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Flagstaff, U.S.A. — With almost three feet of snow blanketing the ski resort from a recent storm and up to another foot anticipated Wednesday, December 19, 2012, Arizona Snowbowl is ready to swoosh into its 75th Anniversary Season at 9 a.m., Thursday, December 20.
Mayor Jerry Nabours will be welcoming excited community members, skiers and snowboarders in Arizona Snowbowl’s 75th Anniversary Opening Ceremonies on Thursday December 20 with a ribbon cutting, hot chocolate and donuts at Agassiz Lodge. “Flagstaff is now and always has been a ski town,” said Mayor Nabours. “Having Arizona Snowbowl open in time for the holidays is a wonderful gift for the community and our visitors.”
All primary runs have packed and fresh powder and our trained staff are ready to load that First Chair.” said Arizona Snowbowl General Manager J.R. Murray. Named Best Flagstaff Attraction in the Arizona Daily Sun Best of Flagstaff 2012 Awards and a Top 10 Ski Destination by the Phoenix Business Journal, Arizona Snowbowl is anticipating a momentous season as it ushers in a new era with improvements, 75th anniversary festivities and snowmaking.
New infrastructure and equipment will make skiers’ and boarders’ time on the slopes more efficient and rewarding. Grading and thinning, along with new and wider terrain, have improved 134 of the ski resort’s 777 acres. “As part of our ongoing effort to improve the experience for beginners and introduce newcomers to the sport, two conveyor belts brought in recently will continue to shorten lift lines and make skiing easier for those who may be intimidated by the process of getting on and off chairlifts,” said Murray. “We’ll also be offering more than 500 free ski and boarding packages in January for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.
“We believe our emphasis on safety is one of the reasons Arizona Snowbowl continues to be recognized for its premier outdoor recreational experience,” said Ski Patrol Director B.J. Boyle. Snowbowl is the winner of three consecutive National Safety Awards for ski areas for 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Meantime, Arizona Snowbowl is planning more family fun during its 75th Anniversary Celebration, February 1 to 10, 2013. Festivities include a free torchlight parade, a snowman building contest, sunset skiing and snowboarding, discounts, raffles, a fireside chat with the ski resort’s famous skiers, downtown events and the Arizona Snowbowl 75th Anniversary SnowDown, Friday, February. 8 at the High Country Conference Center.
“This is our opportunity to recognize Snowbowl’s history as one of the longest running established ski areas in the country, as well as celebrate our northland community for years of support and outdoor recreational enjoyment on the San Francisco Peaks.” said Arizona Snowbowl owner Eric Borowsky. To ensure a longer season and supplement snow cover between storms, Arizona Snowbowl expects to be using its snowmaking equipment for the first time this season.
Embassy Suites Flagstaff has partnered with the Arizona Snowbowl and is helping to celebrate their 75 th Anniversary with the Arizona Snowbowl Hotel Package which includes: