While it has a great reputation for 90-plus temperatures throughout the year, Arizona is an official Rocky Mountain state with a handful of opportunities for finding the white powder at higher elevations.
Just two hours from Phoenix, in fact, winter adventure awaits at
Snowbowl ski area near Flagstaff located in the Coconino National Forest. It offers almost dozens of trails in over 700 sun-filled acres for most of the season.
Farther afield, and roughly 200 miles away from the nearest big city lies Arizona's largest ski resort. Sunrise Park in the Arizona White Mountains offers three mountains with 65 runs, a separate snowboarding area, cross country ski trails and a special children's "ski-wee" area.
Finally, if you want to boast that you've been to the most southerly ski resort in the US, head for Mount Lemmon Ski Valley. Although one of the smallest ski and snowboard areas in the state, it makes up for its scant 3 lifts and 200 acres of trails by being only an hour's drive away from Tucson!
More about skiing and snowboarding in Arizona:
Where to Ski & Snowboard in Arizona - Check out the Trip Savvy guide to top resorts near Phoenix with reviews and information on Sunrise Park, Snow Bowl, Flagstaff Nordic Center and more, with related guides & resources to winter recreation and Arizona tourist attractions.
Wildernet.com - Arizona Cross-country Skiing Guide - Check out facts and information on the top eight trails throughout the state by elevation, distance and difficulty, with general descriptions and locations, contact info and related nearby recreational activities.
Arizona Snow Report - Arizona - Find up to date weather conditions and snow reports for major AZ ski resorts including base depth,
new snow, related photos and visitor reviews, from OnTheSnow.com.