Weather Operating Parameters
Flagstaff Extreme operates RAIN/SNOW or SHINE. Only severe weather conditions such as lightning in close (6 miles) proximity, high winds (over 40 mph), fire conditions, extreme cold and/or possibly heavy rain/snow will temporarily close the courses. In the event that we close the Park and guests have been waiting for over an hour, guests can receive a RAIN CHECK* or REFUND provided they have completed only two or less of the Courses. Customers that have progressed through 2 Courses and are on the 3rd Course or further will be issued a RAIN CHECK* *RAIN CHECKS are valid for 60 days from issue or the current season year which ever is sooner.
There are conditions during which we cannot operate, as defined by Coconino County, and below are the parameters of those conditions.
Weather Policy Guidelines for Flagstaff Extreme operations:
1. Fire - Flagstaff Extreme will follow the Coconino County Parks and Recreation (CCPR) department's Board of Supervisor's (BoS) approved Fire Restrictions Policy.
~ Operations will cease if Level II Fire Restrictions are declared.
~ Exceptions to this shall be approved only by the Parks and Recreation
Director, within the scope of the BaS's fire restriction resolution.
2. Wind - Flagstaff is perched at 6,910 feet in elevation and is surrounded by high
desert. The lack of surrounding landscape (at the same elevation) acting as a windbreak
leads to very high winds. Flagstaff typically experiences the bulk of its high winds
during the spring season, roughly April thru June. However, high winds can, and often
do, occur at other times of the year. It is not uncommon for Flagstaff to experience
consecutive windy days in excess of 30 mph and has been known to reach 70+ mph on
occasion. During high winds healthy Ponderosa Pines have been known to blow over
either by snapping at the trunk or uprooting the root ball. Judging what winds will do to
a tree is not an exact science and can be unpredictable.
~ CCPR recommends that the Permittee cease operations when wind levels
reach 40 miles per hour.
~ CCPR recommends that all ropes courses and surrounding trees be
inspected for damage following all wind events. This may result in closure prior
to conducting operations again.
3. Lightning - The flashlbang method can be used as a rudimentary way to judge
how far away a lightning storm is. The method is practiced as such: count the number of
seconds between seeing lightning and hearing thunder and divide by 5 to get the number
of miles away the storm is.
~ Lightning usually strikes within a 6 mile radius so if the count between
lightning and thunder reaches 30 seconds or less the Permittee will cease
operations. Operations can resume after 30 minutes if lightning does not occur
again. If lightning does occur before the 30 minutes has elapsed then the 30
minute wait begins again. This process repeats until at least a full 30 minute wait
period is accomplished without any lightning.