We're coming to Flagstaff in mid-March without two 8 year olds. They love doing the national parks, and we will be of course going to the Grand Canyon. But for the down times, I was wondering whether or not there were some fun recreational centers for swimming and/or ice skating in Flagstaff. I remember that in Santa Fe, they had a wonderful community center with both a big swimming pool and a skating rink. If I'd known about that we would have brought our skates. This time, I want to be prepared, but I don't want to lug skates if there isn't a rink.
Also, how is the skiing? We will be staying off Highway 180 about 7 miles northwest of town, and I think we're going to be near Snowbowl. Is this a fun ski area? The kids are beginners, but want to try snowboarding. Is this ski area tough to get to (in terms of road conditions)?