Featured CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.