Upper Mountain Opens for Hike-To Access

Dear Snowbowl guests and family,
Our time with the lift manufacturer this week was informative and we’re now beginning the process of replacing several parts on Agassiz. This lift is just one of three in the world and the parts – even the metal used to create them – are not readily available. Fixing and running Agassiz this season remains a top priority for all of us at Snowbowl.
Ever since the lift stopped running nearly two weeks ago, we’ve been expectantly talking about Agassiz’s return being “one or two weeks” away. The lift malfunction was a complicated one, and the status has been constantly changing each day (one of the reasons why we remain committed to keeping you updated through this blog). With each piece of new information, we remain hopeful that a solution is at hand.
Here is what we know today: Agassiz lift will not open this weekend and we are still most likely a few more weeks away from running the lift again.
As we’ve been working to fix the lift, we’ve also been actively working with our representatives at Coconino National Forest to allow access to both the Upper Mountain and Upper Bowl terrain.
Please know that we will continue to keep you updated on Agassiz’s status. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the new hike-to terrain at Snowbowl.
Rob Linde, General Manager
We’re pleased to announce that beginning Saturday, February 1, at 10 a.m. we will open upper mountain terrain for hike-to access.
Upper Mountain hike to access
What this means:
  • To access this terrain, guests will ride the Grand Canyon Express and hike the 700 vertical feet to the top terminal of Agassiz lift.
  • The route will be marked and guests will follow Upper Ridge.
  • Hike-to access will be available everyday beginning tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


A few helpful tips and reminders:

  • Hike with a buddy and carry a charged cell phone.
  • Be prepared to navigate black diamond terrain.
  • For travel in the Upper Bowl, an avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel are recommended.  Upper Bowl closes at 3:00 pm; or at any time due to weather or avalanche concerns.
  • Rescue response times may be extended. Call Ski Patrol Dispatch at 928-214-4005 for emergency response.  
  • Backcountry travelers should refer to www.kachinapeaks.org for snowpack, avalanche hazard conditions and educational opportunities.