By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | February 8, 2021
The temperatures are creeping up, but winter isn’t over yet.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess overhauled its grounds to resemble an Alpine Village for “Winter at the Princess,” which runs until Sunday, March 21.
Guest can enjoy two ice-skating experiences, ax throwing, rides, ice mazes and inventive food and beverage options. The hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Sundays, Thursdays and Wednesdays, and 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Resort discounts are available.
“This is our first ‘Winter at the Princess,’” says Teresa Thompson, director of resort experience. “This has been such a fun event to put together.
“Everyone is really excited for the ax throwing. A wide variety of ages can do it. It’s an event for all ages — for families or date nights. There’s live music in the village. The atmosphere and ambiance feel like you’re in an Alpine village.”
Chill to live acoustic music at Campfire Park, where complimentary fire pit seating is available to roast s’mores while enjoying warm winter beverages picked up at The Village Bar.
Young explorers ages 2 to 8 years old can visit The Kids Village, where they will meet the Princess’ newest furry friend, Brrrnee the St. Bernard, who rescues skiers.
“He’s really, really cute,” Thompson says. “He’s very loveable. We have Bixby and Gibbs, our canine ambassadors. They called their friend Brrrnee and invited him down.”
In The Kids Village, pint-size adventurers will burn off winter energy riding the Lolli Swing, Alpine Slide, The Flying Dragon and Cool Bears.
Another ride is The Chair Lift, a 90-foot-tall, four-person gondola Ferris Wheel.
“The views are so amazing, with the city night view of Scottsdale, the mountains in the background and a view of the whole village and property. I rode on it last night and it was amazing.”
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale
Tickets start at $15