Sundance Express – Sun Peaks, BC

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First-generation Spacejet return terminal.
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Bottom station in Sun Peaks Village.
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Riding up.
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Breakover towers.
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Drive station with maintenance rail.
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Underskin of the top station.
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View up the line.
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Lower section of the line.
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Lower terminal and operator house.

10 thoughts on “Sundance Express – Sun Peaks, BC

  1. Donald Reif September 27, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    Most of these towers appear to have been reused from the fixed grip quad. (Kinda odd that they put a fixed grip quad in in 1993 only to replace it two years later)

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    • Raj Thorp February 29, 2020 / 8:55 pm

      They wanted to build a new lift two years later because burfield needed a new lift, So they just took the drive station from this, then replaced it with a detachable

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  2. kiroro January 5, 2021 / 10:23 am

    Is there pictures of the old sundance quad the fixed grip version?

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  3. LSkiL January 20, 2021 / 7:42 am

    I’d hazard a guess that this chair will be replaced by a high-speed 6- or even 8-pack chair; it’s constantly congested and services two massive attractions: the beginner-intermediate section on Sundance Mountain itself, and the massive, somewhat-renowned terrain park. This means lines are almost always massive. Either this, or my guess is a dedicated park chair might be installed. Regardless, both this and the Sunburst lifts are showing their age, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a major initiative replaces them both with higher-capacity lifts.

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    • LSkiL January 20, 2021 / 7:45 am

      They even attempted to increase the capacity by altering the spacing of the chairs (moving them closer together) and adding an additional 60-80 chairs (I cannot remember the exact number). The Sundance is now running at maximum chair capacity, but the efforts seem to have been in vain; nothing has appeared to have changed.

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    • Donald Reif January 20, 2021 / 1:27 pm

      I think the way to go would be to install a high speed six pack on Sundance, and use the current high speed quad to build a lift running from the bottom of the Morrisey Platter to the top of Mount Morrisey (allowing the north-facing trails on Mount Morrisey to be lapped without a ski-back to the Morrisey lift).

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      • LSkiL February 3, 2021 / 8:54 am

        I’d say that’s plausible; the West Morrisey lift has been nagging on anyone who attempts to lap the “laundry” runs (North-facing trails) since their inception. It is frustrating to have to cut your run short to return via Static Cling when on that pod. However, my guess is that if they installed a chair there, it would be one of, if not the least-ridden chair on the mountain. Keep in mind, it’s only advanced and Expert runs on that side (and Back in Time). For this reason, I believe that the current Crystal quad will be transported to West Morrisey, as it’s a fixed-grip, cheap to operate. Sun Peaks knows that in the near future Crystal will become congested if they leave that slow old quad, so my best guess is that the current Sundance Express will be moved to the Crystal to provide a massive capacity increase and express access. In turn, the Sundance Express will be replaced by a 6- or even 8- person to accommodate the congestion there.

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        • Donald Reif February 3, 2021 / 10:57 am

          It looks like the West Morrisey lift line already exists, and just needs a little widening to put a quad in.

          As for what becomes of Sundance, I think it’s more likely it just goes to a six pack with 3,200 pph capacity.

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        • PalmonPlayz January 26, 2022 / 9:38 pm

          Imagine a 8 Pack D-Line at Sun Peaks, that’s Sun Peaks In 2036 for ya

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  4. Donald Reif March 23, 2022 / 3:07 pm

    This lift is longer than the fixed grip quad it replaced. The original lift only ran as high as tower 15. Its replacement is 2,610 feet longer.

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