Cross-country skiers, skate skiers, snow bikers, snowshoers and families are enjoying sunny days and snow-packed forest trails following recent storms that have dumped more than a foot of snow at the Nordic Center. The ski area, 15 miles north of Flagstaff, opened yesterday for the holiday season and will remain open daily through Sunday, Jan. 3
“Our expert groomers have done an amazing job preparing the more than 30 miles of trails, and everyone’s so excited to be playing outdoors,” said Nordic Center crewmember Tuesde White. “People of all ages – from 4 years old to senior citizens – are skiing, building snowmen, playing on snow bikes and keeping warm with hot chocolate. They’re just really having fun in Arizona’s high country.”
Appropriately, Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed Flagstaff as “Arizona’s Winter Wonderland.”
Discounted Nordic Center Day Passes are available at Babbitt’s Backcountry Outfitters in downtown Flagstaff. “Especially with this season’s prime conditions, trail passes make affordable and fun stocking stuffers while promoting healthy activities and fitness,” said Nordic Center manager Wendell Johnson.
Yurts and cabins have been open for day use and overnight backcountry glamping since Thanksgiving. After Jan. 3, the Nordic Center will resume its winter season schedule, open for skiing and trail use Fridays through Sundays. Recreationists are encouraged to check the Nordic Center website for hours and trail conditions, FlagstaffNordicCenter.com. For more information, call (928) 220-0550.