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In 1962, after the first time Grasmoen sold the
facilities, volunteers pitched in digging tower footings
among other jobs for the installation of the new
Riblet Company two-seater chair lift. Skiers could,
for the first time in 24 years, ride up to the top of
Agassiz Peak instead of walking. In later years there
were rare times when ski patrol got extra work hiking
up lift line to dig out those chairs!
Over the years Snowbowl facilities have continued
to change with new runs, new lifts, a new
lodge at Hart Prairie and a paved road. Today
Snowbowl welcomes snowboarders with a terrain
park, a military ski free day and special learn-to-ski
days for local fifth grade classes. A historic love of
winter sports and the camaraderie of community
have kept skiing alive in Flagstaff for 82 years and
will continue into the future. n
The Arizona Ski Council joined the
Far West Ski Association in 1993.
Before the three-seater chair was installed in 1986,
Ski Patrol occasionally had to hike up to dig out
the top of the Riblet lift. Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service
Beverly Wensel, La Questa Queen Elizabeth
Hoffman Carter and Vera (Sis) Beamer, Winter
Carnival March 13, 1949. courtesy /Vera Beamer Pinkerman
RIGHT: Al and Venna Grasmoen operated the
ski area from 1945 to 1962. Holding onto the lien,
he sold and bought it back three times until 1976
when the facilities were sold outright. He joked
that he made more money buying and selling
Snowbowl than he ever did running it.
Al Grasmoen did much
of the work of building
Agassiz Lodge on his own.
Volunteers from Flagstaff
and Phoenix Ski Clubs
helped build the lodge
including cutting and
skinning trees for use.
By 1955, the basement
and sun deck were
complete. The second
story was added the
following year.
* Grasmoen built a house and a summer
dude ranch called Ski and Spur at the bottom
of Snowbowl Road. Dry-land skiing was
taught during summer
1952 - Hart Prairie Lodge burned down
overnight on the weekend of the Thunderbird
races.
1956 - Grasmoen built Agassiz Lodge with the
help of ski club volunteers and " as built " plans
drawn up by Jimmie Nunn
1958 - The 3000' long tow rope (now on
Blackjack) is replaced with a poma lift
1960s, 70s, 80s
Grasmoen sold Snowbowl three times, holding
onto the loan papers through each transaction
and buying it back as each owner had to sell
1962 - Snowbowl's first chair lift, the Agassiz
two-seater Riblet lift, was installed using 100%
volunteer help including those from the
Phoenix Ski Club
1977 - Snowbowl bought outright by
Northland Recreation, owned by Norm Johnson
1982 - Hart Prairie lift installed giving beginner
skiers the original historic run to ski on
1983 - Fairfield corporation bought the
facilities and renamed the area Fairfield
Snowbowl
1983 - Hart Prairie Lodge and Sunset lift
constructed
1986 - the 24-year old Riblet lift was replaced
with current three-seater chair lift
1989 - Snowbowl Road paved up to
Hart Prairie Lodge
1990s
1992 - Eric Borowsky and Arizona Snowbowl
Limited Partnership bought the ski area and
brought back the original name, Arizona
Snowbowl
2017 - A detachable high-speed chairlift, the
Grand Canyon Express, installed
2020 - A combination high-speed chairlift and
gondola are to replace 34-year old Agassiz lift
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photos courtesy
of Jimmie Nunn Arizona Ski Museum
1994 - Logjam run widened moving 200,000
cubic yards of earth
1997 - Lava and Volcano ski trails completed.
2000s
2005 - After a lengthy environmental impact
analysis, Coconino National Forest authorized
snowmaking, new lifts, new trails and facility
improvements.
2010 - two conveyors, moving sidewalks,
installed at Hart Prairie for beginners
2012 - In December, snowmaking begins
2015 - James Coleman and Mountain Capital
Partners joined AZ Snowbowl Limited
Partnership.

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