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Snow brings financial windfall to Flagstaff

PHOENIX -- Flagstaff is seeing more out-of-town visitors this year looking for fun in the snow.

Almost 50,000 people have taken a run on the Snowbowl slopes since Dec. 17, up almost 20 percent from last year. The resort said their new snowmaking equipment is behind the boost.

Joanne Hudson with the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau said its a great start to 2013.

"It has been busier in town," she said. "Our restaurants and hotels are seeing that impact. It's great."

The interest in Flagstaff's snow play areas, which include Wing Mountain Sledding Area, doesn't just come from the Valley. It's international.

"We get a fair number of visitors come up from Mexico because this is the closest ski destination," said Hudson.

Hudson said Flagstaff's tourism economy has returned to near pre-recession levels.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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