value Inn

 

The hotel has newly renovated guest rooms and offers complimentary continental breakfast and HBO.  Extra person charges may apply

$54 and up

 

       
       
       

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Dining

 

Java Blues located at 341 E Main St., Springerville, AZ 85938

 

Los Dos Molinos

 

Booga Red's Restaurant located 521 E Main, Springerville, AZ 85938 

 

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Sunrise Park Resort
Description:

In the heart of Arizona's magnificent White Mountains, Sunrise Park Resort is a recreational paradise offering a wide range of fun and excitement. In winter, there are three mountains which offer some of the finest skiing in the Western United States. There is also a separate snowboarding area, cross country ski trails and a special childrens's "ski-wee" area. The Sunrise Park Lodge, located near Sunrise Lake, is available for lodging in the winter and summer seasons. The 100-room hotel offers dining, indoor pool and whirlpool, lounge and game room. In summer, a marina is open for boat rentals. For Snowboarders and Skiers Sunrise offers a TerrainPark. Within site of Sunrise Day Lodge, the park features a snow half pipe, implanted wood and metal rails, and a special event area with jumps ranging from beginner to advanced.

Details:
DetailValue
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad1
Lifts-Total number of lifts10
Lifts-Total lift capacity16,000/hr.
Trails-5-Terrain park1
Trails-6-Half pipe1
Trails-Total65
General-Vertical drop1800'
General-OwnerWhite Mountain Apache Tribe
General-Mountain rangeWhite Mountains
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Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Lots of beginner and intermediate terrain, big area and lots of longer runs and different types of terrain, good ticket and season pass prices

Cons: Staff not overly friendly, main lodge needs an update, slow lifts (except the one high speed quad)

This is my home resort so I admit, I'm biased.  But, I have been skiing seriously at Sunrise since 2009.  It's located in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.  The main towns in the area are Show Low, Pinetop, McNary and Springerville to the east.  It's mostly a "locals" resort, but every weekend the weekend skiers and snowboarders come up from Phoenix and Tuscon. 

 

The resort consists of 3 mountains, Sunrise, Apache and Cyclone.  The main area is Sunrise and that is where the high speed quad lift is located.  Apache peak can be accessed from this lift too.  The runs on Sunrise are mostly beginner and intermediate with a few nice long runs from the top.  Apache has some more beginner and intermediate runs and a mid base lift or you can ski down to Cyclone.  Cyclone also has beginner and intermediate runs, but also has the most black diamond and double black diamond runs in the resort.  Overall, there's a lot of terrain for everybody to ski on.

 

The mountain starts getting snow in mid December, sometimes earlier and usually stays open until the first part of April.  Snow quality is obviously better during December and January and not so good in late March and April.  Their grooming is hit and miss, but they do a decent job especially right after a big storm.

 

For years, this resort wasn't well run.  The staff was very stand offish and not all that nice, the lifts weren't well maintained and there was a general malaise from management.

 

Recently that has changed.  A couple years ago, the Apache tribe (who own the resort) brought in a new general manager.  Since coming to the resort, he and management have made some good changes.  Their runs are better maintained, they do a lot more snow making, signs have been updated and the lodges have gotten better as has the staff.

 

One HUGE thing they have done recently is upgrade their summer activities.  Last year they got an airbag.  It's mostly used for winter on the small terrain park, but they also bring it out during summer so people can jump into it.  This year, they built a really nice zip line course.  It consists of 6 separate zip lines from small to high and long.  This is a MAJOR improvement and should make more money for winter operations (I hope).

 

As I said, I am biased because I live near the resort.  But, anybody traveling in the area or even going to Phoenix who skis or snowboards should make an effort to come up to this resort.  It's really fun and a very reasonable value.

Posted

Pros: 1 of only 2 ski hills in AZ

Cons: Terrible Snow, Ice in the Morning and ussually a creek in the afternoon. Snow melts far faster then it falls.They measure the Base on the summit.

I live less than 30 minutes from here. Most Arizonans like it due to the fact they have never been to a real ski resort. This place would be a lot better if it wasn't on the res. Save your money and go north.

Posted

Pros: Most intermediate terrain in AZ

Cons: Limited advanced terrain, no off-piste, poor service, poorly managed

Sunrise is a small local resort in eastern Arizona run by the Apache tribe.  It is a decent place for learning and intermediate skiing.  There is not much of interest for Advanced or expert skiers.  There are a few short advanced pitches off the cyclone chair, but no off-piste and no tree skiing.  All trees are roped off and too tight to ski; skinny 2nd growth lodgepoles.  There are two mountains off the main base and the Cyclone base, but significant pole-pushing is required to get from one to the other.  I heard that the Cyclone base was closed this year due to financial problems.  I have never had good snow there; the fresh powder has been wet and heavy the few times I have skied it there.  The service and food are pretty poor compared to other small resorts.  The parking lot is not paved, so be prepared to have red mud all over your boots; bring plastic floor mats for your car.  Grooming after snowstorms is unpredictable and not advertised, so intermediates and beginers can get stuck on ungroomed slopes and have a hard time getting out.

On the plus side it does appear to have more intermediate terrain than Arizona Snowbowl and crowds can spread out if both mountains are open.  I would still pick Snowbowl though even if I was an intermediate skier.