Unseasonably Warm Weather Delays Opening

We have made the difficult decision to delay Snowbowl’s opening, which was originally scheduled for Nov. 11, 2016.  The high pressure system hanging over the western US has delayed the opening dates for many ski areas, including Arizona Snowbowl.  We have been watching the nighttime temperatures closely, waiting for a confirmation on this week’s forecast before making the official announcement to delay our opening date.
 
Our team at Arizona Snowbowl is dedicated to delivering a quality early season experience to our guests.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature has not allowed us to open as originally hoped this year.
 
Nightly temperatures above freezing have made it difficult for snowmaking crews to make enough snow on trails we plan to open first. Our crew at Snowbowl continues to monitor temperatures and make snow as we plan to open as soon as conditions allow.  We’re hoping to open on Friday, Nov. 18, as temperatures allow.  If we are not able to open on the 18th, Snowbowl will open as soon as possible.
 
We have full confidence in our snowmaking system and our mountain operations team to continue preparing the mountain for opening day.  Last season Snowbowl opened November 20, which was the earliest opening since 1979.  Plenty of early season snow — more than 3 feet had fallen by Nov. 20, and colder temperatures allowed for a great opening last year.
 
However, we are not discouraged given that it is early-November and ski season should last well into April.  We’re as excited as everyone to kick off the winter season and welcome back our guests who are ready to ski.  We just have to be a little patient and wait a bit like many of our fellow ski areas this season.
 
As we continue to prepare the mountain for opening day, we will be sure to keep you posted. Check our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest information on opening day. If you have additional questions, feel free to call (928) 779-1951 every day. The Guest Services Office is open Thursday through Sunday for pass pick up.

In the meantime, progress continues to be made on Snowbowl’s new high-speed six-person lift, which will open this season.  Final testing and fine tuning is occurring on the Grand Canyon Express lift.  I rode the lift yesterday and can tell you how smooth the ride is and how much skiing is provided by this lift.  Skiers will definitely be thinking about their strategy on powder days.  The lift will open once our snowmaking connects Ridge from 10,900’ to the top of Sunset lift which is only weeks away.   Below are some pictures of the lift installation.

See you on the mountain soon!

Top terminal of the Grand Canyon Express (photo above)

Installing First Chair on the Grand Canyon Express 6-Pack (photo above)

Splicing Cable (photo above)

Connecting communication cable on towers (photo above)