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Reviews for Arizona Snowbowl
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I skied here almost every weekend and saw collisions every weekend. The college kids are both bad at riding and fearless, and there was NEVER ski patrol to pull passes. I would never recommend beginners to leave Hart Prairie green run. I have been a boarder for over twenty years and was an instructor at multiple resorts. Snowbowl has an unsafe culture.... Full Review
LOWER YOUR PRICES!!!! I've been going here for years but lately it's so unaffordable for my friends or family to go and it's extremely frustrating that you think you should get $199 for a day pass here! When I first starting going it was $89 for a day pass and half day prices were available. I've been to Purgatory and several other resorts and not even their prices are this bad. Not to mention a good majority of the time you spend over 30 minutes in the lift lines and unless it just snowed it's always icy/slushy! They also don't answer the phone anymore so it take about 5 days to hear back when you email them. The cost is not worth the value you get here. Should be $50 for a day pass considering they only have 48 runs and Purgatory a resort that is owned by the same people is only $129 for their most expensive pricing. ... Full Review
Today is new year Eve. We spent $233 booking for kids’ snow lessons, we drove 3 hours to the resort. But after we got there, they couldn’t find our information. We showed them the proof of payment on our credit card statement. but they still wouldn’t allow us to take the lesson. They spent almost an hour just to find out that there was a system glitch that hold-off the email confirmation being sent to us. At that point, the class has already started and they wouldn’t allow our kids to attend the class. The customer service guy admitted that this is their fault and they can only let us book the class on a different day. He wouldn’t even allow a direct refund, not to mention any compensation for the time and gas we wasted for driving three hours. We had to make a request to their supervisor to get a refund. I had never experienced such an awful customer service anywhere else. Our kids were very sad not able to join the snow lesson. This is how we had to spend our new year Eve! Awful customer service! ... Full Review
Terrible. One of the worst mountains I’ve ever been to. Mt Lemon makes us favorable to this place!... Full Review
Had a great season at Snowbowl skiing about 8 times. It was a little crowded during spring break week, but with the great lift ticket discounts that is to be expected! I enjoy bringing and teaching beginners to ski and wish there was a better "bunny hill" sort of area with a little more open ground for those not paying for lessons. Given the last arrival of snow to Arizona this past season, still a great season! Love the new pass system that keeps you out of lines when you are a repeat customer, even thought the line was a little frustrating on my first visit. Thank you Snowbowl for a fun-filled season! Hoping for an earlier opening in 2021-22 season!
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I was going to bring my ski equipment while visiting AZ because, well, I’ve been skiing fir nearly 60 years. But I read the reviews on this site, most of them critical of how Snowbowl has handled COVID, and they convinced me to leave my skis in MN. But when the peaks received another dump of powder and my wife and I extended our stay, I decided to take advantage of Snowbowl’s spring break rates. For less than $60, I figured it was worth the gamble. I’m glad I did. I ordered my ticket and rental online. The process was easy and getting my ticket activated and my rental equipment was simple. Seamless. I was in line at 8:15 getting fitted and on the hill as the first skier at 9. I experienced none of the negatives noted in other reviews. The staff was top notch, the lifts ran flawlessly, and other than the fact the temps hit 57F and the bottom of the hill turned into mush, I had a blast. I’d rate this hill as better than little Showdown in terms of lifts and runs and similar to Red Lodge, though not as varied and expansive as Bridger Bowl. Folks who go to AZ seeking Big Sky or Keystone will be disappointed. This is not a destination resort. But it’s a fine, fine little jewel of a mountain in a state noted for cacti and 100 degree days. ... Full Review
We were pleasantly surprised by this ski area. It is a great value when you order lift tickets ahead of time, 29 dollars during the week! It also helps that there is little to no wait to get on the lifts! The slopes are well maintained and the terrain varied enough for most level skier. This place will likely not be for you if you are more into the glitz of the big ski areas, more of a small town feel to it, which we appreciate. It does have a nice gondola/high speed lift, but other lifts are slower. ... Full Review
This is a nice ski area and has solid skiing. On the things to improve, They probably need to gorw a bit to deal with all of the people on the weekends. On the Pros, it has nice runs, good terrain for most levels and during the week the crowds are better. Covid has hurt the experince, but I view that as a temporary thing...... Full Review
I really like to proximity of this resort, and the improvements made; however, they need to offer more discounted tickets (prices are ridiculous!), half day tickets, and they need to designate some runs skier/boarder only (or at least half the run). I really like to ski moguls, but there is never a good line because the inexperienced boarders get in them and shred them up.
This resort has the potential to be great, but I rarely visit due to price for what you get.... Full Review
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