Uphill Access

Currently, uphill travel on terrain within the Arizona Snowbowl ski area is unavailable due to mountain operations and construction projects.  Travel in the adjacent Kachina Peaks Wilderness is available from the lower parking area. Consult the Coconino National Forest website for travel informationFor winter backcountry and avalanche conditions visit the Kachina Peaks Avalanche Center site at www.kachinapeaks.org.

Uphill Access Policy

You are required to have an Uphill Access Permit on you while traveling during uphill access hours. Fill out the permit form here, and pick up your armband at Guest Services in the Hart Prairie Lodge during business hours.

Arizona Snowbowl operates under a special use permit from the Coconino National Forest. We enhance the use of your public land. Please keep in mind that uphill travel is a privilege and not a right on USFS permitted land by providing access to the Peaks, plowing the roads, sharing our parking lots, and supporting Flagstaff culture of outdoor recreation. 

Regular Uphill Access Hours: 

Uphill travel opens at 5:00 p.m. 
Uphill travel closes at 9:00 a.m. (uphill travelers must be down and off ski slopes by 9:00 a.m.)
Uphill travel is closed during ski area operational hours. 

 

Arizona Snowbowl Uphill Access: Uphill access by means of skinning, snowshoeing and hiking continues to gain popularity at Arizona Snowbowl. Arizona Snowbowl and the Coconino National Forest acknowledge the enjoyment of uphill use within the ski area boundary. We welcome and support individuals seeking to exercise and enjoy the quiet mountain setting. Mountain users can help preserve this opportunity by following these simple guidelines:

  • Under the Arizona Skier Safety Act any person using any of the facilities of a ski area is considered a skier, and as such is required to adhere to, and obey all posted information, and to be aware of trail closures and other operational considerations. The ski area is not maintained for uphill access, and trails are not patrolled outside normal ski area operating hours, therefore emergency services may not be available.
  • Be especially aware of and avoid inherent risks including other skiers and riders approaching from above or below when on-mountain, terrain variation, changing weather conditions, snowmobiles, snowcats, winch cat cables, snowmaking hoses, and other equipment may be encountered at any time. This is a partial list. Be safety conscious. 
  • There are other inherent risks while recreating at the ski area, so be aware that you assume all risk of injury and property damage.
  • You are responsible for your own safety at all time while on Arizona Snowbowl permitted area. Use the buddy system and always go with a friend! 

View our complete Uphill Access Policy here.

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  • Parking is located in lot 6 only (below entry gate to the right). Please do not park inside gate. Vehicles will be towed.
  • Please check the Uphill Access kiosk located in parking lot 6 for closure information, routes, and updates. Routes will be posted by 6:00 p.m. daily.
  • Minimize damage to our freshly groomed trails. Please respect that we have a business to operate and our groomers take pride in providing a quality product for our customers. Stay to skier’s right traveling up and down the mountain. Do no ski middle and across trail. 
  • All Terrain Parks are always closed during non-operational hours.
  • Reflective clothing is recommended.
  • Always wear a headlamp.
  • Stay clear of all operating equipment and do not assume an operator can see you. Proper etiquette is to move to the side of the ski run and let the snow cat pass.
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed on the ski slopes including, but not limited to snowmobiles.

 

  • Uphill access during avalanche control operations will be limited to lower mountain routes, or be closed. Arizona Snowbowl reserves the right to close all or other areas of the mountain during avalanche control operations.
  • During avalanche control operations, a sign, flashing beacon, and warning flags will be posted on the Arizona Snowbowl entry gate.
  • Please obey all posted closures. Posted closures may be located at Round Up and the Agassiz chairlift, Midway and Logjam, Yogi catwalk, and Boo Boo catwalk, along with other possible locations.Avalanche danger may exist. Following any new amount of snow or wind, Ski Patrol may be conducting avalanche control work, including the use of explosives.

Participants must beware of, and avoid all mountain hazards. These hazards include, but are not limited to:

  • Winch Cat operations- Dangerous cable! Under no circumstance may anyone access any area where winch cat operations are taking place!  Sno-Cat’s are repeatedly going uphill and downhill with a cable stretched tightly across the terrain and can be very dangerous! Skiing into them could result in serious injury or death. Please respect our signage and flashing beacons.
  • Snow Cat grooming – Give snow cats a wide berth, and make yourself visible to operators, do not assume they see you.   Please move to side of trail and stop while sno-cat passes.
  • Snowmaking hoses and electrical cords may be buried in the snow.  Do not ski or travel between the snowmaking fan guns and the hydrant on side of trail – Danger, high pressure and high voltage.
  • Snowmaking hydrants – Stay clear of sides of trails where snowmaking equipment is present.
  • Snowmobiles – Stay to the skiers right of trails and give them room to pass.
  • Other hazard areas, operations, or conditions may exist. Ski/ride at your own risk!
  • During early season operations, Arizona Snowbowl may close the resort for a length of time to prepare and set up the ski area. Arizona Snowbowl reserves the right to close the permit area for any reason including but not limited to special events and avalanche mitigation.
  • No dogs allowed.
  • You are required to have a complimentary uphill access pass on you while traveling during uphill access hours. Fill out the permit form here, and pick up your armband at Guest Services in the Hart Prairie Lodge during business hours.
  • We expect all uphill travelers to be down and off the slopes by 9:00 a.m. 
  • HIGHLIGHT: Arizona Snowbowl is not responsible for injury to guests and employees. Dogs that chase machinery can be severely injured or killed. Pets are no longer allowed. Off leash, chasing, barking, and pet defecation causes safety hazards. We are all pet owners, but we care for the safety of you and your pets. 
  • Routes are determined daily due to mountain operations such as nightly snowmaking and grooming.
  • Information regarding routes can be found at the kiosk in parking lot 6.
  • Always travel (up and down) on the skiers right of an open trail and be down and off the slopes by 9:00 a.m. 
  • Please respect our grooming operations. Respect the corduroy.  Stay to skier’s right traveling up and down the mountain. Do no ski middle and across trail.  
  • Those individuals with backcountry permits may access the Humphrey’s trailhead, during operational hours, located at the north end of parking lot 8, and may cross the Hart Prairie ski run to access the trail, but must yield to skiers and riders traveling downhill.