Sun Peaks to Build New East Village Lift

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Canada’s second largest ski resort near Kamloops, British Columbia today unveiled plans for its tenth lift, a $3.1 million fixed-grip quad chair above the East Village.  The new lift will complement Sun Peaks’ existing Morrisey Express with its bottom terminal located nearby.  It will then cross the Sun Peaks road and climb over existing ski terrain with a top terminal above the East Village Ski Way.  “This lift project is especially rewarding to announce today. Better access from the East Village is vital to our overall experience and future success,” said Darcy Alexander, Vice President and General Manager of Sun Peaks in an early morning press release.  “The new lift is something we are really pleased to add to the mix for next winter and it will greatly enhance our industry leading ski-in ski-out design”

The specific run layout is currently in development but will see a green trail option to the village from the top of the lift consistent with all other resort lifts and a well-known element of the Sun Peaks ski experience.  Additionally, the lift will provide improved access to some of the most underrated and underutilized ski terrain with family-friendly blue runs and pockets of glade skiing.  New chairs will also be added this summer to the Sundance Express for a 30 percent increase in capacity as part of an overall $47 million capital plan for 2018.  No manufacturer was named for the new quad but Sun Peaks is currently an all-Doppelmayr mountain and a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Cable, Doppelmayr’s longtime partner in Japan.

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6 thoughts on “Sun Peaks to Build New East Village Lift

  1. Paul Hothersall March 28, 2018 / 9:37 am

    This is great news, and makes sense to add to the ski in / out design. There will have to be a flat trail ski out form there to the sunburst cut?? Going forward, I understand the next phase is down the Burfield end when they move the top station to the mid load, and then put in a new HSQ to the top of the world, possibly form a slightly lower station than the traverse from the base of crystal.

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    • Peter Landsman March 28, 2018 / 11:31 am

      I was surprised to hear the Crystal detachable realignment and shortening of Burfield aren’t coming first. But a new lift is a new lift and it’s great to see BC’s interior resorts finally growing again.

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  2. NT March 28, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    I’m surprised they are placing the top terminal so low at only 1535m – lots of missed terrain further up which could have been unlocked. Ultimately this lift is just going to enable ski in/out but not much more.

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  3. John June March 28, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    Lots of new lifts and more terrain in the works. Another new lift from the main village up Morrisey will be installed, a’training hill east of this new area, with several more lifts there. The largest development will be on Burfield at The Top of the World, with several more lifts on Tod, and at The Top. One will be a triangular lift. Other lifts will be realigned, some shortened and some replaced. The old uncomfortable Crystal Triple, will be replaced with a new lift. The Crystal lift will be moved to ‘The Top’. Other lifts will be replaced by six pack lifts, with some of the older lifts being used in new parts of the resort.
    So in the next several years, a lot will be happening at Sun Peaks.

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  4. Henry Rodgers March 28, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    Very disappointed, and I know the real skiers of Sun Peaks are too. This move is the first real blatant prioritization of real estate over needed improvements to the actual ski experience. West Morissey would have added awesome access to some neglected steeps and Crystal Express would’ve provided much more easily lap-able terrain high alpine. Instead they chose something that doesn’t add any skiing, it doesn’t even add much value to the real estate, it’s likely just a same length ride on a different lift that both go to the village. If they can already go up Morissey to access greens to the village, why do they need another lift?

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  5. Mario testani July 6, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    Yes. Henry I agree however, they have a plan. Not sure that this makes sense given the vast terrain that would be able to be accessed at the TOP. I suspect this decision is based on many factors including the growth of SP in all areas including mountain development and not least of which is theSP skier experience from a tourist perspective. Nevertheless, this is great news and look forward to the new possibilities. I have said before, “if you build it, they will come”.

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