Flagstaff .. Ready for Winter!

posted by Marty Manning - 

It's getting to be time to head to Flagstaff to play in the snow!  But there are things to know
before you go, from safety tips to where to play in the snow to where NOT to park!  I spoke
with Lori Pappas and Meg Roederer from the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau about
how to get the most out of your trip north.

Top seven tips for an enjoyable and safe winter visit to Flagstaff

Please share these important winter travel and safety reminders:

1. Be prepared: Travel with cold weather necessities including plenty of gas in the tank, fully charged cell phone, supply of drinking water, flashlight, and extra batteries. Be sure to pack blankets, gloves, scarves, snacks and medication.

2. Safety first: Slow down, only park in designated areas, do not park along highways, allow for extra time due to road conditions or travel delays.

3. Respect public and private property: Do not block driveways, entrances or exits, use restrooms prior to arriving at snowplay area, play in approved designated areas as shown on the official snowplay map.

4. Leave no trace: Be sure to take your trash and all snowplay items back to your vehicle for proper storage, recycling or trash.

5. Have an alternative plan: Flagstaff offers numerous indoor and outdoor family-friendly winter activities. Stop by the Flagstaff Visitor Center for a customized itinerary.

6. Spend the night: Weather is unpredictable and conditions can quickly change. Err on the cautious side and plan to stay overnight. There are plenty of family and pet-friendly hotels in Flagstaff. Visit flagstaffarizona.org to book your lodging.

7. Use the winter information hotline and winter recreation map: 1-844-256-SNOW and download the free winter recreation map available at flagstaffarizona.org or the Flagstaff Visitor Center (One east Route 66).  The Flagstaff Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The winter information hotline at 1-844-256-SNOW, will be updated daily through the season as conditions change and provides detailed visitor information as winter recreation areas experience operational changes. The snowplay map is a product of a multi-agency collaboration between the City of Flagstaff, Coconino County, Arizona Department of Transportation, the Coconino National Forest, residents and more.

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