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Arizona Snowbowl suspends winter operations March 17 because of COVID-19

Arizona Snowbowl has announced they will close March 17 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. (AZSnowbowl/graphic)

Arizona Snowbowl has announced they will close March 17 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. (AZSnowbowl/graphic)

Arizona Snowbowl has announced plans to suspend winter operations at 4 p.m. March 17 in response to COVID-19.

The closure includes the Snowbowl Road, all lift operations, restaurant, uphill access, rentals services and other access.

“First of all, I apologize for the short notice. We intended a very different sendoff for our closing, but effective this evening at 8 p.m., Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans has mandated the closure of all bars, breweries and entertainment venues to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said General Manager Rob Linde. “Although we’re located outside city limits and not required to follow the jurisdiction of the City of Flagstaff, we’ve voluntarily made the decision to suspend operations when the lifts close today.”

Linde said the closure was not made lightly, but the right decision. A significant snowstorm is forecast for March 18-19 with up to 16 inches of snow anticipated.

“You see, we walk a very fine line when it comes to being responsible operators and being passionate skiers,” he said. “Like so many of you, we want to ski. But at the end of the day, the health and well-being of you, our guests, and our employees are of unparalleled importance.”

The ski area will be providing credits to those who have already purchased tickets, lessons or rentals. Anyone inquiring about a credit should send an email to custerservice@snowbowl.ski with their confirmation number in the subject line of the email.

“We expect heavy call, email and social media volume – please be patient while we work through this,” he said. “We’re doing this for the safety of you, our guests, and ask that you please honor this closure.”

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