Longest. Season. Ever.
Arizona Snowbowl Announces Longest Season In History
Resort To Offer Three More Weekends Of Winter!
Flagstaff, Ariz. — While the Grand Canyon state’s southern region experienced triple-digit temperatures this week, Arizona Snowbowl reported new snowfall. The surprise appearance from Mother Nature to the Flagstaff resort brings the season snowfall total to nearly 30 feet (333 inches) — the second highest amount for a single season.
Resort officials announce they will offer snow-enthusiasts three more weekends of winter by adding both May 11-12 and May 18-19 to their spring schedule, in addition to May 3-5. The historic announcement designates the 2018-2019 ski season as the longest in recorded history (the previous record was held by the 2016-2017 season). An official closing date has yet to be announced.
Snowbowl plans to celebrate the extended season this weekend with live music on May 4 by Viola & the Brakemen from 1 to 4:30 pm. On May 5th, the resort will host “Snowbowl de Mayo”, a Cinco de Mayo celebration in partnership with Barrio Brewing Company featuring live music plus food and drink specials from 10a to 5:30p. All festivities will be held on the deck of Agassiz Lodge.
If the current season could be described in a few words JR Murray, General Manager, says his only answer would be ‘record breaking.’ While the resort doesn’t disclose visitation numbers, Murray confirms Snowbowl is seeing double digit growth over the prior season. Both March and April saw significant increases in skier visits compared to 2018.
“We’re all skiers at heart – that’s why we’re in the business that we’re in – and want to be on the slopes just as long as our guests,” stated Murray. “We will continue to evaluate mountain conditions and keep everyone abreast of a closing date.”
Murray credits the elongated season, in part, to an automated snowmaking system, which covers over 75% of the ski trails, providing a dependable foundation for Mother Nature. With favorable conditions, the system is capable of producing 21.6 acres feet of snow in a single night which could cover Route 66, four lanes wide, with a foot deep of snow for approximately 4 miles.
“One thing is for certain: This season is already one for the history books and we don’t even have a closing date announced!” comments Murray.
Discounted lift tickets for May 3-5 are available at the ticket window: $49 Adults (18-64), $39 Teens (13-17), Child (11-12) and Senior $29 (65-69) while guests 10 and under and 70 and better ski FREE every day of the season. Lift ticket prices for May 11-12 and 18-19 have not been announced. For terrain and lift information, visit Snowbowl’s snow report page on its website Snowbowl.ski.
Snowbowl kicks off summer Friday, May 24 with daily scenic chairlift rides, new family-friendly activities plus other fun events.