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Snowbowl could break season record by staying open through May 19

The Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff will remain open into mid-May, operating a record number of 160 hours this year. (AP Photo)

The Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff will remain open into mid-May, operating a record number of 160 hours this year. (AP Photo)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — An Arizona ski resort is planning its longest season by remaining open through mid-May.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports the Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff expects to operate until May 19 due to favorable weather conditions and a record number of skiers.

The resort, 144 miles north of Phoenix, normally closes in April.

If it remains open until May 19, Snowbowl will have operated 160 days this winter.

The previous record of 144 days was set in the winter of 2016-2017.

Officials say the resort recorded 28 feet of snow this winter, although remaining open would not be possible without machine-made snow using reclaimed water.

A 20-year contract with the city of Flagstaff provides up to 1.5 million gallons of water daily November through February.

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