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La Nina pattern delaying opening of AZ ski resorts

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(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

Up at the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort near Flagstaff, the snow-making machines have been going full blast since late Wednesday night,

“Monitoring everything and since then so we can, ya know, react as soon as we can with low humidity and cool enough temperatures," said Melanie Street of Arizona Snowbowl.

But Mother Nature has not been on ski season's side.

"We are just waiting for the weather to cooperate," said Street.

2015 saw one of the strongest El Niños on record.

That year, Snowbowl opened on November 20, the earliest opening in 40 years.

 "We closed in the middle of April last spring and had a wonderful season," said Street.

But this year La Nina arrived and this has led to a warmer and much drier weather pattern. To put it in perspective, November 18, 2015 - more than 3 feet of snow had already fallen at Snowbowl. November 18, 2016 - zero...nada...nothing.

So, the only way to open is to make the snow themselves.

"We hope to open the lower ridge trail and get our brand new Grand Canyon Pass lift working," said Street.

In past during La Nina years and before they got snow-making machines,Snowbowl did not open until January and sometimes only for a few days.

To check on when Snowbowl will open click this link.

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