What to Expect and Bring for Your Winter Cabin or Yurt Stay
So you’ve booked a stay at the Arizona Nordic Village and maybe you’re wondering what you need to bring or just what to expect! Let’s make sure you have the basics covered to ensure you have the best experience possible. Here’s what to expect and bring for a stay at the Arizona Nordic Village during Flagstaff’s winter season.
During a typical year, the average temperature at the Nordic Village varies from 10° to 71°F and is rarely below -14°F or above 78°F. You can expect our coldest temperatures to occur during January however our cold season lasts about three and a half months, from mid-November to early March. We provide split aspen wood with kindling to keep you nice and warm in your yurt or cabin. Even with a hot fire, you will want to bring the following for added comfort.
- Warm sleeping bag
- Extra blankets
One of the most common winter mistakes is not dressing warm enough. It will be hard to have a nice vacation if you don’t bring the proper clothing. We recommend that all of your outerwear is wind and waterproof but we advise against wearing anything that is 100% cotton, including jeans. Layers work great because if you get warm from the exercise you can always take one off and still be comfortable! If you don’t have much warm clothing, there are a number of outdoor stores in Flagstaff that can help outfit you for your adventure. Check these handy items off of your list:
- Thermal pants
- Snow pants
- Base layer shirts
- Snow Jacket
- Snow gloves
- Face mask/clava
- Thick socks
If you are staying in our Front Country, you will be near the main lodge, which is open 24/7 for access to running water and restrooms. If you are staying in our Backcountry, your yurt could be between 1-3 miles, depending on the location of the yurt you booked. If we have snow on the ground it is important to remember that you must have skis or snowshoes on the entire time you are traveling to your yurt. This helps to preserve our grooming and is a requirement of wintertime use of our trails. It will also help you to have a great time! For your convenience, we rent skis, boots, poles, and snowshoes. New this year, we will also have fat bikes for rent! As an overnight guest, you also get a discount on trail passes and rentals, just be sure to let the Lodge staff that you are staying with us. Don’t forget that we are a cross country ski resort, not a downhill resort, and there is no lift service. The Arizona Snowbowl is the only downhill mountain in Flagstaff, but we are only ten minutes away from it! In case you aren’t quite sure about cross country skiing, we offer individual and group ski lessons to help you get the hang of it. If snow sports just aren’t your thing, we also have a large, flat, snowplay area fit for all the snowmen, snowball fights, and igloo building your heart desires.
- We offer night skiing at a discounted rate from 4-7pm on Friday and Saturday with a family-friendly movie, bonfire, and s’mores.
- We offer senior and student discounts on our trail passes and season passes!
- We have a small selection of ski and camping supplies available for purchase in case you forgot something.
For the Road
We understand the following safety information can be concerning but it is important to remember that these are life saving tips to help keep all travelers safe.
- Have an ice scraper to maintain windshield visibility and a snow shovel in case your vehicle becomes stuck.
- Dial 511 for updates about traffic and weather conditions
- If you are driving up from the Phoenix area, you will want to select Interstate 17 northbound.
- If you are driving through Williams you will want to select the Interstate 40 eastbound.
- Do not speed
- Do not tailgate
- Beware of black ice
- Take it easy on turns
- Do not slam on your brakes, you will lose traction
- Beware of elk and deer
- Constantly scan the sides of the road
- If an animal enters the highway, hit it, do not swerve.
- If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle or an all-wheel-drive vehicle, bring it. If you only have 2-wheel drive vehicle, assess the weather before traveling, or give us a call and we’ll let you know the current road conditions.
- If you find yourself caught in a heavy snowstorm, pull over until it is safe to drive and alert someone of your location, such as a friend or staff member.
When in doubt, play it safe!