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The Agassiz chairlift takes visitors 11,500 feet up toward Agassiz Peak.

This year’s El Nino means ski resorts like Arizona Snowbowl will open a couple of days earlier than usual. The Flagstaff ski resort will will open its first new chairlift in decades on the resort’s opening day Friday, helping end long line that dampen the spirits of skiers and snowboarders on the mountain. Read more»

No snow? No problem for three Arizona ski resorts on federal land that will now have an easier time operating slopeside activities year-round. President Obama on Monday signed a law making it easier for such facilities to operate in the summer — activities such as mountain biking and disc golf — without having to go through extensive paperwork first. Read more» 1

Oh, boy! With the sun shining and at least a foot of fresh snow on Mount Lemmon, Wednesday looked like a perfect opportunity to beat the rodeo rush and snatch a day of skiing from the jaws of the Sonoran Desert. Read more»