Burfield – Sun Peaks, BC

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I believe this to be the longest fixed-grip lift in the world at nearly 10,000 feet. It takes 21 minutes to ride.
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The drive station came from the Sundance quad.
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Lower terminal and bottom portion of the lift line.
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Looking back towards the base.
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Passing through the midway loading station.
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Towers are widely spaced because the line has so few chairs. Chair spacing is 115 feet!
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Fixed bullwheel up top.
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View down the upper line.
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Mid-station from above.

14 thoughts on “Burfield – Sun Peaks, BC

  1. snowbasinlocal12894 June 28, 2019 / 12:45 pm

    The problem with that is the mid station. They could build a minimalist half mid station like they did at park city

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    • skitheeast June 28, 2019 / 3:27 pm

      It’s not rare for high speed chairlifts to have midstations. Collins @Alta, Orange Bubble @Park City, Peak 8 SuperConnect @Breck, Riva Bahn @Vail, etc.

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      • Donald Reif June 28, 2019 / 3:38 pm

        High speed quads/six packs with half-stations are rarer. Collins, the Peak 8 SuperConnect, and the Riva Bahn Express all have turns at their midstations. There’s only a few high speed quads/six packs I can think of with half-stations, those being Orange Bubble, the Village Express (Snowmass), and the West Buttermilk Express.

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        • Joe Blake August 16, 2019 / 4:04 pm

          Palmer, as well.

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        • powderforever21 August 16, 2019 / 7:18 pm

          If you include gondolas Quicksilver at PC has one.

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        • powderforever21 August 16, 2019 / 7:20 pm

          Also Christie Peak Express @Steamboat has a turning mid.

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        • PowderDayz April 16, 2020 / 10:03 am

          Maillard Express at Le Massif, Quebec also has a Half station.

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    • Donald Reif September 27, 2019 / 3:21 pm

      It wouldn’t take too much to convert to a high speed quad. Just put that half midstation in, retain all the other towers, and switch out the chair hanger arms. The 115 foot gaps between chairs on the line would still be maintainable.

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  2. Donald Reif September 27, 2019 / 3:33 pm

    One master plan proposes a high speed quad starting near the bottom of the West Bowl T-Bar, running to the top of Burfield, to replace the upper half above the midstation and take over for service on the Juniper Ridge. The plan also had a detachable replacing Crystal on a longer alignment, which would cover the rest of the Crystal Bowl. And in it, Burfield would be cut back to end around the midstation.

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    • Raj Thorp March 2, 2020 / 8:53 pm

      There is no way that will happen, because both burfield and the west bowl T-bar are very low traffic. It would be nice to have a HSQ for the new crystal, but the plans for a quad are already final

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  3. ski usa February 23, 2020 / 7:29 pm

    Why didn’t they make it a HSQ originally?

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    • Raj Thorp March 2, 2020 / 8:54 pm

      They wanted a new Sundance lift because it was one of the most high capacity lifts at Sun Peaks, so they just took a bunch of parts from the quad before it so Burfield would be cheap

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  4. Nicolas April 16, 2020 / 1:50 am

    Why does the chairlift take 21 minutes??? That’s so long. Are they thinking of updating the lift system?

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    • skier72 April 16, 2020 / 8:58 am

      This lift is a good example of Nippon Cable (the corporation that owns Sun Peaks) choosing the cheap route, instead of making it a detachable like it should have been.

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