Agassiz Lift Projected to Reopen in March
This morning, Arizona Snowbowl made the following announcement about Agassiz’s scheduled opening date. We will continue to keep you posted on our progress through this blog:
Snowbowl Announces Projected Reopening for Agassiz Lift
Flagstaff, AZ — (February 19, 2020) – Arizona Snowbowl today announced the projected reopening of the Agassiz triple chairlift, Arizona’s only year-round lift. Snowbowl officials anticipate Agassiz lift will open as early as Sunday, March 8 — pending part manufacturing, installation and inspections.
“The conditions at Snowbowl have been incredible and the only thing that’s lacking right now is Agassiz, so we are very happy to now have an anticipated opening date on all of our calendars,” said general manager Rob Linde. “Throughout this process, our number one priority has been our guest and employee safety, and we will not operate the lift until the issue has been resolved.”
On Saturday, January 18, the chairlift experienced a mechanical malfunction that has kept the lift closed for just over four weeks. At over a mile long with a vertical rise of 2,000 feet, Agassiz was installed at Arizona Snowbowl in 1986 — and replacement parts weren’t easy to find, Linde said.
“The part we need to run Agassiz – even the metal used to manufacture it – is something that must be built from scratch,” he said.
While the lift awaits repairs, Snowbowl – in conjunction with the Coconino National Forest – recently opened the upper mountain, including all terrain that Agassiz serves, for hike-to access. This gives guests the opportunity to hike from the top of the ski area’s high-speed lift, the Grand Canyon Express, to the skiable acreage that Agassiz typically services.
Officials expect Agassiz to be open throughout the spring break season and until the resort closes for the season in April.
Snowbowl is currently reporting a 52” base depth with 7 of 8 lifts and 36 lift-accessed trails open. With nearly 150” of snow for the year, OpenSnow is forecasting up to six inches this weekend.
Beginning Friday night, Snowbowl will host the USASA Friday Night Lights Rail Jam and Saturday will feature some of the best riders and freeskiers in the country during the USASA Grand Canyon Series Slopestyle Weekend event. The weekend will be rounded out with live music at Fremont Lodge and a special Community Benefit Day on Sunday, where 20% of all lift ticket proceeds will benefit the Flagstaff Unified School District Foundation.
For updated news about Agassiz and Arizona Snowbowl, visit snowbowl.ski.