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.
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8 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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    • 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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