Arizona Snowbowl Delays Opening
Arizona Snowbowl has delayed their opening for at least one more day after announcing a 60% possibility of opening today at 1pm.
Many people are surprised that there are ski resorts in the Southwest, particularly in Arizona. Phoenix and the Sonoran desert are well known for the saguaro cactus and temps that reach well above 100 degrees in the summer season. The mountain ski town of Flagstaff, Arizona, the closest city to AZ Snowbowl, sits high above the heat at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. “The Peaks” contain the 6 highest peaks in Arizona with Humphreys Peak standing tallest at 12,633′. Arizona Snowbowl receives an average annual snowfall of 260 inches.
Arizona Snowbowl has delayed an opening once already this year citing temperatures too warm for snow making. The ski resort will still set a record for their earliest opening day in history if they are able to meet tomorrow’s 70% probability.
Arizona Snowbowl’s Facebook Announcement:
Arizona Snowbowl Facebook post just before 1pm today: “After a night of temperatures that were much warmer than forecasted for making snow, Snowbowl will not open today as we had originally hoped. Snowmakers and cat operators continue to work throughout the day to make snow as conditions permit so we can open as soon as possible. Due to the weather being so unpredictable, mountain officials estimate there is a 70% probability of opening Saturday morning. We are as excited for the season to begin as you are, and we greatly appreciate your patience! We will continue to keep you posted on our progress, and we’ll have another update for you tonight.”