White Mountain, Arizona, Ski Resorts

by Joe Fletcher

Arizona's White Mountains, not to be confused with the White Mountains in New Hampshire or Alaska, stretch out along Arizona's eastern border with New Mexico. The second highest range in the state, the White Mountains offer both downhill and cross-country skiing opportunities anchored by the Sunrise Park Resort.

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Location

The White Mountains are on the central east border of Arizona. They are equidistant from major cities like Phoenix and Tucson, each of which is about four to five hours away. Municipalities of the region include Pine-Top Lakeside, Springerville and Eagar. Much of the range is located in Apache-Sitsgreaves National Forest. US 191 runs north and south through the region, and US 60 runs east to west.

Sunrise Mountain Resort

The premier ski resort in Arizona's White Mountain region, Sunrise encompasses 65 runs over three mountains. The resort tops out at 11,100 feet on Apache Peak and drops a total of 1,800 feet worth of vertical. The resort has a terrain park and a "ski-wee" area meant for children and beginners. The terrain is divided among 40 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate and 20 percent advanced, according to the website On the Snow. No expert terrain is offered. In addition to its downhill slopes, Sunrise Park offers a cross-country skiing network with 13 miles of groomed trails.

Greer Lodge Resort and Cabins

Though the White Mountains offer only one downhill ski resort, they have miles of cross-country skiing trails that wind through Apache/Sitsgreaves national forests. The White Mountains Partnership details four specific areas for cross-country skiing in the region: Hannagan Meadow, Williams Valley, Pole Knoll and Greer, and Forest Lakes. In the Greer region, the Greer Lodge Resort and Cabins offers free cross-country equipment to its patrons and provides maps of the local forest trails. The resort has a variety of lodging units, including cabins, townhouses and lodge rooms.

Hannegan Meadow Lodge

In the Hannegan Meadow region, the Hannegan Meadow Lodge has 38 miles of trails right out the door. The property also offers rentals of skis and snowshoes on a first-come, first-served basis. The lodge is located at an elevation of 9,100 feet, so you'll get the opportunity to explore alpine forests on the trails of the region. In terms of accommodations, both cabins and lodge rooms are available at the property. In addition to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, the lodge has a tubing hill and snowmobile trails.

About the Author

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.