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Arizona Snowbowl’s First High-Speed Lift Highlights Four-Mountain Upgrades

PurgatoryThe four Southwest resorts under single ownership will continue to get upgrades this summer – with the first high-speed chair at Arizona Snowbowl headlining the projects.

“With an additional $10 million for capital projects this coming year, we continue our commitment to transform the overall mountain experience for all our guests, at our four resorts,” said managing partner James Coleman. “Adding new lifts, trails, snowmaking, and improving the overall skier experience continues to be our number-one priority.”

The new ownership came on board in 2014 and immediately put $10 million into the resorts, including Purgatory’s new Legends quad and first quad chairs at both Sipapu and Snowbowl.

Here’s what’s going to happen this summer:

Arizona Snowball: The first high-speed lift will be a six-pack called the Grand Canyon Express. The new chair will start by the Hart Prairie Lodge and rise six minutes to where Midway intersects Upper Ridge – giving access to all but the very top of the mountain.

Purgatory: Following up on the high-speed Legends quad on the backside, the owners will kick in for a two-surface lift to solve the issue of getting back to the front side. The poma-type lift will run along the flats at the base of the Legends Lift, Grizzly Lift and the Hermosa Express. Also on the back side will be two new trails.

Sipapu: The Howdy Extension will be completed to extend both Howdy and Lower Bambi runs to add about five new acres of terrain. Also, the Sipapu Lodge will get what is called a “massive remodel,” including a day room and meeting room.

Pajarito. The mountain above Los Alamos will get more thinning in the wake of wildfires in recent years. By taking down burnt trees, a number of new trails will open up.

Photos: Top - Backside powder will be easier to get to next season at Purgatory (Purgatory/Facebook); Below -- Here's where first high-speed lift will run at Arizona Snowball (Arizona Snowbowl).

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