Best Arizona Cross Country Skiing Trails

Arizona has 11 cross country skiing areas.

Located in the US, the cross country skiing in Arizona offers over ten good cross country ski and skate ski trail destinations. The best Arizona cross country skiing based on popularity are considered to be Williams Valley Loop, Ackre Lake Trail, Spruce Mountain, Sunrise Park Resort, and Forest Lakes Trails. For a detailed Nordic ski trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Arizona cross country skiing trail below.

Featured CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS

Williams Valley Loop

East of Alpine, the Williams Valley is covered with a fluffy blanket of snow that makes this one of the Southwest's premier winter recreation areas. These established skiing trails are one of Alpine's best areas.  MORE INFO

Flagstaff Nordic Center

North of Flagstaff in the Coconino National Forest, the Flagstaff Nordic Center has over 40km of groomed cross country ski trails. There are roughly a dozen nordic trails in the system ranging from easy to difficult. The trail elevation ranges from 8,000 feet up to 8,340 feet.  MORE INFO

Ackre Lake Trail

Southwest of Alpine and Hannagan Meadow, the Ackre Lake Trail is a 3.5 mile one-way route above 9,000 feet out to Ackre Lake. The route was designed with nordic skiers in mind. This winding path meanders through aspen stands, broad cienegas as well as thick conifer forests. Opportunities to spy elk and deer are endless, as well as a quick glimpse of a bear or woodland hawk.  MORE INFO

Mormon Lake Ski Touring Center

Located a short drive south of Flagstaff in a forested region of volcanic mountains and lakes, the Mormon Lake Ski Touring Center offers over 30 kilometers of groomed cross country ski trail for novice, intermediate and advanced skiers. The trails crisscross the lower slopes of Mormon Mountain and border the shores of Mormon Lake, the largest natural lake in Arizona. This family-friendly nordic skiing area has some moderate fees.  MORE INFO

Hannagan Meadow Loop

Southwest of Alpine, the Hannagan Meadow Loop is a nice 6 mile nordic ski trail with 400 feet of elevation change. It is ideal for encountering wildlife along meadows above 9,000 feet. The groomed routes pass through tall-treed forests and groves of aspen.  MORE INFO

Sunrise Park Resort

East McNary in the White Mountains, the Sunrise ski area has 42km of cross country ski trails. There are 21km of groomed tracks and 21km of ungroomed tracks.  MORE INFO

Forest Lakes Trails

West of Heber and east of Payson, the Forest Lakes Ski Trail System consists of 13 miles of loops above the Mogollon Rim. The cross country ski trailhead is in Forest Lakes between Payson and Heber on SR260 and is marked.  MORE INFO