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Encyclopedia > Arizona Snowbowl

Arizona Snowbowl is an alpine ski resort located on the San Francisco Peaks 7 miles (11.2 kilometers) north of Flagstaff, Arizona. The ski area is at a base elevation of 9,200 feet (2804 meters) and receives an average snowfall of 260 inches (650 centimeters). Two lodges, Hart Prairie Lodge and Agassiz Lodge, are located at the ski area. sport involving sliding down snow-covered hills with long, thin skis attached to each foot. ... A ski resort is a ski area with a village and/or high-end accommodations and other amenities at the base of the mountain. ... The San Francisco Peaks, with the Wupatki National Monument in the foreground Composite image of the mountains, from satellite imagery projected onto an elevation model. ... Nickname: City of Seven Wonders Location Location in Coconino County the state of Arizona Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Arizona Coconino County Mayor Joseph C. Donaldson Geographical characteristics Area     City 63. ...



  • Base elevation: 9,200 feet (2804 meters)
  • Summit elevation: 11,500 feet (3505 meters)
  • Vertical rise: 2,300 feet (701 meters)
  • Total skiable area: 777 acres (km²)
  • Number of lifts: 4
  • Runs: 32
  • Beginner: 37%
  • Intermediate: 42%
  • Advanced: 21%
  • Average snowfall: 260 inches (650 centimeters)
  • Average season: December to April

Summer activities

Arizona Snowbowl is open year-round. Summer activities include:

  • Scenic Skyride: During the summer months, the Agassiz chairlift takes visitors to an elevation of 11,500 feet (3505 meters) for views of the surrounding area including the Grand Canyon 70 miles (112 kilometers) to the north.
  • Disc golf course: An 18 hole disc golf course winds among the ski runs.
  • Hiking: Several hiking trails begin from Arizona Snowbowl providing access to the Coconino National Forest. Trails include the Humphreys Peak Trail, a 4.5 mile hike to Humphreys Peak, the highest point in the state of Arizona at 12,633 feet (3850 meters).

The Grand Canyon is a very colorful, steep-sided gorge, carved by the Colorado River, in the U.S. state of Arizona. ... This article or section may contain external links added only to promote a website, product, or service – otherwise known as spam. ... The Coconino National Forest is a 1. ... Humphreys Peak is the highest point in the U.S. state of Arizona and is located in Coconino County. ... Official language(s) English Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Area  Ranked 6th  - Total 113,998 sq mi (295,254 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ...

Development controversy

The area is under the domain of the U.S. Forest Service, which has a mandate to allow multiple uses on its lands. Consequently, the Forest Service allowed the construction of a ski lodge and access road on its northern slopes in the 1930s. Full-scale development—with shops, restaurants and lodges—was first proposed in 1969, but the opposition of several tribes and community groups prevented this initial project.

However, in 1979, the Forest Service approved a new lodge, a paved road and expanded parking, four new lifts and fifty acres of trails to be added to the existing ski area, which would grow to 777 acres. The Native people in the area protested that this invasion imperiled their religious freedom. As the chairman of the Hopi tribe warned, “If the ski resort remains or is expanded, our people will not accept the view that this is the sacred home of the Kachinas. The basis of our existence will become a mere fairy tale.” Despite Hopi and Navajo protests, the Forest Service regional supervisor in 1980 approved the paving of an access road into the Peaks. The Hopi and Navajo filed separate lawsuits to stop the development, while the Forest Service argued that religious rights would be unimpeded, and even facilitated, by the ski lifts. Three years later (the suits having been consolidated into one case, Wilson v. Block), the Hopi and Navajo were unable to convince the District of Columbia Circuit Court that the Peaks were "indispensable" to their religions, and the suit was denied. According to the judge, permitting the Ski Bowl expansion may have "offended" their beliefs, but the Forest Service had faithfully met all the provisions of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978.

Recently, Arizona Snowbowl proposed a plan to make substantial upgrades to the ski resort including the development of an infrastructure to allow snowmaking using reclaimed water. In March, 2005, after many environmental studies and a public comment period, the U.S. Forest Service approved the snowmaking plan. A lawsuit has been filed by several tribes and environmental groups such as the Sierra Club to stop the development. Snow cannon at Mölltaler Gletscher, Austria A snow cannon is a device used to produce snow artificially. ... Warning sign in Santa Monica, California, where reclaimed water is used to irrigate plants in public parks. ... The Sierra Club is an American environmental organization founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist John Muir, who became its first president. ...

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