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Flagstaff Snow Play Area To Cease Operations

A popular snow-play area outside of Flagstaff is discontinuing its operations. Wing Mountain Snow Play Area won’t reopen in the coming winters.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that the company Recreation Resource Management has removed all its structures and amenities from Wing Mountain. The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday that the company requested a cancellation of its special use permit.

The U.S Forest Service states no other concessionaire will operate at the site in the Highway 180 corridor this coming winter, and parking will not be allowed there.

The service plans to begin public outreach in 2018 to get feedback on the possible future for Wing Mountain, and to consider concerns about traffic congestion, trash and other issues.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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