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OK, I know Arizona isn't well known for its ski areas.  But this site only lists Snowbowl in Flagstaff which is small and has very slow speed lifts, up until this year, and Mt. Lemmon which rarely has enough snow to make it worth a trip..

 

What about Sunrise?

 

Located in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona, Sunrise is a good ski area with plenty of trails for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers.  This is my home ski area because I live nearby.  It's a lot bigger than Snowbowl and usually has good snow from early to mid December (sometimes earlier) up until late March or early April.  Lift ticket prices are reasonable ($61 for last season).  Season pass prices are great ($399 for first time pass buyers).  They have everything needed like rentals and ski & snowboard school at very reasonable rates.

 

Please somebody put Sunrise on the map and on the site.  Or, if possible, I'll do it.

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I think the folks over in the 4 corners seasonal thread (it's really for more than just weather!) are probably familiar... or if not, would be happy to hear about it and discuss :

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147246/2016-2017-four-corners-s-co-az-nm-weather-discussion

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Originally Posted by mitchsb View Post
 

OK, I know Arizona isn't well known for its ski areas.  But this site only lists Snowbowl in Flagstaff which is small and has very slow speed lifts, up until this year, and Mt. Lemmon which rarely has enough snow to make it worth a trip..

 

What about Sunrise?

 

Located in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona, Sunrise is a good ski area with plenty of trails for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers.  This is my home ski area because I live nearby.  It's a lot bigger than Snowbowl and usually has good snow from early to mid December (sometimes earlier) up until late March or early April.  Lift ticket prices are reasonable ($61 for last season).  Season pass prices are great ($399 for first time pass buyers).  They have everything needed like rentals and ski & snowboard school at very reasonable rates.

 

Please somebody put Sunrise on the map and on the site.  Or, if possible, I'll do it.


Welcome to EpicSki!  There is a Resort Page for Sunrise.  Be great if you could add a review.  Even better if you would volunteer as an EpicSki Ambassador.

 

http://www.epicski.com/products/sunrise-park-resort

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Wow those reviews are pretty harsh.

If you're in Arizona, Sunrise is pretty good. It can have better snow than Snowbowl depending on how the storms blow through, although in today's climate, it seems to get a bit less. And there are never any lift lines. If you're looking for apres ski or partying, look elsewhere.

It suffers from a lack of elevation and more southerly latitude but it can have great powder.

It dwarfed Snowbowl in acreage and snowmaking until recently. It still is a bigger area. Snowbowl still has only one hill while Sunrise has 3 - though Snowbowl has way more vertical.

Anyway, it's skiing in Arizona and pretty fun.

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I had a pretty good powder day their once and there were no liftlines. My apres was spent at the poker table in the Hon-Dah casino :)

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My family and I had season passes to Sunrise for about three years. Back then we were living near Red Mountain in Mesa, so it was easy to shoot up 87 through Payson. We did have some great times there but shifted over to Snowbowl when we moved to south of Phoenix. Both resorts have their pros and cons and I think most AZ skiers wish there was a way to blend the two resorts, or at least have a common season pass. 

 

Come over to the four corners thread for 2017. Most of the posters there have skied both resorts and are happy to compare the two. Of course, we shouldn't leave out Elk Ridge and Mt Lemmon.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147246/2016-2017-four-corners-s-co-az-nm-weather-discussion

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I love sunrise! It is never crowded. I would take it over Snowbowl any day if it was just about the slopes. Unfortunately there is not much to do out there when the sun goes down. You can stay 30-45 mins from the hill or you can stay in the "resort" which is a bit run down/ overpriced. It's just a little too far from Phx to day trip it. But I do try and make it out there once a year if I can.
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