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Sun Peaks 2020-2021

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Taipan, Apr 21, 2020.

  1. oldgeezer

    oldgeezer One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    ANU immunologist
    High Density down the back will be a hard sell at the higher prices, and a bit unsettling on that long flight until there is a vaccine. Can't say I would have any sympathy for AC or other B777 HD operators. Sigh though, much as I would have liked another trip, maybe even with grandsons and their aunt, not much chance.
    :(

    An ANU immunologist / epidemologist advised a few weeks back that he wouldn't plan on travelling until after next northern winter, just in case.
     
  2. Joe

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    New opportunities in Brisbane, the new runway officially opens this Sunday, 12 July 2020.

    According to the Brisbane Airport Corporation it will have the greatest runway capacity of any capital city airport in Auz.
     
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  3. Taipan

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    Sounds like an excellent reason to ride up the front. LOL:thumbs:

    I returned to Australia on the 18th March 2020. Of course, by then Covid was spreading widely around the world.

    They were using hospital strength filters on the air conditioning system on the 777.

    We are fortunate to be able to easily quarantine at either end as we own our own properties. It makes it easier to go, once things start to reopen. Which it will.

    Maybe nothing will be open, but will adapt to the circumstances
     
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  4. oldgeezer

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    Only way to go.

    Delta and VA stood by configuring their B777s as 3-3-3 but have retired their fleet. AC went for the quantity not quality route as their business model to turn a profit and maintain their fleet size rather than raising Y seat cost by 15% to cover increased operating costs, which would have meant trimming their fleet. COVID-19 has forced that model onto all airlines as acknowledged by Qantas. I'd hate to be doing the 15 hour AC33 flight in HD wearing a face mask and perspex screen and social distancing at the reduced number of lavs down the back.

    Academic point for me now, with us being on pension/super. Can't complain though, had good times while it lasted.
     
  5. Hudson

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    I guess it’s true that BC residents are vacationing in province this Summer, as if they have a choice. Almost all the single family home rentals were occupied the past two weekends. They don’t appear to be mtn bikers. Possibly golfers. Just walking around in groups enjoying the escape from lockdown. A lot of reunions.
     
  6. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Seems like business almost as usual in Penticton now. Beaches are crowded, because Okanagan Lake is above full pool so there's not as much sand showing as normal. Lots of out of province plates, hot cars and motorbikes roaring around everywhere and the wineries are busy. Campgrounds and restaurants are as full as they're allowed to be under the provincial orders. Supermarkets are busier than normal and all the cashiers have started wearing masks, which mostly wasn't the case until a week ago when the tourists showed up. The big events that are such a draw are all canceled but a lot of people just came anyway. I guess some of them booked accoms and decided to make a holiday of it regardless.
     
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  7. Chalkie

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    There was something on the news in Van that said within a couple of weeks of the ok from Dr Henry for interprovincial travel, the Okanagan went from 20% booked to 80% booked. I think people are just wanting to "get out of Dodge".

    We're now booked for a four day trip to Revelstoke at the end of next week, our week in the Okanagan first week of August and then a few days in Whistler at the end of August (able to use points for the accommodation so have splurged a bit).
     
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  8. Taipan

    Taipan Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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  9. gareth_oau

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    a snap of the new Crystal chair "area shown Between the old and new Crystal chair . The area was logged so the trees are gone"


     
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  10. northsail

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    @gareth_oau Old chair load point to bottom right??
     
  11. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think so, but without snow it ll looks foreign to me
     
  12. Taipan

    Taipan Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes
     
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  13. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    So how will the new Crystal chair differ from the old one? Bubbles like Sunburst would be nice :D
     
  14. Taipan

    Taipan Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The old crystal was a 50 year old fixed 3 seater lifting short of the top of the world.

    New lift will be a fixed 4 seater lifting to the top of the world which will open a lot more terrain up instead of having to ski to the burfield mid station.
     
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  15. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Gonna be a lot more traffic through my favourite Sunnyside trees now...
     
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  16. northsail

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    Top of the mountain will be trashed very quickly now on a POW day.
     
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  17. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    A story as old as skiing itself. Locals ask the resort for a lift or a connector trail to open up one of their favourite side country areas or improve/speed up access to an inbounds area, then ever afterward bemoan the loss of their private stashes.
     
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  18. Taipan

    Taipan Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    So this is a pic of the top of the world where basically the new chair will lift too, and just below the old Crystal chair.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Hudson

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    Photos from today of the new Crystal Chair base. You can see the old Crystal base minus the lower towers.
     

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  20. Hudson

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    If I had to guess when the Canada-US border will open, I would guess sometime after Nov 3 2020 and before Jan 20 2021. It will conveniently disappear from the headline news after that. Will become Page 3 material.

    Busy weekend for mtn biking. Long lines. 3-4 on most chairs. Appears as busy as last year for house rentals. Just no concerts☹️. Whistler is experiencing the same.
    BC is a busy place.

    Covid, what Covid?
     
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  21. Roymond

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    I'd say like but not like? Missed SP last winter dearly and the crew were super keen for this year. Please keep the photos coming to maintain the stoke. January 2022 is a loooong way ahead..
     
  22. Hudson

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    Australia is super cautious. Any guesses to when flights will resume to N America (w/o restrictions)?
     
  23. Legs Akimbo

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    The critical question: Is the base uphill or downhill from cinnamon buns?
     
  24. Taipan

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    Downhill.
     
  25. Taipan

    Taipan Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Re Tickets. I contacted guest services regarding buying lift tickets.

    The early cheap ticket sales end on the 30th September 2020

    The problem is that if Air Canada is not flying between Australia and Canada, and/or the borders remain closed, then what happens if we buy our season tickets by 30th September 2020 [Those wishing to fly via asia or America ....o_O]

    Thanks for getting in touch with Guest Services.

    I have spoken to our Manager and should something like this happen where a country is saying you can’t travel we would look to do something for you, which may be a credit for the following year.

    The other option is to purchase the refund option, please ensure you read this to ensure you know what this would cover.

    We hope to have you here.


    Thanks

    Helen


    Guest Services | 250.578.5474

    1.800.807.3257 ext. 3 | Fax: 250.578.5563
    guestservices@sunpeaksresort.com


    My plan remains to go skiing if I can get there. And yes I can self isolate in my house which is lucky.
     
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  26. Taipan

    Taipan Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Agreed. It will all just suddenly disappear off the news once we reach November.
     
  27. gareth_oau

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    After Trumpo loses the election, and is frog-marched out of the whitehouse and they start to tidy their act up a bit?
     
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  28. Izzy

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    What was the reasoning behind not going with a detachable? Purely cost?
     
  29. ralphplough

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    Yep, they cheaped out.
     
  30. Hudson

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    I’d say the cost.
    Hope it’s faster than the Orient Chair.
     
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    At least humans being humans will see the top when engulfed in cloud and avoid like the plague.

    Some of my best powder days up there have been in fog....plenty of vis and definition on the ground but from the lift and base it looked like pea soup. Keeps the hoards at bay!

    Sunny days were getting trashed pretty quickly up there anyway.
     
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  32. Hudson

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    Appears that there has been more clearing at Mid-Mountain and Father Tom’s.
    That’s the Burfield Chair looking West.
     

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  33. Hudson

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    Looking across the valley to Mt Morrisey from the Crystal Bowl.
    That small peak on right is the official peak of Mt Morrisey. If SPs ran the future West Morrisey Chair to that peak but kept the base where it has always been planned, there would be a very large gladed area to ski above Back in Time. Quite a wide swath. Boarders hike up there. I’ve skied that glade on Back country Nordic skis with our Outdoor Club. Needs a bit of work but has some challenging pitches. A connector run could still be cut east across the ridge to access the new West Morrisey runs. Possibilities.
     

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  34. Chalkie

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    We were told in Osoyoos that occupancy rates this year in summer are higher than last year!
     
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    Hi Tinks
    I cancelled our Stones Throw accomodation last night. I was hoping for a miracle but that was never going to happen. Bring on 2022.
     
  36. JLA

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    Sadly, we made the decision last week that it just wasn’t going to happen this coming season and also cancelled our accommodation. Methinks 2022 season will be very busy, assuming no virus concerns
     
  37. Crystal

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    Yup we cancelled our booking last week also :(
     
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  38. Joe

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    Waiting to see what unfolds, we never locked anything in.

    Open to a spring ski, check out the new chair.
     
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  39. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Apex has released dates of season and passes are on sale. Face covering to be worn in queues and on lift rides with those outside personal bubble. I predict a big sales year for Buffs.
     
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    mmmm I should be buying my pass soon :(
     
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  41. Chalkie

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    I booked some SP accommodation yesterday for mid-Feb for first visit to SP. Fingers crossed there is a season!
     
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    I salute your optimism. We are angling for a March trip if we are back online by then.
    :skier:
     
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    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Chalkie lives over there. Not quite the same as someone in Oz booking accomm.
     
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    Oh I see said the blind man.
     
  45. Chalkie

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    :D location Vancouver, Canada gives it away :)
     
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    Damn that fine print....
     
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    Taipan Retro clan will be Jan 2022, its booked
     
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  48. Roymond

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    Where have you booked? Our usual haunts have yet to open their books for 2022.
     
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    Private owner, friend from Seattle!!
     
  50. Roymond

    Roymond One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Rightio. Hopefully we will get back to ‘three bears chalet’. Kids loved it there!
     
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