Arizona Snowbowl planned to open on Saturday, but instead Friday's high winds took a foot of snow base down to dirt and grass. "The wind came out of the east and just kept getting stronger. I would periodically go outside and see what was going on. It was like a dust storm down in Phoenix…just stripping the snow that was on the ground and blowing it to Williams, Arizona," said marketing director David Smith. "In a few short hours, the conditions went from good to not skiable." Cats packed down the light, dry snows that fell, but only meager inches remained, forcing mountain managers to meet the skiing public at the bottom of the Snowbowl Road with the bad news on Saturday morning. "It's unfortunate, but we need to wait for another good storm," said Smith. "Hopefully, the next will be very wet."
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