A view from the midpoint of the Mount Lemmon ski lift. The lift is open on Thursdays through Mondays until September 2.

J.D. Fitzgerald/The Explorer

The Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley ski lift is now open as a Sky Ride, Thursdays through Mondays, during the summer. A ride on the Sky Ride to the summit and back takes about one hour. You can expect to see wildlife and summer birds on your way up.

Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley is the southernmost ski area in the United States, and, compared with the Tucson valley, temperatures here are 30º cooler in the aspen and Ponderosa pine forest.

Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley is a small enclave of shops with the Iron Door restaurant, the Miner's Sweet Tooth café selling homemade cookies and fudge, Grub Stake patio café, and the Motherlode Gift Shop. The Sky Ride is located a 30-mile drive north of central Tucson, on the slopes of Mount Lemmon in the Coronado National Forest.

May 23, 2013 - September 02, 2013

Where: 10300 Ski Run Rd., Mt. Lemmon, AZ 85619 

Time: From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Admission: Sky Ride Tickets: $5-$9 

Phone: 520-626-8122

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.