Arizona Snowbowl to Add First New Chairlift in 30 Years
Resort Officials Unveil Plan for Additional Lifts in the Future
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Resort officials announced today that Arizona’s most popular ski resort, Arizona Snowbowl, will build the ski area’s first new chairlift in 30 years this summer. Part of a massive $10 million multi-resort capital campaign and slated to open for Christmas 2015, the new lift will provide direct access to some of the mountain’s newest and best terrain.
Named after Humphreys Peak, the highest summit in Arizona and part of the San Francisco Peaks above Snowbowl, Humphreys Peak Lift is the resort’s first quad, a chairlift that accommodates four guests per chair. It will span over a half-mile with a vertical rise of 775 feet and serve popular intermediate trails built in 2011, including Route 66, Pluto and Dutchman.
As part of today’s announcement, general partner Eric Borowsky said that James Coleman, managing partner of Purgatory Resort of Durango, Colorado; Pajarito Mountain of Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Taos, New Mexico; has become a partner in the existing Snowbowl partnership.
“Together, with James Coleman and Snowbowl general manager J.R. Murray, our team has already been hard at work to expand and build upon the tremendous success at Arizona Snowbowl, and today’s announcement only accelerates our plans for the future of this resort,” Borowsky said.
Coleman said Snowbowl’s new lift and the snowmaking projects will account for around $2 million of this summer’s $10 million capital campaign, which will add significant mountain improvements across the four southwest resorts. Snowbowl and Sipapu are building new quad chairlifts and Purgatory will replace the Legend’s Lift with a high-speed detachable quad. All four ski areas are adding new trails and improving snowmaking infrastructure.
“Eric Borowsky pioneered one of the most progressive and innovative snowmaking systems in the country to secure the future of the Snowbowl,” Coleman said. “As we look to the upcoming winter and beyond, we are focusing on creating an even better mountain experience for our guests with the installation of the new Humphreys Peak Lift and future high-speed lifts.”
The Humphreys Peak Lift is the first of several new chairlifts planned at Snowbowl. The next lift on the docket is the Grand Canyon Express, Snowbowl’s first high-speed lift. Engineering and planning for the approved Grand Canyon Express, which will serve 90% of the terrain currently served by the popular Agassiz lift, is currently underway, and mountain crews are adding snowmaking infrastructure to support the future lift. An opening date for the new Grand Canyons lift has not been announced.