Considering a family ski trip — or just need to get away? The Arizona Snowbowl north of Flagstaff originally announced it would open Friday, Nov. 11 — the earliest opening in its history. But because of unseasonably warm weather, the ski resort now projects a Friday, Nov. 18 opening date at the earliest as snow-making continues. Also new this year: a high-speed, six-person chairlift and expanded snowmaking system.
Located on the San Francisco Peaks at 9,500-feet elevation, Arizona Snowbowl offers 40 trails and 2,300 vertical feet on 777 acres with eight lifts, two terrain parks and two mountain lodges. The resort’s new Grand Canyon Express chairlift, opening this season, is about a mile long and will transport skiers up the mountain in six minutes.
On its website, the ski resort advertises you can stay for free at a partner hotel with the purchase of two adult lift tickets for $150. All-day Snowbowl lift tickets are $69; $59 for ages 13-17; $39 for ages 8-12 and 65-69; free to ages 7 and younger or 70 and older. Details: 928-779-1951 or arizonasnowbowl.com.