Those hoping to hit the slopes in Flagstaff earlier than ever are going to have to wait at least a week longer than expected.
Arizona Snowbowl has pushed back its opening day from Nov. 10 to at least Nov. 17 thanks to above-freezing nighttime temperatures and sunny days, which sound lovely much of the time but make it difficult to manufacture snow.
“As nightly temperatures have remained above freezing, our snowmaking crews have had difficulty in producing enough snow to open, and we have made the decision to delay our November 10th opening,” Snowbowl General Manager J.R. Murray said in a release. “We’ll continue to make snow as weather permits and prepare the mountain for opening day, which is now scheduled for Nov. 17. If we are not able to open on Nov. 17, Snowbowl will open as soon as possible.”
Earlier in the fall, Snowbowl announced it was the first resort in the nation to start making snow, but it appears those efforts haven't been fruitful.
A release from Snowbowl said that last year's Nov. 19 opening was the earliest since 1979, and the May 7 closure made for the longest season on record.
Snowbowl is opening a four-person chairlift this season to replace the Hart Prairie double chairlift. In December, a new 300-seat restaurant will also open, but it will be in a temporary fabric structure, the release said.