• Sunrise Staffer

Snow Report 1-13

Hold onto your hats, folks - it's a windy one today. Warmer morning temps at 26° are causing some strong gusts out of the southwest at the moment, although according to windy.com it appears that things should calm down as the day goes on.

About The Wind - From an interview with Operations Manager Denny Walton, by Anne Groebner in OutdoorsSouthwest.com

"There is a lot of wind at Sunrise so they have wind meters on the lifts. “Everybody thinks there is a magic number (around 40 miles per hour) — and that will raise some eyebrows,” commented Walton. “But basically, it is the direction the wind is blowing that will shut down the lifts. 40-mile-per-hour wind coming downline, straight-line, isn’t as bad as a 30-mph crosswind.” What they are looking at is the swing of the chairs. The wind is more of a problem around Apache Peak than at Sunrise Peak so they have people watching the chairs and if they are hitting the tower, then it is a no-brainer and they will shut down the lift. Unless, however, they feel that it is still in control, then they will just slow down the lift to control the swing and monitor it. Skiers may not be too happy about it but it’s for safety reasons. Sometimes, they will reopen the lift if the wind subsides but it could be an all-day thing. Walton also told me that the four seaters may not swing as much as the 2-3 seat lifts. The good news is that this year, instead of taking chair lifts up to Cyclone, they will be offering Snow cat rides. Two 9-passenger Snow cats will rotate every 15 minutes or so, driving skiers to the top of the mountain. This is great news because, if you remember the old chairlift to Cyclone, you’ll know that it took over 18 minutes to get to the top of the Mountain. Not to mention that the Snow cats will be heated."

Our passenger snow cat shuttle is a great way to skirt the wind hold! Warm & cozy, and you might make some friends on the way to the top. Listen to what these folks had to say yesterday:

If lifts go on hold due to wind, please be patient - we pause operations for your safety.

The Sunrise Groomers and Terrain Park Crew have been at it all night to make the mountain awesome for you today. Check out the new features on Lodgeview, and here is where you will find groomed trails for a smooth glide:


Crown Dancer, Evergreen, Fairway, Going Home, Lodgeview, Upper Spruce, No Name, Pinedale, Sidewinder, Bunny Hill


Midway Alley, Lower Red Valley, Wickieup, Apache Drum


Trails groomed by Snow Cat Shuttles, variable.


Get a heads up on road conditions at AZ511.com. And for a real time view of Sunrise check out our live webcam.

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