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.