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January 17, 2007

Snowbowl Opens Saturday

From the Arizona Snowbowl website:

Anticipating a forecasted storm this weekend Arizona Snowbowl will begin the 2006-07 season at 9 AM this Saturday, January 20, 2007. The Hart Prairie beginner area and the Sunset intermediate terrain will be open along with Hart Prairie Lodge, providing restaurant, equipment rental, ski school, ski patrol and retail services. Additional lifts and trails will open as additional snow allows. Snowbowl is accepting applications for dozens of openings ranging from equipment rental, food & beverage, Ski & Ride School, lift attendants, maintenance and many other departments.

“We are anxious to get this season going. The pent up demand is overwhelming as every skier and snowboarder in Arizona is ready to get on the slopes”, states Snowbowl’s General Manager, JR Murray.

He continues, “The most recent snowfall on January 13, was light and fluffy but we were able to get our grooming equipment on the snow quickly and pack it down. Allowing it to “set up” with cold temperatures has improved the snow pack on the trails. Any additional snow at this point will only make the conditions better.”

The Arizona Snowbowl is one of last ski areas to open this season but this is because most of the others ski resorts have snowmaking. This is a good example of why snowmaking is so critical to a ski area because the base of snow would have been established with manmade snow allowing us to open in early December. Over thirty inches of snow has fallen since our anticipated opening date that would have covered up the manmade snow. If this is typical, waiting until January for snow, then the manmade snow is really skied on for the first several weeks of the ski season before it is covered by natural snow. This year Snowbowl would have used only a fraction of the water available to them to make snow. The big difference is the fact that manmade snow allows a resort open each year on a predictable basis.

Not sure who to thank--the Hopi Gods or the Snow Gods. I wonder if they hang out together. I hear the Hopi Gods may be responsible for 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina according to Joe Shirley who is fighting to stop snowmaking. I am always worried about offending powerful deities that can cause worldwide calamities or worse yet, destroy the financial viability of a ski resort. I hope the resort opening is a sign that the Hopi Gods are going to hold off on any Hurricanes, Tsunamis, or Terrorist attacks for a while.

Posted by Justin at January 17, 2007 09:34 AM


If you are concerned about offending the deities, then you should keep your mouth shut...may the deities piss in your holy water to make the point that wastewater made snow on the sacred 4 peaks is a very real and offensive act against the hopi gods. The powers are real....may you ski on mud next ski season for making such sarcastic comments.....equating 9-11 to the hopis? hisssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Posted by: snakeeyes at February 3, 2007 04:55 AM