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Chairlift Rides, Disc Golf, Telescopes Highlight Arizona Snowbowl Summer

Arizona Snowbowl summer

Anyone taking a weekend trip to northern Arizona to escape the summer’s heat might check out what’s happening on the cool slopes of Arizona Snowbowl.

The main chairlift runs Fridays through Sundays (with an occasional Monday for holidays), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rising 2,000 vertical feet out of the base area to the summit at 11,500 feet. Even in summer, Snowbowl officials contend that the temperatures never get much above the mid-60s at midday – and afternoon clouds and storms cool that off considerably. Rides on the Skyride lift cost $15 for adults up to 69 years old, $10 for kids (8-12), and nothing for everyone else.

 

Back for another summer is the Sunset Chairlift Ride. On the second Friday of each month through October, Snowbowl will crank up the lift for riders seeking some serious views of the region. The lift runs 3 to 6 p.m. at the same prices as normal times. A Sunset ride ticket also includes a free BBQ dinner and live music at the base.

 

The resort also touts its championship-caliber disc golf course for summer visitors. Home to the 2003 Professional Disc Golf Association World Championships, the 18-hole track tests players with its serious vertical rises and falls. Starting at the Agassiz Lodge at the base, the course takes 3-5 hours to complete, according to Flagstaff Disc Golf President Chris Kirby.

 

“The holes can be quite a bit longer than on most courses. It’s fun to watch the disc fly so many feet down the hill. It’s a big hike,” said Kirby. “For those used to having courses on moderately flat terrain, the sheer elevation, beauty and grandeur of being up there in the forest is really nice.”

 

Disc golfing is free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the summer. Rentals are available Friday through Sunday.

 

Beginning Saturdays at 10 a.m., astronomers from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff will have a telescope with a special filter pointed at the sun from the deck of the Agassiz Lodge. For about two hours, the scientists will explain what viewers will see through the telescope. 

 

Photo: Arizona Snowbowl (Facebook)

 

 

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