Flagstaff, Ariz. — While the Grand Canyon state’s southern region experienced triple-digit temperatures already, Arizona Snowbowl reported new snowfall clear into the first week of May.
Although an official closing date had not been announced as of this post, the resort indicated they’ll be open for skiing the weekends of May 11 – 12 and 18 – 19, later than ever before in the ski area’s 80- history.
Below are announcements of the exciting news Arizona Snowbowl posted on Twitter on May 1st and 8th.
A surprise appearance from Mother Nature to the Flagstaff resort brought the season snowfall total to nearly 30 feet (333 inches) as of April 30, 2019— the second highest amount for a single season.
Resort officials announced they will offer snow enthusiasts three more weekends of winter by adding both May 11-12 and May 18-19 to the spring schedule. Previously they added the May 3-5 weekend to the schedule.
The historic announcement made the 2018-2019 ski season as the longest in recorded history (the previous record was held by the 2016-2017 season).
General Manager JR Murray described the season as “record breaking.”
Snowbowl Resort doesn’t disclose visitation numbers. But Murray confirms Snowbowl saw double-digit growth over the prior season. Both March and April saw significant increases in skier visits compared to 2018.
“We’re all skiers at heart – that’s why we’re in the business that we’re in – and want to be on the slopes just as long as our guests,” stated Murray. “We will continue to evaluate mountain conditions and keep everyone abreast of a closing date.”
“One thing is for certain: This season is already one for the history books and we don’t even have a closing date announced!” comments Murray.