I have been going to Sunrise for close to 10 years now. Like the title says, to even compare it to the big-multimillion dollar mountains just isn't fair. If you look at the runs in AZ though, this is by far the best and I am positive it's better than some outside of the state.
I remember the first time I went there, and I though the employees were the biggest jerks ever - I can say that most of them now are fairly friendly. They seem to be trying really hard to attract people to the mountain.
The lifts are super old. Cyclone lift needs a serious facelift - and turned into a high speed quad. But the lift lines can get really bad like you would find at other resorts sometimes, you just got to time it right, which is nice.