Flagstaff, Ariz. --  Arizona Snowbowl kicks off its 80th anniversary on Tuesday, Nov. 21, making it the first ski area to open in Arizona this season.  Cold temperatures allowed crews to make snow Friday and Saturday.

“While, we had to delay our opening due to unseasonably warm and dry weather, our crews have taken advantage of every cold night to make as much snow as possible,” stated J.R. Murray, general manager at Arizona Snowbowl.  “We’re excited to kick off the 80th ski season, and our mountain crews have been working around the clock making snow and grooming the slopes until we were able to determine there were enough snow to open one lift with skiing from top to bottom.”

The Agassiz chairlift is now open 9am to 4pm, daily, and will provide access from the midway unloading terminal to 25 acres of open terrain, including the intermediate trails Midway Catwalk, Logjam, Wild Turkey, and Round Up.  No beginner terrain is currently available.

Lift tickets are available for purchase at the Agassiz Sport Shop, adults are $49 and children are $29.  For additional details, visit

Ski and snowboard rentals are available at the Hart Prairie Lodge, and the Agassiz Lodge restaurant and bar will be serving breakfast burritos and lunch.


Last winter, skiers and snowboarders at Arizona Snowbowl enjoyed the earliest opening on Nov. 19 since 1979, and the longest season in its recorded history with a total of 328 inches of snow, which is the most snowfall in the past 12 years.


“Many thanks to the tireless efforts of all of our staff who have been preparing our resort for opening day,” stated Murray.  “Our 80th anniversary promises to be an exciting season with a new quad chairlift, new restaurant, and fun events.”


Arizona Snowbowl is one of the oldest continually operating ski areas in the country.  Snowbowl has come a long way since it first officially opened in 1938 with a two-person rope tow on what is now known as the Hart Prairie beginner area.  To celebrate its 80th season, Snowbowl is hosting several events with live music and other entertainment on Feb. 24, Mar. 3, and throughout the season.


While Snowbowl celebrates its 80 year-long history, the resort is also looking to the future with its commitment to enhancing the overall guest experience.  Snowbowl continues to make improvements to the mountain, including three new lifts in the past three consecutive years, plus other upgrades.  The Flagstaff resort also refreshed its brand and logo.  The concept behind the new logo incorporates a contemporary mountain design, which is integrated in Arizona Snowbowl’s new website that launched Nov. 17.  The new modern website makes finding information and buying lift tickets, season passes, rental packages, ski and snowboard lessons, and gift cards much easier.  The site offers a more robust snow report with detailed information on conditions and grooming reports, and a new web cam, including a summit time-lapse.  The website maintains Snowbowl’s progressive brand and is visually-based, featuring spectacular pictures and video.


Also new this winter, Snowbowl will open its newest quad chairlift, its third new lift in three years at the Flagstaff ski resort.  The old double Hart Prairie chairlift is being replaced by a new quad chairlift with a loading conveyor which makes loading the lift easier and more efficient, especially for beginners.   Snowbowl is also completing construction on a new 300-seat restaurant, doubling the dining capacity at the base area, which opens in December. A new pedestrian overpass that connects the Hart Prairie Lodge with the Grand Canyon Express and Sunset chairlifts, eliminating the previous crosswalk will also debut this winter.  The new overpass crosses over Snowbowl Road, which has been lowered and realigned to help reduce traffic and improve flow up to the Agassiz Lodge.


These improvements are part of a$15 million multi-mountain capital improvement campaign for the 2017/2018 season across five mountains:  Arizona Snowbowl, Purgatory Resort, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, Pajarito Mountain, Hesperus Ski Area, plus Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, Purgatory Snowcat Adventures.  The Southwest’s largest ski area collective has invested a grand total of $35 million in capital improvements over three consecutive seasons.


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