As businesses continue to struggle with the effects of COVID-19, some are looking for ways to help. Arizona Snowbowl announced the resort is partnering with the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce to create the Arizona Snowbowl/Flagstaff Chamber COVID-19 Relief Fund, which will provide eight $7,500 grants to qualifying small businesses.
“COVID-19 has created new challenges for everyone, including all of us at Snowbowl,” said Rob Linde, General Manager of Arizona Snowbowl. “As a part of our continued commitment to the local community, it was important for us to find a way to give back during these difficult times.”
In April, the ski resort pledged to donate 1% of its initial season pass sales through May 29 to local small businesses affected by COVID-19. During the sale, Snowbowl raised $30,000 which was matched dollar-for-dollar by resort owner James Coleman’s Coleman Charitable Foundation.
Applications for the relief fund will open on July 14 at 9 a.m. on the Flagstaff Chamber’s website. To qualify, businesses must have 25 or fewer employees on current payroll, be located in the Greater Flagstaff area, and have not received assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Additional qualifying criteria will be listed on both organizations’ websites.
“As one of the premier attractions in Flagstaff and Northern Arizona, Snowbowl has always been an integral part of the local business community. We’re proud to partner with Snowbowl during these challenging times to provide another way for hard-hit small businesses to receive financial assistance,” said Julie Pastrick, President of the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce.
The relief fund is yet another way that Snowbowl reaches local communities through charitable giving. During the 2019/2020 season, the resort raised $25,000 for non-profit organizations in Arizona from its Community Benefit Days. Snowbowl also continues to provide free season passes to guests ages 10 and under and 75 and older, as well as free skiing and lessons for local 5th grade students as a part of a partnership with the Flagstaff Unified School District.
For more information on the relief fund and planned new improvements for the 2020/2021 season, please visit snowbowl.ski. To learn more about the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, please visit flagstaffchamber.com
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About Arizona Snowbowl
Situated in the majestic San Francisco Peaks at 9,500 feet and just 14 miles north of Flagstaff, Snowbowl is home to Arizona’s longest ski season. With state-of-the-art snowmaking and 260-inches of annual snowfall, Snowbowl offers the premier winter experience from November through April. In addition to the best beginner terrain in the Southwest, winter enthusiasts will enjoy Snowbowl’s naturally divided terrain, variety of trails, four terrain parks, premier tree skiing and expert hike-to terrain. Snowbowl is also the ideal summertime destination with cool temperatures and stunning views of Sedona’s red rocks, the cinder cone volcanic field and Grand Canyon’s rim on the scenic chairlift. Snowbowl continues to enhance its offerings with capital improvements, including a new high-speed combination lift for winter 2020. Please visit snowbowl.ski to learn more.
About the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce is an independent, non-profit organization supported by its members through donations, membership dues and fundraising events in order to promote businesses and advocate on their behalf. The Chamber is not a government agency or a part of the City of Flagstaff, though there is collaboration on many initiatives. The Chamber was founded in 1891 as the Board of Trade, making it more than 125 years old.The Chamber knows that a great climate for businesses and organizations must be carefully curated and that their interests must be championed. The vast majority of its 1,100 members are small businesses employing less than 10 people. Please visit flagstaffchamber.com to learn more.