Several weeks of uncertainty at Sunrise Park Resort apparently has ended, and all three mountains are expected to open for the season.
The Arizona resort resumed season ticket sales Oct. 6 after announcing on Sept. 16 the suspension of those sales in the face of “tough economic times.” The popular free junior season ticket promotion, which also had been suspended, went off as planned Oct. 9 and 10 for youngsters age 12 and under who showed up at the resort, according to Myra Wagner, at the resort.
"We are back on schedule with events and opening the mountain as usual,” said Wagner in an e-mail to OnTheSnow.
The resort has hired a new general manager, Ronnie Peaches, Wagner said. The move apparently gave the White Mountain Apache tribe, which owns the property, confidence to open for another season at the 40-year-old ski area on the tribal reservation. That includes operating all three mountains with 600 acres of slope and trails, according to Wagner.
Season ticket prices stay the same as last season, with preseason savings available until Nov. 10. Adults pay $450 now, or $645 after Nov. 10. Skier and riders 13 to 17 years old can get an all-mountain pass for $380 at the early sale, or $545 thereafter. Youngsters under 13 years old get a deeper discount at $260 preseason, or $380 afterwards. Visitors 65 or older pays $200 by Nov. 10, or $260 once the sale is over.
John Henson, whose Alpine Ski Club runs regular buses to Sunrise from Phoenix, told OnTheSnow that uncertainty is nothing new at the ski area.
“We’ve gotten used to it over the years, but it always seems to work itself out,” Henson said.