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Unseasonably Warm Weather Delays Arizona Snowbowl’s Opening

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“As nightly temperatures have remained above freezing, our snowmaking teams have had difficulty in producing enough snow to open and we have made the decision to delay our November 10th opening. Mountain operations continue to prepare the mountain for opening day, which we are targeting Nov. 17 as temperatures allow. If we are not able to open on the 17th, Snowbowl will open as soon as possible. 
 
Last season, Snowbowl opened November 19, which was the earliest opening since 1979, and was able to extend its season through May 7, for the longest season on record with a total of 328 inches of snow – the most snowfall in the past 12 years. Stay tuned and keep checking our website (Arizona Snowbowl) for more updates.”

Sincerely, 
JR Murray
General Manager

Flagstaff, Ariz. —  Resort officials announced that unseasonably warm weather has delayed the opening date for Arizona Snowbowl, originally scheduled for Friday, November 10, which would have been the earliest opening day on record.  Snowbowl officials announced it is targeting Friday, Nov. 17 as its opening day.

Warm, sunny days and nighttime temperatures above freezing have made it difficult for crews to make snow on opening trails. Snowbowl crews continue to monitor temperatures and plan to make snow as soon as conditions allow. 

“As nightly temperatures have remained above freezing, our snowmaking crews have had difficulty in producing enough snow to open, and we have made the decision to delay our November 10th opening,” stated J.R. Murray, general manager of Arizona Snowbowl.   “We’ll continue to make snow as weather permits and prepare the mountain for opening day, which is now scheduled for Nov. 17.  If we are not able to open on Nov. 17, Snowbowl will open as soon as possible.” 

Last winter, Snowbowl opened November 19, which was the earliest opening since 1979, and was able to extend its season through May 7, for the longest season on record with a total of 328 inches of snow – the most snowfall in the past 12 years. 

“Arizona Snowbowl is dedicated to delivering a quality early season experience to our guests,” stated Murray.  “We’re excited to kick off our 80th winter season. It’s still early-November and ski season should last into April, or even May similar to last year.”

New this winter, Arizona Snowbowl is installing its third lift over three consecutive years.  A new quad chairlift with loading conveyor will open this season, replacing the old Hart Prairie double chairlift.  Last season, Arizona’s first high-speed six-person lift debuted, which provides access to more than 80 percent of the ski area with the top terminal at 10,900 feet in elevation. 

Snowbowl is also building a new 300-seat restaurant, doubling the dining capacity at the base area, which will open this December.  The new dining area will be in a temporary fabric covered structure while permanent options are being developed.  A new pedestrian overpass is being added which connects the Hart Prairie Lodge with the Grand Canyon Express and Sunset chairlifts, eliminating the current crosswalk.  The new overpass will cross over Snowbowl Road, which is being lowered and realigned to help reduce traffic and improve flow up to the Agassiz Lodge. 

For more information about Arizona Snowbowl and updates on its opening date, visit Snowbowl.ski or @AZSnowbowl on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram.

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Editorial contact:  John Brice (858) 405-4622 / John@SnowSportsPR.com
On Site Contact: Ksenia Hartl (989) 860-8213  / khartl@snowbowl.ski

 

About Arizona Snowbowl
Founded in 1938 and known for offering the best beginner terrain in the Southwest, Arizona Snowbowl is one of the oldest continually operating ski areas in the country.  Located 14 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona, on the San Francisco Peaks and on the highest mountain in Arizona (Humphreys Peak at 12,367 feet), Arizona Snowbowl offers more than 40 trails and 2,300 vertical feet on 777 acres with eight lifts, three terrain parks and two mountain lodges. With exceptional backcountry access and tree skiing in the winter, Arizona Snowbowl also offers a world-renowned summer scenic chairlift that provides stunning views of the red rocks in Sedona, the cinder cone volcanic field, and the rim of the Grand Canyon. For more information, visit www.Snowbowl.ski.  Also see Facebook.com/AZSnowbowl and Twitter.com/AZSnowbowl.