We love our mild Phoenix winters (and all the sun!) but we still miss the snow the beauty of a fresh snow fall on the trees and the fun – sledding, snowball fights, snow angels, skiing. What’s awesome about Arizona is that we can drive up north 2-3 hours and enjoy a fun day in the snow. Arizona has several ski resorts including Snow Bowl in Flagstaff and Sunrise in Greer. But sometimes you just want to go sledding. We’ve made a few trips up north already this winter and on our last trip checked out the new Flagstaff Snow Park.
We LOVED it. So much fun. Such a great concept. It’s only open when the snow coverage is good to check their website or Flagstaff Snow Park Facebook page for updates. Tickets can be purchased online so you don’t need to worry about being turned away once your arrive.
Snow tubing. It’s not sledding but snow tubing. No need to bring your sleds. I much prefer the tubes over sleds for so many reasons. First, our sleds are always breaking since they are just made from plastic. You stay drier because you’re higher up from the group than on a sled. As after living in Phoenix for so many years, we’ve become cold wimps so staying drier and therefore warmer, helped the day to be some much more enjoyable. And third, the tubes bounce off the sides of the trails and absorb the bumps better – as a mom in her mid-40’s I can really appreciate how much less my body ached the next day. I love to spend a day having fun with my kid, but sometimes the next day I really feel it.
The park has 6 runs plus a kiddie hill. The runs are very long, much longer than any hill that we’ve found at any of the popular sledding spots in Flagstaff. The downside, is walking up the steep hills with your tubes.
We went on a Tuesday right after the holidays – because many people went back to work or school that day, the crowds were very light. Also relatively new at that point, many people hadn’t heard of the park yet. I expect the crowds are higher now on the weekends with all the snow we’ve gotten the past few weeks.
The park also has an area with picnic tables and a few food trucks.
disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. My family wanted to go play in the snow and loved the new Snow Park.