During the winter season in Arizona, a great place to go to with the kids is the Wing Snow Play Area -- we go here every year. Before, we would buy the "plastic" sleds at the gas stations but for 2013, we bought these wonderful plastic blow-up sleds which were 70% off at Flagstaff's Target store (just about $6 each). Of course, we also had to buy an $18 air pump that connects to the car. But, wherever you get it, the kids will have fun and for safety make sure they wear a helmet.
Other than sledding, the place also has "plowed and managed parking", hot beverages and other concessions, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and just plain playing in the snow, building a snowman. Make sure to check their website first to see if they have adequate snow (usually December to February).
Also great spots for taking pictures with the snow-capped mountains of Flagstaff.
As of 2013, just $12 for a car (with five people).
See our 2013 Youtube video on WING SNOW PLAY AREA @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJmlt6nH3As&list=PL5-YlX8BpVL_yKUiCpsq4t_OrLDfPlWhS
In the video however, we were already at the end of winter season so the snow was much less than during our previous trips, but the kids still had a lot of fun.
Directions: From Interstate 40, follow Hwy 180 north 2.8 miles past Snowbowl Road to mile marker 226 (approximate), turn left onto Forest Service Road 222B. The exit is clearly marked as “Wing Mountain Snow Play Area.”
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