Sun Peaks 2020-2021

sly_karma

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Different alignment too as I understand it. The new fixed quad now terminates at Top of the World summit rather than the little knoll just to the east.
 
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Hudson

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Yesterday’s backcountry Nordic. 10 km for starters. Light powder on a firm but not icy base. The backcountry trails had good coverage so we tried to do au h as we could on that trail system.
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A repeat today with a larger group
 
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Hudson

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Another good day on the Nordic trails. Some of our older members skinned up some of the steeper trails. 12 kms. We are building up to our mid-season average of 15-20 kms.
Warmer temps coming. Possibly snowshoeing tomorrow. Depends on the temps.
We are still three weeks from opening.
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Roymond

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At the moment, it opens up that side of the village to ski in/ski out. Kinda.
Last I heard, They are planning on extending the Orient further up the ridge and knocking in a few more runs on that side of the hill.
 
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Captain Caveman

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At the moment, it opens up that side of the village to ski in/ski out. Kinda.
Last I heard, They are planning on extending the Orient further up the ridge and knocking in a few more runs on that side of the hill.

Have head the same from a pretty reliable source. There is a heap of terrain up above the top of where the Orient finishes now. Clear the terrain over a few years then extend the chair to the top and upgrade from fixed grip to detachable. Kinda the same as they did when the original Sundance chair went in.
 

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Captain Caveman

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Sundance is a high speed.

:) I know this my friend, have ridden said chair with you multiple times. My point was that the Sundance started it's life as a short run with not much terrain opened.
I also know the Masterplan Gareth but as we all know it has been chopped and changed so many times that it's hard to really get the whole picture. In Feb, a lot of us forumites had drinks at Morriseys and Astro invited Nancy with Al in toe. Was a good opportunity to fill them both full of booze and probe for info . So far everything that Al mentioned has come to fruition
 

sly_karma

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Usually the best way to cut runs for a new chair is do the planning and survey, wait until log prices are high and then bring in a full on logging contractor to do the lot in one go. Log prices are pretty high right now because of the shortage of wood fibre across BC and a hot market in the US. Wouldn't be the first time runs were cut before the lift was built. Just sayin....
 

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Previous owners of Apex were a family group whose primary business focus was logging and logging equipment. Most of them weren't skiers, but boy did they love the snow groomers. Each winter they would flag trees for removal and as soon as lifts closed in the spring, the groomers had their tillers removed and were used to drag logs out to a landing for transport. Those old boys were dieselheads through and through; the Prinoth groomers were a bit too fancy and Italian for their tastes but they admitted they were the duck's guts when used as skidders.
 
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sly_karma

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West Morrissey area of course, the washing machine runs are underutilized because it lacks the chair shown in master plan to provide direct access. More runs could be cleared further out to skiers left once the west Morrissey chair goes in.

Around the existing lift, grading between runs is about all that could be done.
 
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Lots of action at Sun Peaks as they prepare the resort - gates, groomers, etc. I'm feeling the stoke, coming from Calgary for our trip in December.

All I need to happen is:
* Alberta and BC to avoid lockdown
* Provincial borders to remain open
* Not be a close contact with someone with covid and have to self-isolate.
* Not to get covid
Is that asking too much? I'm touching a lot of wood lately.

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Chalkie

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Lots of action at Sun Peaks as they prepare the resort - gates, groomers, etc. I'm feeling the stoke, coming from Calgary for our trip in December.

All I need to happen is:
* Alberta and BC to avoid lockdown
* Provincial borders to remain open
* Not be a close contact with someone with covid and have to self-isolate.
* Not to get covid
Is that asking too much? I'm touching a lot of wood lately.

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I'm keeping fingers and toes crossed too - and I'm in BC! We find out later today the further restrictions that are going to apply to Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health districts. I daresay there will be an intra-provincial non-essential travel ban for the time being - hopefully it lifts by February when I am booked in at Sun Peaks.

And the BC Premier, John Horgan, has been calling for a Canada-wide non-essential travel ban too.

This could all throw a spanner in the works of what is increasingly looking like will be an excellent early season. If there's a non-essential travel ban, I speculate whether that might in effect require recreational activities that encourage people to travel (even locally) to remain closed until the travel ban lifts.
 
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I'm keeping fingers and toes crossed too - and I'm in BC! We find out later today the further restrictions that are going to apply to Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health districts. I daresay there will be an intra-provincial non-essential travel ban for the time being - hopefully it lifts by February when I am booked in at Sun Peaks.

And the BC Premier, John Horgan, has been calling for a Canada-wide non-essential travel ban too.

This could all throw a spanner in the works of what is increasingly looking like will be an excellent early season. If there's a non-essential travel ban, I speculate whether that might in effect require recreational activities that encourage people to travel (even locally) to remain closed until the travel ban lifts.

i think you will be fine.

I consider a trip to SP as Essential Travel
 

Ret-ro

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Good luck Gumbie, I wish you well, We missed out here in OZ due to silly border closures

I see the mid depth is 99cm
 

Hudson

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I counted the number of my friends who have a place in SPs who are restricted from coming on opening day for various reasons. 36
Not all come opening day but they don’t the choice. Only 7 of my regular ski friends could actually come. I wouldn’t take this as an across the board case but one gets a picture of the low numbers we could have on likely the best opening day in my experience here. I may be wrong on my assumptions.

May not ski many fund the first day but have to check out the new Crystal Chair. Want to time the ride.
 

sly_karma

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Here's hoping the new restrictions make a difference and the only disrupted part of the season is the first 3 weeks of December that are normally quiet anyway.
 
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Well, Sun Peaks opened today on a bluebird day. My neighbour (who has a place there and went up before the non-essential travel advisory started) reported a lovely opening day, crowd-free and with glorious weather.
 
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Opening day 2020 was the best I’ve ever experienced. Friday evening the crowds descended upon the Village. The LowerMaiinland was well represented.
So much terrain was open due to the snow pack. Almost all areas got tracked out by 11, groomed and ungroomed powder.
The Glades saw some action even.
 

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our family group of 8 have been planning a trip now for two years so really really missing this.

We now have to hang on for hopefully no more than 6 months to see if a 2021/22 holiday is possible, and try to enjoy vicariously in the meantime
 
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our family group of 8 have been planning a trip now for two years so really really missing this.

We now have to hang on for hopefully no more than 6 months to see if a 2021/22 holiday is possible, and try to enjoy vicariously in the meantime
I’m with you but I think committing to airfares etc prior to June 2021 will be very unlikely. We’ll have to wait to see the effectiveness of a vaccine before the border is open.
 
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our family group of 8 have been planning a trip now for two years so really really missing this.

We now have to hang on for hopefully no more than 6 months to see if a 2021/22 holiday is possible, and try to enjoy vicariously in the meantime
Verdict on the Crystal?? Did you time it :)
 

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I’m with you but I think committing to airfares etc prior to June 2021 will be very unlikely. We’ll have to wait to see the effectiveness of a vaccine before the border is open.
We are debating whether to book accomodation early . I’m thinking there will be a massive wave of Oz skiers when airfares are announced. but flights are easy, getting a good room not so much...
 

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I’m with you but I think committing to airfares etc prior to June 2021 will be very unlikely. We’ll have to wait to see the effectiveness of a vaccine before the border is open.

i certainly won’t be splashing any cash until border openings are formalised AND levels of covid are negligible ble.
If canada and US jump early without clear improvements I wont be going
 

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i certainly won’t be splashing any cash until border openings are formalised AND levels of covid are negligible ble.
If canada and US jump early without clear improvements I wont be going
I would still go if Covid is bubbling away at lower levels than now as long as I have insurance and have been vaccinated.
 
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Oh dear, my friend sorry. Twas for Hudson

I tried three times to time the trip up the Crystal. Each time it slowed down or stopped. Threw off the timing. The old chair had 123 chairs vs 147 on the new. We debated whether the chair spacing was the same. Possibly. The speed may be the same. The flywheel had a larger diameter and doesn’t come around as quickly.

Today the two corrals were changed to a more logical location. We knew they would come up with a more streamlined solution.

The new chair placement has changed the flow patterns somewhat. Very few take the saddle down and up to where the old Crystal offload was. The head structure is still there.

A low light day so I didn’t take photos. Morrisey was in fine shape. The Orient Chair appeared faster. Lift lines definitely shorter all over.

That’s all to report.
 

Sbooker

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unfortunately a lot of ifs in that statement
Just the one.LOL
But seriously. Covid is going to be around for a long time I think. To wait for it to completely disappear before traveling internationally may mean your skiing is restricted to the hills in Oz. Which is fine but...........
 
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I tried three times to time the trip up the Crystal. Each time it slowed down or stopped. Threw off the timing. The old chair had 123 chairs vs 147 on the new. We debated whether the chair spacing was the same. Possibly. The speed may be the same. The flywheel had a larger diameter and doesn’t come around as quickly.

Today the two corrals were changed to a more logical location. We knew they would come up with a more streamlined solution.

The new chair placement has changed the flow patterns somewhat. Very few take the saddle down and up to where the old Crystal offload was. The head structure is still there.

A low light day so I didn’t take photos. Morrisey was in fine shape. The Orient Chair appeared faster. Lift lines definitely shorter all over.

That’s all to report.

So Chute and Green Door might see less traffic? You do have to hoot down there to get to the crystal but at least not much chance of a head on crash now.
 

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Just the one.LOL
But seriously. Covid is going to be around for a long time I think. To wait for it to completely disappear before traveling internationally may mean your skiing is restricted to the hills in Oz. Which is fine but...........

its a tough and subjective call and each person will have their own thresholds.
For me a cure for diabetes would be a good start LOL.
But proven vaccines, no ongoing hotdpots, practicing social distancing common sense, first world medical setvices, and travel insurance
 
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its a tough and subjective call and each person will have their own thresholds.
For me a cure for diabetes would be a good start LOL.
But proven vaccines, no ongoing hotdpots, practicing social distancing common sense, first world medical setvices, and travel insurance
We just booked January 2022.... Will do our best with a Vaccine on board.
 

Roymond

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Rightio Sunpeaks crew.
Question...
We've locked in 3 weeks skiing for January 2022. Sunpeaks is a given for two weeks (it's the family favourite) but we are looking for options for the third week. We've had two trips to SP and two to BW in the past.
We are considering either Whistler or Silver Star for the third week.
Considerations will be :
1) ease of transport between Sunpeaks and the second option, whatever that may be- we wont have a car and will fly into Kamloops from YVR and shuttle it up to SP.
2) change in skiing/atmosphere- is Silverstar more of Sunpeaks only a bit more black/ steep/deep? Is whistler just like going to the Gold Coast only with skis?
3) ease of getting away- is it easier to bomb over to SS then fly out via Kelwona or just take the shuttle from whistler to YVR airport direct?
4) accomodation. We've been spoilt at both SP and BW and have managed to snaffle Ski In Ski out at both locations. I understand its a bit more difficult at Whistler for this, but is there a good public transport system to get to and from the slopes?
My intuition is that Whistler is a right of passage sort of place that you need to do at least once in your life to see what the big deal is about...
But any advice gratefully received.
 

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Rightio Sunpeaks crew.
Question...
We've locked in 3 weeks skiing for January 2022. Sunpeaks is a given for two weeks (it's the family favourite) but we are looking for options for the third week. We've had two trips to SP and two to BW in the past.
We are considering either Whistler or Silver Star for the third week.
Considerations will be :
1) ease of transport between Sunpeaks and the second option, whatever that may be- we wont have a car and will fly into Kamloops from YVR and shuttle it up to SP.
2) change in skiing/atmosphere- is Silverstar more of Sunpeaks only a bit more black/ steep/deep? Is whistler just like going to the Gold Coast only with skis?
3) ease of getting away- is it easier to bomb over to SS then fly out via Kelwona or just take the shuttle from whistler to YVR airport direct?
4) accomodation. We've been spoilt at both SP and BW and have managed to snaffle Ski In Ski out at both locations. I understand its a bit more difficult at Whistler for this, but is there a good public transport system to get to and from the slopes?
My intuition is that Whistler is a right of passage sort of place that you need to do at least once in your life to see what the big deal is about...
But any advice gratefully received.

any particular reason why no car? A car gives you so many more options including not sitting in airport liu ges, and cost for 3 weeks would be very similar to flying and transfers
 

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any particular reason why no car? A car gives you so many more options including not sitting in airport liu ges, and cost for 3 weeks would be very similar to flying and transfers
No experience driving in Snow, basically.
And my inner tightass having a car sitting in a garage for extended periods.
TBH, I haven't done the dollars, however. Im assuming you hire a vehicle, @gareth_oau ?
 
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