Most college towns empty out over winter break. Not Flagstaff. With bluebird skies and impressive snowfall, it draws winter sports lovers when the flakes fly. After the lifts close, downtown beckons with vibrant art and superb restaurants.
Arizona Snowbowl’s six-person chairlift isn’t called the Grand Canyon Express for nothing. On a clear day, it affords a view of something that’s not visible from any other ski area: the Big Ditch itself. If you’re lucky, you might also spot the resort’s furry staff member, Ava, a working dog. Looking for something more grounded? Nearby, Arizona Nordic Village boasts over 30 miles of groomed trails for cross- country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking; Flagstaff Snow Park lures thrill seekers with snow tubing.