10 Flagstaff Winter Awareness Tips: Know Before You Go
Flagstaff, Ariz. (Jan. 8, 2019) – Designated as Arizona’s winter wonderland, Flagstaff accumulates an average of 100 inches of snow annually for winter enthusiasts to partake in a multitude of winter festivities from events and attractions to activities such as skiing, skating, snowshoeing, sledding and tubing.
Please share these 10 important winter travel and safety reminders:
- 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. The winter information hotline at 1-844-256-SNOW is updated daily through the season as conditions change and provides detailed visitor information as winter recreation areas experience operational changes. The map is a product of a multi-agency collaboration between the City of Flagstaff, Coconino County, Arizona Department of Transportation, the Coconino National Forest and community.
- Winter Wonderland Webcam: For views of what the weather in downtown Flagstaff is doing in real time, visit flagstaffarizona.org/webcam. This controllable webcam is located on top of the Flagstaff Visitor Center building in the center of historic downtown Flagstaff and allows you to focus the view on the San Francisco Peaks, Route 66, the train tracks or historic Southside.
- 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.
- 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.
- Respect public and private property: Do not block driveways, entrances or exits, use restrooms prior to arriving at snow play area, play in approved designated areas as shown on the official winter recreation map.
- Leave no trace: Be sure to take your trash and all snow play items back to your vehicle for proper storage, recycling or trash.
- Have an alternative plan: Flagstaff offers numerous indoor and outdoor family-friendly winter activities. Stop by the Flagstaff Visitor Center for a customized itinerary.
- 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.
- No parking or stopping on Highway 180: For public safety the highway is patrolled regularly and violators will be ticketed.
- Visit www.flagstaffarizona.org or the Flagstaff Visitor Center: For Flagstaff’s winter wonderland activities.
Come to Flagstaff for a wonderful winter wonderland experience! Enjoy skiing or snowboarding at the Arizona Snowbowl or cross country skiing and snowshoeing at Arizona Nordic Village and snow play at the Flagstaff Snow Park for tubing, hot coco and outdoor fire pits.
For more on that and on Flagstaff's Lunar Legacy, celebrating the fact that every astronaut that walked on the moon trained in Flagstaff, listen to my Valley Views interview with Meg Roederer from the Flagstaff Convention and Visitor's Bureau