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Summer tubing at Arizona Snowbowl

A summer tubing slope is one of the new offerings at Arizona Snowbowl this year. 

With the national forest closures now lifted, Arizona Snowbowl will open its summer activities on Friday.

The resort will have an expanded array of offerings this year, including a new summer tubing slope, a bungee trampoline, a ropes course and a barrel roll.

The scenic chairlift will also begin operations on Friday.

The tubing slope is made from a plastic, all-weather material that is also used to construct dry ski slopes, said J.R. Murray, Snowbowl’s general manager.

The new activities are $15 each, or $10 with the purchase of a ride on the scenic chairlift. The activities and the chairlift will be open daily through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The activities are all based at the Agassiz Lodge.

The resort was forced to delay the opening of its summer operations by nearly seven weeks because it was included in a forest closure order implemented due to extreme fire danger. About 30 part-time seasonal employees were laid off and 40 full-time employees were furloughed for two weeks, Murray said.

Snowbowl is now looking to fill those seasonal restaurant and activity attendant positions again, Murray said. In the interim, the full-time staff will be filling in where needed, he said.

Emery Cowan can be reached at (928) 556-2250 or


Environment, Health and Science Reporter

Emery Cowan writes about science, health and the environment for the Arizona Daily Sun, covering everything from forest restoration to endangered species recovery efforts.

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