New Year, New Snow

The first powder day of 2020 has officially arrived! We received 9″ of new snow since Thursday, bringing our season total to 11.5 FEET. Check out the photos from today, and get ready for a weekend of sunny bluebird skies and fresh snow.

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Holiday Powder is Here!

Christmas is over, but we’re still basking in the holiday glow – we’ve received TWO FEET of powder in the past 3 days! With up to a FOOT of snow in the forecast through the weekend, there’s going to be plenty of fresh snow to go around for everyone. Check out some of our favorite shots from the week below!

*Update 12/27/19 6am : We received 9 more inches of snow in the past 24 hours!*

Photos by Joshua Esquivel


Arizona Is Open!

At 9am today, the Grand Canyon Express high-speed 6-pack chairlift started turning marking the start of the 2019-2020 season. With 3″ of new snow since yesterday and a 22″ storm total, we are beyond excited to announce that Arizona is officially open 9a-4p daily for skiing and riding!

Two lifts – Grand Canyon Express and Little Spruce conveyor – and 7 trails opened today, offering access to beginner, intermediate, and even advanced terrain. To make opening weekend even more sweet, Hart Prairie lift is expected to open on Saturday November 23, giving beginners even more access to learning terrain. For the ...

19″ of New Snow!

The wait is over — can you believe opening day is tomorrow?! We couldn’t be more excited to kick off another incredible season by being the first ski area to open in Arizona, and Mother Nature brought the goods just in time. With the storm rolling in Tuesday night, we received 4″ by Wednesday morning and a whopping 15″ last night for a total of 19″ of new snow this week — and it’s still snowing! 

On Friday November 22, we’re planning to open the Grand Canyon Express high-speed chairlift, accessing four intermediate trails (Midway Catwalk, Logjam, Wild Turkey, and Round ...

Brian Head Resort Joins The Power Pass!

Brian Head Resort Joins the Power Pass

Utah-based resort joins the largest ski and outdoor collective in the Southwest. Purchase your Power Pass here.


Durango, Colo. – James Coleman, managing partner of Mountain Capital Partners, today announced an acquisition agreement to manage and operate Brian Head Resort in Southern Utah. Mountain Capital Partners currently owns and operates seven ski and bike resorts throughout the Southwest, including Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Brian Head is the second Utah-based ski resort to join the MCP collective, alongside Nordic Valley Ski Resort in Northern Utah. 

“We’re proud to welcome Brian Head Resort and its employees to the MCP family,” said ...

10 Days To Our Scheduled Opening!

We’re counting down the last few days before the 2019-2020 season is scheduled to kick off at Snowbowl!

On Friday November 22, we’re planning to open the Grand Canyon Express high-speed chairlift, accessing four intermediate trails (Midway Catwalk, Logjam, Wild Turkey, and Round Up) plus select terrain park features. The Little Spruce conveyor lift is also planned to be open, offering access to beginner terrain. Opening plans are weather dependent, so please check our Snow Report page for the latest updates on opening day!

Planned opening day terrain at Snowbowl

With consistently low nighttime temperatures recently, our snowmaking teams have been ...

A Little Help From Mother Nature

First Snowmaking Test of the Season!

First Snowfall of the 19-20 Season!

A Mom’s take on Snowburners

Two winters ago, when my daughters were 6 and 8, I enrolled them in Purgatory’s local ski school program, Snowburners. This long-standing program has introduced and sharpened the ski and snowboard skills of hundreds of kids every season – and I’m really excited Snowburners is now available at our sister ski area, Snowbowl.

As a parent, here is what I love about Snowburners and the lessons I learned along the way:

Snowburners will improve your kids’ skills.

Some of my friends have dreams of their kids making it to the Olympics. Others have aspirations of simply being able to ski together, as a family. ...

Chase Fall Colors at Snowbowl

When the autumn leaves begin to change at Snowbowl, there are plenty of opportunities to see the golden aspens! Whether you’re a hiker or prefer a leisurely drive through the trees, there’s an option for you. The colors peak in the first two weeks of October, so plan your trip today!

Aspen Nature Loop

Best Feature: Good For All Hiking Abilities Perfect for any level of hiker, this 1.5 mile trail winds leisurely through colorful ponderosa and aspen groves. You’ll enjoy striking golden foliage, as well as views of the mountains. Plus, the trail is often less crowded than other ...

Our Favorite Hiking Trails

The San Francisco Peaks and surrounding Coconino National Forest are home to some of the most stunning and scenic alpine hikes in Arizona. Whether you’re a beginner looking for a leisurely stroll or a tried-and-true adventurer looking for your next thrill, there’s a hike for everyone near Snowbowl! See our roundup below!

The San Francisco Peaks at the height of wildflower season.

Aspen Nature Loop Best Feature: Good For All Hiking Abilities Perfect for any level of hiker, this 1.5 mile trail winds leisurely through ponderosa and aspen groves, which transform into stunning yellow hues in the fall. You’ll enjoy striking alpine ...

Summer Activities are in Full Swing!

Activities are back and in full swing here at Arizona Snowbowl! From Summer Tubing to our bungee trampoline, we have an activity for every adventurer alike! Come experience an incredible day here at the “Bowl” and take a ride on our scenic chair lift. The San Francisco Peaks also boast some of the most incredible hiking in the state of Arizona.  Check out the views of the Grand Canyon at the top of Agassiz Peak! Your whole family will love the trip to Arizona Snowbowl and we know you will too! Get ready for the best summer yet. Purchase your ...

Catch the Sunset at Arizona Snowbowl this Summer!

It is arguable that the ‘Bowl offers the most amazing views of all of Northern Arizona. You can zip up the scenic chairlift or hike our beautiful trails while admiring the astonishing views of the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and the San Francisco volcanic field. Not only does Arizona Snowbowl boast some of the best views, but we can arguably say we also have some of the best sunsets as well.

If you are interested in coming up this summer to catch some golden hour rays then we recommend heading to one of these spots:

Hart Prairie

Hart Prairie offers some amazing views of the ...

We Love our Snowbowl Dads!

Hey, dads! All of us at Snowbowl wants to be the first to wish you a Happy Father’s Day! 

Thank you to all the dads who spend countless weekends with us up on the mountain. We thank you for passing on the love you have for skiing (or snowboarding) to us and teaching us how to take our first turns on Hart Prairie, showing us your favorite powder stashes, the chicken fingers and hot cocoa at Hart Prairie, the foot massages when our feet get sore in our boots, the jokes and laughs that only a dad can make, and the ...