Winter Wonderland Only Two Hours North

There may not be any snow outside your window, but that doesn’t mean you and your family can’t have some winter fun this season!

Just two hours north, in Flagstaff, the palm trees turn to towering pine trees, and a winter wonderland awaits you.

The quick climb to 7,000 feet is an adventurous drive in itself, as you witness cacti and desert heat give way to cool pines and scenic, snowy San Francisco Peaks.

Flagstaff’s rustic, small town charm is guaranteed to steal the hearts of anyone who passes through. However, the city is so much more than just a place to grab lunch and fill your tank. Meander through the shops lining the streets of downtown, build a snowman in the many parks, go sledding with your family, or take your vacation to the slopes of Arizona Snowbowl for a day of skiing and snowboarding.

Every January, a winter celebration takes over the streets of downtown Flagstaff. Mountain Dew’s urban ski and snowboard festival, Dew Downtown, is a two day event where terrain park riders and skiers take to the snow in the middle of the streets in the heart of Flagstaff. Watch some of the best skiers and riders show off their moves as they compete for cash and other prizes. Plus, hang out in the New Belgium beer garden, explore the shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown, and enjoy the family-friendly snowplay area – fun for all ages! This year’s festival is Jan. 24-Jan. 25, 2015. Visit for more information.

Give your kids the gift of snow by taking them to the slopes of Arizona Snowbowl for a day of skiing or snowboarding. Learn as a family or have some time to relish the slopes by yourself while the kids are enjoying their lesson. With the largest learning terrain in the southwest and a large staff of over 160 professionals and certified instructors, your kids are in great hands. Leaving the heat doesn’t mean you leave behind your sunshine: Flagstaff’s infamous clear blue skies combined with Snowbowl’s fresh snow make for the perfect skiing and riding conditions. (Don’t forget the sunscreen!)

Arizona Snowbowl wants you to experience the mountain affordably, which is why they are always offering great deals for the entire family. Snowbowl always wants those new to the sport to learn in a safe and constructive environment. This is why they created the 3-Day Package: For just $189, adults receive three days’ worth of lift tickets, rental equipment and lessons. However, there’s no pressure to learn within three consecutive days, your package is good for any three days during the season. The package is meant to be a way for visitors to progressively learn how to ski or snowboard so they can get the most out of every lesson. This package is also offered for kids ages 8-18, as well. For more information, visit

Let a visit to Flagstaff to experience winter become a tradition for your family.