Arizona Snowbowl expecting big crowd to end holiday season
PHOENIX – The wintry weather that has swept up and down Arizona recently is drawing no complaints from the operators of ski resort Snowbowl.
“Conditions are fantastic,” Rob Linde, assistant general manager of the Flagstaff-area snow sports site, told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Friday. “I think we’re going to have quite a few people join us (this weekend).”
About 26 inches of snow have piled up at the site over the past seven days, according to the resort website and 69 inches on the season, which began Nov. 16.
A foot of snow dropped on Snowbowl overnight during a single storm at the end of opening month.
There could be 10 more inches on the ground Sunday.
“We’re in really good shape on the mountain,” Linde said, adding all eight lifts were open and 40 of the 48 trails were available for use for the weekend.
The Christmas break has, as usual, been good for business.
“We’ve had some big days this holiday season,” Linde said. “A large majority of of our business comes this time of year. This is really the heart of the season.”
Traveling on the I-17 this weekend? If so, be advised that a round of snow is forecast from late Saturday through Sunday afternoon. Accumulating snow is possible above 5000 feet. Expect traffic delays and remember to bring cell phone chargers, water, and snacks. #azwx pic.twitter.com/sJshZbDh73
— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) January 4, 2019
Keep this forecast in mind if you plan to travel up north Sat night/Sunday…make sure you/your car are prepared! https://t.co/G4uWsFpdJK
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) January 3, 2019
Snowbowl’s projected closing date was April 28. The 81-year-old resort was open 122 days last year and expected to at least match that this season.