Sun Peaks Confirms Crystal Quad for 2020


Two years after partnering to build the new Orient Quad, Sun Peaks Resort and Doppelmayr will again team up to replace the Crystal triple on the upper mountain.  The lift will be realigned, unloading at the Top of the World adjacent to the Burfield Quad.  Dating back to 1979, Crystal was the very first Doppelmayr chairlift built at what was then called Tod Mountain.  The new fixed grip quad will be Sun Peaks’ 13th Doppelmayr installation spanning five decades.  “A new Crystal Chair is very important as we look at the future of our upper mountain terrain at Sun Peaks,” said Darcy Alexander, Sun Peaks Vice President and General Manager in a press release.  “As more people continue to discover the Sun Peaks experience, we need to invest in moving additional guests around the mountain effectively and efficiently.”  Work on the $3.8 million project will begin immediately with completion in advance of the 2020-21 ski season.

Sun Peaks Resort flanks Mt. Tod in the British Columbia interior.

Sun Peaks also announced the Burfield quad will not be shortened as envisioned in the resort’s master plan.  The 9,500-plus foot lift will continue to offer nearly 3,000 vertical feet of skiing from the Top of the World alongside Crystal.

Capacity will increase by 20 percent over the current Crystal triple chair.

Sun Peaks is owned and operated by Nippon Cable Co., the licensee of Doppelmayr technology in Japan.  Nippon also owns several Japanese ski resorts and a 25 percent stake in Whistler Blackcomb.

16 thoughts on “Sun Peaks Confirms Crystal Quad for 2020

  1. reaperskier June 27, 2019 / 10:28 am

    Nice! I’ve always wanted to go there and this should be a fantastic upgrade for sun peaks.

    One question though. If burfield is not planned to be shortened, is there a possibility for it to be replaced by a detachable quad or gondola with a midstation?


    • Prayforpow June 28, 2019 / 10:15 am

      They could move the midstation on Burfield up so skiers can ski to the new base area and make it a high speed


  2. Prayforpow June 27, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    Crystal could be a detach because I heard it gets cold because it’s exposed


  3. Douglas June 27, 2019 / 3:47 pm

    Something is in their mind with not shortening Burfield. That side of the mountain is the original side, but not well used anymore. Also, majority of real estate is near or even beyond the newer base and hotels.Burfield does not get nearly enough ridership for a HS or gondi. Only argument for HS is its length. But then if investing in that then why not Crystal as a HS instead and stick to the shortening of Burfield?

    As a side note, it does have a mid-station but I can not remember if it is both load and unload. What I do remember is that the midstation is too low to get off and ski to the newer base area.

    Thinking as I write, all I can guess is that the long long term plan is either abandon Burfield base (would be very unpopular for those on that side) or commit to a lot of development there and eventually make it a HSQ.


  4. Hans June 28, 2019 / 10:26 am

    I wonder why the map seems to show a change in location for the bottom station and whether this will reflect the actual placement of the lift, or if it is simply a weird portrayal before they switch over to the new map (James Niehues is making one for them).

    Their website also noted that some grading work is taking place so that all the runs accessible from the top of the old chair would still be easy to reach from the top of the new one.

    I’m also interested in their choice to leave Burfield – hopefully it gets upgraded to a faster lift soon.


    • Prayforpow June 28, 2019 / 10:35 am

      It should be upgraded it takes 21 minutes to ride!


    • Peter Landsman June 28, 2019 / 4:07 pm

      I don’t think Burfield will be upgraded any time soon. The mid-station is a key part of upper mountain lift service and therefore the project would probably cost upwards of $12 million CAD. For that kind of money, Sun Peaks could do Gil’s and West Morrisey.


      • reaperskier June 29, 2019 / 6:55 am

        Would the crystal triple be reused for Gils?


  5. Nev Broadbent July 1, 2019 / 9:23 pm

    Very poor effort on Sun Peaks part.
    40 year and we are getting a slow fixed grip quad.
    As I understand the master plan was for a detachable 6 seater.
    At least give us a high speed quad.
    What is SPMR reasoning behind going with a fixed grip ?
    I am guessing purely price.
    In this competitive age , it seems amazing that Sun Peaks has not gone with a modern high speed lift that gives guests a much more user friendly experience


    • Thomas Jett July 1, 2019 / 11:23 pm

      A part of me suspects that they wouldn’t make their money back on a detachable. The interior BC market is already over-saturated, and resorts like Revelstoke are planning to grow even more.


    • Che Guevara July 2, 2019 / 8:41 am

      I’m surprised as well. Doesn’t sun peaks regularly clock 400-500 thousand skier visits each season? That should be enough to pay for detachable lifts


      • PowderForever July 2, 2019 / 9:37 am

        How much is a lift ticket?


      • skitheeast July 2, 2019 / 10:30 am

        Sun Peaks hit 400k for the first time in the 17/18 season. 16/17 was 390k and 15/16 was at 360k, and they had been in the 300k range since first hitting that number in 2004. I am not sure what their exact number were this past winter, but they said they were strong once again, which would suggest slightly above 400k again. This is a very solid number of skier visits, and combined with their strong season pass and lift ticket sales they should be building state of the art lifts.


  6. Neville Broadbent January 11, 2020 / 5:28 pm

    Still no news on Sun Peaks updsted Master Plan.
    Was told by resort it would be released late 2019.
    Still no word as far as I can find out.
    Very very disappointing the new Crystal will be sliw fixed grip .
    Detachable would have been perfect for this cold upper mountain rude.
    Still no word from resort on why this decision was made.
    Updated Master Plan may explain


  7. Ben September 3, 2020 / 6:26 pm

    Interesting – something must have backfired. Reading previous news articles and the Sun Peaks Resort expansion plan, the future development included:

    -Crystal a detachable 6 pack, from the top of Cruiser to the top of the world
    -Shorten Burfield to where the treeline is
    -Add another quad on the west side (at Hidden Valley?) to the top of the world

    Now they are just making Crystal a quad, with the start as where it is now and the top at the top of the world. Wonder what changed?


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