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Arizona Snowbowl Resort Reviews

by: gma - 5th January 2011

  • 3
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • Family Friendly
  • Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Terrain, Setting

Full review

Went to Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl (Outcome poor, Party great) and paid attention to the dumping going on at the Snowbowl, so, had to check it out. Anybody with an extra day on their hands within that kind of shooting distance should do the same, provided the Agassiz Chair is running, cause, that's all they got. All the terrain not accessed by this lift amounts to two 600 vertical foot knobs that provide pleasant cruising for beginners and intermediates. All the terrain accessed by this lift is really, really fun. The pine forest and, high-alpine desert setting are distinct from anything further North and certainly new for a New Englander used to looking around the next tree for the next turn. After 15 inches with freezing rain on top of it (nice base) just before Christmas, they had something like 50 inches or so of 4%, ummm!!! The snow was awesome. The turns were fun. The views were unique and cool. The facilities aren't very good at all. Bring your full complement of gear, cause, I just had my boots and ended up on a pair of crappy carving skis that were all they had left for demos after spending an hour in line to get them on a Monday. The primary chair is a CTEC triple, so, guess how long it takes to make a full lap on the 2000 vertical feet including your 15 minute lift line? Minor hassles, I'm very glad I went. You should too with heavy snow in the region. Wonder what snowmaking next year will do, or take away from the Snowbowl? Glad I got to ski it when I did!!!

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