Please note: This “Know Before You Go” update is as of Jan. 22. Travel restrictions and requirements can change quickly, so be sure and check resort websites prior to travel.

The famous hot and dry climate of Phoenix doesn’t prevent us from enjoying the snow this winter. There are several ski areas within driving distance and plenty world class destinations we can fly to for our winter vacation.

We have compiled the latest COVID-19 information for driving and flying so you can decide the safest and most convenient ways to enjoy this ski season. Check back often, as we’ll be updating these pages as new information comes in.

OnTheSnow.com invites all of our site visitors to choose their favorite ski resorts in a variety of categories each spring. Resorts listed in this guide are the top choices by Phoenix site visitors.

Easy Day or Weekend Trips

 

Not in the mood to pop for plane tickets to a nearby state? Then just get in your car and head to our own Arizona ski slopes. We can satisfy that urge to ski or snowboard in just a few hours’ drive.

OntheSnow Visitor Drive-To Picks

Arizona Snowbowl: Drive time is 2.5 hours.

Sunrise Park: Drive time is 4 hours.

Taos: Drive time is 9 hours.

COVID Fast Facts – Day/Weekend Trips

 

When and where do I need to wear a face covering?

Face coverings required on the lifts and while skiing at AZ Snowbowl and Sunrise Park Resort.

Where can I find the most up-to-date information or COVID guidelines?

Arizona: (No statewide travel restrictions)
County
Apache County (Sunrise Park)
Coconino County (Arizona Snowbowl)
Taos County (Taos Ski Valley)

Destination Resort Fly-To Options

 

Face coverings required virtually everywhere at the resort except when eating or drinking and whenever social distancing is not possible.

OnTheSnow Visitor Picks: These are the most popular resort choices for those coming from the Phoenix metro area.

California

Bear Mountain

Heavenly

Mammoth Mountain

California COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Arizona and California:  No restrictions. Much of California is under a mandatory stay-at-home resident order. Regional stay-at-hhome orders for 3 weeks go into effect if region's ICU availability falls below 15%. Advise 14-day quarantine; some areas (San Francisco or LA County) advise 10-day. Order prohibits staying overnight at ski areas.

Note: Mammoth Lodging Collection is not accepting reservations for the duration of the advisory.

Colorado

Breckenridge

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort Terrain

Telluride

Vail

Wolf Creek Ski Area

Colorado COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Arizona and Colorado: None.

The move to COVID-19 red level in many Colorado counties does not affect ski resort on-mountain operations. Statewide mask mandate for those 11+. Pitkin County (home to Aspen and other ski resorts) visitors must sign a visitor affidavit and take test within 72 hours of arrival or quarantine for 10 days. Counties under color-coded virus risk levels thgough Feb. 6.

Utah

Park City Mountain Resort

Snowbird

Utah COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Arizona and Utah: None. Mandatory mask order in effect for those 2+.

British Columbia, Canada

Whistler Blackcomb

British Columbia COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Arizona and British Columbia: 

Avoid all non-essential travel. Mandatory negative COVID test for those 5+ 72 hours before flying into Canada. International travelers must self quarantine for 14 days and complete ArriveCAN application to enter Canada through Feb. 5.

 
 

Airline COVID Precautions

 

All airlines and airports have instigated stringent disinfectant procedures. Click below for your airline’s COVID page for specifics.
Air Canada

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

Delta Airlines

Southwest Airlines

United Airlines

Westjet