A quick rundown of the downhill ski areas in Arizona:
ARIZONA SNOWbOWL Location: Flagstaff, about two hours north of Phoenix. Size: five lifts (a high-speed lift will be added for next season) and two conveyors, 32 trails. Terrain: 37 per cent beginner, 42 intermediate, 21 advanced, including a hike-toski-bowl above the tree line. Base elevation: 2,800 metres. Vertical drop: 700 metres. Lift tickets: US$69 adult, US$59 teen, US$39 child. Half day, US$55/$45/$39. Season: November-April. Snowmaking: Yes.
SUNRISE PARK RESORT Location: Greer, near the Arizona/New Mexico state line; about four hours from Phoenix, just under four from Albuquerque. Size: 10 lifts, 65 trails. Terrain: 40 per cent beginner, 40 intermediate, 20 advanced. Base elevation: 2,800 metres. Vertical drop: 550 metres. Lift tickets: US$66 adult, US$56 child. Half day US$52/$44. Season: November-April. Snowmaking: No.
MOUNT LEMMON SKI VALLEY Location: Just east of Tucson. Size: Three lifts, 22 trails. Terrain: 23 per cent beginner, 41 intermediate, 36 advanced. Base elevation: 2,500 metres. Vertical drop: 289 metres. Lift tickets: US$40 adult, US$20 child. Half day US$35/$15. Season: December-April. Snowmaking: No.
chairlifts at the Arizona Snowbowl near Flagstaff, Ariz., carry skiers uphill. The resort is the only one in the area capable of making artificial snow.