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Arizona Snowbowl delays opening date due to warm temperatures

Posted at 4:48 AM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 10:37:07-05

Unseasonably warm temperatures aren't making the coming ski season easy for Arizona Snowbowl.  

On Wednesday, Snowbowl announced that its projected opening date of Friday, Nov. 17 has been pushed back. They're now hoping to open the slopes the week of Thanksgiving.  

Cooler temperatures are expected in northern Arizona between now and Thanksgiving.   

"Our snow guns have been running at every available opportunity," J.R. Murray, the general manager at Arizona Snowbowl, said in a press release. "Snowbowl's opening date will be announced once we have made sufficient snow to provide the best possible ski product.  All of us at Snowbowl are excited to kick off the ski season, and we'll open as soon as possible."   

Check the full forecast to see what's in store.

Even though Snowbowl has been using computerized snow machines since 2011, they still need sustained freezing temperatures and low humidity to produce -- something that is not happening.

“We think — and hope that there’s a cold spell coming in the next four days. We plan on making snow every minute that we can, and we have,” said Murray.

Snowbowl opened Nov. 19 last year and didn't close until May 7, which the company says is the longest season on record.