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“Great Arizona Skiing Experience”
Review of Arizona Snowbowl

Arizona Snowbowl
Ranked #12 of 104 things to do in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located on the majestic San Francisco Peaks, the Arizona Snowbowl lies 14 miles outside of Flagstaff. IN WINTER, join us for skiing and riding over our 777 acres, 40+ trails, and 2,300 vertical feet. The ski area's snowmaking capabilities offer season's opening in mid-November through mid-April for all skill levels. IN SUMMER, the Scenic Chairlift shuttles riders to the top of Arizona (11,500 feet/ 3,500 m). Join us for a round of disc golf, go on a hike and treat yourself to lunch with a view at Agassiz Lodge Restaurant.
Roanoke, Virginia
2 reviews
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“Great Arizona Skiing Experience”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

Earlier this week, while in Sedona on vacation, my 7 year old daughter and I gave the Snowbowl a try. We only had a few hours to ski and after reading some of the reviews, I wondered if we should even go. I am very glad we did. The Snowbowl is easy to get to and was not crowded at all on the Monday morning we were there. The facilities were clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. The snow was easy to access once we had our ski's. The value was good, 2 lift tickets, 2 ski rentals, 1 helmet all for just over $100. The views alone were worth the trip. The lifts were older and a bit slow. I could see the place getting crowded on weekends and holidays. However, we never waited over 5 minutes and many times skied right onto the lift. The snow was good and well groomed. I would go back in a heartbeat and really hated to leave.

I would highly recommend the Snowbowl to any travelers in the area. It's not a 5 star resort, but it doesn't pretend to be either. For 10,000' skiing in Arizona, the Snowbowl is a great choice.

Visited February 2013
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skiinginaz, Manager at Arizona Snowbowl, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us and other readers!

We are glad you enjoy a day on the slopes.

Arizona Snowbowl is not as a destination resort, but as you have mentioned our services do not come with a big price tag either. We are proud to be a local’s mountain. As we are very close to Phoenix and with no real competition in Arizona, the weekends and major holiday do get busy here and we always advise people to opt for less crowded days in order to get the most of your day on the slopes.

Now that Snowmaking system is in place, we look forward to moving on to other projects such as expanding our snowmaking capabilities, lift and facilities upgrades. A lot of exciting this are going to happen here at Snowbowl! Stay tuned for updates.
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Scottsdale, AZ
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“Avoid like the plague”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Huge long lift lines, overpriced lift tickets, and slow lifts that don't run half the time. Need I say more?

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Skiwee Classes”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Enjoyed having my daughter take the half day ski classes here. It was her first time in the snow and she loved it. The teachers are great as well. Had lunch here one day as well and it was actually good.

Visited February 2013
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skiinginaz, Guest Relations Manager at Arizona Snowbowl, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Hello,
Thanks for your review of Arizona Snowbowl. We're glad you enjoyed your time here. With great natural snowfall this year (nearly 200 inches so far!) and a full snowmaking system we look to have great conditions all the way through March and into April. We hope you'll be back to enjoy great spring skiing conditions and great lift ticket deals that can be found on our website under the "Specials" page.
Thanks again!
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Dearborn, MI
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“GREAT for Arizona, not so great compared to other states”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

This was my first time snowboarding in Arizona. I was blown away for how good the snow and snowboarding was for Arizona. Never thought they even had snow here or a mountain to go down until I was told about Flagstaff. The weather was incredible, being in the 50's, but with some old snow from some blizzards the week before, there was plenty of snow. My girlfriend took a lesson, and loved it. The beginners area is top notch. Plenty of space, magic carpets, and a lot of room to progress in your skills without being intimidated or accidentally going down into a blue or black run.
But now the bad parts: This is no Utah or Colorado. The mountain is relatively small, and not many chair lifts. The lodge is small and simple. The parking is a bit of a pain. It was very busy for being Presidents Day weekend, so we had to park in the 3rd lot down the hill, which requires you to walk up and down the mountain a bit. The cost was a little high too, due to the holiday. A 1/2 day pass from 12pm to 4pm was $55. (ouch). And by far the worst part, the lift lines. There are not a lot of Arizona ski options, and this definitely results in a FAR too crowded place to ski. The runs are not huge, so most of your time is spent in line. Snowboard rental area is chaotic too. Very busy, loud, and hard to know what to do and where to go.

If you are in Arizona and want to ski, then this is a good place to be. But if you have a few extra bucks, its worth the flight to go to Utah and do some real snowboarding and enjoy much better amenities.

Visited February 2013
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skiinginaz, Guest Relations Manager at Arizona Snowbowl, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Hello,
We're glad to hear you discovered Arizona's best kept secret and had a great time in the SW's largest beginner terrain. We appreciate your review.

We're sorry to hear you had to deal with long lift lines. The weekend you skiied was one of the busiest of the year, so we're sorry you didn't get to experience Snowbowl in its true nature: laid-back and uncrowded. We try to reccomend everyone come on Sunday-Fridays if they are looking to avoid crowds. Having skiied almost everyday this year, lift lines are rarely an issue, except for Holidays and some Saturdays.

We are proud to say that with almost 200 inches of snowfall through February, we are boasting more snow than most Colorado resorts such as Telluride, Aspen, and Vail this year. We also have tons of great tree runs, hike-in bowl skiing, and for the true adventurer, out-of-bounds skiing. In addition, our vertical of 2,300 feet is bigger than many well-known resorts such as Alta, UT, Northstar in Lake Tahoe, and Big Bear in California. Here's a video to check out some epic skiing from a few weeks back to show what's in store for those looking for a powder experience. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDHchA4fJcQ. Hopefully you'll give us another try soon. Thanks again for visiting!

Sincerely,
Snowbowl management
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Tombstone, Arizona
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3 reviews
“How much Fun”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

great price during the week, $35 to $45, great deal, brought their demo skis good deal. Good snow on the days that I went. Will go back again this year.

Visited February 2013
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skiinginaz, Guest Relations Manager at Arizona Snowbowl, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Hello,
Thanks for your review of Arizona Snowbowl. We're glad you enjoyed your time here. With great natural snowfall this year (nearly 200 inches so far!) and a full snowmaking system we look to have great conditions all the way through March and into April. We hope you'll be back to enjoy great spring skiing conditions and great lift ticket deals that can be found on our website under the "Specials" page.
Thanks again!
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