Last year the snowfall was so low in Flagstaff that the Nordic Center never opened once. Thankfully this year El Niño brought early season snow to the area and the Nordic Center opened on Thanksgiving day. Justin and I were busy uphill skiing on Humphrey's with our skins in the beginning of the season, but we finally made it out to the Nordic center for some wandering through lowland cross country tracks last weekend.
The Flagstaff Nordic Center has tracks for snowshoeing, fat biking, skate-skiing, and classic skiing. The challenge of Nordic skiing is no secret, and at 8,000ft in Flagstaff your lungs will be screaming for more oxygen. There are over 40km of trails offered for skiing, which is sure to keep you busy for a day on the tracks. If you're up for an overnight adventure, the Morning Glory Back Country Yurt is tucked at the furthest end of the trails with a picture perfect view of the San Fransisco Peaks. There are also many other yurts and cabins available for rent that are in closer proximity to the lodge if you don't want a long haul on your skis. The Nordic Center is a bustling little area by the lodge with a homey feel if you're from out of town. If you're heading up for a weekend, try to arrive in time for the Lodge's Friday night fire ritual with discounted skiing after 4pm - but don't forget your headlamp!
Flagstaff Nordic Center
16848 U.S. 180
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Lodge Phone: (928) 220-0550
I am an outdoor travel junkie with my doctorate in occupational therapy. On Sweet World Travels you will find stories of my life with my husband, the communities we serve, and the many adventures we take.