West Morrisey terrain a focus

DSC_0039The further development of runs on West Morrisey in time for the 2015-16 winter season will be a top priority for Sun Peaks Resort LLP (SPR) during the summer months.

Erik Meertens, the newly appointed mountain operations manager for SPR, cautioned that any developments were weather dependent, especially the logging aspect, but was optimistic given the early spring conditions.

“This year, with the low snowpack in the valley, things are about two or three weeks ahead of schedule. I’d say by July 1 we’ll be mobilizing equipment into those areas.”

Meertens said the intention was to complete the two runs that were started from the bottom up last year. Known internally as Run B and Run C, the new runs are parallel to Static Cling and are expected to offer terrain similar to Static Cling and the other “Laundromat” themed West Morrisey runs — similar to last season’s newly added Lint Trap and Tumble Dry.

“They’ll be Black Diamonds. It’s a classic Morrisey run. A little bit of pitch off the top, flatter in the middle, and steep at the bottom.”

The routes will lead onto the Fairways ski-back and finish on Mountain View Drive alongside existing West Morrisey routes. Meertens said SPR would continue to provide a shuttle service on Mountain View Drive to bring skiers back to the village base.

Meertens said more work is planned for Gil’s if time and weather permits, as well as forest health work on upper Orient Ridge, near Carpe Diem.

Stay up to date with all the developments on the Sun Peaks Resort website.




  1. Any expansion is good but I don’t know if the mountain needs more Static Cling type runs. I never see any one on Static Cling when I look at it. There’s a reason why the Morrisey chair is under used. People voting with their feet ( ski’s ). I’d rather see the mountain focus on other areas like Orient Ridge or the top of Tod mountain. Whistler Blackcomb still doing lot’s of expansion. Nippon Cable has 25 per cent ownership of them.

  2. I agree to an extent. Any sort of mountain expansion will bring visitors to Sun Peaks. I disagree that the Morrissey is under utilized. There some great skiing at Morrissey!! This year, with limited snow for several months, Morrissey was the choice for many skiers. The key is to start and finish the expansion as promised AND be sure to advertise as often as possible.

  3. Part of the reason few people have been on Static Cling the past couple of years is that the brush is so high on the runs that it’s unskiable without a significant snowpack. Orient ridge is full of beginner to low intermediate terrain of which Sun Peaks already has plenty. West Morrisey is north facing challenging terrain that improves the stable of runs already on offer. I skied Lint Trap and Tumble Dry several times this past season and they were great right up to Easter weekend, more than can be said for the south facing slopes like Orient Ridge. I agree with you about continuing expansion at the top of Tod/Gil’s; but I believe that is happening.

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