Flagstaff Snow Park Visit Tips
When our youngest daughter reminded us she had never seen real snow we knew we had to plan a day at the Flagstaff Snow Park. With snow in the Northern Arizona forecast and the announcement of the park opening to the public, we purchased our tickets online and planned a family snow day. The park is about two hours north of the Phoenix area and purchasing your tickets prior to your planned visit is highly suggested.
With eight snow hills planned, depending on natural snowfall and manmade production, a variety of hills are open dependent on the weather conditions. During our visit three hills were open and the other closed run areas were perfect for making snow angels and family snowball fights.
The snow park is open weather permitted daily 9:00 – 5:00. Tickets are available for morning, afternoon or all day snow play. Purchase your tickets online to avoid being turned away at the entrance the day of your planned visit. Tickets are only sold online for days the park can guarantee they will be open.
Take exit 337 off of I-17, proceed west and follow the signs to the Flagstaff Snow Park. They are located in the Fort Tuthill County Park next to campground.
Parking is free in the nearby lot. We put on our snow gear in the car before walking across the lot to the entrance.
Bring your printed tickets and photo ID to the check in booth to receive your park badges.
Walk to the Park
Attach the waterproof badges to your jacket with the included zip tie. Then take the short walk through the snow to the snow park.
The orange kiddie hill is where we started sledding because our youngest daughter is only three years old and this was her first experience in the snow.
Tubes are included with your ticket and your own sleds or tubes are not permitted. During our entire visit, there was a surplus of tubes available with no wait.
Drag your own tube up the snow hill to sled.
We spent the morning on all of the runs and playing in the snow.
Onsite vendors have plenty of options for meals, snacks and warm drinks. The picnic tables are in an open area and a great place to warm up in the sun.
There are onsite portable restrooms so there’s no reason to leave early for a bathroom break.
You can also warm up near the fire pits while sipping hot chocolate.
What to bring
Appropriate weather wear is necessary for a comfortable day. Our family was dressed in snow pants, wool socks, snow boots, sweaters, jackets, scarves, hats and gloves. We did not carry in any other essentials beyond phones, wallet, keys and a GoPro in our pockets.
Just before we left, I went down the green run by myself with the GoPro so I could show you how much fun we were having. The solo experience turned quite memorable when I wiped out an adult on my way down. She flipped onto my lap and rode the hill to the bottom with me.
Have you planned a family snow day this season yet?