Arizona Snowbowl, Sunrise Park Resort are open for skiing. Here's what to expect in 2022
Skiers, rejoice: Winter has come to Arizona's biggest ski resorts.
Arizona Snowbowl, in the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff, opened for the 2022-23 season on Nov. 17. That was one day earlier than its originally announced date. As of Dec. 6, Snowbowl's website was reporting a base snow depth of 24 inches.
Sunrise Park Resort, which is on the Fort Apache Reservation in the White Mountains about 220 miles east of central Phoenix, began making snow in October. It opened on weekends starting Dec. 2 and plans to shift to daily operations starting Dec. 16. Its website reported a base snow depth of 22 inches as of Dec. 6.
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Arizona Snowbowl 2022-2023 season
Opening day: The season kicked off on Thursday, Nov. 17. The Arizona Gondola was running and festivities included live music and giveaways for those who are first in line.
As of Dec. 6, nine trails and four lifts — about 16% of the resort — were open. Skiers can access beginner trails via the Hart Prairie and Little Spruce Conveyor lifts, intermediate trails via the Grand Canyon Express lift and advanced trails via the Arizona Gondola lift. More of Snowbowl's 55 runs will open as conditions allow. For the latest information, check Snowbowl's snow report.
Lift tickets: Arizona Snowbowl ticket prices are based on date and demand. Current prices for December range from $31 on Dec. 8 to $119 on Dec. 27-30. Check Snowbowl's website for dates and prices. Season passes are available.
Gear rentals: Skis, poles, snowboards and boots can be reserved online with your ticket. Ski and snowboard rentals start at $30 each.
Details: 9300 N. Snowbowl Road, Flagstaff. 928-779-1951, https://www.snowbowl.ski.
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Sunrise Park Resort 2022-2023 season
Opening day: Sunrise Park opened Dec. 2 with access to the Fairway, Pinedale and Rooster Pass trails via the Spirit Ridge lift and the Bunny Hill trail via the Pony Double lift. All four trails offer easy terrain. More of the resort's 67 trails will open as conditions allow.
Lift tickets: Price varies by age, date and type of ticket, for half-day or full-day admission. Weekend and holiday admission cost more than weekday admission. Tickets cost more if you book closer to the day you plan to visit. Prices for 2022-23 day passes start at $70 for most adults ($64 for half-day passes); check the resort's website for more information. Season passes are available.
Gear rentals: The resort offers ski rental packages for $45 with skis, boots and poles and snowboard rental packages for $50 with a snowboard and boots.
Details: 200 State Route 273, on the Fort Apache Reservation near Greer. 855-735-7669, https://www.sunrise.ski.
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