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Skiing in Tucson near Westin La Paloma

Probably didn’t think you could ski in Tucson, did you? Well, you’ll be surprised to learn that you can!

In fact, Weston La Paloma Resort is actually close to one of the most well-known skiing mountains in the area: Mt. Lemmon. While you’re staying with us in Tucson, whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall, Mt. Lemmon is always open for those diehard skiers willing to give her a chance.

Below, we’ve provided the information you need to make it up to this glorious mountain — plus a little history on what makes it so great.

History of Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley

Mt. Lemmon began as a bit of fun for a group of skiers post-World War II. The group of friends decided to create the Sahuaro Ski Club based around Mt. Lemmon, and it actually had some quite well-known members. The first way that the skiers ascended the hill was in an old model “A,” which had had its tires removed and was towed up the mountain by a rope.

Getting to the Mountain (and Up It!) From Westin La Paloma Resort

In order to make it up to Mt. Lemmon, you’ll need to drive approximately one hour to Ski Valley. This takes you all along Catalina Highway. Keep in mind that the trip encompasses temperature changes and several instances of varied elevation.

Once you arrive at Ski Valley, you will then need to take a ride to the Mt. Lemmon summit. This will cover an area of approximately one mile and take a half hour total. You and your group will be ascending 9100 feet, starting at an elevation of approximately 8200 feet.

If you’re interested, in the small city of Summerhaven, nearby the Ski Valley area, you’ll be able to find a general store, a snack bar, and a restaurant for before or after your ski trip.

More About Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson

Westin La Paloma is the premier, family-friendly resort and spa in Tucson. We offer on-site golfing, a spa, a fitness center, and our signature Five Pool “Oasis” for lounging, relaxing, and just having fun.

Whether you are coming for the week with your entire family or just for a romantic getaway with you sweetheart, we have the features and amenities you are looking for in a top-end Tucson resort and spa. It’s the perfect vacation for just about everyone!

When you’re ready to book your trip (hopefully, a ski trip!) to Tucson, make Westin La Paloma Resort your destination! We look forward to welcoming you!