When 10 or more gather together to ski and snowboard, they might want to check out Arizona Snowbowl.

The managers at the Flagstaff mountain have laid down the group-rate gauntlet by reducing the number of people required to 10. Most other U.S. resorts insist on at least 15 or 20 people to qualify for group discounts.

Arizona Snowbowl ‘s program cuts lift tickets as much as 40 percent on lift tickets and reduces costs of rental equipment and lessons for group members accordingly. A free ticket will be issued for every 11th person in a group, meaning all you need is 10 friends to ski or ride free. Group members 7 or under and 70 and over ski free, no matter how many in the group.

Each group must have a leader who can be the contact for communications with Arizona Snowbowl personnel. That leader must submit an online Group Manifest, which lists all names and their rental and/or lesson needs, at least 48 hours ahead of arrival. Earlier reservations are appreciated, according to the resort's Web site.

The offer does not apply during the holiday periods of Dec. 24-Jan. 2, Jan. 15-16, and Feb. 19-20.

Arizona Snowbowl will rely solely on natural snowfall for at least one more year. An off-season effort to run water lines from the city's treatment plant to the mountain for snowmaking failed to pass the Flagstaff City Council this fall, but the Snowbowl ownership contends it will keep trying.

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