Sunrise Express – Stratton, VT

The Sunrise Express provides the primary access out of the Sun Bowl base area.
Stealth III terminal, one of four built at Stratton in 2001.
Tower 1.
Extensive parking area.
Grip maintenance shed.
Overview of the parking setup.
Lift line above the base area.
Unloading area.
Garaventa CTEC pedestal controls.
Stealth IV top station.
Terminal under skin.
Towers 14 and 15.
Looking up at the last two towers.

16 thoughts on “Sunrise Express – Stratton, VT

  1. Skiliftguy July 29, 2019 / 7:39 pm

    I feel like Sunrise runs more often than Shooting Star does. I think its maybe Sunrise is high enough for people to go to the main lodge and URSA and they can use either URSA, American Express to Snow Bowl or use the Gondola


    • Collin Parsons July 29, 2019 / 8:12 pm

      Sunrise is scheduled to run all day every day that the lodge and terrain is open, unless on hold for maintenance or weather. Shooting Star runs 10-2 on weekdays and all day on weekends now. When URSA isn’t crowded, Shooting Star isn’t really needed as they are completely redundant. Before the replacement of Snow Bowl, they ran Shooting Star all day every day, but now that the new Snow Bowl runs daily, they don’t feel they need Shooting Star as much.


    • Donald Reif September 9, 2019 / 4:06 pm

      I think it’d be 3,600.

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  2. Sam Altavilla September 10, 2019 / 9:06 am

    Parts of the upper terminal were repainted this year. The outdoor controls are being renovated, and previously cracked buttons are being replaced.


    • Collin Parsons September 10, 2019 / 10:30 am

      I think URSA got repainted too. I wonder why they don’t put all the chairs on this lift. AMEX, URSA, and Shooting Star have enough chairs for the full 3600 capacity.

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      • Sam Altavilla September 10, 2019 / 11:42 am

        I know for a fact they keep some off in case Shooting Star needs a few. I dont think they store spares in the Shooting Star parking.


      • Collin Parsons September 10, 2019 / 2:53 pm

        Sunrise needs more capacity than Shooting Star though. I think Sunrise should be brought up to 3600 even if they have to remove chairs from Shooting Star to do it. Especially if snowmaking was added to the remaining trails down there. This would help bring traffic away from the main summit.

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  3. skitheeast February 16, 2020 / 6:36 pm

    Something happened with Sunrise’s motor because it has been running on auxiliary power this weekend like URSA did last season.


    • Collin Parsons February 16, 2020 / 6:52 pm

      Hopefully it’s not quite as slow as URSA on the diesel.


    • Somebody February 16, 2020 / 10:24 pm

      Sunrise broke down late today. I was doing laps on Shooting Star but from what I could tell it broke down for 20-30 minutes before they kicked it back on and got everyone off.


      • Donald Reif February 16, 2020 / 10:31 pm

        They better be prepared to run Solstice more.


      • Collin Parsons February 17, 2020 / 7:21 am

        It’s closed today. Solstice is open. That’s going to cause some big lines at URSA.

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      • Somebody February 17, 2020 / 6:36 pm

        I heard that they “need a new part” for the lift. It’s also still listed as “closed” on the website. Looks like Solstice’s time to shine.


  4. Randy February 29, 2020 / 1:06 pm

    I’ve heard they had an issue with the electric motor . It has been pulled with a crane . And is currently being repaired. Also heard the problem was found by maintenance while it was operating and the decision was made to run the Apu to not further damage the motor.


    • Somebody February 29, 2020 / 8:49 pm

      Yep, and the APU is super loud. You can hear it from a quarter mile away.


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