Three judges on the court last spring ruled that snowmaking at Snowbowl infringed on the religious rights of Native Americans and that the Forest Service hadn't studied the safety of using reclaimed water on the slopes. But now, the case will go before the full 11-judge court. No date has been set yet for the new hearing.
Arizona Snowbowl owners, employees, and supporters celebrated. "We interpret this to mean that a majority of judges agreed that there is a problem with the decision reached in March and a review is in order," says Dave Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing.
"We are content to utilize the one percent of the Peaks allocated to Snowbowl and anxiously await the day we can provide more consistent winter recreation," adds J.R. Murray, Snowbowl's General Manager.