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Snow gives lift to AZ ski areas; openings slated this week

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(Source: Arizona Snowbowl) Humphreys Peak taken from Hart Prairie at 3 p.m.Monday. (Source: Arizona Snowbowl) Humphreys Peak taken from Hart Prairie at 3 p.m.Monday.
(Source: Sunrise Park Resort) Sunrise Park Resort watched 10 new inches of snow fall over the last 24 hours. (Source: Sunrise Park Resort) Sunrise Park Resort watched 10 new inches of snow fall over the last 24 hours.
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (CBS5) -

It's all downhill from here. Sunrise Park Resort and Arizona Snowbowl have scheduled their season openings this week, much to the delight of Arizona ski faithful.

Sunrise Park Resort near Greer in the White Mountains will open its Sunrise Mountain runs and lifts 1, 2 and 8 on Wednesday.

Arizona Snowbowl will open Thursday with a flurry of ceremonies to mark its 75th anniversary season.

Almost 3 feet of snow blankets Arizona Snowbowl, and up to another foot is expected from a storm Wednesday, the staff said.

"All primary runs have packed and fresh powder and our trained staff is ready to load that first chair," said Arizona Snowbowl General Manager J.R. Murray.

Mayor Jerry Nabours kicked off opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. with a ribbon cutting.

New infrastructure and equipment will make skiers' and boarders' time on the slopes more efficient, according to a resort statement. Grading and thinning, along with new and wider terrain, have improved 134 of the ski resort's 777 acres.

Future improvements include new chairlifts, a pedestrian bridge and improvements to the Agassiz and Hart Prairie lodges.

Sunrise had 10 new inches of snow on top of the 42 inches that have fallen so far this season.

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