Jake is no longer active here, and I left Flagstaff well before the snow making began. That said, I have always had mixed feelings about the bowl. The expansion bothered me, but I can't change that. The snow making only bothered me as the water could be better used for other things, and drier winters require more snow making, but I don't live there, so that is a Flagstaff issue. I don't ski. Still, there are things in the reclaimed water that sewage treatment does not remove, but, again, I do not live there.
I did summit Humphrey and Agassiz a lot while there, in winter and the rest of the year, and I like the road and parking area year round, but in winter, the ski area can be a nightmare. I learned to get done well after the ski runs had emptied out, to avoid the traffic on 180. Milton and 66 are not much better when the traffic is up. I don't plan to go to Humphrey/ the Peaks this winter, as I want to do desert stuff instead. Stuff I skipped or missed last year. I might do Elden once more, but that isn't the Peaks to me.
The last few winters have been pretty good for the Bowl, and western Rim/ Flagstaff. This winter is forecast to be warmer and drier, so we will see. I recall that 2008 was forecast that way, and was wet from December to February. However, at this point in my life, I realize there are wet years, and there are dry, so being under is just part of "normal" variation, but the trend towards more extreme variations is correlated to climate change. This said, the last few winters have not favored the White Mountains, or central Mogollon Rim areas, which is the area of the Phoenix Watershed that drains into Lake Roosevelt. It would be preferable to have a wet winter for watershed utility, but this is not likely to be that year.
Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and southern Nevada probably will be drier than normal. Overall, we all know this happens. Snowbowl just got overzealous with their advertising to sell season passes and is having to now twice postpone their opening day because they can't make snow, and it hasn't snowed. It happens. This is really something worth paying attention to more in January, February, or March, not during what is still winter pre-season, in November.
At least there is now a pretty good storm rolling through the Sierra and northern 2/3rds of California, with impressive early snow and rain totals. 2 to 3 feet for the High Sierra, in spots over 10,000'. Not bad, for November. Will the Peaks or the Sierra Nevada have snow packs like we had 60 or 100 years ago, in 25 or 50 years? I think we all know what the models say.
I just feel better, when I eat a carbon based diet.