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September 10, 2005

Kids Season Pass Give-away at Sunrise, AZ

Sunrise in Arizona is offering free season passes to kids who take a lift ride and bring a toy for the Christmas toy drive. Sunrise is the largest resort in Arizona and roughly three and a half hours east of Phoenix. We usually drive up to see the leaves change colors, which is amazing and exciting for us Phoenix folks, and grab the kids a pass for the half a dozen days we go up to Sunrise.

Last year had record storms in the Southwest that dumped on Arizona, Southern Colorado, California, and Utah, but left the northern resorts like Whistler and most of Washington and Oregon only partially open. The single biggest drawback of Sunrise is the short season and snow conditions early and late in the season. But during January, February and sometimes early March, when the storms start coming, the skiing is more than adequate, and on several days last year, I had the mountain to myself after weekday dumps of over 12". I love the White Mountains of Arizona, so I am willing to tolerate the 20 minute drive into Pinetop for food and drinks after a day of skiing.

If you live in the area, Phoenix, or Tucson, it is well worth going up on either October 1st or 2nd and getting the free pass. Check it out at

Posted by Justin at September 10, 2005 04:54 PM