Arizona's White Mountains
Attractions: At the Williams Valley Ski Area fifteen kilometers of trails groomed for both diagonal striding and ski-skating wind through a picturesque area of evergreen forests and wide mountain meadows. Williams Valley is located 6 miles from Alpine along a forest road that is kept open except during and immediately after major winter storms. The elevation here is 8,700 feet, so snow usually comes early and stays late. Because of the variety of terrains and conditions at Williams Valley both novices and more experienced skiers will find plenty to enjoy here.
Slopes are moderate to gentle and turns are gradual on these trails, which wind through the trees and across the broad meadows. Powder conditions persist through most of the winter, during which trails are maintained through a joint effort of local merchants and the Alpine Ranger District. When early spring comes, with warm days and cold night, the snow forms a hard crust, making it no longer necessary to stay on the trails or blaze new ones if you strike off in a new direction. The whole area becomes one big cross country ski-skating rink and you're free to fly across the meadows.
The area is adjoined on the west by a large open area which serves as a play area for snowmobile riders. Snowmobile access to this area is maintained along FR 249.
Access: Drive 1.5 miles northwest of Alpine on US 191 and turn west 4.5 miles on FR 249 to Williams Valley. FR 249 is plowed out reasonably soon after a storm.
Snow and Road Conditions Report: For a
current conditions report, call (928) 339-4384