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Snowless in Arizona

From the Associated Press:

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A ski resort that's operated for almost 70 years is facing its first-ever winter without a day of skiing. Virtually no snow has fallen in Arizona, as shown in the front yard of Dave and Kat Rudolph of Tucson.

The Arizona Snowbowl normally opens in mid-December and logs about 108 days of skiing and other winter sports each winter. A normal winter would bring 22 feet of snow.

This year, the Snowbowl has gotten 22 inches of snow, and most has melted off.

The resort will break a record for its latest-ever opening Sunday. If it ever opens at all this year.

Snowbowl could still open in the in early of March if a monster snowstorm were to arrive, general manager J.R. Murray said.

The resort's full-time staff of 30 has been cleaning and smoothing the terrain on ski runs, he said. About 400 seasonal workers have been out of work.


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