Arizona Snowbowl announces last day of the season

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FLAGSTAFF -- It's been a great run, but the ski season at Arizona Snowbowl is winding down.

April 9-11 will be the last long weekend for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the powder. Snowbowl will be open as usual through April 4, and then closed April 5-8, reopening in time for one last hurrah. Lifts will operate 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Starting today, Snowbowl is offering lower rates. Adult lift tickets are going for $39. Kids' tickets are $12. In addition, special tickets with even deeper discounts are available online.

“It has been such an incredible season! We still have over 8 feet of snow on the upper mountain and right now the spring skiing is incredible,” said Dave Smith, Snowbowl’s Marketing Director in a news release. “With the resort opening at 10 a.m. , it gives the snow time to soften up from the overnight freeze and reflects the behavior of the skiers. The demand drops predictably every season so we match our operation to that demand.”

El Niño brought above-average snowfall to the high country. Snowbowl has received some 312 inches of snow this season. That's over 4 feet more than the seasonal average of 260 inches.

All that snow has brought skiers and snowboarder flocking to Snowbowl. The ski area has already passed 175,000 skiers, making it the fourth best season on record. The resort is hoping to break its a;;-time record of 193,000 visitors set back in 2004-'05 winter season.

“With all this snow, we have been able to build the best terrain park we have ever had," Smith said. "The Park has different lines for the intermediate and expert with jumps, rails and boxes."