Winter Activities in Arizona

Many people flock to Arizona during the winter months to enjoy the mild weather temperature, lack of snow, and ice storms. As cities and states across the country take a pounding with winter weather, people in Arizona are outside enjoying peace and tranquility. However, if you still enjoy some aspects of winter, you really don’t have to travel far to participate in winter activities. Here are the top winter activities in Arizona. 

Skiing and Snowboarding

You really don’t have to go far to slap on some skis or a snowboard and get fancy in the powder. Arizona is home to many wonderful places to go downhill skiing or snowboarding. The season might be short and it can be hit or miss on the amount of snow that falls, but there are a few hidden gems to check out in Arizona:

Arizona Snowbowl
Address: 9300 N SnowBowl Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Located in beautiful Flagstaff, AZ, and just a few hour drive from the valley, Arizona Snowbowl is a popular place to ski or snowboard. It is located in the San Francisco Peaks with over 7,000 skiable acres. There are 5 ski lifts with the tallest one measuring in at 11,500 feet.


Arizona Nordic Village
Address: 16848 US-180, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Another place to check out in Flagstaff is Arizona Nordic Village. This village is all about cross country skiing and snowshoeing. You can get help via instructors and even rent equipment if you do not have your own. You can spend the night in a yurt or a cabin to make the trip completely enjoyable as you get a quiet escape into the backcountry.


Sunrise Park Resort
Address: 200 Highway 273, Greer, AZ 85927
The largest ski resort in all of Arizona, Sunrise Park Resort is home to 65 runs. It is located in Apache County in the Arizona White Mountains, which is just over 200 miles from Phoenix. The resort is owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe.


Mount Lemmon Ski Valley
Address: 10300 E Ski Run Rd, Mt Lemmon, AZ 85619
Head south near Tucson to take advantage of winter activities at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley. This resort has one ski lift, 18 trails and rare but beautiful views of the surrounding desert. 


When you are able to get to the perfect winter weather, snowmobiling is a fun and exhilarating winter activity you can do in Arizona. There are pristine trails around the state that can offer hours of enjoyment. Here are some of the state’s best trails to check out for snowmobiling this winter in Arizona:

Acorn Lodge: beautiful trails at your disposal in the White Mountains. 

Mormon Lake Lodge: Great trails and tons more winter activities. 


Kids and adults alike love sledding down hills of snow to really bring winter to life. Grab a plastic sled or an inner tube to head down these fun sledding in Arizona:

Oak Hill Snow Play Area: 10 miles east of Williams

Green Valley Park: Located in Payson

Fort Tuthill County Park: Can be found in Flagstaff

Ponderosa Trails Park: Also found in Flagstaff

Ice Skating

Ice skating does happen in Arizona and oftentimes, you do not have to travel far to enjoy this winter activity. You can opt to give a go on your own or try out a private lesson. Here are some great places to try ice skating in Arizona:

Ice Den: Scottsdale

Winter Wonderland Ice Rink: Outdoor ice skating in Mesa

AZ Ice: in Arcadia, Gilbert and Peoria

Desert Ice Skating Rink: At the Fairmont Princess Resort

Final Thoughts

Some travel might be required, however, Arizona does have plenty of fun and enjoyable winter activities to partake in. Snow does fall in certain regions and the landscape transforms into a winter wonderland. Whether you want to ski, sled or skate, there is something for everyone and at every level of skill and ability. 

***Due to Covid-19, some of these top winter activities in Arizona might be restricted or limited in their offerings. It is recommended to investigate which activities might be currently open or entertaining guests. This is also a good time to create a list for future, less pandemic infested times.