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Tucked into the San Francisco Peaks 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon and about 15 miles from downtown Flagstaff, this cross-country ski center has a full 40km of trails that wind through some of the largest Ponderosa pine stands in the state.
Tucked into the San Francisco Peaks in the Coconino National Forest about 15 miles from downtown Flagstaff, this Nordic oasis has most of the common attributes one would associate with a good cross country ski center anywhere else in the country. Flagstaff Nordic Center has a full 40km of non-redundant trails, more if you count portions of trails that you have to repeat to reach more distant loops. The trails wind through some of the largest Ponderosa pine stands in the state with the ever-present aspen, the other dominant species. Trails are named for terrain features found throughout the region, most of which are named after significant individuals and historic figures.
Flagstaff Nordic Center is a off-grid and a 'green' facility. This Nordic Center produces its own power using solar and backup generators. We haul water and employ various water-saving techniques. All grooming snowmobiles have been replaced by less-polluting, more-efficient 4-stroke snowmobiles. Flagstaff Nordic Center also volunteers to clean the highway near their facility as well as maintain aspen/elk exclosure fencing. The fencing project is done in conjunction with the National Forest Service as part of an ongoing effort to save the aspen forests.Flagstaff Nordic Center is only 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon and people frequently stop in to ski on their way to the Canyon. It's about two hours north of Phoenix by car and a four-hour drive from Las Vegas. In addition to its strong local following, snow-starved skiers in the southwest regularly seek out this hidden gem in the mountains. Citizen racers and Birkie veterans will trek from Phoenix to train and transplanted snowbirds find Flagstaff Nordic Center a welcome reminder of winter they left behind.