The Snowbowl opened in 1938, back in the days of wool pants, leather boots, and long wooden skies. The area survived with a rope tow, until its first Poma was installed 20 years later. The ski hill began to shape into its modern layout after the Forest Service approved expansion in 1979 for the addition of a paved road, a new lodge, additional ski trails, and four new ski lifts. It has gone on to be one of the oldest continually run ski areas in the U.S., placing it in an elite over-70 crowd with Showdown, Mont., and Sun Valley, Idaho. The resort celebrated with a family day and a party to recognize old timers Mar. 7-8.