Crystal Chairlift replacement and upgrade announced

The new lift line. Photo Sun Peaks Resort LLP

After the successful construction of the Orient Chairlift in the East Village last year Sun Peaks Resort LLP has announced replacement plans for the Crystal Chairlift.

The new lift will span from the current starting point to the Top of the World (where the Burfield Chairlift offloads) to allow convenient access to more runs.

The lift will be a Doppelymayr fixed grip quad which will increase uphill capacity by 20%.

The Burfield chairlift will continue running as is.

“A new Crystal Chair is very important as we look at the future of our upper mountain terrain at Sun Peaks,” said Darcy Alexander, vice president and general manager. “This new lift and alignment will provide many options both now and in the future as we continue striving to deliver the finest mountain resort experience.”

Work to replace the 40-year-old Crystal chair will commence immediately. This summer will see engineering, electrical, lift line, and concrete work. The project will also involve grading to improve skier from Top of the World to runs like Spillway and Headwalls. In the summer of 2020 the new lift will be installed for the 2020/21 season.

It will cost an estimated $5 million, part of other multi-million dollar upgrades to the resort in recent years.