Snowbowl is fun! Only a little bit away from Phoenix. I have to say the best time to go is when Chains and 4x4 are required! No one goes then. There was no lines on January 5th which was amazing! There is a couple things I wish snowbowl could change. The ski lift operators probably about have of them are nice and half of them are complete well you know. If you fall off the lift they wont stop the lift they will just keep yelling at you to move yourself even if your hurt, also ski patrol skied around my son when he fell and got hurt. Maybe snowbowl could look into hiring a few more caring people. Also the Hart Parie Lodge, that place is a mad house around 12 for lunch!!! I saw people using trash cans as tables!! Other then those 2 things Snowbowl is awesome!!! Who ever has said snowbowl sucks should maybe go when theres snow on the ground not in march... The weekend of January 11th will be awesome! A little tip, bring a cooler with some sandwiches so you don't have to fight for a seat in the lodges.