Sunrise Park Resort in Pinetop is open all the way to the top. That means it's safe to pull that ski equipment out of storage.
Bill London, marketing director, admits Sunrise has seen better seasons, but the skiing is still excellent. At press time, open trails included Nastar, Upper Spruce Ridge, Lodgeview, Fairway, Pinedale, Bunny Hill and the Pumphouse Snowboard Park.
For nonskiers, there's plenty of downhill tubing, winter horseback riding and even ice fishing. For the romantic snow fan, try a cozy horse-drawn sleigh ride through the forest. Sunrise also offers daycare and a Funland for families with kids.
Sunrise Park Resort is owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. For more information, call 1-800-772-SNOW or (520) 735-7669.
MSA benefit scheduled for May 6
The Mogollon Sporting Association has long been the savior of under-funded youth programs in the Rim country.
When usual coffers run dry, whether it's in school district or youth league programs, coaches and administrators are sent scurrying to MSA officials hoping to find the funds necessary to keep programs afloat.
Through the years, MSA has donated well over $100,000 to sports, drama and music programs. The organization has also almost equaled that amount in donations to wildlife enhancement projects in the Rim country.
The money to fund MSA's ambitious list of benefits is derived mostly from the organization's annual dinner, auction and banquet. Recently, the MSA governing board set the date for this year's banquet as May 6 at the Mazatzal Casino.
A no-host cocktail hour will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and door prizes at 6 p.m. and the auction at 7 p.m. Soon, MSA members will be circulating around town selling benefit tickets for $50 per person. In the past, the banquet limit of 230 tickets have sold out quickly.
Call 472-9794 for more information about MSA or the banquet.
Little League needs volunteers
With the opening of the 2000 season only a month away, the Little League board has several volunteer vacancies to fill. The league needs a major division director, coach for the Senior League Pine team and a coach for a 16-year-old team that will travel to nearby towns and cities for interleague play.
Anyone interested in the major director position should call Dvorak at 472-6500. For the senior coaching positions, call Bob Sharp at 472-8473.
P&R coed softball
Registration for participation in the Parks and Recreation-sponsored adult coed softball league will be held March 6 through March 17 at the P&R Green Valley Park office. League officials say if enough teams sign up, both competitive and recreation divisions will be offered. The fee is $200 per team which includes a postseason tournament. Awards will be given for tournament play only. Games will be played in April.