More about Grand Canyon Skiing
Cross Country Skiing on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
The South Rim of the Grand Canyon can receive over a foot of snow in a good storm. If you live close by or happen to be around during this winter event, you'll wonder why there isn't a Nordic Center on the Rim. This can be a unique way to enjoy the solitude the winter months bring to this bustling destination, but snow does tend to melt off the South Rim fairly quick after a storm. Any of the South Rim trails or dirt roads make for good options, just remember groomed trails and tracks are non-existent at the canyon.
Cross Country Skiing on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
The North Rim on the other hand actually gets a snow pack due to its average elevation of over 8,000 feet. The Road to the North closes after the first snow (usually some time in later November) and does not open until May 15th. The Park and all facilities close on October 15th due to the winter weather, so anyone attempting a trip to this area needs experience and preparation. A Winter Rim to Rim is popular with hardcore Canyon hikers and entails a 30-mile Nordic Trek from Jacob Lake to the North Kaibab trailhead, followed by a 24-mile Rim to Rim hike across the Grand Canyon. There are also limitless forest service roads, as well as a couple trails on the North Kaibab ranger district. These are great areas for cross country skiing and snow camping with numerous places to access Grand Canyon vistas filled with solitude.
Skiing Options near Grand Canyon National Park
If you’re looking for downhill skiing and snowboarding options Arizona Snowbowl is right down the road from the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Located on the slope of Mt Humphrey’s near Flagstaff, AZ Snowbowl has 55 runs and an average annual snowfall of 260 inches. For cross country skiers looking for groomed trails and other Nordic activities head to the Arizona Nordic Village. The Nordic Village is close to Snowbowl and also offers rentals for cabins and yurts.